In the mail

In the mail
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Baffled

To the editor, Although The Dillon Tribune stands by their coverage of the spat between MAGA citizen and councilwoman, I’m still baffled.

Let’s review. We got a guy in town who said that on Jan. 6 he was invited into the Capitol building as a tourist with the doors held wide open for him, although we’ve all since seen the videos of the violence and know his story is BS. Later this guy ran for councilman on a platform plank of removing all stoplights in town, and in his campaign statement to the Dillon Tribune bragged about how smart he is by citing his many patents based on high-level physics, although if you Google him about this (as he asked you to do), you find only one 1991 patent in partnership with “Akhmet Kunt” for a gas engine.

On Friday nights, this guy has directed a parade through town to boldly declare with honking horns that “Trump won,” although Trump didn’t win, he lost.

His store building invokes QAnon. QAnoners believe Hillary Clinton ran a pedophile ring out of a D.C. pizza shop and that the Rothschilds are ringleaders of a satanic cult, although we all know this is McNutcrank stuff. And now, dragging QAnon conspiracy down to the local level, this guy claims that a Dillon councilwoman is “stalking his building.”

Based on his public statements and actions, any reporter who takes this guy seriously should hand in their newspaper employee card. And yet The Dillon Tribune took the bait, and two weeks ago treated this latest kerfuffle as top front page news. On the basis of this guy’s complaint, we get this headline: “Councilperson accused of stalking, harassing political rival.” Note headline in the passive to de-emphasize who is doing the accusing while throwing the spotlight on the accused. The Dillon Tribune must have realized that this headline, placed at the top of the front page is tantamount to accusing this councilwoman of stalking and harassment. Under this fervid headline, after frontloading this guy’s accusations, The Dillon Tribune mentioned the councilperson’s concerns and her explanation of her actions way back in the afterthought paragraphs.

This coverage is unfair, and the Dillon Tribune is better than this. This whole silly incident should have been reported on page seven in a short paragraph next to the weekly police reports. And while at it, write a more balanced headline.

Mark Lesniowski Dillon

Sensational

To the editor, On the front page of the Aug. 10, 2022 edition of the Dillon Tribune the writer chose to report the sensational rather than the substantial. The question of whether UM Western resources were improperly used in the survey was a minor sidebar, except for the weak denial of one board member.

The substantial event that was not reported at all was the revelation that only the first $200,000 of monies needed to fund the proposed project would be offered at 3.9%, and that all of the monies above that amount would have to be repaid at the current, substantially higher, interest rate. This would have a major impact on the cost of repayment, but seemingly did not deserve mention by the reporter.

The writer also did not choose to report on just how much of an impact the projected $550+ per year repayment would have on the homeowners. A little investigation, by the reporter, would have shown that a $550+ line item would be at the top of all the line items on our property tax bills. Of the more than 40 line items on my current tax bill $550 would be the third largest line item. It would be more than any of the High School line items. It would be more than the County General obligation. It would be more than Roads, Bridges, or Public Safety. This proposed little bit of bad road would cost the homeowners more than building and maintaining all the other roads of the entire county combined. But, it did not deserve any mention by the writer.

Last, but not least, is the question of who will fill the empty spot on the SID board. Will the county commissioners do the right thing and appoint the person with the most votes in the last election, who is not already on the board, or will there be what some people might term another small town back room deal? Wait and see what does or does not get reported!

Darrell Turner Dillon

Parking apology

To the editor, The Beaverhead County Museum apologizes for the inconvenience of closing off the parking in front of the museum. The tree branches have begun to bend, break and fall which has already happened at the museum. With the possibility of strong winds, we wanted to be proactive and have them cut back so as not to have them fall on someone’s vehicle. This is an inconvenience to many people trying to get around the construction on the streets and need somewhere to park. The branches were over the power lines and are quite dangerous if they break and fall. Northwestern Energy was dispatched to cut them down and answered our call immediately, but they do not remove the branches. We rely on the trustees and volunteers to help in keeping the grounds looking good and free of damage or danger, but we don’t have the equipment or manpower to haul them away. The City of Dillon was kind enough to offer help in the removal of the branches.

The City of Dillon crew has been working on so many projects and we are grateful to the city for offering help in removal of the branches. Our museum is a beautiful complex thanks to our trustees and volunteers who contribute hours of their time to provide a place for visitors to stop, park, eat and shop in Dillon.

Great job, City of Dillon, for all your help in the removal of the branches!

Candi Whitworth Executive Director, Beaverhead County Museum

Spend to reces

To the Editor, Congress just passed a $700 billion Inflation Reduction Act. The bill was sponsored by Senators Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin. This new spending bill has $370 billion allocated for energy and climate change. Approximately $80 billion is for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with $46 billion to boost the tax agency’s enforcement area.

This legislation appropriates funds to hire 87,000 new IRS agents. The major duties of these new agents are: 1. Work a minimum of 50 hours per week, which may include irregular hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.

2. Maintain a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situation on the job.

3. Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.

I’m not sure just what they have in mind, but it sounds a bit like the British during the Colonial Revolution.

Is this IRS targeting 2.0? In 2013 during the Obama administration it has been revealed that the IRS selected specific political groups applying for tax-exempt status to undergo intensive scrutiny based on their names or political themes. This led to nation-wide condemnation of the agency and triggered several investigations, including a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal probe ordered by United States Attorney General Eric Holder. Conveniently, the FBI didn’t collect enough evidence for a conviction. Conservative and Tea Party groups claimed that they were specifically targeted by the IRS.

It is now official that we are in an economic recession. First quarter gross domestic product was -1.4% and second quarter was -.09%. The monetary value of the finished goods and services produced in America is declining. Our economy is failing and the Biden administration’s response is to tightening the screws on the American people with unnecessary spending and aggressive tax collection.

If this doesn’t get people out to vote in November, I’m not sure what will.

Clay Peterson Wisdom

The did it again

To the editor, The Republicans did it to us again? What did they do? That is the problem. They did absolutely nothing. They voted no to help and support America.

They voted no to support women’s rights. Voted no to lower cost of prescription drugs. Voted no to lower the cost of health insurance. Voted no to stop large, profitable corporations from paying zero in taxes. Voted no to help reduce the deficit.

We give the Republicans a great wage, great health care system, a great retirement package. And what do we get in return? Not one thing to help America. We are getting cheated by the donothing Republicans in Washington.

LaVon D. Brillhart Dillon

 Rep. Matt Rosendale on Inflation Reduction

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Matt Rosendale voted against H.R. 5376, Inflation Reduction Act, which would, among other things, expand the size of government, increase taxes on hardworking Americans, spend billions of taxpayers’ dollars for the Left’s Green New Deal, and accelerate inflation. Representative Rosendale made the following statement:

“The Left continues to push its radical agenda on the American people by passing a spending package that will only accelerate inflation and cripple our nation’s budget. Not only will this legislation increase taxes on businesses and consumers, but it will also raise an army of 87,000 IRS agents to squeeze more taxes out of already hurting American families. With frivolous spending and an enlarged, aggressive IRS, the only climate that will be changing over the next year will be the economic climate, and it will get worse.

“To reduce inflation, Congress must freeze spending, a concept the Left does not understand. Reining in federal spending and reducing taxes to lower inflation will reaffirm confidence in those investing in our economy. I oppose this bloated tax and spending package, and I will continue to support commonsense legislation that will incentivize economic growth, benefiting all Americans.”

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