Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The views of our readers

What happened?

To the editor, What has happened to the care of Mountain View Cemetery? On our recent annual visit back to Dillon, we went to the graves of our loved ones - first to be met by a small herd of antelope and then the driest and most barren scene I have ever known at that usually carefully cared for cemetery. I wondered if it had become a Wild Life Sanctuary!

My husband and I are now in our eighth decade of life and lived in Beaverhead County for more than 50 of those years. We remember years ago (in our youth) the effort made to put the cemetery’s upkeep in perpetual care so that it would not look like it does today. Several years ago a buried sprinkler system was put in with water taken from the canal below, as I remember. Until this year, the cemetery always looked so nice and was green and well kept.

But now the grass (weeds) is completely brown and crunches underfoot, there are more weeds than grass, it hasn’t been mowed for some time, trees need to be trimmed or cut down, and it looks like the only caretakers have been the antelope who have trimmed and fertilized. One caretaker was driving around in a 4-wheeler recreation vehicle and he put out a few sprinkler heads by the Veterans part of the cemetery, but they were not turned on before we left.

I hope this matter will be taken to proper authorities and departments of the city/county. If equipment needs to be repaired, repair it, if more help is needed during the summer, I would think that would be considered. It is a dry year, yes, but farms and crops in the area don’t indicate it this bad for lack of water. I hope taxpayers of Dillon, and all of Beaverhead County if it is on the tax rolls for cemetery care, will take this concern to task and the situation remedied. The final resting place of our loved ones at Mountain View Cemetery looks disgraceful!

Carla Andrus Hansen

Miles City

Come together

To the editor, Over the years I have attended fairs at the Madison-Jefferson County Fair in Twin Bridges, the Tri County Fair in Deer Lodge and of course the Beaverhead County Fair and Rodeo in Dillon.

I truly believe that every County should have a fair every year. The young people need to have projects, whether livestock or crafts. This gives them a feeling of accomplishment and they learn responsibility. Grown-ups need to make new friends and renew old friendships and what better way to accomplish this.

This helps to hold a community together.

Jules Marchesseault


Vaccinations save lives

Letter to the editor, When the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines completed clinical trials and were approved for use, they were rated with 95% efficacy. These are astoundingly high rates. Vaccine efficacy tells us that there was a 95% reduction in cases of COVID- 19 in the vaccinated control group compared to the unvaccinated group in the clinical trial.

But rate of efficacy within a clinical trial is different from the performance (effectiveness) of that vaccine in the general population, as millions of individuals are vaccinated and as time passes. Vaccine effectiveness refers to how well a vaccine performs in the real world. Over the past two years since the COVID-19 vaccines were first made available, researchers have been studying the vaccine effectiveness in the general population over a longer time than can be completed within a clinical trial.

Various recent studies have concluded that the Moderna vaccine is 93-94% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 88-91% effective, the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine is 66-71% effective, and the Novavax is 90% effective (however, for individuals 65 and older, Novavax effectiveness drops to 79%).

For all four vaccines, vaccinated individuals are far less likely to become seriously ill with COVID19 than unvaccinated individuals. Although the current vaccines are slightly less effective in preventing illness from the new COVID-19 variants, they are still highly effective at preventing severe illness and death.

For all of the COVID-19 vaccines, effectiveness decreases over time. Getting a booster shot helps restore one’s immunity. And it is hoped that this fall, a COVID-19 booster shot specifically targeted to the most recent variants will be available.

No vaccine has ever been 100% effective at preventing people from becoming ill. But individuals who are vaccinated are far less likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19. Some people who have been vaccinated do still die from COVID19 (my 91-year-old vaccinated brother died of COVID in March), but far fewer deaths occur than among those who are unvaccinated.

Dr. Delena Norris-Tull


Editors note: This is the third in a four-part series.

Forced busing

To the editor, It has been reported that bus loads of useless politicians from all over America are being sent to Florida. Also, bus loads of banned books are on their way to Florida.

The bad news is they have run out of buses and some will have to wait in the bus station.

LaVon D. Brillhart


Woke is good

To the editor, Wokeness is a good thing it is the study of cancel culture: Cancel culture was Indian Boarding Schools, genocide of native populations on the westward expiation of white settlers. Cancel culture was not teaching the full extent of the slave trade, slavery, Jim Crow laws, segregation, white supremacy continuing institutional racism of Japanese Americans during WWII, red line institutional racism, federal troops used in union busting in U.S. history and should be taught in our public schools K through college. Woke is simply being socially alert to injustice in society, especially racism. We need to embrace the quote: “we need to stay angry and stay woke.” This must be a daily commitment to fight the continuation of nationalism and white supremacy in this land of ours. One more thing -- Antifa, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is simple, being antifascist nothing more or less it is not a single organization, and does not have P.O. box.

Michael Joseph Francisconi