Tag Archives: Montana

One Man (or Woman) One Vote? Are our voting rights being corrupted?

The readers and listeners of Saturday Morning Live know the hard work that Elaine Willman does for all American citizens, even our Native American citizens. The Fairfield Sun Times of Montana has published Elaine’s article which deals with the loss of integrity in our one man (or woman) one vote for the purpose of elections. Please enjoy Elaine’s article and remember it’s up to you and I to give voice to these issues that affect us all.

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Farming News: Building Coexistence with Farming and Biotechnology to build 21st Century Farms

With all of the hoopla over Arnason Farm’s selling out to a developer, it should come as no surprise to those of us who are actually paying attention to how the farmers in Whatcom County struggle to steer clear of all the target practice they endure from the eco-fanatics who say they only want to “preserve” the small farms.  Well when you understand that we have laden rural farmers with 24/7…365 days per year of multiple state and federal agencies, who are constantly looking over you shoulder for something to find fault with and then top it off with the demands of operating a small farm…for the amount of return that this brings in, you might gain a smidgeon of understanding as to the farmers plight. You cannot save the farmland if you do not save the farmer.  The Farmer does not want a hand out.  The Farmer wants a clear and reasonable path to apply their skills and knowledge of farming which not only gives them the quality of life they desire, it keeps me, you and the world fed the foods we need to stay healthy.  The skills and capacity are there if the enviro-fanatics and their friends …

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Endangered Grouse or Endangered Ranchers?

I have difficulty articulating my frustrations with government driven environmental impacts on farming and ranching without raving.  So instead I give you the following article  from Montana about a new species war in the West.  Note, the one thing that they can track is the number of Animal Unit Months (AUM) on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) acres had declined from 1953 to 2000 by 8 million units.  Yet our population  that depends on beef as a food source continues to increase.  I ask you which species is endangered?   The Grouse or the Rancher? ~ Lorraine    September 4, 2013 Montana Farm Bureau Member Speaks Out at Sage Grouse Hearing Matt Knox, a Fergus County Farm Bureau member representing the Montana Farm Bureau provided comments during the House Natural Resources Committee Field Hearing on sage grouse conservation in Billings Sept. 4. The hearing, titled, “State and Local Efforts to Protect Species, Jobs, Property, and Multiple Use Amidst a New War on the West” drew interest from many entities affected by national legislation using the Endangered Species Act. In his comments, Knox said Montana already has a viable and stable sage grouse population. “Bird numbers tend to vary due to …

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On the Road in a Nutshell–Along the Missouri River

We entered Montana last week over Look Out Pass, overnight in Missoula then up through Helena, out of Great Falls following the Missouri River into Fort Benton.  We are   headed to the “Hi-Line” or Highway 2 to the non natives. The grass is tall and green, the wheat is just turning golden, there is water in the low spots, and alfalfa fields filled with large rolled bales of hay.  To this old farmer it is truly lush and pleasing to the eye. What a difference good rainfalls make. On we head to Wolf Point in the north east corner of the state.  This is the bittersweet of pilgrimages.  Wonderful memories of sled rides down hills that turned out to be ancient burial mounds.  The reality of places known in childhood that are now weathered broken buildings or empty grassy prairie once again.  Memories of riding in the Saturday Parade with mom and granddad past sidewalks filled with people.  The reality that the “town” from childhood has shrunk by half and the rodeo no longer draws big names and crowds as it did in past.  Memories of afternoons spent improving a baseball swing by hitting rocks out onto and over the …

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