Sunday, September 19, 2021

Letters to the editor Sept. 4

| September 4, 2021 12:00 AM

Respect Montana’s beauty

Pay attention now or say good-bye to the beauty we have come to know and love.

For the second time this summer, a pickup truck is in our beloved clear waters. First it was at the Somers boat launch. Today, a white pickup is in the river at the Old (New) Steel Bridge.

I have just called the Montana State Fish, Wildlife and Parks department. The sign posted at the boat launch states “Motor vehicles prohibited below high-water mark except for boat launching.”

Too many people think they do not have to follow these rules and park their large trucks and vehicles on the river bed. This is not OK. This sign is to protect the river, fish and ecosystem that makes Montana unique, clean and desirable. Pay attention!

Also, vicious and aggressive dogs do not belong on the trails. While returning from a beautiful and serene walk observing fish and clear blue skies, my friend was confronted by three unleashed, large, aggressive dogs. Amidst the yelling, I pulled out my bear spray. Next time I just may use it.

I’m done being silent about the inconsideration, stupidity and disrespect for the land and other people,

Pick up your garbage. Tree stumps and trails are not ashtrays.

If this is how you are going to treat our beautiful state, go back to where you came from. Your ways are not wanted here.

Montana is full of beauty. Are you adding to it destroying it?

—Eileen Wheeler, Kalispell

Porous border

From the Constitution of the United States of America. Article IV. Section. 4.

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.”

It is incontestable that we the citizens of these United States are under attack, not militarily but by the 1 million illegal aliens that have been allowed to pass through our under-protected porous border since January 2021.

Then to understand that they are now being flown under the veil of darkness from Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas to where who knows in the interior of these United States. And add the many busloads that leave the border area every night to who knows where to begin the “planned resettlement of illegals” into the interior of our country. All of this at our (the taxpayer) expense.

Then add the cost of government programs to make them feel at home at our expense. We are being governed from the top down and not vice versa, as it should be.

What else? The human trade, child abuse, sexual abuse, forced slavery, gangs, guns and of course drugs. In the last three years fentanyl seizures at the border have risen 4,000%. This is supposedly Chinese fentanyl and when mixed with less fatal drugs like oxycotin, well one pill can be fatal. In the last year 93,000 deaths of which 80% are attributed to fentanyl.

Can’t we all see that we are being invaded and it is the duty of the president and/or the legislatures to enforce Article IV. Section 4. Isn’t it time that someone blow the whistle and declare that our president hasn’t upheld his oath of office and that he should be charged and impeached.

—Dale Haarr, Kalispell

Rule of war

There are no rules in war except for one: Don’t do that, or you will be as bad as the people you are fighting. We have another chance to be the proof of that in history.

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you.”

In Vietnam, and now in Afghanistan, we collectively decided not to become like the monsters we have been fighting. Show me one other example of that in history. What other country has ever had the nobility to do that. Just us!

—Ed Dramer, Kalispell

Political ploy

I’m responding to Mark Agather’s opinion piece in the Aug. 23 Daily Inter Lake “Covid Hysteria Continues.” The article is written by a man who is obviously skilled in writing and in marshaling an argument. 

Mr. Agather concludes that Covid is much less serious than it is made out to be, and that it is definitely not a pandemic. If that is true, why am I reading in the newspapers that hospitals all over the country are full, due to Covid, and often having to turn sick people away? 

A man intelligent enough to write this article must know full well that we are in a pandemic and that protective health measures are crucial. So why is he suggesting otherwise? 

I think that Mr. Agather’s effort is part of a political ploy being directed toward susceptible people to lure them to what I call the Rosendale right wing of the Republican Party, for coming elections, 

Hopefully there won’t be too many naive people that die because of Mr. Agather’s ideas. 

—Ray Jacob, Eureka