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Here you'll find opinion... elsewhere only fact A-4 - Dillon Tribune - Wednesday, April 26.1995 Ì Turning their backs?... To the Editor, In response to 0. Alan Weltzien's letter last week regarding the closure o f the Great Harvest Bakery to the public. I agree. I too will miss the delicious bread and cookies. But, Mr. Weltzien fails to consider the positive impact Great Har vest has on our community. The letter explain ing the closure from the Great Harvest crew states that there are 27 of them working in the old Penney's building. That reflects 27 of the, better paying jobs in Dillon. I hardly see how a company that employs that many people who live, work, and pay taxes in our town can be turning their backs on Dillon because they have chosen to grow. Their growth can only mean more jobs and more money for our community. I, for one, am proud to live and work in the same town as Great Harvest Bread. Mike Lane 109 Skihi Dillon, MT 59725 O f f t i l e c u f f By John Barrows Stupidity on the hoof The recent rush o f bomb scares and extortion attempts toward government build ings and businesses in Dillon, on the heels o f the tragedy in Oklahoma City, is the mark o f stupidity and cruelty on the part o f whoever is (or are) doing it. Several times this past week police and sheriff personnel have been called out to evacuate and sweep buildings. I f it is a joke, it’s in extremely bad taste. If it's not a joke, then we all have a lot to worry about the person, or persons, who, in their warped state, take out their frustrations on the innocent. Law enforcement personnel have been extremely patient, and efficient, in answer ing and taking seriously each one o f these pathetic incidents. They are to be com mended. The people involved with the threats, who attempt to terrify for their own ends, are not. They are to be condemned, and i f caught, prosecuted as far as possible, whether they are kids on a lark, or those with more sinister motives, Truly a superior To the Editor, It was my privilege to attend the performances of the BCHS Women's and Men's Choruses at District Music Festival this morning. These stu dents are very talented and have managed to adopt the graceful poise of their director, Mrs. Laurie Hagenbarth, and their accompanist, Mrs. He deserves an Dear Editor, Ever since the public announcement of the closing of our bakery, I've been in hiding - avoid ing the sidewalks during daylight hours, making quick raids on Safeway for essential supplies. I was hoping to hole up until this thing blew over. Alan Weltzien's letter to you last week (\Sur prised, saddened, angered\) was gentle and sin cere, and spoke for the feelings of all of our regular customers. He deserves an answer. When Laura and I moved Great Harvest to Dillon around 12 years ago, there were very few Great Harvest Bakeries, and without a bakery of our own, we created a \lab\ where we could ex periment on breadmaking, over at the Elks' kitchen. As the company gained strength, we eventually bought the little building the lab is in now, and were able to open our retail bakery. When I'm old and looking back on life, I know that up there in the top ten fun days I ever had will be the day we opened that little bakery. We broke all the Great Harvest records for sales on an opening day - unbelievable (and embarrass ing) for the other Great Harvest Bakeries around the country, all o f whom are in big cities and had no excuse being trounced by Dillon. We were so proud and excited, and that night we celebrated so hard at Papa T's that I stood on my head and we learned the art o f smashing the bottoms out of beer bottles, bare handed. As the years went by, that little lab taught us about generosity, about the importance of our breadboard, and selling our bread hot, and beau tiful designs, and playing the music loud. All of these innovations started here, in Dillon, and From the wrong To the Editor, I have been reading the comments about the condition of the streets o f Dillon recently and it occurred to me that maybe everyone is approach ing this from the wrong angle. The mayor and council are worrying about the cost, the citizens are worrying about how soon will it be done, the merchants are worrying about how it will affect their business while it is being done and nobody has thought about utilizing what we already have. So here goes. Why not close off Montana Street from Helena to Bannack Streets and flood it. Now, don't laugh. Think about i t The swimming pool committee would have several ready-made pools to choose from. Some o f the smaller holes could be used for wading pools, the middle size holes could be performance... Charlene Loge. Our young musicians not only sound wonderful, but present themselves in an elegant and prepared manner. It was truly a superior performance. Mrs. Katie Mallon 2525 Anderson Lane • Dillon answer... only later spread to the rest of our system - and even beyond, as others have tried to copy our success. Last Thursday, like I said, I was avoiding the sidewalks, so I wouldn't run into friends and customers. But I needed a hot slice of bread. I scurried from Eliel's, where I was parked, over to the baker, grabbed some hot raisin bread, and scurried back. In the process, I was forced to pass little kids, and moms, and people I knew, end a clump of kids from the high school, all munching hot bread outside in the sunlight I sat in my truck, ate my raisin bread, and cried. Things have a life cycle. That little lab, which was so indispensable to our company years ago, is now a burden, albeit still a fun and special one. I love the town and the people of Dillon. I love Dillon just as much as I love Great Harvest. It's my home; I plan to die here. Barely a week goes by that I don't think or say right out loud, \Damn I love this town!\ Alan, when you're lead ing a business, choices can't always be easy. Few people realize how fragile businesses are - even strong businesses such as ours. Laura and I need to redirect the energy which was going into the lab, and focus that energy toward our bakery owners, who are the people giving us jobs. To put off hard decisions like that, and let Great Har vest grow weak, would eventually weaken our bakery owners, then our employees here in Dil lon, and yes, eventually, even Dillon itself. Pete Wakeman 8425 Hwy 91 N. Dillon angle... stocked with trout. We could even stock them with fish that have whirling disease, they are already going around in circles. There could be cute little bridges over some o f the smaller holes and suspension bridges over the bigger ones. The merchants would have a walking mall unequaled in Montana. The cost would be borne by swim ming fees, tickets for bungee jumping in the deep holes and underground parking. The possibili ties are endless. When the world hands you lemons, make lem onade. Or make fun of those in charge, it keeps you from crying and that's what they get the big bucks for. Jerry Hawkins Dillon Taking the rap... To the Editor, I picked up a copy of the Dillon Tribune and took it back to my hotel room and read Christy Spoon’s letter urging people to oppose any new Wilderness and her apparent frustration with the Forest Service. I felt compelled to write be cause I think the Forest Service is taking the rap for some things they aren’t entirely responsible for. I’m retired from an agricultural business and now reside in Livingston. I’ve lived in small communities throughout New Mexico, Idaho and Montana over the last 44 years and most of them had Forest Service Offices located in these towns. The Forest Service used to be a well respected land management agency until it became politi cal, this in my opinion is one of the reasons for its downfall. I also feel that the agency has a good chance to recover in ways that will benefit every one. The problems start at the top, not at the ground levels with the district offices. I’ve inter acted with many Forest Service employees in various communities I’ve lived in. Some were friends, some weren’t. I’ve noticed a few things that were consistent between the communities and the Forest Service. One consistency being that there were always people in the community that shunned Forest Service employees simply because they worked for the agency, even when they knew nothing about them as people. The other consistency being the “good things” the Forest Service provided the community, such as jobs and people that could offer something back to the community. These people are not the prob lem, they are just doing their jobs as they are directed. Just because these folks work for the Forest Service doesn’t make them any different from anyone else in the community. One o f the greatest things about living in the U.S. is that everyone can freely voice their opin ion. My reason for writing this letter is to state what I think and also provide another viewpoint. I personally have to agree with Ms. Spoon by saying we have enough wilderness, we don’t need more. Ms. Spoon made the statement “The For est Service and many other people are trying to pass a proposed Wilderness Bill.” The “other people” have a right to pursue something they believe in. These “other people” consist of folks from across the country, including some that live in the state of Montana. The Forest Service is not the one responsible for trying to pass the bill. The U.S. Congress has to designate Wilderness. The Forest Service may be required to draw up and submit plans of the proposed areas, but the agency is doing that at the request o f the elected officials that represent the various states in the Union, who are sponsoring these proposals. Ms. Spoon also made the statement “Locking it up in Wilderness prevents its use.” Wilderness does prevent some types o f uses, it also provides the primitive experience for those people seeking that type o f recreation, but it is still usable land. This is an issue that can be explored from every viewpoint and debated for hours, depending on where a person stands. Let’s say, as only one example, there is a group of 4-wheeler/motor- cycle/snowmobile enthusiasts (I admit that I’m one of them and that I own one of each.) This group is prohibited from operating their motor ized vehicles in wilderness. This area is set aside for the group of people that would like a place to get where they can find fairly primitive sur roundings without meeting any “machines”. This group is entitled to that, they have part owner ship in these lands too. Wilderness in Montana does not prevent the use o f this land for hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, hunting or horse back riding. At the same time, there are areas set aside for the motorized recreationists, and when you look at it overall, there is more area opened to motorized recreation than is closed by wilderness. It just may not be in the exact area that someone wouia like to recreate in. The pro- wilderness faction looks at it the same way. There are areas outside of wilderness that they would like to recreate in without meeting the motorized recreationists, but they have to give a little too. I don’t believe that one group has a right to deter mine what another group does or deny them their rights. There has to be a compromise and everyone has to learn to cooperate and share. Whether some people want to admit it or not, the Forest Service seems to be caught in the middle when it comes to managing these public lands. The Forest Service is caught up in the bureaucracy of laws and regulations set forth by other agencies of which they are required to follow in the process of managing the National Forests. As a result, the Forest Service becomes the “scapegoat” where the blame is placed for almost everything, whether it is justly deserved or not. The Forest Service isn’t completely free of guilt, but the agency is shouldering more than their share. The Forest Service is not trying to shut down the logging industries or keep people from using the National Forests. The Forest Ser vice is trying to provide opportunities for every one, but there are too many people that want the National Forests managed in too many different ways. The agency just can’t please everyone. Using the logging industry as an example, there is a lack o f timber going to the mills due in part to the President’s timber plan and also in part to those citizens o f the U.S. who are against logging without very detailed and time consuming analy sis studies completed prior to harvest. When the Forest Service completes these requirements, there are groups of people who feel that the studies were not intense enough and file law suits to stop the harvest until more analysis is completed. These people have that right We have a system that provides avenues in which grievances can be filed. If the Forest Service is directed to plan for so many million board feet o f timber to be cut, they will do it. They can’t be held responsible for Die lawsuits that are filed. Even when the Forest Service follows their guide lines and direction and fulfills all the require ments, there will still be someone that files a lawsuit just to make sure there weren’t any mis takes made. o r The loss of timber jobs didn’t start with the decrease in timber harvest. It staged years ago when the mills started to become automated. My son worked in a sawmill and was laid off when he was replaced by a machine, in fact, that ma chine took away the jobs of four men. Most of those jobs will never be replaced even if the timber harvest increases to the highest level ever. In talking with some friends o f mine that work in the timber industry for some o f the larger corporations, some of the smaller mills were shut down not due to lack o f timber, but because they couldn’t operate efficiently. There is something to be said about technology. In her letter, Ms. Spoon also made it known that she didn’t think it was the business o f any body from the eastern side of the U.S. to have a say in the management o f public lands out here because they don’t live here. A lot of people feel that way. I feel that the welfare of the. local communities should have a little more consider ation during the planning stages. After all, the communities are the first to feel the effects of certain decisions. The Federal Government doesn’t own the National Forests, every citizen of the United States owns them. Taking away the rights of people to speak out towards the management of lands they have ownership in just because they don’t live here is not a solution. People speaking out for wilderness and other policies don't all reside in the eastern U.S., a good portion of them reside right here in the state o f Montana. I for one am glad to know that I have partial ownership in and the right to throw in my two cents worth when it comes to the man agement of National Forests in Montana and other states. I may not live in one of the other states right now, but I may someday. Look at the amount o f public land in the east ern half of the U.S. compared to the amount in e western half. Very little in comparison. Then ere was talk about selling off parcels o f state land to the highest bidder. People are saying they want more involvement in the management of public lands and at the same time are willing to give some of the land up. I f this happens, the amount of public land in the west will soon rival the amount in the east, resulting is less opportu nities than we have now. There are a lot o f problems at all levels, from Washington, D.C. all the way down to the local governments. But all these Governments were elected by the people. In our system, majority rules. Trying to implement methods to contra dict the majority, such as taking away a person’s right to offer an opinion on how they feel public land should be managed, or denying someone the right to pursue a certain type o f recreation is a form o f anarchy. The United States is one of, if not the most powerful nation in the world. It’s been proven time and again that anarchy does not work. We did not get to where we are as a natiorf through anarchy. We’re all in this to gether and we need to be able to find solutions together. Our local problems are a small part of the nation’s bigger problems. We have to start somewhere. Sincerely, F. Josef Stewart Following Beaverhead County Trails Since 1881 A YELLOWSTONE NEWSPAPER CALL US AT 683-2331 OR 1-800-386-3156 John M. Barrows, Publisher Sherry Sutton, Advertising Manager Susie Bra miette, Advertising Pail Stewart, Advertising Mark Heinz, Reporter/Photographer J.P. 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