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Paws A-4 Dimos TRIBUNE - Wednesday May 14 2014 Yin VIEWPOINT Landowners applaud Montana FWP dropping free -roaming bison plan By Chuck Denowh Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks' recent decision to abandon a plan to impose a free -roaming bison herd Montana is a case study in effective compromise. Instead of the wildly unpopular free -roaming plan, FWP has chosen to partner with private and tribal landowners to relieve some of the overflow from the over -populated Yellowstone Park bison herd. FWP Director Jeff Hagener deserves the credit for listening to all sides of the issue and coming forward with a solution that satisfies most of the concerns of landowners. While we applaud Director Hagener's realization that there's no place for free roaming bison in Montana, landowners still have concerns about bison that must be addressed. Any relocation of bison within Montana needs to have clearly identified parameters. Who is responsible for installing and main- taining the fencing to keep them contained? Who is responsible for retrieving them if they get out onto neighboring land? And who is liable for the cost of any damage escaped bison might do IN THE MAIL THE VIEW OF OUR READERS Supports Welborn To the editor, The first brewery in Beaverhead County since Prohibition will be opening soon. A little over a year ago, the possibility of this venture happening was in serious doubt because of a piece of legis- lation backed by one of the strongest lobbying groups in Montana. This legislation essentially would have shut down the majority of small craft breweries in Montana. Because of the nature of this legislative proposal, all our plans for a build- ing and brewing equipment were put on hold. Then one weekend during the middle of the legislative session, I received a phone call from Representative Jeff Welborn asking for a visit with Brett Maki and me to discuss this legislative proposal, which had been assigned to a committee which included Representative Welborn. After sit- ting down with Brett for two hours and learning more about the process of brewing, the econom- ics of the business, the costs, the overhead and the effect of this new regulation, Jeff felt he had enough information to make a positive difference for brewers in general, but specifically the new start-ups. After that meeting, he left for Helena with one objective, namely, to kill the bill in com- mittee, despite resistance from the committee chair and the lobbyist. In his quiet but purposeful manner he got the job done. He convinced committee members of both parties their job should be to support sectors of the economy that are growing rather than to regulate them out of business. He understands that small businesses are the engines of our economy. Since getting the green light to start renova- tion and construction of Beaverhead Brewing Co., over forty local businesses and individuals in our area have been involved in this project. Because of Jeff's pro -active approach to legisla- tion affecting his own constituents, there have been benefits spinning off elsewhere in our state. I know of at least four other craft breweries outside of Beaverhead County that will be opening this year in Montana. Certainly one bill or one vote doesn't com- pletely define a legislator. But the manner in which he or she will discuss proposed legislation with their constituents and consider their local concerns - placing them above those of powerful lobbyists or party bosses - defines legislators as true representatives of their district. For this rea- son I am supporting Jeff Welborn for re-election. Ronald V. Loge Dillon Disagrees with Welborn To the editor, As a native Montanan, and a long-time resident (20 years) of Beaverhead County, I learned early in my life the importance of family and conser- vative social mores. Stable family life, with a mother and a father, contributes to healthy, suc- cessful children who grow up to become active. contributing members of our society. Since Beaverhead County is one of the most traditionally conservative counties in Montana, one would expect its representative in the State Legislature would reflect those same values. It was, therefore, with shock and dismay that I read Montana Family F'oundation's (MFF) post -2013 Legislative Report that placed State Representa- tive Jeff Welborn last on the list of Republicans, next to the Democrats that voted liberal, progres- sive on the issues. In fact. MFT gave Rep Welborn only a 33% on Family issues that came before the Legislature, a ranking I am certain does not reflect the more conservative social views of Beaverhead County residents. The Montana Family Foundation rated the votes of each legislator on ten family -related issues that came before the Legislature. Rep. Welborn voted on the wrong side of seven of those ten issues. He voted against 11B 315 which would have established public charter schools and which subsequently passed the House. Related to that, he voted against SB 81 which would have autho- rized tax credits for private school scholarship donations. He voted against HR 505 which would have clarified and prohibited physician -assisted suicide. I agree with the Montana Family Foundation that our elected representative should support policies and programs that protect and promote families and traditional family values. By any- one's grading standards, 33% is a failing grade Linda J Loendorf Polaris GUEST OPINION to private property? Advocates of a free -roaming bison herd—where private land- owners would be expected to just \put up\ with the animals on their property—would have preferred that no one be responsible for fencing, retrieving escaped animals, or paying landowners for damage. With that attitude, it's no wonder the free -roaming bison plan was so unpopular that FWP quickly killed it. Instead, FWP has asked private and tribal entities for their assistance in relocating bison to property where they are welcome. As long as it's made clear that those private and tribal entities are assuming responsibility for the bison they receive—including the financial responsibility for proper fencing and damage liabil- ity—then adjacent landowners should have some level of comfort that they won't be forced to bear the burden of those bison on their own property. The bottom line is Montana's large and growing bison herd must be contained to property where the animals are welcome, and they shouldn't be forced onto other people's property. It's a positive step forward to see Director Hagener and his Department show a preference for a more moderate position on this issue. Though some great strides forward have occurred on this is- sue, Montana FWP would be well served to clear up the additional, lingering questions about how they will handle bison relocations to private and tribal lands in the future. It's sad to say, but FWP's brief flirtation with imposing free - roaming bison on Montana landowners has done a great deal of damage to their reputation and trustworthiness. Their more recent actions may allow that rift to heal somewhat, but there's still a long way to go. How they handle the bison corning out of the Green Ranch quarantine will say far more about their intentions than any press release will. Chuck Denowh is the policy director of United Property Owners of Montana, an advocacy group dedicated to protecting Montana's ranching heritage. Respects Welborn To the editor, I, as many of you, received a flyer, mailed to Beaverhead County residents, attacking Rep- resentative Jeff Welborn. The flyer is from the Conservative Majority Pac, James Pennington Treasurer, 1302 24th Street, #307, Billings MT 59102. I Googled \Conservative Majority Pac\. I did not find anything for a Conservative Majority PAC in Billings, Montana. I found a Conservative Majority Pac, based in Houston, Texas. This was mainly a web page for donations. I find it very strange that a super Pac would spend Dark Money on a Beaverhead County political race. What are they trying to accomplish? Jeff is a conservative, maybe not an extreme right winger, but a respected legislator, that tries to find solutions to issues. Part of the extreme right wing agenda in Montana is to sell or tradeoff our federal lands to private ownership, transfer federal lands to the states, lock up access to public lands so a few wealthy, nonresident land owners can have exclusive access to our lands, and privatize and commercialize our wildlife. Jeff and I have not agreed on all issues, but Jeff has always had an open door and we have openly discussed what we didn't agree on, trying to reach a workable solution, but always parting as friends and neighbors, as we all should in a small community. Jeff is a good representative and strives to serve his constituents. He does not have his own agenda to implement, like some other elected officials. I believe that if I had an urgent or serious need, Jeff would do all he could to help me. This flyer from a non -transparent political PAC, attacking Jeff, is \Dirty Politics' and a stain on the election process. I urge you to not let this influence you when making a decision on who to vote for. Check out Jeff's voting record and you will see that he has represented us, even when it meant going against the extreme right wing establishment. Thanks Jeff, you will have my vote. Ray Gross Dillon Hunt where the ducks are To the editor. There is an expression \hunting where the ducks are\ that I didn't always keep in mind when making important decisions such as career choice or other investments When I did things turned out much better. Now I see once again certain candidates for public office currently running ads promising jobs to Montana youth in timber The term about the ducks means, \lb seek opportunities or results in situations or places where they are most likely to he found.\ Here are some tree growth figures from the F1A, the hest real figures I know to exist. Acres in growth class in cubic feet per acre. 120+ 55 119 50 54 2049, 0 19 Montana 156K 1,257K 5.646K 12,540K 1,637K Oregon 9.263K 3.811K 5514K 5.228K 327IK Washington 5.203K 3,195K 4,315K 2.34IK 534K I have no objection to using some portion of our nation's timberland to produce wood products. There is a right way to do it. Scavaging from low productivity stands like less than a 100cuft/yr by fiat is a poor and not long lasting way. So notice where the ducks are and are not in the above fig - FORGET IT - LET'S FIND A PLACE THAT BELONGS TO A LIBERAL! ures comparing Montana to just two other states, Oregon and Washington. There are many other states with much higher production and much lower costs than in the mountainous timber lands of Montana. Here the forests provide us with their largest economic benefit as watersheds. There is a reason orange and grapefruit groves and rice paddies are not great job or investment oppor- tunities in Montana. Same reason as for timber. I spent a good number of years in the Oregon forests and watched the politicians take Oregon from the No. 1 timber state to, well, greatly diminished. They did it by letting big corporate plunderers mine the timber lands instead of managing them for sustained yield and long term job stability. Yet even now, Oregon still produces more by far than the cold dry (but spectacular) ranges of Montana. It took from 400 to 800 years to grow the old growth that was rammed through some 1,500 Oregon mills over a 50 -year period. When I left Oregon there were something like two still standing and one of them was closed. Yet, second growth is there and growing. Perhaps smarter young folks who really want to do wood products may figure out a way to keep the shop producing instead of boom and bust. So, in my opinion if timber is your thing, consider hunting where the ducks are. There are promising fish for Montana's youth; just not timber, but that is more than allotted space allows us to go into. Robert Wooley Dillon Thoughts on the Middle East 'lb the editor, May 14 is the celebration of the Israeli inde- pendence and the ending of the British mandate, is also the day marking Palestinian Nakba or Suffering. During the 1948 war about 700,000 Palestinians were displaced. During the war 531 villages and 11 urban neighborhoods in Tel -Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine were wiped away. In violation of international law, the refugees have not been allowed to return. The suffering of the displaced Palestinian people has con- tinued for more than 60 years Today with the continuing destruction of Palestinian homes and displacement of Palestinian peoples it is now time to focus worldwide attention on America's culpability in this continuing crime Today there is a growing international and national movement among American Churches, Universities, corpora- tions, retirement accounts and etc. for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel until the Palestinian issues is settled. Even in the United Nations, European Union and large investment firms' worldwide are joining the protest. It is not anti-Semitic to he concerned about Palestinian Rights, not to be concerned about the suffering of Palestinian people is racist. Whether the ultimate solution is a two state solution or a bi- national federation the hulk of the responsibility to ending this falls on the shoulders of America to end its unconditional support of Israel in spite of the crimes being committed daily against Palestinian People in the West Bank. Gaza and within Israel proper Michael Joseph Francisconi MORE LETTERS PAGE - A-6 EXPRESS YOURSELF IN THE DILLON TRIBUNE Let other people know how you feel and what you think with a letter to the editor. Letters are subject to editing for libel and good taste, and should be limited to 400 words or less. Letters expressing appreciation for a specific, out -of-the -ordinary action are welcome, but let- ters with lists of names of contributors, donors or volunteers, or letters that solicit funds, will not be printed. 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