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Letter to the Editor 1 2—MO TIMBER M ONEER-W edwwiey, lldbtum y 2 2 , 19M Pioneer Viewpoints In the p est several weeks the Big Hasher Pioneer has received a h a lf dozen letters to the editor which have not nor will be published The letters were e ither unsigned, or signed by what we believe is a fictitious name. The letters bear no address nor telephone numbers. The policy o f this newspaper is that letters to the editor must be signed. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, length and libelous o r slanderous statements. We ask that a letter writer include his telephone number and address in the submission in case a question arises and we need to ( h e B U tb O T . We welcome and encourage letters to the editor. But we do believe writers should be willing to publicly claim their view by offering their signature for publication as well as their opinions. Good meeting Last week’s School bright for Excellence meeting a t the Big Timber G rade School was poorly attended, which is too b a d The meeting was productive, informative, and challenging Not only were education issues at the grade school discussed, but statewide proposals and policies were focused u pon The session gave food for thought o f possible changes in Montana education’s future. It sparked interest, besides pro and con comments; on a v ariety o f subjects — sifted student programs, college entrance exams, awarding different levels o f high school diplomas. There were only twelve a t the meeting I f you missed it, you missed a good one. Yarns from the Yellowstone Country dances By BYRON GROSFIELD In some localities nearly everyone, old and young attends community dances and thoroughly enjoys himself. Baby sitters are not to be had, they wouldn't miss the dance either, so consequently aomnof the very young break into night life at an early age. When my son Brin was a baby, my wife and I took him to several Melville dances, it being his first summer at an age of about eight months. We didn’t have any fancy portable bed for him but instead placed him among his blankets in a large cardboard box on the pickup seat We always tried to get to the dance early in order to park up against a porch railing which enabled us to check him between dances. It worked like a charm and everyone was happy. I’ve always liked the idea of children accompanying their parents whenever possible. I think that the more they are in each others company, the easier it is to work out any problems that arise. In the late 1930’s a character drifted into the Melville country, breaking horses and wrangling dudes for a living To my way of thinking he was better entertainment than most of what we see on modem TV. One time he rode a bronc into Melville for the mail and the lady of the house called up and asked the storekeeper to send out a sack of chicken feed with him. Instead of going to the trouble of tying the sack of feed back of the saddle, he rustled up a galvanized tub, tied his rope to it, put the feed in the tub and dragged it back to the ranch Another time this same lady asked him to hoe the garden Without batting an eye, he replied, “ Which horse am I going to ride while I do that job?\ This fellow liked to dance, too, and have fun with the rest of the community. He told about a country dance he had attended before he came to the Melville country. He said, “ They played’They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree’ so many times I had to go outside and empty the sawdust out of my boots three times!” Right claimed to question and learn To the Editor: To Max Schroeter...sir, you misunderstand me. I do not challenge Mr. Smoot’s right, nor anyone rise's, to speak or believe whatever they wish. He and I are both Americans, bom free; born with those rights. This current dialogue is of interest to me because Lee obviously spends most of his waking hours thinking about the problems which concern him so deeply. I am questioning him to leant the full extent of his convictions That seems fair to me. I admit to having some mistrust of “ purity\ ihamticians. In 1940, a year and a half before America entered World War II, I became disturbed enough about such talk, as it cminated from Nazi Germany, to enlist in the Navy to do what little I could to combat it T m sure you recall, Mr. Schroeter, what obscenity was visited upon the human race by the Nazi swine With all of their declaration of Aryan supremacy (white Christian?) they did not hesitate to brutalize Norway, Denmark, Holland, Poland, Czeo- hoiSlovakia, et aL May we conclude that those nations were not white enough, nor Christian enough to suit the Nazi purists? Many of our Norwegian neighbors could tell us about how lovely it was for themselves or their relatives to live under the heel of the tyrant. I know you must share with me, Mr. Schroeter, a deep revulsion at the brutality of that murder-philosophy which took the lives of infinite numbers of Jews, gypsies, mental and physical defectives. Please tell us what YOU did to combat that insanity. I would never intimate that Lee’s goal would be to go to those wild extremes. I am simply curious to have him let us in on his honest views of today’s problems as he sees them. I would like to ask Lee some questions about last week’s statement on his racial philosophy and plans to separate the races: 1. Is it possible that Californians who subscribe to your ideas would take a dim view of having all those Mexicans and their extra food stamps dropped on their doorstep? How would you alleviate their distress? 2. Ifblacksand Jews are to be occupants of those bigeities, well, that’s a hell of a lot of people, Lee, and I don’t know if they can hold them alL Also, must all of the whites established in residence and in businesses in those places then get out and relocate? 3. I think most Jews are white. Must they be forced to live with all of those blacks? 4. I didn't ask you if whites were oppressed. I asked if they were superior in your view, or just different. Please respond 3. Do you regard that “ government racist” act of Japanese internment during World War II as a good or bad policy? 6. Between the Arctic Circle and South Africa there is a fascinating progression of racial and ethnic types. The Scanda- navians and Teutons give way to French, Italian and Spanish; there are Slavics. Semites (both Arabs and Jews), North Africans varying from Semite to Negroid, then blacks who are non-negroid (such as Watusi). It proceeds on south with many varieties, such as pygmies (non-negroid). Questioa..At what point in that progres sion would you draw the line between white and non-white. 7. Finally, in your instructive letter of last week I had a distinct feeling of emphasis on Jewishness, Zionism and Communism, in equal measure. Please elaborate. Are they related? Oh, and you neglected to answer my question about voting ri*hu~ for the separated groups in your plan. What if they should gain majority status and vote out the whole deal? Jack Hines Letter to the Editor An Ode to the Hines Smoot Dear Editor Write that letter to the Editor today folks, let us know anything at all you please. Local folks hereabouts call speech impediments —“ Foot in mouth disease!” The pen, much like the shovel. can lead one to an early grave. Write on, or, wrong no matter, if s your opinions we all crave. Whatever you do, don’t stop hastily, and tell us that your feud is through. We ain’t had this much entertainment, since the day they installed channel two! James Edward1 s Elgas ..S. Credit to Maggi Buttrell for the “ coin\ of term o! what should prove to be a new phenomenon—“ Talk-Newspaper’’. Pick up a pen or pencil and get involved! Í It's 60 Years for FRANK Cr 6UDRUDA SARGENT We’re really proud o f them and in vite you to celebrate this anniversary with a ll o f us — Sunday, M arch4 ,1 9 8 4 — Congregational Church in Big Timber — 2 :00 to 5:00 p.m. Helen and B ill Gordon B i ll and P hyllis Jim and A lice Bob and Merle 17 Grandchildren 5 babbies & wives 11 Great Grandchildren We’re serving lefse, oyster soup a nd some other s tu ff too. Ì i Batey Oberty Edkmc Established in 1847 — The O fM al Pager ut S w n ( T lnfciriia^y taw tU S r S O tt^M O O lh ^ liit.f.u rjW itM ifcj» ^ I itM IM ' »Cfc.1« Tmime. H e w « Stunted*« f o a «c paitf at K tTm U a c. M m k POCTMAITUk Umtt ii M» mi b D « K ( T « * * t K m k m U t, HP, Tintar. M T M II Swm t Grmm Canary, ReeUg«tat A Sgrtagdai* ............... I D J t u m yum Oat u t C uuuny ................................... . ..................................SIIJB urn yum YOU READ ABOUT IT IN THE W ALL STREET JOURNAL NOW SEE IT AT ThecCo Li ACM DM EDGE COMPUTER IBM COMPATIBLE 302 East 2 n d St. Ph. 932-5341 IBM is a re (iste red uadtmarfc of International Business Machines MAYTAG FACTORY Clearance SALE MAYTAG W ashers & Dryers Stop In And SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! M A\IAi. RUE'S TV Cr 114 McLeod, Big Timber ___ • Phene 932-5305 A PPLIA N CE \SALES & SER V IC E ’’ American Lagion ANNUAL STEAK A LOBSTER FEED Saturday; Fabrmory I S Lotootor- $ 1 S/plata Staafc- $ 10 /plart« Ttakata aa s a le now a t L a llan C M BaaanraUaaa by ttakat antyi Plrat aaaaa baala. Meaia by HOMS BRBW. Pawaa e l SiOO p*m. SGHS Gym Completion Project Open letter to all residents of Sweet Grass County and other concerned people from Duane Long. As I have traveled around Sweet Grass County, speaking at various rural schools and different places in Big Timber, I have found there are many rumors afloat concerning the completion of the new gym I would like to take this opportunity to set the true facts before the citizens of Sweet Grass County. Rumor: The School Board has hired an architect with School Board money. Fact The School Board has engaged the services of the architectual Arm of Johnson, Graham A Associates of Billings, MT. This is an old established firm that has designed many schools in Montana, Wyoming and other slates: The Arm was hired on a time and material basis. They will Anish designing the entire project and get cost estimates on the completion of the gym with no money u p fr o n t They will be paid a portion of their fee as each phase of the gym is completed They will be paid with money pledged towards completion of the gym. I have personally guaran teed their fee, estimated at $12,000.00. Ramon The School Board is spending money promoting the completion of the gym Fact The School Board has not spent one penny promoting or advertising of any kind My wife and L along with a sizeable assist from The Big Timber Pioneer, are paying for all promotion advertising all ads in The Pioneer, all the costs of the brochures, etc In addition, Carol and I are furnishing all people who donate $100 or more certiAcates and plaques as recognition of their civic involvement Rumor The gym prefect will never get off the ground and money given now will lay in the bank, depreciating in value Fact Nothing could be further from the truth. As soon as the architect has completed the Anal drawings and they are approved by the School Board, work will commence at once towards completing the gym The locker rooms will be the Am priority. There is enough money already pledged to complete this portion of the gym Ramon Completing the gym could cost as much as $430,000. Fact When the new school was built, the projected cost of the entire gym was$637,100. At that time there wasn’t enough money for the entire gym to be finished, so the shell was Anished at a cost of $322,000. Also, at that time, the gym could have been completed for about$315,000 based on the estimates. We won’t know the exact cost until the Anal plans are drawn and the cost of each phase of the project is determined. At such time, these Agures will be made available and published in The Pioneer. Tht hard facts arse The shell of the gym is already completed. Considerable work has already been done on the inside. Tha c im pit t b n o fth a §ym eon n m r bo d o n « for lo s s monoy than now 1—41 Rumor The money spent Anishing the gym will disappear out of Sweet Grass County, going into Billings, Bozeman and elsewhere. Fact* Wron# -Every penny that can be spent in Big Timber will be spent here. All the material that can be purchased locally will be purchased here. We will also be using ail the local help that can be utilized on this project Rumor A gym costs a lot of money for just a few boys to run around in playing basketball Fact During the past year, 123 out o fl 90 students participated in at least one sport They ail used the locker rooms and held workouts in the gym area. If you count the drill team and band, you can add another 20 students not included above, to make it 75 percent of the student body. Also, when you add the 9th and 10th grade P .E classes, you have over 90 percent of the students using the gym. Ru mor They dicin’ t plan for a stage and don’t have room for one in the new gym. Fact The gym was designed for a portable stage, one that can be set up and dismantled in an hour's time. Rumor On a project this size, everyone in Sweet Grass County will have to help. Fact This rumor is true. I do need the help of every citizen in Sweet Grass County and I will be contacting everyone, seeking your support I will also be contacting out of county corporations that pay taxes in Sweet Grass County and people that derive money from Sweet Grass County but pay no taxes in Sweet Grass County. By April 1, 1984, we will have the Anal plans drawn and costs obtained to Anish the gym. At that time I will be actively engaged in contacting everyone, seeking your support in obtaining the needed funds. I will be spending as much time as is required raising the money, working with the architect and co-ordinating the work towards completion of the gym. All of us working together can pull this off It will something all citizens o f Sweet Grass County can be proud o f I am looking forward to meeting all of you. Thank you, Duane Long Box 67 McLeod, MT 59052 Ph. 932-6397 Thk ad is paid for by Duane Long and the Big Timber Pioneer.