It is an interesting debate that goes back to personal responsibility.
• Should hunters wear orange?
• Should people in vehicles wear seatbelts?
• Should motorcyclists wear helmets?
Depending on where you land on these questions probably depends on what you believe is responsible behavior, the governments’ role in our lives and even Darwin’s Law.
The reason the debate about personal responsibility bubbled up was because of a white Jeep near Laurel High School.
Our community firefighters work hard every day to save lives and keep our communities safe.
I am being criticized for my no vote on Senate Bill 72, which would create a law requiring the state to take on the liability and treatment costs for firefighters with lung disease. As a Representative I have to take a lot of hard votes and I can handle the criticism. It is much easier to vote yes on every bill, we all want to help everyone but funding does not allow that. To be clear I voted against the bill not firefighters. I want to make sure my constituents know why I voted no.
It is common to hear people say, “Republicans and Democrats, there isn’t a nickels difference!” But it is the final product that belies the lack of discernible difference. Witness that Republicans wanting to repeal Obamacare point to the hated “personal mandate” charged if you did not buy insurance. In a recent re-write Republicans inserted that if you let your insurance lapse you must pay a 30 percent surcharge. A $1,000 fine for not buying insurance or $1,000 for trying to reinstate insurance, the difference lacks distinction.
Ambulance response time needs to be fixed
The golden hour – or golden time – in emergency medical response terminology states that if emergency care can be given to a patient within an hour of a traumatic injury, the odds a patient will survive jumps dramatically.
Emergency response should be about saving lives. That is at the heart of the discussion the city of Laurel is having with the current volunteer emergency responders and the county.
Greetings on Sunday, March 12, 2017, the first day of daylight savings time. The question is, do we keep Montana on daylight savings time. I would have to vote to keep us on daylight savings time.
Here are some of the other bills that will be worked on this week.
House Bill 381, Sponsored by Rep Dennis Lenz R-Billings will allow school districts to create policies and procedures specific to their communities to address suicide prevention.
The Republican and Democratic conventions to select their candidates to replace Ryan Zinke were held in a convention hall holding hundreds of delegates and on-lookers. The Libertarian convention, held at the Eagle Lodge in Helena last Saturday, was attended by three dozen loyalists including 21 delegates. It was the only convention that featured homemade brownies as a snack.
Kudos to Rep. Vince Ricci and Jeff Laszloffy for swooping in to save Laurel’s Montana’s Firefighters’ Memorial.
This community has two years to finish off this important memorial or it will be moved to Helena. The process to build the memorial started in 2003 and has been stalled numerous times.
It is great Laurel received a second chance. Here’s hoping the memorial committee gets going and brings the important memorial to completion.