Medicaid services mean so much to me. I’m Darren Larson. I enjoy watching sports, hanging out with family and friends and going to work to make a positive impact. I grew up in the small town of Eureka, Mont., with a big and loving family and moved to Missoula to go to college and make something of myself.
Sen. Daines hasn’t been acting very local lately. He co-sponsored the “Resolution of Disapproval” against the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. From 2013-2016, one of Sen. Daines’ largest contributors was Koch Industries, which has a terrible environmental record (opensecrets.org, Dark Money by Jane Mayer).
The methane rule makes sure companies developing our oil reserves aren’t burning off or leaking natural gas that belongs to us. The rule makes sure that taxpayers get the full value out of our resources.
Gov. plans to slash
Medicaid to nursing homes
I am the Executive Director of Laurel Health & Rehab which is a 79-bed skilled nursing and rehab center. I am writing to let your readers know that Gov. Bullock and the state legislature are proposing massive cuts to the daily rates that Medicaid providers receive for providing care for those that can no longer care for themselves.
As the Administrator at Eagle Cliff Healthcare Community in Billings, I have the privilege of working with some of Montana’s very finest. Our residents are not clients, but they are our family.
That’s why I was shocked when the Montana Legislature is looking at balancing the state budget on the backs of our seniors and most vulnerable neighbors. I certainly understand the difficulty in making ends meet, but we look to our leaders to make wise choices that will not throw those who live on the edge, over the edge.
Speed limit increase lacks sense
An 80 miles per hour speed limit! Why? Who benefits from it? What was the rationale behind the increase? Was the Montana Highway Patrol involved in the decision to establish the 80 mph speed limit? What are the benefits? Anyone?
The BLM and the EPA recently finalized two new standards that will reduce methane gas releases from oil and gas wells.
Drilling for oil often unlocks deposits of methane, which get released as a waste product. Because of weak regulation, enormous amounts of methane get flared, vented, or leaked in oil fields all across the West. It might be used to generate electricity or heat homes—but instead, it’s simply wasted.
I would like to thank you all very much for removing snow that the county is paid to do. Without you all that have 4-wheelers with blades, tractors and front end loaders we would still be in pretty bad shape. I for one am very grateful for you all doing what you could. I would also like to thank the persons responsible for removing the big piles of snow around the school. It will help when it starts to melt. I just wanted to THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP IN REMOVING THE SNOW. I think you should send the county a bill. Again many thanks for keeping our children safe.
The nomination of Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education will put a qualified reformer with nearly 30 years’ experience fighting for local control over educational decisions in charge of the future of American education. I strongly encourage Sen. Jon Tester to vote in favor of DeVos’ confirmation, which will be a clear signal to special interests that it’s no longer “business as usual” in Washington.