The Reader’s Viewpoint - 11/21/18

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Downing, Zinke didn’t help elect Republicans

During the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Montana I heard general Flynn an Obama-era officer enthusiastically endorsing the one I call the flying sergeant Troy

Downing for U.S. Senate on a Billings radio station. I may have promoted him by calling him a sergeant. As one who flew in combat in Vietnam I can assure you that this  Downing guy did not hold the  aeronautical rating of pilot in the U.S. Air Force. No matter what civilian pilot licenses or ratings you hold you cannot become a pilot in the U.S Air Force unless you attend Air Force pilot training. By entering the Air Force at age 35, Downing was way too old to enter pilot training in the Air Force. His political ads were purposely meant to mislead the viewer about what Downing had done while flying in the Air Force. As a person who has flown in combat myself I find what he has done disgusting.

There was another veteran running against Downing who had spent many years on active duty as an Air Force Doctor. We knew him as Dr. Al. He spent his whole life as a Montana resident . His family had been in Montana for many generations. He and Downing received about 20 percent of the vote each. Had the veteran Downing had not been in the race, I believe the veteran vote would have gone to the legitimate veteran, Dr. Al.

I understand Ryan Zinke and his wife were heavily involved in promoting Troy Downing for U.S. Senate. Maybe it is time for Zinke to tender his resignation to President Trump. I believe he is at least partially responsible for the Republicans not winning the U.S. Senate race in Montana this year.

Dr. W. David Herbert ESQ of Billings



Walking in Laurel is dangerous

For those of us who rely on walking as a form of transportation in Laurel, a couple of things could be done to improve safety without much expense.

The First Avenue Underpass is hazardous, especially in winter. A crew clears the road surface the snow is usually plowed up onto the sidewalks. The sidewalks are seldom cleared.

The other hazards near the underpass are the pedestrian lanes across Main Street and East Railroad Street. The lighting is poor. The “walk” signals across Main last for only seven seconds. And there is no crossing signal on East Railroad Street.

Both of these safety issues could be addressed without much expense. And someday, with help from Rail Link and Walmart perhaps, a walkway could be built along East Railroad between First Avenue and Bernhardt Road. And if it were extended to South 8th Avenue, seniors could enjoy a walk from the senior center to Walmart.

Bill Hanson of Laurel

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