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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Rosendale not protecting disabled

Twenty-nine-years ago, my family was blessed with a beautiful baby boy who we named Jesse. He came to us with an extra 21 chromosome which makes him have Down Syndrome. He has brought joy and happiness to our lives. In our eyes, Jesse is perfect!

People like Matt Rosendale don’t see our son in the same way. While in the Montana Legislature Matt Rosendale voted against HB318 which required health insurers to cover certain therapies for children affected with this genetic disorder. Rosendale obviously believes it is more important to save insurance companies money rather than to see that Jesse and other children like him have a fulfilling, happy life.

As a mother and an advocate for my son and others with Down Syndrome, I cannot stand by and let someone like this represent our great state and our children. If you also feel our children deserve a senator that will fight for them instead of voting against them, please join me in voting for Jon Tester.

 Cathy Campbell

Choteau, MT

E-cigs are dangerous to teenagers

As a pediatrician, I am alarmed by statistics that show that a rapidly rising number – now 30 percent — of Montana teenagers are using e-cigarettes or vaping. Without prompt action to reduce the appeal of these new tobacco products to teens, we’ll be raising the next generation of nicotine-addicted kids.  We know nicotine exposure in adolescence can harm the developing brain, and as a society, we all pay the millions in health care costs associated with tobacco use. Aerosols involved in e-cigarette use are harmful; they contain heavy metals and organic compounds already linked to lung disease.  And kids addicted to e-cigarettes are more likely to use other tobacco products and drugs.  Tobacco products already cause 1,600 premature deaths in Montana and are the cause of 28 percent of cancer deaths.  

That’s why I am urging you to support I-185.  This initiative will reduce e-cigarette and cigarette use among both kids and adults in Montana. Increasing taxes on tobacco products has been shown time and again to prevent people from starting to use them.  In addition, the tax will fund programs to prevent kids from smoking, help veterans, and prevent 100,000 Montana families from losing their health insurance.

Don’t believe the big-tobacco funded groups that are campaigning against “tax hikes.” If you don’t smoke, you don’t pay the tax. Taxing e-cigarettes and other tobacco products improves health.  They’re fighting this initiative because they know I-185 will prevent children and teens from starting a lifelong habit. Montanans should tell them to take their propaganda elsewhere, and support this initiative to protect ourselves, our neighbors and our kids.

›Lauren Wilson, MD

Pediatrician, Missoula, MT

Thank you, Sen. Tester for vote

I am writing to sincerely thank Senator Tester for voting against Kathy Kraninger’s nomination as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and putting the people of Montana before politics. Kathy Kraninger’s nomination to head the department charged with protecting Americans from predatory lending practices was simply one of politics, not merit. Her history of mismanagement and zero experience in consumer protection will only hurt hard-working Americans.

Before the vote Senator Tester said “I plan to vote no on Ms. Kraninger, and I would encourage all of us to look at the CFPB and say ‘Hey, are there changes we need to make in this agency? And if we do, do it that way, and not do it by putting someone in charge of it that will do nothing with the agency and will not protect consumers.”

Montanans deserve better than a political ploy to push Mick Mulvaney’s anti-consumer agenda. I commend Senator Tester for standing up for consumers of Montana and protecting us from Wall Street practice that ignited the financial crisis a decade ago.

Elizabeth Marum



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