The Reader’s Viewpoint - 3/23/17

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Editor shows poor judgment

I read with shock a report in your 25 years ago column Feb. 23, about a young man who had been arrested for growing some pot. My heart dropped and my mind swirled as I tried to understand why your staff would choose to report that particular item from our history without a little investigation and compassion for one of your great citizens in Laurel. This young man has dedicated the last 25 years serving as a great citizen, father, husband, neighbor and a friend to everyone who met and know him. Your insensitive example of news reporting was an embarrassment to him and his family and without justification.
I know you have not been in Laurel all that long and maybe where you come from a person’s dignity and worth are one big joke. Maybe you have an explanation for this but I cannot fathom what appropriate explanation that could be.
I am sure that you will not choose to print this note or give it any thought, but, I felt I had to say something. I would hope that you and your staff would also feel some embarrassment in this case. I personally love the people of Laurel and for a time I tried very hard to contribute to the city I call home.

Al Rickard
Salt Lake City, Utah


Buy another ambulance

Laurel is growing. We know that by the building of a new school and a new sports arena. However, right now we need a second ambulance to handle all our needs. You or a family member might be the next person to need the ambulance, but the one we have is on a call elsewhere—too late, you’re gone.
Our volunteers do a wonderful job considering they are not paid except by a job well done.
Is there money to buy an ambulance? Look at all the money going into that State Fireman’s Memorial. It could go in Helena or elsewhere. It’s been dragging around for several years. Wasn’t that land it is being built on purchased by the city to enlarge the police, fire and ambulance departments? That is a very good place where the departments are as to moving the fire department elsewhere. How and when did that memorial land get transferred to the state? Where did that money go? That would help buy a new ambulance.
Laurel can be very proud of our volunteer firemen and ambulance personnel. They have put in many hours of training, giving of themselves above and beyond.
So let’s quit arguing and get together to upgrade Laurel with a new ambulance.

Jeanne Stabelfeldt


Student reporting on Montana

Hello Montanans!
Hello! I am a fourth-grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we do state reports and I have chosen your state!. I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Montana as I work on my report.
Most of the information that we get for our reports will be from books and web sites. We also like to get information from people who live in the state, too. This is why I am writing to you. I was hoping that you would be willing to send me some items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, souvenirs, general information, newspapers articles or any other items that would be useful. I really appreciate your help.
Eliza Gibson
Mrs. Dodds’ Class
Charlotte Latin School
9502 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277

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