The Reader’s Viewpoint - 9/13/18

Send Your Letters To The Editor To Stop Releasing Methane
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Stop releasing methane

It has come to my attention that Ryan Zinke, Andrew Wheeler, and their federal agencies are helping ensure that the oil and gas industry can continue to carelessly leak millions of tons of methane pollution and chemicals into our air.

We had protections around methane that limited this type of pollution. Created in 2016, the methane protections limited the flaring and venting of natural gas to cases of emergencies or when capturing flared gas was technically infeasible.

Montanans demand that Washington put politics aside, and restore our original protections. The 2016 methane waste rules from both the Bureau of Land Management and Environmental Protection Agency both guaranteed the safety of workers and delivered the highest return on our investments.

Shamefully delaying, repealing, or refusing to enforce these protections endangers our families and friends, pollutes our communities, and allows valuable resources to be wasted and burned off.

I say no more! Montanans demand safety. We demand revenue from resources. And we demand that the current administration be held accountable. Say no to further delays, and restore the 2016 methane protections!

Kaila Sellars, ND

Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic

Drivers be aware of bicycles

I ve been having some problems getting around on my bicycle here in Laurel. Some drivers are not looking both ways at crosswalks and some drivers honk their horns at me like I should not be using the crosswalk. I had one driver hit my front tire at a crosswalk because she was too busy talking to her friend. When a bicyclist or a pedestrian is using the crosswalk stop for them because if you do not you will be liable for all their medical bills and your insurance company. If you find you can not stop for pedestrians cut your driver’s license in half and throw it way. When I am in a crosswalk I expect you to stop for me. Some drivers also think they can keep going if they barely miss you. So be smart and stop for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Eugene Wiesner


Williams’ Medicare buy-in won’t work

Kathleen Williams  sounds reasonable in her quest for Montana’s lone congressional seat. What could be more reasonable than letting people who are not quite Medicare age “buy into “ the Medicare program? This actually begs the question of how much should we charge these people to “buy into” this highly subsidized government program?

When I first went on Medicare I assumed that the monthly premium I was paying for Medicare actually covered all the benefits I was receiving. When I looked into it I realized that was not the case! Even taking into account the amount of money the government receives from Medicare pay roll taxes, the individual Medicare enrollee is highly subsidized by the government. The average Medicare beneficiary should be paying four times as much as they do now to really cover the actual benefits they realize from the program. Actually the average Medicare beneficiary only pays 25 percent and the government picks up 75 percent of the monthly tab. I verified this with Medicare last month’s .If we let these younger people “buy into” the program at the subsidized rate that current Medicare beneficiaries are paying, this would increase our national debt enormously. I would like Kathleen Williams to explain to all of us taxpayers how she plans to accomplishing this without increasing the national debt by billions possibly even trillions of dollars.

Dr. W. David Herbert ESQ



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