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  • Do These Elections Matter?

    Edward D. Neil, Glasgow, Mont.|Oct 24, 2018

    Dear Editor, Having been a volunteer, low-level party officer, campaign worker and financial contributor through numerous campaigns for at least 30 years, I am usually vocal and enthusiastic regarding election season. However, when considering Montana's Federal, State and County campaigns this year, it appears to me that election day is only a formality with results already determined in some cases with candidates bowing, scraping and licking the stylish sandals of the tourism, recreation, environmental and real estate lobbies if not avoiding...

  • Land Should Be Settled, Developed and Disbursed to General Public

    Edward D. Neil, Valley County Voices|Mar 28, 2018

    Land Should Be Settled, Developed and Disbursed to General Public Please allow a response to Mr. McKean’s column on “The Local Value of Wilderness” in your March 21 issue. As a low-level party functionary and campaign contributor as well as a student of 20th century history and political science, I have written editorial page pieces on this subject. I have presented my concerns to candidates and elected officials in letters as well as face-to-face meetings when the opportunity has presented itself, for at least 30 years. As a first step,...

  • Reinstate Party Designations In Local Elections

    Edward D. Neil, Letter To The Editor|Feb 26, 2014

    Dear Editor: I am a first-generation native Montanan and new resident of Valley County, having arrived here last August by way of Rosebud and Cascade counties after 16 years as an economic refugee in Seattle by way of Salt Lake City. Please indulge me as I attempt to address an issue of local, state and debatably national interest as briefly and clearly as possible. According to the Montana State Constitution, Article XI, Section 9, the legislature requires an election in each local government every 10 years to review its structure and submit...

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