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Letters to the Editor
We want to strongly urge everyone to vote “yes” for the upcoming School District 2 mill levies. Investing in our children’s education should be a top priority in our community. Over the years, when we have recruited physicians to Billings, one of our strongest selling points has been the high quality of our school district. Being able to assure doctors if they move to Billings their children will obtain a quality education helps us compete with large metropolitan areas for outstanding doctors. Being able to attract superior doctors strengthens our medical community, which is a benefit to all of us. Who among us wants mediocre medical care? One way to ensure that Billings remains a provider of advanced medical care is to pass school mill levies. Exceptional doctors can live anywhere in the country, and having quality educational opportunities for their children is top on their list of priorities; so, if having first-class medical care is important to you, please vote “yes” for the mill levies. By doing so, you vote “yes” to improving the quality of life for everyone in our community.
Chris Dorr and John Dorr, MD
2910 Palm Drive, Billings, MT
For the past 23 years, I have worked as an intermediary and consultant to assist business owners with the sale of their business and individuals with finding a business to buy. A good deal of the time, this involves relocation to a new community with a family. The number one question that comes up is “what are the schools like?” These are typically astute people who do their homework and check out the school system on the internet. They also have choices. This has not played out well for Billings schools because it appears that the residents do not support our schools with mill levies.
As the current mill levy came up, I thought back about my own family and decisions we made regarding our kid’s education. When my two sons were in first grade we lived in a resort town in Colorado and realized that the schools were not up to standard. We sold our business and moved back to Billings to educate our kids and have never been sorry. Although our sons have graduated and moved on, I am supporting our schools because of the past and the future.
3311 Horton Smith Lane
Hold the hymn. The Wall Street Journal lauds Montana’s Governor Schweitzer for proposing a 5% budget cut. Sounds good.
His cuts, though, are glossy glazing on a cake, paper veneer on chipboard furniture. Schweitzer is no budget cutter. Since taking office in 2004, general fund spending has increased 49% at his urging. (2005: $1.321B, 2011: $1.969)
Few prisoners would cheer a sentence commutation of 49 to 44 years.
Praising Schweitzer for frugality is unapt.
I found your November 1 issue quite refreshing. The trade and or business in and outs of China and India. The innovative way we can clean up our business and progressive pollution. Then there is the, No, we are not going to get used to it, and stand idly by as business as usual or status quo continues.
As a person who has grown up questioning our government and business as to their responsibility the people, have you seen the light or is your ox being gored? I have seen the things our government and big business has done to the American family farmers. It is not so much the things they say they want to do FOR us, but TO us that makes me so skeptical or cynical.
The Big Sky Business Journal
P.O. Box 3262
Billings, MT 59103