Congratulations to Beth Gherlein for her brilliant exposé of the reality of what the Republican tax bill will do (“Small businesses suffer,” Dec. 21). She describes factually how her two jobs — running a small business and being a mother — will be made more difficult. 

The intelligence and basis in facts and reality of Gehrlein’s column contrast dramatically with the comments of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte a few pages away. Daines’ comment is another classic example of the faith-based misinformation and sloganeering we have come to expect from him. The tax bill “means families will see bigger paychecks, Main Street businesses will be able to hire more workers, and America will compete and win on the world stage.” Hallelujah! I believe!

Gianforte:  “These tax cuts keep $800 million in the hands of Montanans, not sent 200 miles to the federal government’s coffers.” He fails to tell you that for every dollar Montanans send to Washington, they get $2.44 in return. In other words, passage of the tax bill means Montana will see a reduction in federal funds of almost $2 billion, along with the $1.4 trillion increase in the federal deficit. Sound like a good deal? Just believe!

David Cole,

Missoula