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Letters for Monday, July 9, 2001
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Letters for Monday, July 9, 2001

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Truck drivers

Please slow down on the highway

July 2 in Lolo, at about 11:00 a.m., a stray black lab was struck by a log truck in front of the fireworks stand. The driver of the truck kept right on rolling and, lucky for him, no one could read his registration plate numbers.

These truckers speed trough Lolo and the Bitterroot all day long, driving 70 mph to 75 mph or more in a 60-mph truck zone. They speed through Lolo like it isn't there. Why doesn't law enforcement stop them? Are they exempt from the speed limit?

The owner of the dog shares equal blame for the dog being loose on the road, but that is not a free license to callously run over whatever gets in the way.

The logging industry is constantly asking for community support, and Lolo School posts a sign supporting that industry, as many do here in the Bitterroot. It works both ways. How about you guys who drive these big rigs giving the rest of us - animals, children and other drivers who share the road - a break, too? The next time you run over something in this town, it may be someone's wife or child. See what kind of support you get then.

If you own a pet, please take some responsibility and keep it home. This dog had no tags. If you don't want an animal, don't just dump it to fend for itself; take it in to the Humane Society, where the animal at least has a chance of finding someone who cares about it. Don't make other people do it for you.

Thanks to the good people who picked the dog up. I hope he survived.

Leonard P. McCann,

4450 Leo Hansen Road, Florence

Libby

Comments hurt worse than asbestos

Montana's the last best place; Libby, the least best place.

Libby is still in Montana, but with the recent asbestos issue there has been a tremendous outpouring of feeling, good and bad, including jokes about this problem. Most towns like it when they get press in major newspapers, such as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, but when it's bad press - sometimes even pointing out to the public at large that Libby is dying - that is not good. It is not appreciated. In fact, such comments are killing the town more than any asbestos ever did.

We're tired of going to sporting events or walking through the mall in Missoula with a Libby Logger football shirt and having people ask us if we "are having trouble breathing?" or "So, you're from Asbestosville, USA?"

It is also bad when I go 400 miles to visit my grandparents for the holidays and see the local newspaper with a picture of Libby right on the front page.

People need to know that what is happening is bad, but it's not a joke, so do not treat it like one.

Jerek Wolcott,

5500 Kootenai River Road, Libby

Missile defense shield

There is reason for their fear

Why are U.S. liberals and European socialist countries and China so opposed to what they say is an unworkable missile defense shield?

Well, it's because, down deep, they know that American know-how, ingenuity and a can-do attitude will actually do it!

Stan Ryan,

115 Eagle Drive, Polson

Fishing rule

We don't want you here anyway

This letter is in response to an article in the June 26 Missoulian titled, "Locals-only fishing rule is selfishness." I thought it was a joke: someone from California sniffling about not being allowed to come to our state and destroy the banks of our pristine rivers for his own weekend pleasure.

Where was John Balzar's outrage when the environmentalists were putting our loggers out of work, destroying the economy of so many small towns and families? Balzar and friend Eileen Padberg thought it would not affect them. Environmentalists are now after our ranchers and farmers. The next time Padberg supports an environmental group with a monetary gift or by remaining silent, it just may tough her life.

Why would Padberg want to come to Montana anyway? Montana citizens are allowed to smoke outside, and we have electrical power plants in our state!

Ruth V. Andrews,

4025 Windsock Way, Stevensville

Letters policy: The Missoulian welcomes and encourages letters to the editor on topics of general interest. Letters should be about 300 words or fewer. The Missoulian reserves the right to reject or edit letters for content and length. The Missoulian prints as many letters as possible. Letters must contain the writer's name, address and telephone number (phone numbers are for verification, not publication).

Mail to: Missoulian Letters, P.O. Box 8029, Missoula, MT 59807. Fax: 406-523-5294. E-mail: opinion@missoulian.com.

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