I live in East Missoula and I have no City Council representative to voice my concerns to. So, in an effort to make my concerns known to a voting body I have no say in, I have had to resort to a general council message. I hope that my concerns are taken within the spirit they are intended, and given ample consideration, not only by those voting but by those who they are trying influence with those votes; both those with representation and those without.
While I am not opposed to a police force enforcing laws for the safety of those that live in their jurisdiction, I am opposed to a body I have not been given a vote in making decisions that affect the immediate neighborhood I live in. That said, it is my firm belief that the Missoula City Council has no constitutionally valid grounds to make any decision regarding areas where there is no council representation. This is a specific reference to East Missoula, and a general reference to the areas of Missoula County five miles outside city limits.
The United States of America was founded by those upset by "taxation without representation." In an effort to ensure the past was not repeated, they drafted Constitution, which is the backbone of every law passed. A consistent theme throughout the constitution is the right to vote. If the City Council of Missoula feels the need control enforcement in areas outside of the city, and there jurisdiction, I say allow those it afects to vote. There are county elections, which are a much more appropriate place for decisions such as these to be made.
Again, I thank you for your time and consideration of my constitutional rights, and I trust that you will handle this issue appropriately.
Lindsey Campbell, East Missoula