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Education

State obligated to adequately fund schools

The editors at the Missoulian must have been absent the past 10 years. The school funding case currently being argued in Helena has been long in coming. Wyoming schools, parents and citizens took similar action in the late 1990s because, they, like us here in Montana, know that their children are going to be the ones who assure the ongoing vitality of their families, their communities and their state. Thanks to that effort, Wyoming schools received substantial new state investment in recent years, without major tax increases for Wyoming citizens.

While the Missoulian editorial of Jan. 21 would have us believe the intent of the Montana case is to simply raise taxes and spend more money, we should remember that our Legislature gave away millions to out-of-state corporations in recent years that could have been spent on our schools. Why wasn't that same money used to fix Montana's broken school funding formula? Regardless of the outcome of the suit, I hope that Montana legislators will begin to recognize they have an obligation to ensure adequate school funding for every Montana child, so that the responsibility isn't continually left to individual communities and local property taxpayers.

David A. Severson,

2417 42nd St., Missoula

Health

Hypnotherapy a highly useful tool

After 25 years of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, I am finally making headway in healing and releasing the traumas from childhood with hypnotherapy (Missoulian, Jan. 20). I discovered that change does not occur or last without engaging my subconscious. I highly recommend this tool. I have also found that flower essences and high potency homeopathy support this healing and growth.

Thank you for printing the Jan. 20 article and letting people know they no longer need to suffer hypnotherapy is an option that works.

Laura Craig,

460 Clearview Drive, Corvallis

Beef industry

Missoulian exaggerating mad cow scare

Here we go again! Why is it the Missoulian goes on and on about mad cow? The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that our own meat products are safe. Let our newspapers get this information across to the public.

Now retired, I have worked with ranchers the last 40 years. They are honest, hardworking people and need a newspaper that helps them sell their products and not one that yells, "mad cow" every other printing, front page or inside.

Courtney Ernst,

218 E. Desmet St., Hamilton

Weapons

Liberal laws won't stop terrorists

There are those in our society who claim that the Brady Bill is successful in keeping firearms out of the hands of bad guys. If legislation can be so narrow and yet so broad, why not include plutonium, bombs, explosives and biological agents in the Brady Bill and then we would have no reason to fear terrorists over here in America?

And if the law is then successful over here in America, why not have the liberals implement the same laws in Iraq and we could disarm quietly those who bring harm to our troops and then eventually, with the cooperation of the U.N., we can implement the same laws in all of the world and bring everlasting peace to everybody? Don't thank me. Thank the French, the Germans, the Russians and the liberals!

Glenn Upton,

PMB 410, Polson

Slang

Teens know how to use proper grammar

In response to "Talking off the hook" (Missoulian, Jan. 26), I am quite offended. I am a high schooler at Big Sky High School, and I have never heard 90 percent of those words used. I think that this article is really putting a bad impression on the teens of Missoula.

Contrary to what Cheryl Minnick has to say, teenagers actually do know how to use proper grammar, and while, yes, we may shorten words in notes or in instant messages, we aren't using words like "Cheezing" or "Flossin'." And I just wanted you to know that you are wrongly accusing Missoula teens of using such stupid language, and I hope you now realize this.

Katy Browaer,

6426 Marias, Missoula

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