Ronning does what’s right

Letters
Sunday, November 6, 2022

This year Rep. Matt Rosendale voted: against the Right to Contraception Act, which codified the right of Americans to have access to birth control, against a bill to create supplemental funding for infant formula while claiming to be pro-life, against the Affordable Insulin Now Act, which would limit the cost of insulin to $35, making sure no diabetic was priced out of surviving their life-threatening health condition, against the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, against a bill which would help prevent gas companies from gouging customers on prices, against providing healthcare to veterans affected by toxic burn pits, against a resolution criticizing the Russia invasion of Afghanistan.

I think Montanans deserve better than Rosendale’s NO votes. If you think that regular Montanans deserve better representation in the U.S. Congress, join me in voting for Penny Ronning. She wants to help make your government work for you, and not just the millionaires and billionaires. Penny understands the challenges facing Montanans, and wants to stand up for the regular people – not the special interest, big money groups. It’s been 106 years since Montanans voted to send a woman to represent them in Congress. It’s time to send another Montana woman to Congress. Please vote for Penny Ronning.

Mary Catherine Dunphy

Miles City

Rosendale sticks to his principles

When looking for an elected representative, people look for a plethora of things. However, one of the most important things to look for is someone who is upfront and truthful, and someone who is unafraid to stick to their principles. Throughout his first term in office, current Congressman Rosendale proved that he will do just that.

Congressman Rosendale has reiterated his support for our second amendment rights, the sanctity of life, and the importance of protecting our communities against drugs and crime throughout his campaign and in the Congressional debates and, even if you don’t agree with him on every issue, has proven himself to be a man of his word—which in a world full of crooked politicians is a rarity.

Unsurprisingly, his opponents don’t have the same firm grasp on the issues facing Montanans and the knowledge of how the political process in D.C. works. Instead, they repeated the same irrelevant left-wing talking points and emphasized personal attacks instead of focusing on the issues that are affecting Montanans. It is for this reason that I will be proudly voting for Congressman Matt Rosendale this November, and I hope you will join me in doing the same!

Maryrose Beasley

Roundup

Buchanan is a proven leader

A small but important part of Gary Buchanan’s impressive resume was his chairmanship of the Board of Crime Control. I Think it would be helpful to Montana Eastern District congressional voters to highlight what the Board of Crime Control does and why Gary’s experience on the board gives him a solid understanding of the needs of Montana’s justice system. The Board of Crime Control during Gary’s tenure was composed of 18 members representing citizens and local, state, tribal and federal officers. Members included the chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court, the Montana attorney general and the director of the Department of Corrections. County attorneys and sheriffs, local police chiefs and tribal officials also served on the board along with various federal law enforcement representatives.

The Board of Crime Control administered state and federal grant funds for numerous programs meant to reduce crime and improve the safety of Montana communities. The board was involved in more than a dozen areas touching the heart of the criminal justice system. The board provided funding for programs to reduce violence against women and victims of crime and developed programs to improve communities related to substance abuse and juvenile detention. In addition, the board was responsible for oversight of police standards and discipline and collected crime data across the state to help local, state and federal officials develop strategies to combat crime.

The Board of Crime Control is attached to the Montana Department of Justice for administration purposes only. But in the state government system, it acts as an independent authority. And its this independence that gives the board the ability to fearlessly examine what is wrong and what is right with the criminal justice system and offer solutions that really make a difference.

Gary Buchanan was a perfect fit to be chairman of the Board of Crime Control. While the position is voluntary and unpaid, Gary brought intelligence, analytical and leadership skills and a warm personality to the board that were critical ingredients for successfully finding lasting solutions to complex problems. Gary’s experience as chairman of the Board of Crime Control demonstrated his strong desire to serve Montana communities and to do Montana justice.

Gary is now running as an independent candidate for Montana’s Eastern Congressional District. Gary understands Montana’s criminal justice system and its problems. He also has some pretty good ideas about solutions. I hope you will join me in voting for Gary Buchanan for Congress so that we can begin the effort to offer thoughtful solutions to the numerous issues facing the state.

Jim Oppendahl

Helena