Archive for February 11th, 2009

i like it……


by problembear

one of the most frustrating things during this big bank credit gamble disaster is the inability to legally maul and chew on the appendages of the wall street bank ceo’s stealing our money after defrauding the american public. but, maybe there is something we can do after all…..

i like this…..

i love this…..

i like this a lot…

if you are facing foreclosure stay put and seek legal advice before you give up. many people are winning cases against these bastards…..

by jhwygirl

Just noticed this, on the Great Falls Tribune website: The Session, 2009.

Good stuff. Really good stuff. Check it out.

by jhwygirl

The Missoulian has this story, with a lovely picture taken of Agnes back in September.

I’ve had that picture on my computer since then.

Agnes voted in her first election this past November because she “knew it was important.” She had been a Hillary supporter.

Imagine the events a 93-year old person sees in a lifetime – then consider she’s a woman, and Salish.

On the wings of an angel to heaven, Agnes Kenmille. Rest well.

by jhwygirl

Quite a list for the last two days of the week.

Thursday we’ve got a number of bills in House Local Government related to zoning, planning and subdivision issues: Rep. Michele Reinhart has 3 bills. HB405, which is basically a housekeeping rule which clarifies what mitigation issues are and how they are identified. It delineates criteria for local governments to abide by, making it clearer and more consistent for developers. HB404 would provide uniform standards for certificates of survey and final subdivision plats, and HB505, which would allow local governments to increase the distances that define lakeshore perimeters.

Rep. Gary MacLaren has a housekeeping bill, also – HB486. It’s pretty long, but it doesn’t seem to do anything more that clarify existing laws, along with provide with greater certainty (6 months instead of 5 years) when a city, town or county could get sued for zoning or annexation.

Rep. JP Pomnichowski has HB410, which would revise the calculation of cash in lieu of park dedication for subdivisions. Essentially it requires the calculation be made by basing it on improved land, not unimproved. Parks need water and utilities, and this is probably what that is about.

All of the above, again, in House Local Government – Katie Butcher the secretary – Make sure to mention the bill number(s) and that you want your comments forwarded to the committee.

In the Senate, Sen. Christine Kaufman has SB258 which would end the tax holiday for new oil and gas wells. Supermontana reporter John S. Adams, of the Great Falls Tribune, has a short piece in his blog The Lowdown, with some video of the good Governor Schweitzer talking about the past tax holiday and what changing it can do for the state. This one in Senate Taxation, Debra Polhemus the secreatary –

On Friday, there’s more Reefer Madness-like marijuana legislation from Rep. Tom Berry. HB473, if you care to read. Bad, mean-spirited stuff. In House Judiciary – Jennifer Eck the secretary –

Rep. Margie Campbell – a legislator who gets 4 stars for this week, folks – has HB407, which would add further protection for minors from sexual predators, including making long-distance solicitation a crime. Support this one, please? In House Judiciary, also. See above.

I support lots of things that support local government, but this one I will not. Rep. Gordon Hendrick wants HB379, which would exempt municipal water systems from water appropriation permitting. Impinging further on senior water rights – aren’t 35 gpm exempt wells enough? – is a big N-O for me. In House Natural Resources, Shirley Chovanak the secretary –

In the Senate, Sen. Carol Williams wants to prohibit per signature payments for voter registration with SB320. I’m all for this – and I’d even love it more if they would add ballot initiatives to the list. In Senate State Administration – Libby Goodwin the secretary –

Another shitty water bill to avoid appropriations permits – this one from Sen. Larry Jent. SB94 seeks to undo a recent court ruling – adverse to the state – that said use of groundwater, even if given to water rights holders – is appropriation, and it needs permits. WTF. Really. Don’t like a court ruling that is based on Montana law, just propose a law to change it? Is that how we roll in this state? Unbelievable lazy. Screw senior water rights, screw the permitting system and reduce – reduce mitigation plan requirements? Stand up for clean water and stand up for senior water rights on this one, folks. In Senate Natural Resources – Lindsey Hern the secretary –

Well. I’m sufficiently disgusted now. Someone wrote me this, this week:

Anyway, suddenly, I remember why I hate the legislature. Several months of going and fighting bad ideas.

It does sum up how I feel, sometimes, reading through all this legislation – listening to the committee meetings is a real treat, too, sometimes. Ugh.

I better close now.

Stay involved, people. Email, call. It’s not too hard.

(And the school board wants to censor materials that would be viewed by articulate, thoughtful students like Ana. Promoted by Pete Talbot. Here’s some background, if you haven’t been following this story.)

My First School Board Meeting

By Ana Beard, Hellgate High School Senior

In addition to being a Hellgate High School senior, I am the Editorials Editor for our school newspaper, The Lance. My Senior Project is to raise awareness about discrimination and diversity through the use of journalism. I chose this project after Diversity Week last year, when students wore T-Shirts that said FTQ (F*ck The Queers) and saw no repercussions. This project has opened my eyes to a completely new world.

A year ago, if I had heard about the school board meeting that took place on Jan. 29, 2009, I would have been concerned but not active. Last year the school board ruled memorials unacceptable for school settings because they made it “harder to get past a classmate’s death”. The Lance staff, along with The Halberd staff (yearbook), strongly opposed this decision. However, it never occurred to me to speak up other than to write a column that few administrators even read. This time is different. In the last week I have been affected as a journalist, student, tax payer and community member. With further thought, research, and support from friends and mentors, I learned that I can do more than write a few hundred word story for a high school publication—I can take my argument directly to the school board and if they don’t listen, I can elect a new one.

I spoke up in every class about the meeting and the decision about the “Stuff” video. I tried to start open discussions and encouraged my peers to attend the meeting. I even snuck into Big Sky High School during class one day to reach out to students over there and let them know we cared too. The student turn-out at the meeting was ok, about 15 in total. But the support from the public and my peers who were not present was empowering.

We were all pretty hesitant to stand up and speak first, only two of our group of high schoolers even knew how meetings ran and how to give input. It was a “no, YOU go first” type of situation. The first two community members who spoke gave ME the confidence I needed to get out of my chair and stand in line. It was clear that all the people waiting in line to have their say were there for the same reason (except one guy). That gave me the hope and courage to face a room full of people I didn’t know. I stood, nervous at first, before the board and read a statement I had written earlier. I soon realized I had no reason to be scared. I care strongly about this issue and I knew I had a respectful, very strongly written piece.

I explained the implied censorship the school board’s decision had created. I pointed out that a few students’ and one parent complaint did not justify such a decision. There should have been more student input and the school board should have reached out to classrooms. I confessed that I had watched the video and while I disagreed with some of the points it brought forth, I didn’t feel the need to remove it from schools. I spoke for myself and my peers when I said that our favorite teachers are the ones who push our buttons, inspire us use our minds, and who don’t follow boring text books.

My closing statement, I feel, really hit home with some of the board members (except Rick Johns who was scowling the whole time). “If my generation is the ‘future’, censorship is only setting us up to fail. We are nearly adults and we need to be treated as such. We want our right to a well-rounded education, including exposure to controversial materials and the opportunity to discuss them and form our OWN, INDEPENDENT opinions. Please, I encourage you to overturn this decision.”

My peers had equally important and strong arguments that were presented in a passionate and respectful manner. As I went back to my chair, my friends gave me big smiles and “good jobs”. Each student who spoke and returned to our group got the same support. I can speak for all of us when I say that we felt we had done our part…so far.

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