The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on June 1, 1976 · Page 5
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Ttw o*y bttw Life*. «*Mptfl. Montana. TiMMby. Jun* t. 1»7» A-« Command post O Honors class 'yardstick' rates greatness of U.S. presidents A^'-siV^ra --' ·%* ^t w *!l- . r -'Tir"! RECIPE FOR GREATNESS (serves 213 million Americans) In large mixing bowl add 1 cup of intelligence. Sift with 8 oz. judgment. Fold in 2 cubes of integrity, beat until firm. Gradually mix in 1 pt. foresight, pinch of humanity for leavening. Let age for several years or until political experience has matured and administrative ability has risen. Add 1 tablespoon of industry and knead dough well. Spread out batter, d e c o r a t e j u d i c i s o u l y w i t h charisma. Bake through months of primaries and campaign treks. Take out of oven the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Let cool until January 20th. YIELD: One Great President. (This recipe, cooked up by Lisa Madsen, University of Utah senior Honors student, was submitted with an essay as part of the seminar on the presidency.) Tavern owners respond EDITOR: A letter from Dorothea A. Armstrong appeared in a recent issue of The Inter Lake in which she advised your readers that she had beeri 'Uiold" the Montana Tavern Association was "busy now .soliciting funds from its members to collect $250,000 to be used for lobbying for gambling during our next legislative session." We would recommend that Ms. Armstrong touch bases with her informant who appears to be supplying her with a wealth of misinformation. The Montana Tavern Association is not embarking on the ambitious project Ms. Armstrong suggests and this FACT could have quickly been conveyed to her had shs taken time to contact the offices of MTA before penning her letter to you. To respond to letters of this kind is usually futile; however, the inference by Ms. Armstrong that members of the tavern industry are "fat cats of organized crime" cannot go without comment. The hard-working people in this industry, are responsible citizens of their respective communities. They are in a sensitive business which is strictly regulated, licensed and controlled by sta'.e and local laws. They must meet rigid standards in order to be granted a license to sell the products which bring millions of dollars into the state treasury every year. They are also undoubtedly the very people Ms. Armstrong contacted first when she went out to sell tickets for benefits or solicit donations for the countless worthy causes the industry members support generously every day, week and month of the year. Neal C. Kirkness, President Montana Tavern Association letters to the editor 'Family' won't ruin state EDITOR: The Rainbow Family received this letter last week. "Dear Rainbow Family: After watching you on TV, I felt compelled to put down my thoughts so here they are for the dossier that I'm sure you will have on-yo'jr Montana encampment. ! want you to know that I admired your composure, kindness, intelligence and tact. My husband is a local businessman so I know you will understand why I cannot publicly make known my feelings, but we are out here. ' The following is what I would say, if I could. If you watched the Rainbow family on TV, did it frighten you that our modern society could be regressing? Did they remind you of the pictures you've seen in history books and old west magazines? Now do you know how the Indians must have felt when those pioneers killed the buffalo, mined the Mils, built railroads, ruined the land and natural resource*! Thii is progress folks. As a fifth generation Montanan, raised in eastern Montana. I can remember the thrill of a vacation in the Flathead. Can you remember your son going on his bike to fish Ashley Creek, herds of deer grazing along the highway, taking friends so you wouldn't be alone at the lake? If you can't recall, then you certainly should welcome the Rainbow Family to spend a month enjoying the tourist season. You must be one o the thousand* of tourists that forgot to go home. Perhaps, you have one of the "slit- trenches" that operate 369 days a year on most hills and lakeshores. What's really wrong with the Rainbows is their regression into history. The many people using our modern convention facilities, shopping in the stores and using self-contained recreational vehicles would un- doubtedly be welcomed a* "Rainbow Days." We understand the drufi a*d alcohol are a part of cckbratiCM. We see them all the lime. B«t yw have to be able to afford the CUM or payoffs. The county needs tic money. Materialism really a the name of the game. Isn't that why most of us that had 80 acres now have five? My grandfather delivered his four children, as did his father and packed in enough groceries to Ust all winter. He died foreseeing the death of a great state. So don't hope the bears eat the Rainbows. We may need them in the future to learn how to live with nature when the earth can no longer support our modern leisure living. The Rainbows won't ruin our state In a month. We spent years trying to accomplish that! - A Sad Montanan." Barry Adams City crews need lesson EDITOR: "I wish they would do something about these crummy streets." Does this sound familiar? Every spring Kalispell residents can be heard saying something on this order or, often, something .less repeatable. Year after year our streets become a maze of moon craters for the luckless drivers to try to dodge. I have lived in Kalispell for the largest portion of my life and have been driving here for two and a half years. It took me very little time to realize and become disgusted with the street problem in our city. I took it upon myself to do.some research. I am far from an authority on asphalt paving or road construction but what I found out with a few phone calls was enough to disgust me further. To begin with, when the city tears up street to redo it, they dig down about two feet, put in fill gravel, wet and compact it, put three-inch crushed gravel on the fill, wet and compact it, then lay three inches of asphalt, and roll and compact it. Soft areas with excessive clay deposits should be dug one to two feet deeper than the rest of the block and filled with gravel (this is called bridging). To reinforce this bridge, the gravel should be dampened and dry concrete mix mixed throughout the problem area. Normal procedures, possibly with the depth increased for each layer, should then be followed until the asphalt step is reached. Immediately before the asphalt step, a special steal should be laid, then the asphalt. Immediately after the asphalt, another seal (a different type) should be laid. This double layer of seal protects the asphalt from moisture above and below. It is like painting a board. If both sides of the board will be exposed to the weather, or in this case moisture, one would paint both sides. If the last seal were repeated every two years, the problems now experienced should be greatly reduced. Secondly, the patching done each year is done with a "cold mix", which has little or no adhesive qualities. With the amount of traffic on our streets, a great deal of this is thrown out of the holes. To do a correct job, the dirt and loose particles.should be blown out of the holes. Oil and a "hot mix," which has great adhesive qualities, should be gone over with a roller and the area sealed as would be done : when repaving a block. The thicknes- ses of the various layers vary with the contractor. Of course, the expenses vary with the area worked on, but the city spends approximately 17,000 per block, under their present system, compared to some local contractors' bids of 17,500 per two blocks, $2,5062,800 per block, and $2,SOO per block. From the research I have done, it looks to me like the city is wasting money and doing a poor job on the streets. If they wasted the money and did a good job, I do not think 1 would fee! obligated to complain. . I am far from an authority on this subject but what you nave just read ! obtained from men who are authorities on this subject and have lived in Kalispell for a great many years. No matter how well the job b done, problems will occur, but if the streets are done correctly in the first place, what patching is necessary will not be in the same holes year after year. Most people have little or no knowledge in the area of road construction. All they know is how they flinch every time they hit a chuckhole. It makes a person wonder if the people responsible for building, maintaining, and repair? ing our streets'invest their extra money in the local alignment shops and repair garages. Kim Foster Flathead High School Stalest Backs public-owned utility EDITOR: A very important petition drive is currently under way throughout the state and here in Flathead County. The intent of this effort is to collect enough valid signatures (10 per cent of qualified electors) before July J to place on this fall's ballot a constitutional amendment providing for a publicly-owned, democratically- controlled power system in Montana. If enough signatures can be obtained, the citizens of Montana will have, in the November election, their first opportunity to vote either for or against decentralized public power in Montana. This amendment proposal will provide us citizens with our first real opportunity to redress the many grievances that have for years plagued energy consumers in Mon- tana. As it now stands, decisions regarding energy policies, utility rates, and much of the future of this state are made by company officials, out-of-state stockholders, and sympathetic politicians. Local citizens have little, if any, voice in these matters. Our only option has been to let a select few determine how our energy resources are to be used and then to routinely pay higher utility rates. A democratically-controlled, decentralized public power system would provide the means whereby the citizens of this state and our valley could begin to actively participate in making vital energy and utility decisons. By its provisions, the amendment will not alter rural electric co-ops; it mandates public acquisition and administration only of investor-owned utility corpora- tions such as the Montana Power Company. What is needed right now ii enough signatures to make this choice possible this fall. Petitions are now available at several locations in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, and the Glacier Park area. If you are unable to find a petition to sign, or if you are interested in circulating one, or if you would like more information regarding this issue, please call W- 5774. We urge you to read and sign the amendment petition. . · Sincerely, The Committee to Promote Public Ownership of Utilities William J. Dakin Box 313 West Glacier, Mt. 599M She wants public transport EDITOR: Will you put a piece in the paper inquiring why Kalispell doesn't put on some buses. The stores are too far away to walk to for older people -that is the good stores on Idaho Street. Revenue sharing is supposed to be used for transportation. They have buses now in Missoula. I have been told. 1 live on 5th Ave. West npar the high school. It is a short cut across town without going through town. Lots of high school kids could ride the buses too and save gasoline. Take it up with the mayor. When will the manager form of governemnt be put in^ Eva Marshall Kalispell Lovely lady lands job with congressman WASHINGTON - "Hello, Mummy, it's Betsy. I just got a job in Washington." "That's wonderful. What are you going to do?" "I'm going to work for a congressman on his Oversight Committee. " "What is the Oversight Committee?" "I'm not really sure. It's something hush hush, because the congressman said if I took the job I'd have to keep my eyes shut and my mouth closed." "That's interesting. What exactly will you be doing for the committee?" "He said he couldn't tell me in the office, but he'd come over to the apartment tonight and spell out my duties. He said I'd enjoy them very much." art 'buchwald "Did he ask you if you could take shorthand or type?" "No, Mummy, that's the wonderful thing about the job. He said most of my work would be done outside the office." "It sounds a little strange." "It's a dream position. Mummy. I can go to the office when I want to and I can stay home if I wish. And it pays $14,000 a year." "You're going to make $14,000 a year?" "Yes, Mummy. The congressman said the Oversight Committee is one of the most important in the House of Representatives, and we have to see that nobody does anything wrong." "I'm still not clear, Betsy, as to what you're expected to do. After all, although you're very pretty, you really aren't too well qualified to work for a congressional committee." "Don't worry, Mummy, I didn't lie to get the job. I told the congressman the truth. I said I couldn't spell and I couldn't add and I was terrible at filing, but he just laughed and said there were enough girls on his com- mittee to do that sort of thing. What he had in mind for me was something none of the other girls could do." "And what exactly is that?" "He said he'd tell me tonight. He's taking me to dinner. Isn't it wonderful, Mummy? I always thought congressmen were so cold and unapproachable. But he isn't that way at all. He's so warm and friendly and he said he wanted to be my friend." "I don't like it, Betsy. There's something fishy about all this. Why would they pay you $14,000 a year when you have absolutely no experience?" "He explained that to me He said that what the Oversight Committee needed was someone who wasn't too close to the problems of oversight. He felt I could see things with a fresh eye. He's so busy he said he wanted someone who could brief him on what the other people were doing. He told me he expects me to report to him two or three times a week, either at my place or his." "Well, I guess it's a job and ! shouldn't complain." "It's a marvelous opportunity for me, Mummy. The congressman said he would introduce me to all his friends on other committees, and when I don't have enough to do for him I can do something for them." "Who would have ever thought my little girl would be working for a congressman, and on an Oversight Committee at that?" "I cvi't believe it myself." "Do you have a title?" "The congressman said I could be his 'Night Administrative Assistant.' His daytime Administrative Assistant finishes work at six o'clock, and then he said I could take over. He told me he does his best work in the evenings." "Well, Betsy, make sure h« doesn't attempt any hanky-panky." "Oh. Mummy, He's a member of Congress. They don't have time for hanky-panky. He's only interested in serving the people who elected him." "Well,. I'm glad to hear you got it." "I have to go now. Mummy. I have a date at the hairdresser. He toM me one of the most important things o.Niijt my job is that I had to look nice. He said it doesn't make any difference in the daytime, but at night it's very important."

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