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A Letter from the Past

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Taking a little break from my debate research, I decided to search for myself in the Lexis/Nexis database and came across this letter I wrote to the Great Falls Tribune in 2000:

According to the GOP, this year’s election is all about trust. Voters are encouraged to vote for the candidate who is most trustworthy and honest.With that in mind, how can any Montanan vote for Sen. Burns? Let’s leave aside his constant, crude, misinformed (and well-documented) bigotry, although that should be reason enough to reject Burns.

Let’s just talk about trust. Sen. Burns lied to the people in 1988, when he said that he would only run for two terms. Of course, now the senator tells us that isn’t quite what he meant. Isn’t this the same kind of hairsplitting and legalistic defining that caused Conrad to vote for impeachment?Two terms was his promise, but the perks of life in D.C. may have caused him to change his mind, no matter what kind of car he drives to work.

Even beyond term limits, Burns’ smears against his opponent have been proven false, and Burns keeps repeating them. He has flipflopped on prescriptions, the Libby situation, China, a Patients Bill of Rights, and even his most basic commitments to the people of Montana.

There is a stark choice in this senatorial campaign. One candidate offers a new leadership, focused on the needs of the people of Montana, not the interests of huge multinational corporations.Those businesses Burns claims to have brought to Montana haven’t stopped our wages from dropping to 49th in the nation.

A vote for Burns isn’t a vote for Montana; it is a vote against our interests.

Interesting how little changes, isn’t it?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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