Not to beat a dead (iron) horse, but...

It’s clear that the Beartooth Rally continues to have mixed, strong, reactions. Your story on the “informal poll” that indicated support for the event failed to mention that only 45 of the 150 local businesses showed support, equal to 30%. The vast majority of businesses were not polled, and some have indicated that they were asked to sign the survey, did not feel comfortable doing so, and therefore declined to participate. No residents were polled.

The issue is not the Rally. It’s the noise and the pollution, summer-long.

Who hasn’t had dinner at one of our wonderful outdoor patio venues and been ear-blasted and covered with soot from self-serving muffler-less bikers roaring in or out of their parking places? Who hasn’t been awakened at 4:30 a.m. by one self-serving muffler-less biker who needs to get an early start to the next rally? Multipy this by hundreds during the Rally. Why do we tolerate this?

“Straight pipes,” as popular as they are with both the wanna-be and real outlaws, are illegal on public ways. They violate both pollution and noise control laws.

The solution is simple: enforce the muffler laws.


Betsy Scanlin

Red Lodge, Billings

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, February 19, 2018 - 6:00pm
    The Beartooth Elks Lodge will be hosting the monthly complimentary Veterans Dinner at the Lodge, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.  All Veterans and their families are invited to attend. Please call 446-1812 to make reservations. It is helpful to have a headcount ahead of time so the caterer can prepare enough food.
  • Monday, February 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (All day)
    The Red Lodge Carnegie Library will be closed, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents' Day. It will reopen, Feb. 21.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 5:30pm
    Red Lodge Call to Action (RLCTA) meets the third week of each month from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Honey's Cafe. Non-partisan and open to all, the purpose of the group is to empower our community to be effective activists on local, state and national issues. The next meeting will be Feb. 20.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.