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

To the Editor,

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

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Long, cold winter getting you down? Get out of the house and join the fun on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:30am
    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Thursday, March 1, 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.