Stand with our Lands

To the Editor,

As Montanans, land is what connects us. It holds us creating lines of relationship through each vista and anchors of support underneath every step. In many ways, I feel like land is what defines us as Montanans. We rally to meet the openness of space with our own fierce independence. We turn to the land to hold us when life feels overwhelming or uncertain. Land is our family, our greatest support.

Consequently, journalism around bills that impact our sacred spaces and our backyards are vital. We need information because today more than any other moment in our country’s history what we have held sacred is now fragile. Teddy Roosevelt and his Republican Bull Moose party would be horrified to see what bills and policies are being stripped away to deplete these precious resources for big business.

Thank you Carbon County News for the caliber of writing on Greg Gianforte’s recent bill masking as fire relief but in fact removing local control of our forest service from people who have served and know this back yard well. When I think of Washington as being the decision maker over Traute, Jeff, and the rest of the forest service team, my heart hurts. Thank you for diving in and challenging the language to unmask yet another danger to our public lands.

Local control and wisdom used to be a tenant of the Republican Party. It saddens me when I see this value removed in favor of the 1%, none of whom call Montana home.

Next week, Red Lodge has an opportunity to meet Grant Kier who is running to unseat Gianforte. Kier has spent much of his career as the Executive Director of Land Trusts, a job that focuses on uplifting special places in relationship with local communities. For those community members who attended the recent showing of “On the Shoulder of Giants” at the Roman Theater, Grant was one of the leaders highlighted in our state’s conservation movement. He has built a career in bringing people together, listening to their needs and concerns and creating solutions that build bridges but are reflective of local values. He understands and is a leader in connecting land and people all while balancing the realities of economics.

This is a race that matters. Our public lands are under attack and we must find a candidate who can restore integrity to our representative seat and who reflects the independent nature of our precious state.
Please come meet Grant next Tuesday, October 24th at noon at the Red Lodge Pizza Company for a meet and greet or join him at Honey’s (209 N. Broadway) that night at 5:15 as part of Red Lodge Call to Action’s meeting.
For every time the land has held you, it is time to return the favor.

Jael Kampfe
Red Lodge


Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 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.
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
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    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 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.

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