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F- i OA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015 EWPO NTS SIDNEY HERALD Editorial i ast week, the Sidney City Council was presented with a proposal to change the .time that businesses can serve alcohol Yfrom noon to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The topic was sent to the . Fire and Police Commission for further review. Although some people will not be happy with the idea, we feel it's time to make that change. Many of our businesses are now struggling and changing this law would benefit them some. If wedding parties or other celebrations wish to have a toast using champagne at a brunch that shouldn't be that big.of a deal. We rather have those groups spending their money in Sidney estab- lishments than heading to Williston or Watford City. The council should also consider an even earlier starting time during the summer when people are taking off for a day of fish- ing. Again, we rather see customers buying their reasonable amount of alcohol supplies in Sidney than stopping at another town on the way to their favorite fishing hole. We don't feel bars are going to be packed if the law is changed. Not many people have drinking on their minds on Sunday morn- ings, but a" change co .uld help businesses especially for these special occasions. e famous movie star and of today's top two musicians walk into a contemporary zt s not the start artists to record of a joke, but it probably re- on the device, sembles the beginning of what including Beck, is sure to be one of the most Nas, Elton John, interesting music projects of Merle Haggard, the year. Willie Nelson "American Epic," will be From and Alabama the story of American music's Shakes, re- beginning in the early 1920s on the notebook ported Rolling the earliest of recording equip- Stone. ment. But what makes this Mike Froncingues A separate three-part PBS/BBC documen- music special, tary and accompanying music ' merican Epic special stand out is it is being Sessions" will feature just produced by Robert Redford, the music of these artists and Jack White and T Bone Bur- exclusive video. neLL. As much as I want to watch If you're not familiar with this documentary, I'm even Robert Redford, well, there's more excited for the vinyl al- no helping you. But for those bum series that will reportedly of you unfamiliar with T Bone be released with it. I may have Burnett, he l Tayed ' itarfor to buy a turntable jt st for that. Bob Dylan and more recently :I first saw "O Brother, has produced music for years, Where Art Thou," as a little including the soundtracks to kid, and ever since I've loved "O Brother, Where Art Thou" that "old-timey" sound. To be and "Cold Mountain." Jack able to hear some of today's White, of White Stripes and greatest artists as they would Raconteurs fame, was also fea- have sounded to my great- Lured on the "Cold Mountain" grandparents, recording songs soundtrack and also produces they probably would have been music at his studio/record listening to in little Cotton- store in Nashville, Tenn. port, La it's literally a dream This "forgotten" record- come true. ing machine made its way To anyone who is a history throughout the American or music buff, I highly recom- South and West and helped mend investigating ' meri- give birth to the styles.of can Epic." The series will country, folk, blues, Gospel and be released on PBS and BBC even Cajul music. Arena in October, and I will be The film will explore record waiting anxiously for the vinyl company scouts who used this release. machine to record the poor and rural areas that it gave a Mike Fran ingues is a reporter of voice to at that time. the Sidney Herald. He can be reached at The makers of the docu- reporter@sidneyherald.com I 406-433- mentary not only recreate 2403 this machine, but pull in some ontoct your state legislators Rep. Scott Staff nson DIVE, MT 59330-9218; Primary ph: Session Contact Information Office: (406) (406) 687-3549 Secondary ph: (406) 4444800; 34074 COUNTY Road 122 939-3549 SIDNEY, MT 592704721 Primary ph: (406) 480-0467. Rep. Austin Knudsen Session Contact Information Office: (406) Sen. Matt Rasendale 444-4800; P.O. Box 624 CULBERT- Session Contact Information Office: (406) SON, MT 59218-0624; Primary ph: 444-4800; 1954 HIGHWAY 16 GLEN- {406) 539-4268 to us words or less; all are subject to editing for spelling, clarity or length. Be sure of your facts. It is impossible for the newspa- per to verify information in every letter. We reserve the right to select which let- ters are published. One letter per month unless in response to another letter. The Sidney Herald welcomes letters to The Herald will not publish letters critical the editor. Whether po it ca, a prob em of individuals or businesses unless such in the city or neighborhood, or to pat letters deal with issues involving taxpoy-" someone on the back, let us know what's ers funds. on your mind. All letters must include the Leflers submitted to the Sidney Herald writer's signature, address and daytime may be published or distributed in print telephone number. We do not publish or electronic forms. anonymous letters. Letters should.be 300 Write to: Letters to the Editor Sidney Herald 310 2nd Ave. N.E. Sidney, MT 59270 E-maih editor@sidneyherald.com Fax: 406-433-7802 SERVING THE MONDAK REGION SINCE 1908 Carol Crittendon Publisher Bill Vander Weele Editor Views of our readers Rosendale should worry, severely punish the residents of the new museum. more ubogt Jllfrastrgcture bills Richland County even if the money The idea today suffers the same is actually there (which it may well shortfall as Lewis' idea did back (Sen. Matt) Rosendale's primary NOT be). This scaling idea is an then; it allows local legislators to concern should NOT be the state old Republican rouse; the thresh- say, "see, we funded you" when they budget (it will most assuredly pass), old numbers are sent so high that know full well the thresh hold will but rather his primary concern the needed money simply will not never be reached and the money should be an infrastructure bill that materialize, will never be forth coming. does NOT punish Richland County The threshold idea was inventedIt is just politics (rather than residents for water, waste water, by then Sen. Dave Lewis as a way good government) and it is very solid waste, fire protection and to deny the money for the con- sad when people buy into this false other needs, struction of a new state museumnotion! The Brenden bill (SB 416) will in Helena while telling his Helena John Shontz certainly, in its current form, constituents that he voted to fund y mother handed me the After the other officer as "Gov. Babcock", and told telephone with an excited guests had left, Tim Commander Schultz that Petty Of- ~ ~smile. The voice on the line said the great, gen- ricer Brown would be arriving back said, "Hi, Bob, this is Tim Babcock." eral was intensely at his duty station in Tim's limou- That was 50 years and a few months interested in Tim'ssine in about 30 minutes. a~I.~a~t~a~a~t~he,governor had perspectives as a To Tim's ~ght, I reporfeff~6~hiffi~' called to thank me for organizing common soldier, that my office.mates were watch a "Teen Age Republican Club" at Tim's impres- ing when the gleaming long black Flathead High School in Kalispell. Republican sions of the five-star lima delivered me back to the Navy Rarely has a year gone by since general were that Ike Annex. then that I haven't had contact with vJew was breathtakingly Tim Babcock has been the grand Tim BabcoCk. He would answer smart, that his ques- old man of the Montana Republican to "Governor Babcock," but only Bob Brown Lions were penetrat- Party f9r virtually.my whole life. once, as you will see, did I ever hear ing, and when he He was in the Montana delegation him introduce himself that way. He sensed Tim might to the GaP National Convention preferred Tim, and that's what we be holding something back, "that's a record 16 consecutive times. I called him. when he really zeroed in." Perhaps attended just once, and saw former About 40 years later, in a recorded euphemistically, Tim described the Secretary of State Henry Kissinger interview I did of him for the Man- general's speech as at times "color- and Tim share a warm embrace, sfield Library Historical Archives, ful." Tim must have passed muster, followed by a lengthy conversation. Tim mentioned offhandedly that because he was subsequently in- I'm sorry I never asked Tim how he was decorated as a result of vited to play golf with Eisenhower he knew Henry. I al o watched Tim his experience in combat near the several times, initiate a conversation with football Ramagen Bridge in Europe during Tim enjoyed the fact that he had great Jimmy Brown, seated with World War II. Typical of Tim, what never served as a military officer, the New Jersey.delegation which he left out was that his decoration, unlike most of his peers in high was next to our's on the convention the bronze star, was awarded for his elected officer. Tim was a lobbyist floor. heroism in risking his life under for Occidental Petroleum Company Tim's life had its up and downs, fire to guide reinforcements to the in Washington, D.C. when I was an but his outlook was always up. He rescue of his pinned down detach- enlisted man at the Navy Annex to loved people, and making friends. ment. the Pentagon during the Vietnam . He was my friend since as a teen In anothdr conversation Tim told War. I called him at his office, and I first heard his friendly voice on me that when he was governor, he he invited me to lunch, which we the telephone. Ever wise, engaging was invited by former President had in Tim's office with the capitol and humble, all Montana has lost a Eisenhower to an overnight visit to dome prominently centered in his friend. Eisenhower's farm at Gettysburg, picture window. Pa. Tim said that Ike knew that Tim Then Tim called my office in the Bob Brown is a former Montana Secretary had been an enlisted man in World Bureau of Naval Personnel, intro- of State and State Senate President. War II. duced himself to my commanding I BY BRENT MEAD of the land as those small profits The FCC's move to impose such MONT A POLICY INSTITUTE turn into losses, a high degree of regulation on the The regulatory structure under Internet has prompted outrage in which they've based their rule,the tech community and left many ontana's growing technology referred to as Title II, was origi- wondering why they've gone so far. sector is something to get nally enacted to control monopoly As Internet pioneer Daniel Ber- excited about. Homegrown telephone companies during the ninger put it: "The US represents 70 startups are emerging all over the New Deal era. It's an antiquated law percent to 80 percent of the [global] state, spurred by a new generation designed for a completely different information technology economy of Montana entrepreneurs. They're technology and devised under an-- why would you reverse your being joined by veterans from obsolete economic mindset, strategy that got us to this point?" Silicon Valley who are relocating to Investment in the core backboneThat seems to be the most salient enjoy the magic of Montana. And of the internet took off in the 2000s question. Keeping the heavy hand we're only at the first stages of the largely because government regula- of government out of the Internet development of a thriving technol- tors decided to let the market work. has been a feature, not a bug, of ogy sector that has huge potential to When the FCC made clear they the freedom and openness that has create new employment opportuni- would not impose the onerous Title got us to the point we are today. ties and spur economic growth. II regulations on fiber networks in- To reverse all that now could be a Promising as it may be, the suc- vestment exploded. Internet provid- colossal mistake. cess of a Montana technology boom ers tripled the number of miles of Montana's fledgling technology is not guaranteed. In fact, it just new cable laid per year in just five sector is poised to flourish on its became a little more difficult due years and consumers reaped the own. It doesn't need a handout from to a huge stumbling block erected benefits of those billions of dollars government to get there; it just by the Federal Communications of annual investments, needs government to stay out of its Commission. In February, the FCC The new rule is completely con-way. We're counting on our Congres- enacted a controversial new rule trary to what has worked thus far sional delegation---Senators Tester to start regulating Internet traffic and jeopardizes future progress, and Daines, and Congressman Zin- under "Title Ir' of the Communica- To compound the problem, the ke--to fight for Montana and for a tions Act of 1934. FCC's Title II rule is expected to re- free and open Internet. Our elected That's a very big deal for a rural sult in higher Internet service costs officials can demonstrate bipartisan state like Montana. The margins for consumers. Brookings Institute, leadership by upholding laws that on investment have always been a left-leaning think tank, put the both ensure no blocking of Internet slim in rural states. Despite that, price tag at $15 billion in new costs traffic takes place and prevents new we have seen new service providers on users. For tech entrepreneurs outdated regulations from changing step in and existing companies step operating on shoestring budgets, out Internet. Only then can Man- up investment. That investment the cost they pay for Internet access tana's technology future grow to may grind to a halt, however, if the very well could be the difference new levels. FCC's regulations become the law between success ai]d failure. L