Just a few words to say here about Montana and what it means to me.
As a black American male, who became stuck here almost four years ago (vehicle breakdown), I did not think that I would do well here because of my own preconceived ideas and notions, such as cowboys, horses and stuck-up people living in the past.
Was I ever wrong! A man working for Montana RailLink asked about my troubles and provided me with enough money to fix my problems. When I asked about how I could repay him, his response was "pay it forward."
In my quest to fulfill that promise, I came into contact with several nonprofits and charities who openly practice racial intolerance and bigotry.
Notwithstanding the aforementioned, I remember reading an article from this newspaper about Sidney Edgerton, the first territorial governor of Montana, who was a staunch abolitionist and believed "that everyone should have equal opportunity to pursue the American Dream."
That is the very sentiment that I have been blessed with, expressed by many of its citizens. Real Christian values exist here. The real treasure from this state is not its gemstones nor its vast mineral resources, but its people!
James E. Brown