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An Aug. 6 letter from state Sen. Taylor Brown must be addressed.

I am a resident of Senate District 22, Brown's district, and I believe Brown has forgotten about the cooperation with fellow Americans that has made our prosperity possible in Senate District 22 and across the country .

The Huntley Project Irrigation Canal was rendered inoperable by flooding last year, and the state and federal government partnered with irrigators to get the canal repaired and operating so an irrigation season wasn't lost. The bridge over Pryor Creek was also severely damaged by the floodwaters. With the help of state and federal assistance, it was rebuilt in a timely manner. The bank stabilization on the Yellowstone River near Huntley also was done with state and federal help.

The Lockwood Sewer project, with state and federal assistance, is bringing a sewer system to the largest un-sewered district in the state. This project received bipartisan support from our U.S. senators and would not be possible without this cooperation.

A final note is the firefighting effort — again with state and federal assistance — that has saved thousands of acres of rangeland from destruction this year. I believe Brown benefited personally from a fire retardant drop on his personal property.

Hard work and personal sacrifice are the fabric of life in Montana, but it is also important to be aware of the federal and state assistance we benefit from in Senate District 22. Montanans should be proud of our work ethic while also being thankful for the partnerships with the state and federal governments that make our lives better every day.

Casey Frank

Billings

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