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The 2011 Teapublicans seem to be having a contest in setting new lows this legislative session.

Senate Bill 157, the Hunters Against Hunger bill, would have allowed hunters to donate $1 or more to go toward processing wild game to be given to families in need.

Fourteen percent of Montana lives below the poverty level. One in five people under the age of 18 live in poverty in Montana.

This bill was a win-win with no downside. It allowed a voluntary donation by hunters to provide the funding. It would allow those who enjoy the Montana heritage of big game hunting to help those who are less fortunate or who have been stricken with unfortunate circumstances.

The Teapublicans seem bent on demonizing honest, hardworking people and, in this case, continuing to victimize people who simply need a meal to get by. This bill accomplished the latter for the sole reason to spite Democrats and Montana sportsmen and women.

The Teapublicans have presented a bizarre agenda this session, and one of the unfortunate consequences is showing that the long-held Montana virtue of "help thy neighbor" no longer applies.

David Palmer

Billings

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