As a small business owner myself, I like the idea of having an experienced businessman like Roger Koopman working for me on the Public Service Commission. For one thing, people who run businesses know what it means to serve. If they don't please their customers, they won't be in business very long!
Business owners also know the meaning of hard work. Most of us laugh at the very thought of a 40-hour week. Fifty or 60 hours is more like it, when you're trying to build a company and keep the wolves away.
I was an employee of Koopman's at one time, so I know firsthand the kind of devotion he brings to the job. He's a typical small businessman with a "can do" attitude and a love for his work. And it was never beneath him to clean the bathroom or take out the garbage, either!
When I read about the current commissioner (John Vincent), and how he doesn't even show up for most PSC meetings, I am struck by the contrast between these two men. I mean, how hard is it to sit in a room for a few hours a week, let alone work in your office a little, to make yourself available for your constituents?
If we want a PSC commissioner who will take his job seriously and put out the effort, Koopman is the obvious choice. His Montana work ethic and business savvy are exactly what we rate-payers need on the PSC.