Montana's Public Service Commission has been in the news frequently. It is an important commission, whose work touches all our lives. We would like to thank those members of the PSC who are working together, across political lines, on behalf of all Montanans. This bipartisanship is especially notable (and appreciated) given the lack of such cooperation on the national level. Special credit goes to the leadership of Travis Kavulla, who has taken unpopular stands to do what is right.
Kavulla has spoken publicly questioning the decisions of Southern Montana's leadership. He is not the first PSC member to do so, but he has taken more flack for his position than previous members. One wonders why.
Regretfully, co-ops are not regulated by the PSC. If they had been, it is doubtful if Southern's management could have driven it to bankruptcy. Even though the PSC has no direct role in the bankruptcy proceedings, we welcome its expertise and watchful intervention as the court works to resolve this financial disaster which endangers Beartooth Electric Cooperative and may affect all Montanans. We are glad to see the Roundup legislator interested in bringing this and potentially other abuses to the attention of the state Legislature.
Dave Grimland and Kathleen Ralph