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The sound and fury coming from our Legislature reminds me of potential shows on cable television. For example, the Looney Tunes network could show Montana hunters using silencers on their guns to prevent hearing loss and reduce the noise of their guns in hunting Bugs Bunny. Another episode could have Yosemite Sam carrying concealed pistols into the Capitol looking for Bugs.

Judge Judy could hear the specious arguments about restricting energy-efficient building codes and repealing the state's mandate to develop renewable power. Dr. Phil could counsel our midnight cowboys on the Code of the West and mention the 12-step AA program. Glenn Beck could break out his chalkboard with a map of Montana and the Confederacy, identifying federal laws to be ignored by declaring them "null and void." Fox News could show our beaming legislators signing firearm freedom compacts with Texas and California.

To make freedom loudly ring and our voices truly heard, I would suggest that our Legislature make our state a territory. This would save taxpayers' money, create high paying jobs, reduce federal involvement in our affairs, lower our taxes and make us more competitive with North Dakota. This modest proposal would make our deregulating legislators happy and it would be another Bonanza! Remember Hoss, Little Joe and Adam are still riding the brand in the Montana Legislature.

I must reluctantly admit there is something to the quote: ''No man's life, liberty, or property is safe when the Legislature is in session."

Robert M. Pumphrey

Billings

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