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When you have been raised in Montana, you have a common-sense approach to life in general. You may not like your neighbor, but you may need each other at some point and time. So tolerance is the key to harmony. When you are a rancher this is even more so. Tolerance is the key to accepting you may have an ornery critter, but she throws good calves so you deal with her the best way you know how.

But there is a line that has been crossed in the tolerance between what the government is asking the ranchers and farmers to deal with. With the wolf reintroduction, this is the line that has been crossed. They are forcing the agricultural part of our society to become vigilantes. The unspoken three-S rule is the only way a farmer or rancher can survive with the rules and regulations the government has put on him or her.

The government's predator control program is to, and I quote, "put up a fence around your sheep and when you move your sheep take the fence down and move it with them." Do they listen to themselves when they say those things? They tell the ranchers they will get them recovery money for their lost animals. But then, when presented with a bill of the damage of lost revenue from the rancher, the government tells them they no money to give.

Well I am here to tell you the tolerance has ended.

Alice Roberts

Columbus

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