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Friday, May 16, 2003

Bush charity ought to begin at home Us taxpayers got us a right to wonder about President George Bush and the way he budgets our money around. At least once in a while, that is. Here we got us a national debt of maybe over $5 trillion, we ain't through spending money in Afghanistan by a long shot yet, ditto in Iraq although we're likely done chucking $2 million-a-pop guided missiles at them, and here he wants a tax cut in his budget. Granted, the most tax relief will go to those paying the most and biggest tax bills but being in debt, spending and owing doesn't seem to me to be the time to talk of reducing government income.

Top of that, he wants to spend $15 billion over the next few years to fight AIDS in Africa, based mostly on a just-say-no-to-sex program. Got plenty of AIDS right here at home plus plenty of near wore-out roads and bridges and schoolhouses and poor-performing students. And teachers, too! Plus hungry kids and out-of-work parents.

If it's charity work President Bush wants to spend taxpayer money on, he should be reminded that it begins here at home.

John H. Barton

Saco

Community contributes to Mayfair success On behalf of Mayfair and the Billings Catholic Schools, we thank all of our generous donors and volunteers for another successful Mayfair Auction and Carnival! A special "thank you" to our dinner sponsors: The Billings Gazette, Mary Alice Fortin, St. Vincent Healthcare and US Bank. Thank you to Gainan's Flowers, Intermountain Distributing, Holiday Inn and staff. Thanks to all of the numerous committee chairs who did an incredible job!

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Congratulations to St. Francis Primary, Intermediate and Upper Schools for their fabulous "theme baskets" on Friday evening's auction that are truly the Famous Friday Finale. Way to go to the St. Francis Upper Building and BCCHS students who donated their time by hauling auction items, setting up or working the Carnival on Friday evening. Hundreds of parents shared their time and talent by soliciting donations or decorating the Holiday Inn Grand Montana Convention Center. Mayfair is extremely blessed for the support of the Billings Catholic Schools' teachers, parents and students. Without the support of the entire Billings community the Mayfair Auction and Carnival would not be the success that it continues to be.

Craig and Darcy Bartholomew

2003 Mayfair Chairman

Billings

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