Visiting Montana has been at the top of my bucket list for many years. Now that we are retired, it has finally become a reality and we have been making plans to spend time experiencing the beauty of the state.
Sadly, the events that have occurred this past week surrounding Montana’s election have negatively affected our plans. Our decision is not based on political leanings or party affiliations. It is based on a negative atmosphere and moral compass of a state advertised as one of the last truly unspoiled places on Earth. The true beauty should be reflective of the environment and the people.
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I am certain there are many residents who do not condone the distressing actions and attitude of the person who was elected to represent the state — but obviously, the majority do. The acceptance of his lack of dignity and respect for individuals and willingness to display verbal and physical bullying so easily and publicly makes us question whether Montana is a place where we can reasonably expect to experience civility and attitudes of “live and let live.”
Although I am certain people will say Montana will not be the least affected by our disappointment and decision not to visit, I can’t help but think that there could be many, many others who share our thoughts.
Tenants Harbor, Maine
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