Bullets and Blades is now officially inactive

While I am leaving this site up for archive purposes, this blog is officially dead. You can check out my new blog at “The Road Less Traveled”.


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Range Day, May 8th 2010

We were finally able to get out to the range on Saturday after being snowed/rained out earlier in the week. Unfortunately, all the pictures I took went to computer heaven when I tried to download them (I made a really rookie error – I am so ashamed).

Before hitting the Range –

Since it has been WAY too long since I had any of my firearms out at the range, I figured it was probably a good idea to clean and inspect them all. I also wanted to clean Chris’s new rifle since it was brand new. Surprisingly, the guns were still fairly clean and there wasn’t a trace of rust or gunk to gum up the works on any of my firearms. Likewise, Chris’s new rifle had apparently been cleaned prior to sale and in next to no time at all, we were ready to hit the range. I grabbed Gurtrude (My Mosin Nagant), my SKS, My H&R .308 target rifle and my Ruger 10/22. Chris had his new Marlin X7S 30-06.

A Whole new Range –

As I said, it has been too long since I have been to the range and it has undergone a serious facelift. The shooting line has been moved back closer to road to give a much longer field of fire, there are brand new shooting benches and the range has been divided into a skeet area (with no targets) and rifle range. My only complaint to the new setup is that the 50 yard target is gone and the 25 yard target is too far to the right. About the only bench that is viable for the 25 yard target is the very last one on the right and even then you have to shoot from the left of the target. I am going to have to make a portable target so that I can shoot at 50 yards (about the limit for me with open sights given my not so great eyesight).

As we started to unpack, I realised that I did not have any more decent sighting targets left. I must have used them all last year and failed to pick up any more. I will have to remedy that this week. I still had plenty of the 25 yard rifle targets and a number of printed zombie targets to work with, though, so we put up a few targets at 100 yards and number of targets at 25 yards. Then the firing commenced.

Chris quickly realised that his shots were not even hitting the paper and he asked me to take a few shots to see if the problem was him or the aim on the scope. Using a sighting target left up by a previous shooter and using my shooting stand, it became painfully apparent that the scope was WAY off. After some experimentation, we figured that the scope was set too far to the right and too low. After some adjustments, Chris’s shots were on the paper and a few more adjustments put him in the kill zone.

This was the first time I had ever fired one of the Marlin bolt actions. The gun itself is VERY light (I would guess around 6 – 6 1/2 lbs with the scope). The action is smooth and composite furniture would definitely withstand a lot of abuse. I found loading the magazine a little cumbersome but I am far too used to rifles that use clips so it could have just been me.

Shooting the rifle was kind of surprise though. The felt recoil was fairly stiff even for a 30-06. My Mosin doesn’t recoil half as hard as that 30-06. I am guessing that it is the light furniture. It will take some shooting multiple days to get used the recoil.

Accuracy is what I would expect from a mid to high level bolt action. Notwithstanding the bad scope setting, the rifle is quite capable of putting rounds in a respectable area on a target. Chris was able to put four rounds in a 1 1/2″ circle after he got the scope set better.

Myself, I started with the Mosin. At 100 yards, I was able to keep some shots on the paper but the Mosin still has iron sights and my eyes are just not up to the task. I was able to hit the “clangers” at 200yards though. I am still amazed at how reliable, low recoil and functional that rifle is, though. After a few shots at 25 yards, it was obvious that the sights were set too far to the right. Since I didn’t have my sight adjust tool with me, I figured I will adjust it when I got back home.

I switched up to the .308 H&R single shot. I LOVE that rifle. I currently have a 4 X 12 power scope on it and though the aimpoint was off (low and to the left), I was able to put the first five shots in the space of a quarter. I spent another 10 rounds dialing it in. I could easily shoot that rifle all day if the ammo wasn’t so damn expensive.

I can’t go to the range and not shoot my SKS. It is, by far, my favorite rifle to shoot. It isn’t going to win any accuracy contests but I was able to put 19 of 20 rounds into a 25 yard rifle target at 100 yards. I switched to one of my zombie targets for the next clip (what good is shooting if you can’t kill zombies) and all 20 of 20 were kill shots. That was one dead zombie.

I didn’t get a chance to shoot the Ruger 10/22 – we ran out of time. Chris had to get back home to get ready for work. Hopefully, next time we will have more time at the range and even better, Brittany can come with us.

After the Range –

You should never shoot your guns and not clean them afterward. Since I am not totally convinced that this cheap ammo I am using for the Mosin is non-corrosive, I am even more anal about cleaning my guns after the range (at least until I use it all up). I gave Chris a pass on cleaning his 30-06 and did it for him since he had to go to work, but I will sit down and show him how to clean his new rifle before we go out again.

It was fun going out to the range with someone that wasn’t all that used to shooting. Chris originally hails from Southern California and while he has fired guns before, it certainly wasn’t the way we shoot here in Montana. He is still marveling over the fact that he didn’t have a waiting period to get his gun after buying. He seemed to genuinely enjoy shooting his new rifle and if we get a chance to hit the range again in the near future, I will let him take a crack at the SKS. I am sure he will enjoy it as much as I do.


Range Day cancelled

I rarely complain about Montana Weather but today I am going to make an exception. My soon to be Son in Law, bought a new Marlin Bolt-action .30-06 for hunting this year and we were going to go to the range and break it in. It was also suppose to be a good excuse to dust off Gertrude, my SKS and my .308 target rifle and put some rounds downrange.

Unfortunately, the sometimes unpredictable Montana Weather interveined. The snow started flying early last night and by 9:00 pm, it was a full blown blizzard. Temps plummeted and the winds were blowing enough to deposit a couple of inches of snow on our covered porch. Needless to say, range day today is cancelled. Guess it will have to wait a few days for spring to come back.

On the upside, I can aswage my disappointment by going to the midnight opening of “Ironman II” at the local theatre tonight.

I will post pics when we go. His new rifle looks pretty sweet.


In the absence of guns, bad guys use knives

Electric City Weblog has a post up about the rash of knife violence in the UK. This really isn’t a surprise to me since the UK is often brought up whenever the topic of “Gun Control” surfaces as an example of what could happen here if we allowed the Feds to legislate away our right to own guns. As an aside to that post, I would like to point out that the UK has now instituted some of the strictest blade control laws in the world as well. The California and Massachusetts knife controls laws pale in comparison to those being instituted now in the UK. It is rapidly getting to the point that it is illegal to own or carry anything other than a small pocket knife or a kitchen knife.

While I cannot even begin to imagine the US people accepting these kind of restrictions (either on guns or knives), all I have to do is re-read the laws on knives or guns in California and Massashusetts to remind myself never to underestimate the stupidity of the mob mentality. I will continue to work toward defeating unnecessary knife and gun control laws while supporting tougher sentancing for those that commit crimes with those weapons.

Unplanned Hiatus Over

It wasn’t my intention to abandon this blog (or Pragmatic Revolt)for that matter but Real life intervened. Between dealing with issues on the home front (nothing bad, just time consuming), adjusting my schedule to my wife’s Graveyard Schedule, and just keeping things together, I slid pretty bad on both my web work and my blogs.

As Summer approaches (though it doesn’t feel much like summer outside) and as work on my gunsmithing room and my knife shop continues, it is time to get back to my normal routine of blogging as well. Look to see posts appear on a semi regular basis both here and on my political blog, Pragmatic Revolt.

As a Side Note – Since I am redoing my personal and professional webs and since I have brought back Pragmatic Revolt, an explanation of what to expect is in order. This blog will primarily be reserved for topics relating to my Knifemaking, Gunsmithing, Hiking and Living day to day in Montana. Political Subjects will be reserved for Pragmatic Revolt since that was the reason and focus for setting up that Blog. While you will occationally see Political topics discussed here – any political topics here will relate back to the primary focus of this blog – knives, guns, crafting and hiking.

I want to apologize to the people that were regularly reading this blog for deserting you, but I write primarily for myself and there just wasn’t time.


Re-opening Pragmatic Revolt

I have kept the option of re-opening Pragmatic Revolt open and have been considering it for a while now. Since I am re-doing my websites (both Moorcat.com and Apache Gun and Blades), I have decided to make some changes here as well. I want to keep this site focused on my crafting, knifemaking, gunsmithing and Montana Life so I am re-opening Pragmatic Revolt for all topics relating to Politics (with the exception of gun/knife politics). I will add a link to Pragmatic Revolt when I it is back up and ready for prime time.

I hope that you will continue reading Montana Bullets and Blades as I will be covering many topics here that you won’t see elsewhere. I also hope that you will spend at least some time viewing Pragmatic Revolt, even if you do not agree with my political views. It takes people of all political spectrums to make our country run and each of us has a part to play in the politics that shape our world.


Mayor Election Heats up in Dillon

Mail in ballots for Dillon’s General Election began arriving last weekend and the race to see who will be Dillon’s next Mayor has really heated up with some real surprizes.

Primary Race –

Five people threw thier hats into the ring for Dillon Mayor – the current Mayor, Marty Malesich, the current City Council President, Tom Straugh, Formor City Councilman, Mike Klakken, Lynn Giles and Paul Pilgram. To no great surprise, Malesich won the primary election with 312 votes and Tom Straugh secured the other spot on the General Ticket with 254 votes. Mike Klakken took third with 238 votes, Lynn Giles recieved 210 votes and Paul Pilgram received 157 votes. What should be pointed out about the results, though, is that Tom Straugh, Mike Klakken, Lynn Giles and Paul Pilgram all ran campaigns to “change the way business is done in Dillon” – in short, claiming that Malesich does not conduct city business well. Looking at it that way, it appears that a vast majority of Dillon Citizens want a change in city administration. Further, it should also be pointed out that Klakken and Straugh were only seperated by 16 votes. It looked grim for Mayor Malesich after the primary votes were announced.

Klakken Re-enters the race as a Write-in Candidate –

The landscape for mayor changed radically shortly before the General Ballots were sent out. Mike Klakken re-entered the Mayor’s race as a write-in candidate. In a three-way race (Malesich, Straugh, and Klakken), the sitting mayor’s loyal minority will have more effect than in a two way race between Straugh and Malesich. More importantly, many still feel that Straugh is simply a “lighter” version of Malesich and his “change of heart” over the last six months is nothing more than an act to seperate him and Malesich in the eyes of the voters. The key to the race will come down to who pulls the votes that originally went to Lynn Giles and Paul Pilgram.

Predictions and Analysis –

In my opinion, Straugh lost the race the minute Klakken filed as a write-in candidate. The people who voted for Lynn Giles in particular and Paul Pilgram to a lesser extent are far more likely to vote for Klakken than for Straugh. Further, both Lynn Giles and Paul Pilgram have written letters endorcing Mike Klakken for Mayor.

The question, at this point, is whether Klakken will get enough votes to overcome the Malesich loyal minority. The votes are certainly out there. If Klakken receives his original 238 votes, and 2/3rds of the votes originally given to Giles and Pilgram (another 242) he will overcome the 350 – 400 votes Malesich is likely to recieve. Futher, he will easily overcome the 300 votes Straugh is likely to recieve. On the other hand, if he and Straugh split those votes evenly, it will be a much closer race with anyone’s guess who the winner will be.

A rumor circulated earlier on this month that Malesich was going to conceed from the race once the ballots were set out. Had he done that (and endorced Straugh to his loyal minority), the race would have been effectively over – Straugh would have won by a comfortable majority. I did not really believe these rumors when they surfaced and see no indication of Malesich bowing out now. Further, with an apparent ego that doesn’t fit inside City Hall and every chance that he may once again squeek out a victory, I personally can’t see Malesich conceeding. He is spending a lot of money on advertising as well (full page adds in the Dillonite Daily, etc) and I do not believe that he would spend that money if he was not going to finish the race.

Straugh’s despiration is also showing. Recently he put an add in the Dillonite Daily claiming that he had been endorced by Paul Pilgram (as well as a number of other people). That was obviously an outright lie as Paul Pilgram has sent a written letter of endorcement to Mike Klakken. Lynn Giles has also endorced Mike Klakken and both letters of endorcement have been published multiple times in the Dillonite Daily.

I believe the results of the election will be close between Mike Klakken and Malesich. I think that Mike will get the needed 2/3 rds of the Giles/Pilgram votes and win the election. I also believe that Straugh will come in a dismal third in that race.

Endorcement –

I can’t and won’t tell anyone how to vote. What I will do, is tell you how I voted and more importantly, why.

I voted for Mike Klakken and wholeheartedly endorce him. While he is not as elequent a speaker as Straugh, he has proven time and time again that he serves the Citizens of Dillon. He has always been fiscally responcible and has stated many times that annexation should only be done when it is beneficial to both the City and the property being annexed. He has spoken out against the questionable practices of our current City Administration and worked diligently to involve the Citizens of Dillon in the decision making and planning process of City Government. He has called for transparency in both City Dealings and City Documents and been snubbed publically by both Malesich and Straugh for doing so.

My opinion of Malesich is well documented on both this blog and my former blog, Pragmatic Revolt. I would not vote for him if he was running unopposed.

In the two years that I was actively following the City Council, with the exception of Lynn Westad, Straugh was the most supportive individual in City Government for Malesich. Much of the questionable things Malesich did during that two year period could not have been accomplished without Straugh’s backing. Straugh voted for limiting public participation in City Government, he voted to move public comment to the end of City Council meetings and he supported the many times Malesich refused to provide public communications to the City Council.

All of a sudden (after announcing his candidacy for Mayor), Straugh has a “change of heart”. He is suddenly concerned about Malesich’s practices and makes flowery speeches about how the City Council should question Malesich’s agenda (though his voting record still supported the Malesich agenda…). He sent a letter to a select percentage of people that signed the Recall petition agaisnt Malesich basically throwing Malesich under the bus. He starts writing a weekly column in the Dillonite Daily (in my opinion he spends more time tooting his own horn in that column than he does actually providing information to the citizens).

I see Tom as the consumate politician. He recognised that the majority of people in town are unhappy with Malesich and even though he has advocated the same policies Malesich has, he is slicker than Marty. He turns on an easy smile, tells people what he thinks they want to hear and asks for thier vote. Unfortunately for him, a lot of people aren’t buying it – the primary vote proves that.

In short, I support Klakken for his honesty and integrity. He isn’t as well spoken as Tom, but he believes in what he is saying and is willing to work with the citizens of Dillon in a partnership. In my opinion, Tom will rule, Klakken with represent. There is a big difference.


Busy and new member of family

I have been insanely busy trying to get things done before fall sets in. So far, I have completed the project with our front median, started replacing the concrete sidewalks where they have disintegrated, replaced the steps for our side deck and repainted most of that deck, as well as other, less involved projects – just in time to start harvesting our garden and herbs. It has been a very busy summer. We have also welcomed a new member into our family – a cute, ragdoll calico kitten named Anck-Sunamun (Suni for short).

Front Median –

Out in front of our house, we have a 6′ median seperating our sidewalk from the road. When we moved in, this median was covered in rock but the weedstop below the rock was poorly put in and weedstop itself was breaking down. This median has been nothing but problems for us since we moved in – rock continually being knocked down onto the sidewalk, weeds (many noxious) growing unchecked in the rock, people slipping in the loose rock because of the incline of the median etc. Further, when I had to replace the street side shutoff valve to the house last year (buried 6′ beneath the median) it was a nightmare trying to remove the rock, dig to the valve and then fill the hole back in. I decided this year that the rock had to go.

the rock in front of our neighbor's yard - our weeds were worse because of the grain trucks that pass our house

the rock in front of our neighbor


First I removed the rock out front. This included a good deal of dirt as well just to get rid of the worst of the weeds. I then dug up the median with a shovel to a depth of 10″ and rototilled the broken up soil to finish removing the rocks and prepare to put down grass. After flattening the soil back out, and leveling it between the concrete sides with a homemade scraper, I planted a fast growing northern grass mix.

Inside of a week, we had grass coming up and now, two to three weeks later, we have a decent bed of grass. I still have to overseed the area again to hit the spots I missed, but the front is looking much better and it will be far easier to maintain than the rock was.

new grass growing

new grass growing


Now I just have to figure out what to do with all the loose rock and soil I pulled out.

rock and dirt that still have to find a new home

rock and dirt that still have to find a new home


Sidewalk repair –

Again, when we moved in, the sidewalk leading to the apartment downstairs was crumbling badly. Each year, this has gotten worse and it has spread to a few other sections of concrete. This year, it was time to do something about it. First, I had to dig out and breakup the bad sections of concrete. When I did this, it became apparent what the problem was – at some time previous, someone had poured a 1″ cap of concrete onto an existing slab. It was this cap that was crumbling (though the concrete pad underneath was in pretty bad shape too.

After a day of digging, using a bar and sledge to break up the concrete into managable sections, and using a wheelbarrow to remove it, I had finished digging out the bad sections of sidewalk.

8 feet by 3 feet section at bottom of stairs to deck

8 feet by 3 feet section at bottom of stairs to deck


This section at the bottom of the stairs to the deck, had been “free poured” – meaning that they didn’t even use forms. The concrete in this section varied between 2″ thick and 7″ thick. It was somewhat unsurprising that it had cracked and broken up.

11 feet by 3 feet section of sidewalk to replace

11 feet by 3 feet section of sidewalk to replace


Today I will be building forms for pouring new concrete. Tomorrow I will level the holes out and put in gravel under the pour. I should be pouring these sections next week.

Garden and Harvest –

Our Garden did really well this year (we are so NOT planting squash next year – we have enough for years to come). Harvest is already underway with squash, cucumbers, peppers and some of the herbs. We still have at least 10 more days of growing season left (at least according the national weather service) so we should still get at least one watermelon, beans, tomatos onions, and more of what we are already harvesting.

A decent crop this year

A decent crop this year


A New Member of the Family –

A few nights ago, a calico Ragdoll cross kitten followed our soon-to-be son in law home from work. She stayed outside for a couple of days but everytime I came outside, she wanted to be petted and held. When my wife returned from New England, she wanted to see the kitten and it took all of five minutes for her to decide she wanted to keep her.

It has turned out to be a lot more painless than I thought. The kitten took to the litter box as fast as our older cat, Furby, did. It took her about half a day to figure out that the dog was harmless and a few more days to get Furby to stop hissing at her. “Suni” has become a new member of the family and she seems content to be so. We still have to get her to the vet to get her shots and in a few more weeks, we will get her spayed, but she has already charmed her way into our hearts.

Suni with our Beagle, Optimus

Suni with our Beagle, Optimus

Anck-Sunamun - Suni for short

Anck-Sunamun - Suni for short


Why I am NOT attending the Obama “Town Hall” in Bozeman

For weeks, my wife and I have been trying to plan a weekend trip to Bozeman to see my brother. We haven’t seen him since Christmas (he works insanely hard and has little time to travel to Dillon) and I miss him and his wife. Understand that we planned this trip before finding out that President Obama was coming to Bozeman the weekend we were traveling there.

When the plans were announced that President Obama was visiting Bozeman that he would be having a short “Town Meeting” about the “Health Care” issue, I was really excited. As someone that has some very strong views on the issue and has posted a lot about it in the last month, I was finally going to get the words directly from “the horse’s mouth”.

That was, until I attended the Stevensville Creamery Picnic Parade. It seems that the blind rage expressed by many on the right of the Health Care issue spilled over into the Parade. I personally saw both the signs in question and it really makes me sad that this issue – which effects EVERY single American – can’t be discussed in a reasonable and adult fashion. A few have commented on the breakdown of reasonable discourse on the subject Here and Here.

It seems that there is already a protest planned for the Obama visit. Since the event requires tickets to get in, they are going to line the area surrounding the event so that they can be as disruptive as possible. They have even called for support for the protest from right leaning bloggers from around the state. Understand that these are not the professional protestors following around the Congress Critters trying to get a feel for what the public wants – these are actual Montanans who, instead of wanting to actually listen what the PRESIDENT has to say on the matter, they want to disrupt the proceedings, denying those Montanans that can attend the oppurtunity to have a say with our Chief Executive.

When was the last time a sitting President actually visited Montana? Can you remember it? How many times will Montanans get a chance to actually see a sitting President and offer up our views on the Country or how some planned legislation should be handled?

Instead of seeing this as an oppurtunity to do some good (whatever your view of “good” is, this fifth grade rejects have chosen to be as disruptive as possible – not only ruining thier chance for meaningful dialog, but ruining the chances of thier fellow Montanans.

I am ashamed of these people and even more ashamed that they claim to be responcible conservative Montanans. There is nothing responcible about this. If you disagree with the President, fine. It is your right. I disagree with many of the things he has to say about Health Care. That does not inspire me to make an ass of myself and deny my fellow Montanans of a chance for reasonable exchange with the man.

My wife and I have decided to forgo the Obama visit. We do not want to deal with the crowds, the hupla and the protest. Thanks, assholes, for ruining what could have been a once in a lifetime experience.


Dillon City / Beaverhead County Suit in the News

In Dillon, it is common for one governmental agency to sue another. There have been many suits involving various parts of the Dillon Government and most of them appear to be nothing more than “appendage measuring contests”. In fact, at many City Council meetings, Mayor “Recall” Malesich has been heard to say (with a large smirk on his face), “If you don’t like {insert rediculous action here}, sue me”.

Nothing illistrates this mentality as readily as the current action between The City of Dillon and Beaverhead County over the seating of the County’s representative to the Dillon Planning Board.

History –

This situation goes back a ways – to the idea that the City of Dillon and the Beaverhead County Government should work together on planning growth in the 1 – 3 mile “doughnut” around Dillon. This idea is actually a pretty good one, given the way that area is growing and the general animosity of many of the people that live in that area against the City of Dillon and how they operate.

A task force was setup with members of the Dillon Planning Board, County Planning Officials and members of the community – both in the City Limits and those living in the “doughnut”. It came as no surprise that there findings included a general concern over the way the City of Dillon handles annexation, and the general distrust of those people in the contested area being under the rule of the Dillon City Government.

It was decided that, using a new law, the Dillon City Government would explore the possibility of joining with the County and making a “Joint Planning Committee” to help address those issues. It was doomed from the start.

Depending on who you talk to, there were a number of reasons for it’s failure. Mike Riley and Lynn Westad (members of the Dillon City Planning Board), claim that the County violated meeting notice rules and they also claim that Larry Volkening, a representative of the County, lied to the Beaverhead County Commissioners when reporting to them. The County claims that the City of Dillon showed no interest in actually working together with the County – instead it appears that the City of Dillon wanted control over the contested area. Whatever the situation, the City decided to pull out of the Joint Planning Committee. The County continued with the work without the City of Dillon’s representation.

Bill Volkening’s appointment –

The City of Dillon Planning Board was set up to include one member appointed by the County to represent thier interests. In the five years I have been in Dillon, that has always been a rocky relationship. One county representative quit, citing a lack of cooperation from the City and the City’s mayor. Enter, Larry Volkening.

When the Beaverhead County Commissioners chose Larry Volkening to be thier voice on the Dillon Planning Board, he was immediately blocked by Mike Riley and Lynn Westad. Mayor Malesich – citing state law – brought Larry’s appointment to the Dillon City Council and both Lynn Westad and Mike Riley spoke at length about why Larry shouldn’t be seated. Dillon City Council President, Tom Straugh, during his remarks, made it quite clear that “I plan to vote against it.”

The rational was that, there is a section in our charter that gives the Dillon City Council the ability to deny any appointment made by the Dillon City Mayor. Since Volkening’s appointment came through the Mayor (even though it was a County Appointment), the Dillon City Council had the right to deny it. Mayor Malesich made the comment that such a denial was “not appropriate” in this case. The City council voted not to seat Volkening at that meeting 6 – 0.

When this was reported to the County Commissioners, they once again stated they wanted Larry Volkening as thier representative. Once again, Mayor Malesich presented that appointment to the Dillon City Council and once again, the Dillon City Council denied the appointment.

Writ of Mandamus –

The saga once again enters familiar territory when dealing with Dillon City Politics – Beaverhead County filed a Writ of Mandamus suit against the City of Dillon, claiming that the City had no right to deny thier choice for County Representation. The city responded and about a week ago, this issue was seen by District Court Judge Tucker.

Tucker’s decision was that the County’s claim doesn’t meet the “extraordinary” requirements of Mandamus, but that it could fall under “a declaratory judgement”. A conference was set up for Aug 13th (today) to discuss scheduling for this hearing.

Summary –

At the heart of this matter is who has the bigger appendage. This is a pushing contest that best belongs on a third grade playground, not in a district court. Let me give you an analogy to consider.

Let’s say I was being sued. I hire a lawyer to represent me and go into court to face the matter. Instead of arguing the suit, the person suing me says that I am not allowed to use the lawyer I hired because he is not acceptable to them.

This arguement is no different. Regardless of how much Lynn Westad and Mike Riley dislike Larry Volkening, they don’t have the right to say he can’t represent the County. The County has the right to chose thier own representative. Further, I have to agree with an editorial in the Dillon Tribune – that it shows piss poor leadership skills on the part of Tom Straugh to push for the City Council to deny Larry’s appointment.

Worse, this has cost the taxpayers of Dillon no small amount of money that would have been better spent elsewhere. I would love to see just how many hours Wilber Gilbert has been paid (and will be paid in the coming month) to deal with this situation. He is actually the only one “winning” in this suit. Where was his objections to the actions of the City County in denying the appointment (or his legal advice on the legality of doing so)? For months, the County hasn’t been represented in the Dillon Planning Board decision/recommendations, for months the citizens of Dillon have been subjected to this appendage waving contest and the taxpayers are paying the bill. The County citizens in the “doughnut” have even more reason now to believe that being under the City is NOT in thier best interests and forget cooperation between county officials anytime the City needs something from them.

Isn’t it about time we get rid of these jackasses who constantly cost us money with no return on the investment?