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By Parker Heinlein
Outdoors Columnist 

I Wasn't Aware that These Were Local Issues


I must be out of touch.

I had no idea that transsexuals, and concealed firearms were the most important issues facing me and my neighbors in rural Phillips County.

I would have thought the closing of the local retirement home -- one of seven shut down last year across the state -- or perhaps rail safety, would top the list. Maybe a general lack of rural health care or failing infrastructure in Montana’s small towns might pique constituents’ interest.

But no.

Apparently we’re more concerned about cross-dressers and shooting each other. That is if we believe the folks we elected to lea...

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