US House of Representatives discuss mental health, school and government decline

Four of the five Republican primary candidates for the U.S. Senate seat in western Montana met in a debate organized by the Montana Farmers Union on Friday. Candidates discussed plans to support rural Montans.

Candidates generally agreed that they wanted to limit large government, but addressed specific issues such as attracting teachers to rural areas and providing access to mental health care.

Al Olszewski, Mary Todd, Matt Jette and Mitch Heuer were present at the Whitefish discussion. Candidate Ryan Zinke, who has overwhelmed his opponents a lot, did not participate. He wasn’t even in a previous GOP discussion in Kalispell.

Olzewski, an orthopedic surgeon, called Zinke for not attending the forum. Olzewski said that if elected, it will be based on his experience as a former state senator.

“I’m the only candidate who has really worked and served you and has an extensive voting record when you’re dealing with agriculture.”

Todd, a pastor of Kalispell and a small business owner, says he will take a critical look at governments around the world in Congress.

“I am here to end the corruption of the government, to expose the actors who are there and to have new and new leadership.”

Jett, a professor in Missoula, says she understands that everyday people face serious health problems, learning disabilities, and higher education.

“No matter what you do in life, I understand where you are from. It’s time to dump her and move on. “

Heuer, a Flathead contractor with several businesses, says he has a different experience than his opponents.

“I’m an outsider who solves it, and I have solutions to difficult problems, such as the housing crisis, the mass shooting crisis, and a new transportation solution.”

On how to attract and retain Montana rural teachers, Olzsewski proposed eliminating the federal education department and diverting the dollars used for that agency to the states.

“And let’s turn them into grants and send them to all the states so that the states can decide how to use that money, and one of the ways can be to improve rural and border education.”

Todd said the parents had to be in the driver’s seat.

“If the federal government has another decline in how to put teachers in our rural schools, what to do with them, what to teach these kids, I think that’s a problem.”

Heuer said he disagreed that the federal government had nothing to do with it and that education should be consistent across the nation to promote a unified country.

“We need to have a national education program that works and has national standards, so America is united and united in our education and indirect training.”

Jett talked about his teaching experience and the bureaucracy that comes with it.

“There are teachers’ unions at stake, there are curricula at stake and there [are] rules and regulations are at stake that prevent and veto good quality people from coming to this state to teach. ”

Candidates were also asked how they would deal with mental health in rural Montana. The state has long had one of the highest suicide rates in the country.

Todd said federal mask orders and isolation requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic were causing poor mental health.

“I really believe that it has been because of overcoming government and that people have to go back to managing their own lives, to deal with their problems and not to depend on the government.”

Jette said there are many moving pieces on the subject and that Congress needs to address the root causes of anxiety and depression.

“It simply came to our notice then. There is something called structural unemployment, which means that if they go to school and work in a job for 10 years, they may not be in the job. ”

Heuer said health care should be cheaper and college debt should be reduced.

“I don’t have a big answer right now for that, I have few ideas with a few small clinics. And going back to education, with higher education, I think we can move away from expensive universities if we go to a program that offered higher education for a trade. ”

Olszewski said the federal government needs to do a better job of returning mental health care through Medicaid and Medicare.

“I believe in a limited government. I also think that if the federal government promises a product, it has to pay for it. ”

On other issues, the candidates agreed that the federal government should re-establish the country of origin label for meat products and require manufacturers and farmers to be able to repair their equipment.

Absentee votes must be submitted before May 31 to be counted in time, or left at the polling station or polling station. The primary election is on June 7th.

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