Mood family announces
agreement to sell
Pyramid interest in
letter to employees


March 1, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

 

On this past Friday, February 23rd I sent the following letter
to the employees of Pyramid Mountain Lumber.

"My brother Alfred and I have agreed, in principle, to sell our ownership in Pyramid Mountain Lumber to Parke Logging of Drummond. After over fifty years of family involvement in Pyramid, this has not been an easy decision. But in the final analysis, the fact that Alfred is interested in retiring and that I want to pursue an entirely different direction for the balance of my own career have made us conclude that this decision is in our best interests. Furthermore, the fact that Parke Logging will bring a much stronger financial presence to the company has made us conclude that this is also in the best interest of you, the employees of Pyramid. We have an enormous appreciation of and affection for the many people who have been a part of Pyramid over the years and who have contributed to the ability of Pyramid to provide work for all of us. I intend to continue to be a member of the Seeley Lake community and I look forward to continuing my friendship with all of you." --Doug Mood.


Capitol Steps

Rep. Doug Mood, HD 58

I sponsored a bill, HB 446, which has become known here in Helena as "the newspaper bill." It would have required the major newspapers in the state to provide recycling stations as a service to their customers and it would have subjected them to fines if they did not provide those services.

 

A number of people have written or called to ask me about the bill and I want to respond to their questions by quoting extensively from an opinion piece that was in the Montana Standard of Butte on February 22, 2001. This editorial writer managed to get the point exactly.

 

"Mood had been accused by a newspaper industry representative of "retaliating" against newspapers for printing editorials against mining and logging. Mood denied that his goal was retribution, but he readily acknowledged that he was trying to make a point - two points , actually. One point is that newspapers are the single biggest users of wood products in Montana, consuming in newsprint the equivalent of thousands of truckloads of logs annually...

 

"Point two...is what he believes is the facile way some newspapers take stands on complex ballot issues...

 

"That, perhaps, was a third point Mood wanted to make - that when corporations try to defend themselves against the complex results of simplistic measures, their arguments are often shrugged off as being self-serving and 'greedy.' Anyone remember I-122, the 'clean water' initiative? Mood showed that he was only trying to make some points when he let his measure die. Had retribution been his goal he would have pushed it. It's anyone's guess what might have happened had his proposal gone before the voters as another initiative."

 

I really appreciate the fact that the Butte Standard editorial staff took time to think about "the newspaper bill" and came to the conclusion that I maybe had some legitimate points to make. Various people have written to me and expressed everything from anger and dismay to outright admiration. I do not believe that I deserve any of those reactions. I simply wanted to make a point or two.

 

 

 

On this past Friday, February 23rd I sent the following letter to the employees of Pyramid Mountain Lumber.

 

"My brother Alfred and I have agreed, in principle, to sell our ownership in Pyramid Mountain Lumber to Parke Logging of Drummond. After over fifty years of family involvement in Pyramid, this has not been an easy decision. But in the final analysis, the fact that Alfred is interested in retiring and that I want to pursue an entirely different direction for the balance of my own career have made us conclude that this decision is in our best interests. Furthermore, the fact that Parke Logging will bring a much stronger financial presence to the company has made us conclude that this is also in the best interest of you, the employees of Pyramid. We have an enormous appreciation of and affection for the many people who have been a part of Pyramid over the years and who have contributed to the ability of Pyramid to provide work for all of us. I intend to continue to be a member of the Seeley Lake community and I look forward to continuing my friendship with all of you."

My Helena telephone number is 444-1507. My e-mail address is d_mood@hotmail.com

The mailing address is Box 111 Capitol Station Helena, MT 59620

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