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Opinion

Ridgewater Drive should connect to town

Editor, This letter is about the Polson City Commission plan for the future. In reference to the Ridgewater access road, I would like to suggest another alternative. Hillcrest Road is a residential area, which already has enough traffic. I suggest the commission look to the future of Polson and extend Ridgewater Drive through to the south of the old cemetery and on to 13th Avenue E. At this time, it appears that Ridgewater could be widened with a turning lane. This would give quick access to the pool, soccer field, hotel and other medical services, and in the future, it might be extended to Kerr Dam Road. At this time, most of this land is undeveloped. It is also fairly level which...


Giving congratulations to voters

Editor, Congratulations to all Lake County voters of every stripe and persuasion during this recent 2018 midterm election. You came out strong, you came out in force and probably in the greatest numbers for a midterm election in the history of the county. According to MT Secretary of State, of the 19,2...


Space-themed programs planned at library

We are now into our second year of our NASA @My Library Grant and we have three exciting space-themed programs coming up. On Nov. 24 Bryce Penta will call in to talk about Phytoplankton from Space. On Nov. 26 at 12:45 p.m. join us in our meeting room for the Mars InSight Landing Watch Party. Then on Dec. 1 D...


Muddy messes Muddy messes

My kids give me gifts, often without even knowing it. This weekend, I received a pair or actually a pair of pairs. Pants, that is. Two pairs, which totaled a pair. To further play with words, the pants were paired with a request. It was one of the most simple, albeit complex, requests I’ve ever rece...


Learning how brain works improves decision making

Editor, Voting is over. Choices were made, sometimes at the last split-second. How were these decisions made? In an “ideal” democracy (republic for us): voting citizens, 100 percent of them, would be well informed with sufficient accurate information, to make temporary adjustments (knowing ...


Mom’s book changes perspective

Editor, Isn’t it amazing how one seemingly small event can actually change a life? It happened to me. After my mother left this earth in 1992, I was given one of her favorite books: “The Ultimate Revolution” (pub. 1969) by Walter Starcke who was a Broadway producer, successful busines...


Ridgewater investigation needed

Bozeman attorney Susan Swimley was hired by the City of Polson to review information concerning the Ridgewater Subdivision. She wrote in her opinion, “as currently developed it appears multiple phases of Cougar Ridge/ Ridgewater do not meet the stated purposes of the Montana Subdivision and Platting Ac...


Thanking fall work crew

Editor, On Tuesday, I was raking piles of fall leaves and pulling stubborn weeds at the Polson Methodist Church. Two hours into the big job, my trailer nearly full and under threatening skies, I still had a mountain of leaves and debris to load. Leaning on my rake to catch my breath (I’m in my 70s),...


Commissioner disputes numbers

Editor, I would like to correct two statements included in CSKT Chairman Ron Trahan’s “Letter to the Community” that was published in local newspapers the past two weeks. Mr. Trahan referred to a Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Program grant of $438,531 that was u...


Echoes of kindness can be heard

Editor, Do you hear what I hear? Listen past the political cheering (and booing). You’ll hear more cheering for our youth sports teams, for our firefighters and law enforcers, and for veterans. Listen closer. Can you hear the echoes of kindness? Listen for the rustle of neighbors raking leaves for t...


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