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Keep an eye on the ball

Editor,  It seems to be politically popular to throw an adolescent finger pointing tantrum over China’s truly deceitful role in the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, the fact of the matter is the demon is long out of the bottle.  So, what is all the current China bashing honestly about? Perhaps it is an expedient deflection to avoid accusations of a gross lack of diligent leadership.  For now, our urgent national concern should be totally focused on how do we stuff the demon back in? Once accomplished, the time for mature reflective recrimination will surely have its day.  Thomas Alan Kragh Polson  


Acronyms influence the world

Editor,  Acronyms have become a universal language these days. Let’s take the latest one affecting millions-and-millions in the field of medicine, COVID. It stands for Corona Virus Disease.  Our MOA (Master Of Analyses) Donald Trump, knew all about the various COVIDs over the years, sta...


View from the Library

Our Partners Sharing group has restarted service. You will now begin receiving holds that were placed prior to the COVID-19 shutdown and you can begin placing new holds on items held by all Partner Sharing libraries. The library is currently open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3-5 p.m....


Montanans need to be counted

As the country celebrates its birth as a nation, one of the most patriotic things Montanans can do is stand up and be counted – in the 2020 Census.  Or, more accurately, go online and be counted. Or mail in the census form. Or chat with a census worker. Every 10 years, the country counts how ma...


Ben there, done tha

As someone who has the misfortune to suffer from environmental allergies, the late spring to early summer is not what I would refer to as my favorite time of year. Statistically speaking, there is a really good chance you can either directly relate to the sense of annoyance when pollen starts to fly or know ...


Slices of Life

It felt “normal” and it felt good. If even for a moment. We had individual videotaped graduations this week. Each 2020 gradate had his or her scheduled five minutes on stage – walking the walk and ending it with a signed diploma. It was a time to celebrate. I choked back tears – fo...


Events get canceled

Editor, Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation with its many restrictions and the serious economical impact that many of our sponsors in the business community have experienced, Polson Fairgrounds Inc. Board of Directors canceled our 30th annual fundraising event, “Cowboy Ball.” The ...


Police reform could include mental health services

Editor,        The term “police defunding” is a clever term to get the country’s attention. What it really means is the wisdom and necessity for looking squarely at “police reform.”  Take the issue of mental health for example. When a 911 call comes i...


An open challenge to Senator Steve Daines

Editor, As a resident of Montana and in particular, Lake County, I challenge you (Steve Daines) to come and visit with the residents and county commissioners prior to the upcoming election.  We’ve noticed your Congressional voting over the past three Congressional sessions has significantly ...


Slices of Life

Bald eagles are majestic creatures with wingspans to match (six-to-eight-feet). They are the national bird of the United States. Bald eagles used to be in short supply. In the late 20th century, they were on the brink of extinction in the contiguous United States. Populations recovered and the bald eagle was...


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