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An uphill battle An uphill battle

It seemed like such a good idea, as most bad ideas do initially. My motives were sound and intentions genuine. I’d help the environment while whipping myself into shape. I’d save on wear and tear to my car. And, I’d set a good example for my kids by walking the walk and talking the talk (or pedaling the pedal as the case may be). I was surprised I hadn’t thought of the grand plan before. It was a no-brainer, really, an inspired concept: I’d get myself a bike and ride it to the grocery store. I’d save on gas and burn calories all at the same time. I patted myself on the back. Sometimes I can be so clever. I purchased a one-speed mombike for the jo...


Heavenly debate

Editor, Imagine the debate if Jesus ran against Donald Trump in the next GOP primary: JC: I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. DT: If somebody hits me, I have to hit them back. JC: Whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. DT: The...


Consideration of conservation forest encouraged

I have recently become aware of the Swan Resource Study undertaken by the Lake County Conservation District. Having been born and raised in Western Montana, and now a property owner in the Swan Lake area, I have, like every other Montanan, a keen interest in the conservation of wildlife habitat, soil, water ...


Montana’s fly fishing industry needs action on climate change

Even though some politicians in Washington want to keep disagreeing with the science, the effects of climate change in Montana can be seen far and wide. Whether it is the spread of mountain pine beetle infestations, increased frequency of wildfires, or extreme drought, climate change threatens to affect the ...


Stop pointing fingers, face the facts about state budget

As governor of Montana, it’s my job to responsibly manage the state through everything from a difficult fire season and the challenges posed by increasing drought conditions to making sure we take advantage of the opportunities presented by our growing outdoor recreation economy. This includes making t...


Universal Medicare not the solution Universal Medicare not the solution

Lance Hames of Ronan, argued last week for universal Medicare. He offers as a solution to our broken medical system, our omnipotent federal government. His solution is the very thing that has created this mess. For the entire history of this nation until 1965, healthcare costs rose slower than the Consumer P...


Adventures with houseplants

They sat unassumingly on a shelf in the gardening department. I was on the hunt for fertilizer, but these little potted beauties caught my eye and caused me to pause. Even though I’d never seen anything like them before in real life, I identified them immediately. I figured my boys would be more than i...


Positive Polson sights

Editor, Have you noticed the floral display at the Polson Flathead Historical Museum at 708 Main Street? The South Shore Garden Club has sponsored this exhibit since sometime in the 1990s when Art Swanson built the first planter in honor of Connie Lindsey. The flowers for the 2017 display were donated by ...


Good times enjoyed at Elmo Powwow

Editor, We are sorry to hear about the bad experience of other non-Native Elmo Powwow visitors. We are two 60-something women who have had nothing but good experiences there. Most recently, we asked a young Native man if he could direct us to someone who could bless a buffalo tooth to send to a very ill f...


Polson police professional, compassionate

Editor, Last Saturday morning (July 22) we were awakened at 5:30 by Polson police officers; Michael Wharton and Becky McClintock. The purpose of their visit was to inform us of a death in our family. Both officers were very professional and compassionate. We want to thank them for their understan...


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