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A moment of silence

It’s my job to come up with words each week. It’s become almost a habit, but I’ve wondered what I’ll do when the words don’t come, as I suspect will happen at some point. So far, though, I’ve been able to find something to say. Or maybe nothing to say, but the words have been there nonetheless. Over the last few days I’ve pondered words and how our lives are filled with a plethora of them. On the news. At the dinner table. At work. At home. Online. Through texts. On the phone. On social media. Billboards. Message boards. Hashing it out with hashtags. So many of us with so much to say. And, despite this overabundance of letters strung together ...

Effects of radiation during space travel topic of March 17 library program

It finally feels like spring has arrived in Polson. Don’t forget to turn in your winter reading logs by March 19 to be entered into our prize drawing. We have a full schedule of programming in March including an adult coloring program at 2 p.m. March 20 and a technology program on internet basics at...

Democracy only works out in the open Democracy only works out in the open

The second full week of March is always a busy one around Montana as the snow melts and the bears and residents come out of hibernation. The week of March 11 culminates with a Saturday St. Patrick’s Day with parades and other celebrations. Starting in the middle of the week is the giant Western A...

FOI hotline available to public

For years news organizations have relied upon an organization called the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline to provide legal advice and assistance when confronted with closed or improperly advertised meetings or sealed documents. The service also is available to individual citizens who believe they, t...

It’s up to us to fight drug problems

I am 71 years old and grew up in Montana. I only left for 8 years when I chose to join the Marine Corps in 1965. When I was going to high school in Browning I saw people freeze to death in that town from getting drunk and passing out on the street. I spent the last 18 years of my working life se...

Gun issues fueled by emotion

Emotions can be a dangerous thing and cause an individual or a nation to act irrationally due to misinformation. Adolph Hitler gained total control because the citizens had no weapons of defense. Hitler, who hated the Jews so badly, had his own people burn the Reichstag building, and used his controlled medi...

Call for Convention of States Project

“Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealist acting from h...

Montana Indian Caucus calls on Montanans for support

One of the best things about Montana is that we always step up and help each other when our communities are in need. We roll up our sleeves, set aside our differences, and help one another. The creator always humbles us and reminds us that one of our greatest assets is each other. Last summer, people from ac...

Gun violence must be addressed Gun violence must be addressed

Three months from now the 50-year milestone of my service as a Marine combat veteran in the Vietnam War will come to pass. It will also serve as the jump-off for four female members of my extended family to visit Vietnam for the purpose of visiting the battleground (Hue) where their eldest brother/uncle and ...

Name changer

Change is inevitable, necessary and even desired. We choose change all the time. We change our oil, address, hair color, diet, job, friends, toilet paper roll, underwear and even our operating system. We contemplate change regularly. Should I trade in my old car? Get a new pair of shoes? Change cell phone pr...

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