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Rethinking the whole country Rethinking the whole country

Repeal and replace? How about the Second Amendment? “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Setting aside the antique strangeness of the wording, isn’t it time to give thought to the values that permeated the era in which it was written — and who, exactly, “the people” were to which it referred? I say this realizing that the United States has evolved over the years. Women gained the right to vote. Slaves gained quasi-freedom and then, a hundred years later, their descendants won the right to vote, the right to use a public restroom, the ...


Adventures in plastic storage

It was going to be a busy day. I had a to-do list longer than a Minnesota winter or a Texas summer – take your pick. Of course the kitchen was a mess. The best mornings always start out that way. Dishes were piled in the sink because after dinner the night before we’d discovered the dishwasher...


Farm, soil management practices can reduce carbon emissions

We hear about ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions every day.  However, we do not hear enough about how we can capture carbon (carbon sequestration) through proper soil and land management.   Healthy soils store carbon – enormous amounts of carbon. Forest soils store the most, followed by ...


Organic gardening notes for early spring

The ground is thawed in the valley and soon the foothills will be snow free. As soon as the earth dries out and wet turns to moist, you can work up the soil. Dry organic amendments can then be forked into your beds. Organic blood meal (13-0-0) is an excellent source of nitrogen and is quickly taken up by pla...


Finding your courage Finding your courage

Cour•age n. 1. The mental strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty 2. The quality of being brave; valor I’m going to be bold and declare we’ve all got a fair amount of courage within us. But, like the lion in the Wizard of Oz, we may not recognize our own fe...


Organic gardening notes for early spring

The ground is thawed in the valley and soon the foothills will be snow free. As soon as the earth dries out and wet turns to moist, you can work up the soil. Dry organic amendments can then be forked into your beds. Organic blood meal (13-0-0) is an excellent source of nitrogen and is quickly taken up by pla...


Crushing it Crushing it

My family goes through a few – okay more than a few – aluminum cans. And even though we’ve always recycled and attempted to condense the cans the barehanded way, surplus metal was impacting our recycle bin in an overflowing manner. When the excess wouldn’t fit into the bin, the bags s...


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 b...


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...


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