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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 highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.” (The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, Robert A. Heinlein, 1973) Are you among those who believe in the U.S. Constitution and its protection of the sovereign individual’s unalienable right ...


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...


Wee morning worries Wee morning worries

I lie awake sometimes, in bed, in the wee hours of the morning and I think. Better put, I brood – but not about a single topic. My brain goes from here to there, whizzing, whirring, round about from subject to subject and then back again to a previous one. At a time when my gray matter should be restin...


Next Legislature must stand up for Montana Next Legislature must stand up for Montana

Montanans are now seeing the real-life consequences of budget decisions made by the Republican legislators who make up the majority of our state legislature. Over the next year, 28 property assessment offices will be closing their doors in addition to the 19 public assistance offices that have already tur...


Lower your personal carbon footprint

Every day we see news reports or read about the devastating effects of climate change and frightening predictions of damage to our planet’s ecosystem. Most scientists agree that the earth’s climate is warming due to massive carbon dioxide emissions. Many of us feel powerless to affect changes, bu...


Adopt-a- Book at North Lake County Public Library

POLSON — To celebrate February being “I Love to Read Month,” North Lake County Public Library District is offering its annual Adopt-a-Book program. During the month of February, you may “adopt” a children’s book and present it to the library’s collection. You can ...


Lower your personal carbon footprint Lower your personal carbon footprint

Every day we see news reports or read about the devastating effects of climate change and frightening predictions of damage to our planet’s ecosystem. Most scientists agree that the earth’s climate is warming due to massive carbon dioxide emissions. Many of us feel powerless to affect changes, bu...


MVAS awarded grant

POLSON — We are excited to announce that the Mission Valley Animal Shelter (MVAS) has been awarded a $14,000 grant through the ASPCA Northern Tier Shelter Initiative Grants program, which will serve you and your animals. “As the only animal shelter in Lake County, our facility is critical in p...


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