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Pocketbooks are powerful in a consumer-driven society

With all of the advances we’ve seen and continue to see in science and technology and the growing popularity of “going green” I’m amazed that the majority of America still drives petroleum-fueled vehicles and that we produce such an incredible amount of waste. Where are the garbage-eating enzymes, highly efficient, non-oil-burning engines, geo-thermal power plants? Where are all of the world-saving technological/environmental advances my high school self was sure my generation would invent? Call me cynical but I believe the reason these incredible advances haven’t become part of our day-to-day lives is twofold. First, and foremost, someone in our capit...


Bill to reform Workers’ Compensation being heard

By the time you read this, Representative Reichner from Bigfork will have presented his bill to reform our Workers’ Comp system. Montana has the highest workers’ comp rates in the nation. In fact, 60 percent higher than the U.S. average. All of our neighboring states are below the U.S. average. ...


Who am I and how did I get here?

After nearly two decades of reaching you by way of the weekly Advertiser and Lake County Leader  – formerly Flathead Courier, Ronan Pioneer and Mission Valley News – I have just been appointed the honor of representing you in the Montana Senate. Montana has 50 Senate districts. If you liv...


Public opinion sought on contentious legislative issues

There are many controversial issues coming up. I would like your opinion on a few of them. My contact information is at the bottom. 1. Medical marijuana is a problem. Should it be repealed? I have received many requests to do this. Should we make the rules stronger, like more doctor visits, only five pati...


Polson Rural Fire Board addresses perceived myths regarding wreck response fee

(Editor's note: The Polson Rural Fire Board has addressed several "myths" listed below that the group feels is the basis of public discontent regarding the new motor vehicle response fees the department will charge when responding to wrecks.) It should be noted that the trustees see their responsibility a...


Employer listening sessions focus on job creation, growing the economy

You should see my two shiners. I fell down the marble steps at the capitol and broke my nose. I’m healing fast, but look like I’ve been in a fist fight. The Helena emergency room doctor, Dr. Noles, is District Court Judge Christopher’s brother-in-law. Montana really is one small town spread...


Challenges face new legislature

This legislative session will be very different. The House in the last three sessions was divided evenly between Republicans and Democrats. Now there are 68 Republicans and only 32 Democrats. And 32 of the Republicans are new legislators. Like most Montanans, I voted for term limits, but your representati...


Front lines - Afghanistan

Raised in the Mission Valley, Lieutenant Colonel Ted Adams serves in the United States Marine Corps. Adams is the son of Dee and C.W. Adams of Polson and is serving his second tour of Afghanistan in the 9th Engineer Support Battalion of 3rd Marine Logistics. A 1983 graduate of Polson High School, Adams at...


I’m sad to say, but I must be on my way

Like most people, instead of focusing on the good things in life, I tend to focus on what’s wrong with it or how it could be better. I realized this a couple weeks ago while watching Charlo take on Superior. Seeing kids, who when I started covering western Montana sports in Superior four years ago w...


Front lines - Afghanistan

Raised in the Mission Valley, Lieutenant Colonel Ted Adams serves in the United States Marine Corps. Adams is the son of Dee and C.W. Adams of Polson and is serving his second tour of Afghanistan in the 9th Engineer Support Battalion of 3rd Marine Logistics. A 1983 graduate of Polson High School, Adams at...


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