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Banning earmarks gives Obama administration control of decisions

Coming home every weekend and traveling to all of Montana’s 56 counties allows me to listen to folks, visit small businesses and understand the rural communities we call home. Unlike some Washington bureaucrat who sits in a cubicle all day, I know Montana. I know some parts of our state don’t even have clean drinking water. I drive thousands of miles of highways that need to be maintained in order to keep our businesses and communities strong. Right now, one-third of 1 percent of our federal budget is earmarked for specific water systems and highways in rural America, where there aren’t enough taxpayers to foot the bill. That same small part of our budget also helps ...


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...


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...


Let’s not ‘wait for superman’

Dropout factory. This is the label given to schools across the nation that graduate 60 percent or fewer of a given class. It means that for every 100 freshmen who enter the school, 40 or more will not graduate. The term was coined by Bob Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University during a project that analyzed Unit...


A year in review: reporter says farewell

When I moved to Ronan in August of 2009, I didn’t know what to expect.  For reasons I won’t delve into, I was terrified of driving and grocery stores made me cry. At city council meetings, I would slip into Russian when taking notes and only notice it a short while later. I was petrified ...


In search of silence

Ah, silence. It seems more rare and precious all the time.  Even when I’m surrounded by it, it’s hard to quiet the mind; my never-ending mental to-do list starts ticking off the next hour or day’s required tasks.  Sometimes I wish I could wrap myself in silence like a blanke...


Young trendsetters spot frugal fashion

Only eight years out of high school and I’m already falling behind. As much time and energy as I devote to fashion, I can never be as hip as today’s youth. And what is it that makes them so trendy? Effortlessly, our teen fashion experts roll out of bed every morning in the cutest, most colorfu...


Build a stronger community, support local business

“Shop local,” is a common slogan. Now more than ever, the advice is sound for Montana economies and communities. We all have the opportunity, in fact a personal invitation, to shop locally while enjoying a celebration of the re-opening of Polson’s Main Street this Friday.  Downtown ...


Fashionista forgoes shopping for donating

I couldn’t stand it another moment. My closet — dark, cluttered, impenetrable. Clothes littered the floor, a Polaroid camera next to the chicken wire, and my forlorn sewing machine shoved next to mismatched socks and strapless dresses fallen from crooked hangers.  Every morning I have the...


Freedom of speech, however abused, must be protected

Picketing at a funeral takes a special caliber of person. One of those oh-so-righteous types – so crazed by their own sense of morality and so sure they alone are carrying out the will of God that they spread hate and animosity instead of the more fruitful bearing seeds of Christianity – love and...


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