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Embrace a practical strategy

Editor, Do you want to reduce the number of abortions that occur? Here’s a practical strategy. Vote for universal health care. Vote for free childcare. Make education free for all so women can improve the conditions of their lives. Vote for a living minimum wage. Ensure that women make equal pay and have equal opportunity. Ensure that women have paid maternal leave. Bring down the American maternal mortality rate. Raise women – all women – out of poverty. Create change in society by changing many of the conditions that lead many women to choose to get an abortion. Create a society where women are empowered and safe. Do these things rather than taking away a woman’...

Consider freedom of religion

Editor, America’s constitution does not condone abortion - neither does it oppose it.   The opposition to abortion may be from one’s personal viewpoint about an unborn life but mainly it stems from the tenets of an organized religion. Freedom of religion IS in our constitution, as well...

Come together

Editor, I was “invited” to write about issues we face. Gladly. But which ones? Extremism, white supremacy, racism? Culture wars, conspiracy theories, disinformation? Gun control, slaughter of children, power of NRA? Inflation, Ukraine, supply chain? Mental health, addiction, suicides? Women&rs...

We thank you

Editor, We would like to express our appreciation to the American Legion, the VFW, and the Honor Guard for their part in honoring our fallen heroes this Memorial Day Weekend in Ronan. From placing the flags and crosses on the graves, to the parade, to their part in acquiring a veteran’s plot in the ...


Editor, I have been reading the responses to my abortion letter and must say it seems to be the major concern is control. Women were given all the control they needed the day the birth control pill went on the market. Now women could plan their lives as to when they wanted a child. There was no need fo...

Vote sensibly

Editor, “The Power and Honor of Good People.” We experienced this power and honor in the culmination of the Watergate scandal during the Nixon years. Will it culminate during Trump’s continuing ‘lust for power’ in present years? Nixon’s dishonesty and ‘lust ...

Raise awareness

Editor, There is an open-cut gravel mine and asphalt plant proposed in Arlee across the road from the Garden of 1000 Buddhas. This is near my home, and my neighbors and I have many concerns around the mine, including noise, dust, traffic, etc. But our water supply and quality is of the utmost concern. The...

Concern for energy

Editor, A Bitcoin Mining company is planning to build a new 50-megawatt data center in Polson and Energy Keepers (a CSKT corporation) is contracting to supply hydropower from the Salish-Kootenai Dam (formerly Kerr Dam). This huge operation will use 25% of the power that the dam generates, or the same amou...

PHS class says thanks

Editor, Polson High School graduating seniors want to sincerely thank the community members, local businesses, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for the donations this year allowing the parents to throw a celebratory gathering following graduation. The event was an alcohol-free and drug-free...


Editor, Pappy Maverick, it is said, said “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time.” Congratulations to Zinke for proving that true. Lest we not forget the other corollary “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me,” come the...

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