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Kind expressions appreciated

Editor, The family of Merle Jore would like to thank you very much for the cards, flowers & kind expressions of sympathy shown following his sad passing. The support at this difficult time was very much appreciated and of great support to all of our family. Roxanne Cote  on behalf of the Jore Family, Ronan

Love from a child’s perspective

Editor, A group of adults posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds. “What does love mean?” How do these answers speak to you? “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on after shave lotion and they go out and smell each other.” Karl - age 5 “Love is...

COVID program understaffed, help needed

Editor, This letter is written regarding the Covid Emergency located in Rental Programs regulated by the Tribal Housing Program in Pablo. I heard about the emergency program through a friend who knew I could use some help. I quickly applied with the program. After weeks had passed and no letter or phone c...

Afghanistan issue creates questions

Editor,  The United States is leaving a 20-year debacle in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is very poor; has ISIS-K and al Qaeda to deal with; needs outside help; has a questionable future; is filled with very fear-filled, desperate people. The massive madness witnessed at the airport is a perfect demonstra...

Compare numbers to dispel confusion

Editor,  When many opinions swirl about COVID-19 infections, looking at numbers helps me reach conclusions. Montana has a large rural population, no huge cities, and you’d expect that the relatively dispersed population would mean reduced infection transmission. Montana is the fourth largest st...

Women should make their own decisions

Editor,  Those of us old enough to remember the shout from the top of the mountain in the 70s, 80s and on: “The federal government does not have the right to tell a woman what to do with her body.” Where are the people who were shouting now? Many are now telling us what to do with our bod...

Problems could be resolved by sitting down together

Editor,  I read with interest and dismay articles in the recent (July 28 and Aug. 4) Valley Journal concerning the ongoing conflict between Lake County Commissioners and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes regarding the irrigation project and related issues. From what I can tell, the conflict is ...

Boulder fire victims receive support

Editor,  I’m writing this letter to let Walmart in Polson know that what they did by opening their store at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1, to the many residents who had evacuate their homes and property due to the Boulder 2700 fire up on Finley Point was awesome. Donating stuff to the evacuated peop...

Mask mandates being ignored in schools

 Editor, As we approach the beginning of a new school year, many school districts in Montana are ignoring the recommendations of their local public health departments and local physicians regarding a mask mandate.  I strongly believe that public schools should follow public health guidance. M...

Child care problem needs solution

Editor,  Kudos to Gov. Gianforte for dedicating $31 million in ARPA funds to increasing availability of child care for working parents. These funds will be directed to grants to increase capacity and hours of service for existing day care businesses. The issue of child care is personal for us, as ...

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