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Letters to the Editor

BIA isn’t the only one with issues

Editor, I think many of us would agree with some of Mission District Commissioner Tim Orr’s criticisms of the Bureau of Indian Affair’s costly bureaucratic procedures (Valley Journal, 1/23/19). But I wonder what it would be like to brief a Secretary of Interior or Senator on the refusal of the Jocko and Mission irrigation districts to pay this year’s full operation and maintenance fees and their frequent demands “to operate the FIP.” The briefing will probably end with the Secretary of Interior shaking his head in dismay. These are some of the questions an Interior Secretary (or Senator) might ask a staff member and the answers they would get: Commissi...

People need to think

Editor, Our president, Donald J. Trump, is constantly, through his words and actions, giving voice to America and the world to some of the worst of human values, characteristics and behaviors. This is not just about Trump. We each have the inner capacity to think, speak and act from fear, anger and att...

People need to adapt to a changing world

Editor, In his letter (1-2-19), Scott Kerr stated ideas regarding governments that deserve examination. First, he states that laws/ governments are born from divine/supernatural causes. This concept can easily be shown to be flawed and is rapidly declining as humans advance in understandings. Second, h...

Disagreement with water meeting claims

Editor, I attended an informational meeting a few weeks ago on the “People’s Compact.” There were five Kalispell legislators there to tell their story on why they didn’t like the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ compact that is now Montana law. If what they said that ...

CSKT’s environmental work appreciated

Editor, I would like to say a big “thank you” to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe for the protective actions taken when it comes to our environment here in the Mission Valley. I recognize that I am privileged to live in this valley and am glad there are protections at a time when pro...

Compact negotiations were not ‘back-door’

Editor, Elaine Willman owes DNRC Director John Tubbs an apology. In her Jan. 2 Valley Journal letter, she claimed that he failed to “mention that the ‘public’ was voiceless and clueless about any of the back-door, cloak/dagger ‘negotiations’ until about 2012.” Even wors...

Immigration policy needed

Editor, This country desperately needs an immigration policy that is comprehensive, compassionate and fair. We must make clear to the rest of the world what this policy is and police our borders appropriately – hopefully without seriously impacting the lives of our own citizens on the border and pre...

Hanging new calendars

Editor, An email from a friend ended with this sentence: “I hope this country learned a lesson.” This was in reference to a PBS report about the terrible treatment of dissenters in Montana who opposed America entering WWI. How does a country learn a lesson? What is involved in a full countr...

Research is necessary

Editor, I have read the People’s Compact, available online. It is mostly an easy read and certainly very thorough. Most people would agree that having a compact is better than no compact. I support a good compact. Support is necessary, and like any good idea, it must be shared. The action necessary ...

Source of authority questioned

Editor, For those of us who believe the Bible is the Word of God and the Source of Truth, it is significant that it says all legitimate authority is from God. (Romans 13:1, Matt. 28:18) This is logical. For God to be God, He must be Sovereign, having no authority over Himself. Any claim of authority as au...


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