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United community is powerful

Editor, “We the People, exercising our God-given unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to form a more perfect union and come together as a united community, set forth this new, fair, equitable, and final resolution of the federal reserved water rights claims of the United States for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the People, and the State of Montana”. The introductory first paragraph of the Peoples Compact is an inspiration. It has a total of 18 pages, which should be mandatory reading for all Montanans and frankly all of America. Thank you to the Montana Land and Water Alliance, Concerned Citizens of Western Montana, This West is...


DNRC support for Water Compact not appreciated

Editor, Predictably, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s John Tubbs is in full mutual defense mode of the government’s non-negotiable, “negotiated” settlement (for the Montana-Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe’s Water Compact). We get it. The deep pock...


Remembering human values

Editor, A wave of nostalgia swept over the nation as citizens observed the pomp and ceremony during funeral activities honoring our 41st President, George H. W. Bush. The motorcades, the honor guard, the arrival of Air Force One (4141), the music, the distinguished guests, the cabal of past presidents, th...


Respect shared for 41st President

Editor, I participated by TV in the memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral this past week. As I watched, listened and responded with a few tears of my own, I prayed the Lord would touch the heart of every person attending and everyone across this great country who was watching with a renewe...


Turn off the television

Editor, I had the great pleasure of attending a production of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” which was put on by the Port Polson Players in association with the Mission Valley Friends of the Arts last weekend. What a joy to get see such wonderful talent here in our valley. Please friends, turn...


Change mind, change life

Editor, “Change your mind, change your life” is something I have claimed to believe in for years. But there is quite a difference between believing in something and practicing it. The power of "changing my mind, changing my life" was recently brought home to me with my brother. A coupl...


Response to racist letter

Editor, I am writing in response to that tasteless, racist letter printed last week “A president for our time.” I have been wondering since I read that garbage if the author is one of those Americans who’s proud to be a part of a race who stole the land they now occupy, tried to kill off...


Character put on display

Editor, George W. Bush, in reaching out and warmly shaking the hand of each former President and First Lady in attendance at his father’s memorial service, prominently displayed his character traits of: grace, respect and maturity. Donald Trump, in refusing to even acknowledge the presence of 94-...


Considering the carrot

Editor, Thanks to Thomas A. Lozeau, Jr. for attending the Leon Hall presentation of the People’s Compact and for sharing important comments. Mr. Lozeau is correct that the tribes will be involved in any final resolution of this issue. While Mr. Lozeau believes that the per capita payment directly...


People’s Compact a bait and switch scheme

Editor, There has been much publicity about The People’s Compact, demonstrating the lobbying skills of authors. There is much more to the story that people need to understand. Increased fees. The People’s Compact does not cover the maintenance costs of the irrigation project. Under their pr...


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