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Agreeing with a new movement

Editor, There is a movement in America that both frightens and angers Donald Trump.   It has to do with climate change. This movement is called the “Sunrise Movement.” It’s a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Here is a paragraph from their overall mission:   “We’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.” We can see why Trump is viewing this movement as he is. Young, alert and moti...


Carrot is not appealing

Editor, I attended the Leon Hall “People’s Water Compact” meeting. What wasn’t there: a copy of “The People’s Water Compact.” Organizers implied that it’s under legal review and unavailable for the public. A table contained three items: propaganda; a pamp...


Legal competence questioned

Editor, In the Nov. 7 Valley Journal, Boone Cole, Tim Orr and Bruce White questioned the legality of the CSKT-Montana Water Compact and called for a “paradigm shift in this process, a new approach that follows the law.” Irrigators should question Cole, Orr and White’s legal opinions n...


Considering the tripwire in democracy

Editor, What separates the United States of America from many other countries is our deeply committed belief in those fundamental values embedded in the rule of law. One such belief is the notion that no person, regardless of station, is above it. Authoritarians will commonly politicize and demonize th...


Valley forest project discontinued

Editor, The following is an update on a project that the Lake County Conservation District (LCCD) began about five years ago. The purpose of the project is to determine if it is feasible to establish a “Conservation Forest” on Forest Service lands in the Swan Valley in Lake County. If establis...


One person can make a difference

Editor, Have you heard about the existing Water Compact? Did you know that it is still in limbo? There is a new solution, fair for all. I want to invite and encourage you to learn about and support The People’s Compact. Montana Senator and doctor, Al Olszewski, will introduce this new concept Nov. 2...


Montana PBS returns

Editor, The recent restoration of free over-the-air Montana PBS service to the Flathead Reservation and beyond is a welcome addition. Montana PBS accomplished this with a substantial investment. Please be generous as the December drive begins, and join me in pledging or donating. We will have a special...


Saying thanks to community

Editor, At this time of giving thanks, the family of Rhealene Cook would like to say “Thank you” to her extended family, friends and community for the outpouring of love shown to her as she fought a hard battle of cancer. The wonderful benefit meal, the memorial and all who helped, “Than...


Thanksgiving celebration served

Editor, West Shore Community Church in Big Arm hosted its sixth annual community wide Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 10. At the event, 14 wonderful volunteers served approximately 80 meals. While the event was free to the public, people donated $125 and 156 pounds of non-perishable items to the loc...


Information about the People’s Compact shared

Editor, A solution to the old Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Water Compact, AKA “the government’s compact,” was recently introduced at Leon Hall in Charlo. It is a solution widely accepted by the 100-plus participants who listened to the credible panel of current Montana ...


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