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Letters to the Editor

Coat project helps 200 plus people

Editor, Anne Engebretson and the staff of Port Polson Inn would like to thank the Mission Valley for all of their generous donations during our 19th year of the Coats for Kids program. We were able to give out over 200 coats this year but could not have done so without the tremendous amount of support we received from the community. We would also like to give special thanks to Diana Sawyer for all of the beautiful hand-crocheted hats and scarves she donated to the program. Year after year, we are just absolutely amazed by how charitable and warm-hearted our community is. There will always be people in need and it’s comforting to know that the folks around Mission Valley are so m...


Irrigation budget considered

Editor, At the Flathead Irrigation District, March 11 meeting, a number of valuable precedents were set with respect to FID budgeting policies and practices. Irrigators were provided at the start of the meeting with detailed information on the outcome of FID’s 2018 administrative budget, includin...


Medicaid expansion critical for Montana healthcare

Editor, The Medicaid expansion program that our legislature adopted in 2015 was the result of a fair and balanced bipartisan compromise between legislators and resulted in over 96,000 Montanans obtaining affordable healthcare benefits. It is not hard to imagine what a relief this program meant to previous...


Collective thought impacts a country

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...


Responding to thought processes

Editor, Recent letters have demonstrated a number of textbook examples of errors in thinking such as circular reasoning and polarized “either-or” choices. The human mind often adopts these since they offer shortcuts for making quick decisions. But by doing so, the mind ignores other important ...


Deciding to think positive thoughts

Editor, I was reading a fascinating and very appropriate article about our personal responses to the present political and social challenges in America. The author was recalling a TV show back in the '80s in which a very clever guy, named MacGyver, could figure his way out of anything. He had three rel...


Preborn sisters matter too

Editor, The 2019 Women’s March on Washington has forgotten me again. Though you can’t see me (except by ultrasound), like other born sisters, at two and a half weeks old my heart began beating. At three weeks old, my nervous system, spinal cord, and brain foundation are being established. At a...


Expressing support for a God-based worldview

Editor, The fallacy of multiple legitimate belief systems was adroitly addressed by Al Onsager. Yes, while there are innumerable worldviews, they quickly reduce to just two – one with a transcendent first cause (God) and the other without such. This is the great divide with dramatically differing ou...


Thoughts shared on religion and politics

Editor, There has been a movement, growing louder and more visible, to cast off and blur the borders of allegiance to this great country. Some people show public scorn of our laws and anyone who expresses a belief in intelligent design by an almighty God. Atheism, Satanism, Pantheism and every other &lsqu...


Optimism isn’t appreciated

Editor, Mr. Johnson weaves a fascinating tale of optimism (in his letter from last week). Man has been morally and intellectually evolving over human history. With the accumulation of knowledge and the aid of science, society is on the verge of changing itself for the better. The only problem is that he i...


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