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Community’s values being trampled

Editor, I have been approached by several residents of School District 30 and asked why I have chosen to confront our local school board and administration on a variety of issues over the course of the past several years. Some of these people feel that the issues I have raised have damaged and split the community, and in reality are not that significant. I would like to address that question in this letter. I have spent all of my life in the Ronan community and was blessed with the opportunity to teach and coach in the Ronan school system for 30-plus years. I raised my family here, and my five children all graduated from Ronan High School. Until the past several years, I was always co...

Family calls on community for support

Editor, Our family is writing to ask our community for any help that anyone can offer. Please let me explain.  We have four children in Texas over whom we have been fighting a custody battle for a year. They are 10, 9, 7 and 4 years old. These children have been abused and are waiting for the cour...

Band wrongly used as ‘scapegoat’

Editor, The Bop-A-Dips have had the pleasure and privilege of entertaining Montanans and their families for over 30 years. We, too, have raised our children while playing music and watched our many fans raise their own children to our music and shows. We have had the privilege of entertaining and travelin...

Wrong trainer won roundpen shootout

Editor, This letter is regarding the “shootout” on Aug. 11 that the Rocky Mountain Breeders Association held at the fairgrounds. After several e-mails back and forth and the continued urging to read the article in the Journal before basing any further opinions, we cannot wait any longer f...

Coloring contest a success

Editor, The Ladies Auxiliary 5652 of Ronan would like to thank all who helped in the July 4 second annual coloring contest. Without Dairy Queen, McDonald's of Polson, Napa of Ronan, the Valley Journal and the local businesses that distributed the coloring pages, this would not have been possible. The w...

Free concert turned ‘ugly’

Editor, The Bop-a-Dips again had their free concert on Saturday, Aug. 11. This was not as happy of an event as in the past, as I am a fan of their music. This year, it turned into an ugly event. I would suggest that the sponsors and Polson businesses take a closer look at where their money is spent.&nb...

Tax burdens unbalanced

Editor, On the front page of the Missoulian on Sunday, Aug. 13, there was a headline, “House, island on the market for $78 million.” There are pictures of a 24,000-square-foot house with a stone exterior (“currently the largest private home in Montana”) as well as a large guest hou...

The Creator made this place for everyone

Editor, I am an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. I am more white than Indian. I was born and raised in St. Ignatius. In my younger years, I worked on farms and ranches all over Mission Valley and Moiese Valley in the early 1980s. I was a ditch rider out of Charlo. There was ...

Decker deserves support

Editor, I write in support of coach Gale Decker. As a former student, it is my stance that Coach Decker should maintain an active role in the Ronan school’s cross country program or in any capacity within the school’s athletic department.  I had the fortune of learning from Coach Decke...

Water rights or rights to use water?

Editor, It’s not about “water rights;” it’s about the right to put available water to beneficial use. It’s about understanding the agreed-upon baselines for applying this assumed right to use the water resource that exists on earth. It’s not about general platitudes and...


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