Valley Journal

Letters

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 Decker in his roles as teacher, coach, mentor and friend throughout my young life. My first experience with Coach Decker was in third grade as I entered Little Dribblers with hopes that he could turn me into a Ronan Maiden one day. He did just that, not only by the teaching the basic skills I needed to perform on the court, but instilling confidence in me as an individual. This confidence I c...


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...


City government can do better

Editor, More than 100 citizens requested city attorney James Raymond’s contract renewal be placed on the July 2 city council agenda for discussion. Automatic renewal for one year occurred without a discussion, because it was not on the agenda. Mr. Raymond placed his renewal clause in the city contra...


Travelers impressed by emergency response

Editor, On July 26 just before noon, my husband and I were involved in an accident at U.S. Highway 93 and Main Street in Ronan. We would sincerely like to thank the first responders to the accident for their professionalism and genuine concern for our wellbeing. There are too many to acknowledge by name, ...


Justice of the Peace resigns

Editor, Judges are — and should be — held to very high standards of conduct, both in their professional and personal affairs. One such standard is that they avoid any appearance of impropriety. In an effort to lighten the atmosphere and make both my office and my small-town Montana but very bu...


School cooks doing great

Editor, This summer I had the opportunity to teach, three days a week, a free exercise/dance program at Riverside Park. I was able to provide lunches prepared at Cherry Valley School as part of their free breakfast and lunch program. I just want to express how impressed I am at the creativity and concern ...


Sports physicals, donated funds appreciated

Editor, As superintendent/activities director of Charlo schools, I would like to personally thank the staff at St. Joseph’s Providence Medical Center for coming to Charlo schools on July 27 and providing sports physicals to 56 of our student/athletes. This is a huge service that you graciously provi...


Free concert a great community event

Editor, I want to express the pleasure shared by my husband, toddler son, and myself when we attended the Flathead Reservation and Lake County Boys and Girls Club free concert, “The Bus Driver” tour, last Wednesday evening. There was a good crowd in attendance.  I have lived in Ronan o...


Stay alert, informed on issues

Editor, I am very concerned about our entire political system, Democrats and Republicans alike. But before everyone in the Republican camp gets too excited about Paul Ryan being chosen as Romney’s vice presidential candidate, I suggest we pay attention to people like Wendell Potter, former vice pres...


Are you part of the problem?

Editor, I have been a resident of the Flathead Reservation for 32 years now. I own property that was taken out of “trust” status and put up for sale as “fee” property. I’ve read with interest several letters regarding the water rights negotiations here on the reservation. ...


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