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Dogs running without leashes

Editor, Polson does have a leash law; however, to my understanding, the follow up, pick up component was not funded. There are a few large breed dogs running the streets in Polson. I hope something can be done to eliminate this problem before some unfortunate incident occurs. It is also my understanding that some years ago owners were ticketed if their dogs were running about. Perhaps a return to ticketing would solve this problem. Joan St. John Polson


Guiding documents shaped by diverse opinions

Editor, Today, people who identify themselves as conservatives (mostly they aren’t) like to believe that this country’s founding documents have a religious origin. They don’t. At least two recent letters to the editor have expressed this position for the Declaration of Independence. A...


Inconvenient truth shared

Editor, Recently the Lake County Pachyderms sponsored a meeting at the Boys and Girls Club in Ronan hosting Dr. Ed Berry from Bigfork, who professes that human-caused climate change is a hoax. Although I was not able the attend his recent presentation, I heard him talk on climate change at the Flathead Co...


Talent show helps support many programs

Editor, Support for Mission Valley Has Talent 2019 and Helping Hands Fund is strong. For the second year, a responsive audience created an exciting atmosphere for entertainers as well as event volunteers and organizers. Last Friday, Robert Parot, Native American Hoop Dancer and last year’s winner, o...


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 ...


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...


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