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Hearing concerns public participation issues

Editor, A human rights hearing concerning a complaint against the city of Polson will take place in the Polson City Library meeting room Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. The hearing addresses the first amendment issue involving freedom of speech. A city resident, Murat Kalinyaprak, filed several complaints against the city between 2006 and 2008. This case offers a unique opportunity for citizens to grasp a more in-depth understanding of public process and citizen participation.  The founding fathers provided an idea, a framework, of a democratic republic. We fail in the mission to make their vision a reality when too few residents attend city council meetings and when information concerning th...

Political parties serve agendas, not people

Editor, Parades, who doesn’t love them, the fire trucks, antique cars, horses and riders, marching bands and veterans, the children, oh the children and then into view come the signs, those political signs of the Democrats and the Republicans.  Suddenly my love of parades is dimmed, my thoug...

Our crossing is nearly complete

Editor, Members of the Polson High School graduating classes of 1949-1951 came together this past weekend in Polson to celebrate. I had been asked to do the invocation at the dinner on Saturday evening so I did a brief search of PHS yearbooks to assure myself that I knew the mottos of our graduating class...

A sense of urgency

Editor, Hello fellow citizens of Lake County. One of the more interesting points of human behavior is that we tend to take everyday things for granted. We have all caught ourselves driving to work or other destinations and suddenly a beautiful sunrise or other majestic sight will catch our attention. M...

Gallagher is best candidate

Editor, I am supporting former Polson businessman, Bill Gallagher, for public service commissioner.  Decisions made by the Public Service Commission influence energy policy in Montana, regionally, and nationally, and have a very real impact on Montana families, taxpayers, rate payers, and employer...

Prevent addiction by connecting

Editor, September is National Recovery month. What can we, as parents, do to help prevent our children from a future of addiction?  We can provide positive experiences for our children; ones that they can succeed at; ones that make them feel good about themselves. We can communicate with our...

Help is available to overcome anger, fear

Editor, Addressing the recent report from the Labor Department on jobs, Robert Reich wrote recently for Common, “The last time we had anything of this scale was in the 1930s. The last time we did anything about this on the scale necessary to reverse the trend was in the 1930s and 1940s. I...

Study constitution to keep politicians playing by the rules

Editor, Do you remember playing a new game with a friend and they would tell you the rules of the game as you were playing? If their objective was to win, do you think you would be really getting a fair shake? Did it seem there were also two sets of rules? I believe that is what is happening in Washing...

Look within to solve anger issues

Editor, I heard a very interesting comment in a news interview today. The lady being interviewed said, “The Tea Party has mobilized anger throughout America.” This really caught my attention. I had never thought of this movement in quite such a succinct manner. There is a wonderful saying w...

American legislators should follow British fiscal measures

Editor,  The following is a letter I sent to our Montana Congressional Delegation. I think it would be great if other Montanans would send a similar appeal. It has recently come to my attention that in England, where the economy is at least as sorry as ours, the British government has taken a numb...

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