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It's the whip, not the rod

Editor, Bob Hanson's letter in the March 18 Journal is right on. We both have the same problem with our Congressmen: lack of response. It is frustrating to see our Senators vote for something that most of us are against. Why do they do it? Blame it on the Whips. We've all heard references to the Majority and Minority Whips and occasionally a Deputy Whip. So what exactly is a whip, and what does he do? He enforces the party line. In the New York Times, Nov. 19, 2006, Sarah Wheaton said, "He is the enforcer. And the favor bookkeeper. And the rules wonk. And, if you’re a congressman or woman, he might know even more about your district than you do. Cross him at your own peril." ...

Channel anger in a positive way

Editor, I have just heard reports that Members of Congress who voted for the just-signed-into-law health care reform bill are being targeted in violent ways. Such behavior is terribly wrong. House Minority Leader, John Boehner, has urged people to take their anger at the new law and “channel it into...

Charlo Ghost Out was a great success

Editor, I would like to take this time to thank everyone who participated and helped in the Charlo Ghost Out. It was a great success and I’m glad that I was able to have this program brought to the Charlo High School to teach the students about drinking and driving. I would like to send a special...

Health care bill is a good start

Editor,  I am relieved that the national health care bill passed and will be put into law this week. There are people living without health care coverage right now, and more losing it every day. This bill is by no means perfect — but it is a very good start to keep people from losing insurance ...

Restoring America involves active participation

Editor, This letter is in response to Sheila Bell’s letter published last week. As one of the founders of Calling All Conservatives (CAC), I wanted to answer her question about the change of name. It changed because the group has new leadership, and had nothing to do with the Hamilton group as Sheil...

Enjoy student artwork on display

Editor, We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Polson School Superintendent, David Whitesell and Communications Director, Marsha Anson for allowing Polson businesses to display student art in their offices and stores. When you are shopping in Polson, please take the time to locate a...

We'll all experience a resurrection

Editor, A short time ago, I participated, by sharing my condolences, in a memorial service for a Polson High School acquaintance from the 1940s; his grieving widow was a classmate of mine. This thought crossed my mind and perhaps has crossed the minds of others attending memorial services: will I see him ...

There's money in the ditches

Editor, Again, we spent a few hours picking trash along Highway 93. And for the first time were blessed and surprised to find dollars. Not just $1, but $10, then $20, then another $20.  It doesn't take long to pick trash when there is a reward along the way. Maybe more people would help keep the h...

Fire Board actions are not fiscally responsible

Editor, As a Polson Rural taxpayer and a former career firefighter, I am very concerned about recent actions by some members of the Polson Rural Fire Board. At the March 10 meeting, Trustees Alison Meslin, Paul Laisy and Jim Manley voted to hire a consultant to advise them as to "the best use of the new R...

St. Luke provides economic vitality

Editor, With the conclusion of 2009 and spring 2010 approaching fast — growth and renewal come to mind. To that end, St. Luke Community Healthcare would like to extend a hearty thanks to the residents of Polson, Ronan, St. Ignatius and those throughout Lake County for all of the growth that we exper...

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