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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 highways clean if there was money to be found amidst the papers and cans.  What amazes me is that one can fill an entire bag for each reflector post along the road. We picked trash last year, so how can so much more accumulate from one fall to the next spring? Were the March winds blowing the papers, the plastic bags from your house to the road? Or just from the back of your picku...

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...

Hopefully our senators will listen

Editor, In a letter to our Senators, I wrote: Gosh. Where to begin? There are so many repugnant things going on in D.C. that I find it difficult to sort them out. One thing is for sure, though, I'm fed up with sending notes/questions to, especially, Sen. Baucus and receiving condescending stump speeches i...

Private health insurance causes tax burden

Editor, The health care problems in America spark a passionate debate with no easy solutions. Finding a solution that ensures everyone and is cost effective is a goal we must achieve. It is vital to the health and security of us all and a financial must to balancing the budget. Health insurance compani...

It's heartening to see healthy discussion

Editor, Calling All Conservatives met on March 9 in Ronan and are now calling themselves Citizens Acting for Liberty. Why the name change? Nobody explained, leaving some to surmise there was a break away from Mona Docteur and her CAC followers. Perhaps the reason is related to the emotionally charged m...

Let's clean it up

Editor, Every year when the buttercups start blooming, the pussy willows bud out, the crocus peep their heads out, and the young calves start dotting the landscape, one believes we live in the most beautiful part of the world.   That is until you drive the highways, the back roads, even your ow...

Kiwanis Club thanks community for support

Editor, Polson Kiwanis Club thanks the community for its support at the annual Kiwanis Buffalo Burger Fest Feb. 9. We are indebted to VFW Post 2986 (and its Commander Don Lilly) for allowing our use of its facilities, kitchen and upstairs meeting room at 423 Main St., Polson. We flipped 300 burgers, se...

Teachers, staff offer encouragement

Editor, We would like to offer a big thank you to the Mission Valley Masonic Lodge and Wal-Mart for their wonderful generosity in donating bicycles to local schools in support of the reading programs. We would also like to thank the teachers and staff at Cherry Valley Elementary School, where our daugh...

You missed a powerful message

Editor, Many thanks to Toni Young, Barb Monaco, Soroptimist International of Polson, Mr. Whitesell and Polson School District #23 for bringing Ron Clem and his daughter, Carren, to speak to our community schools about drug and alcohol abuse on February 22-23. Ron and his daughter shared their firsthand...

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