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Country’s political problem is cultural

Editor, I love it. Our fearless correspondent and knower of everything, Bob McClellan, has finally crossed the Rubicon, by comparing Trump to Hitler, and the Republicans to the Nazis. I, too, am distressed with Washington, but I think that Bob is both misdirected and carries things too far (Current political environment dangerous to democracy, July 18, 2018). When I went to college at Berkeley in the '50s, Eugene Burdick was a very popular professor there in the Political Science department. He had recently written a book that was a must read for all of us youngsters: The Ninth Wave. His thesis was that political power could be obtained by offering possible and probable followers an o...

Is Water Court adjudication better than Compact for irrigators?

Editor, When Tim Orr accused Compact supporters of “litigation fear” (VJ June 26), I asked him to explain “why water court adjudication would provide a better outcome than the Compact” (VJ July 4). He did not answer but asked whether I support the Compact because Moiese will get...

Irrigation Operations and Maintenance increase a necessary hardship

Editor, Flathead district irrigators held a meeting on July 23 to discuss BIA’s O&M Increase and FID FY 2018- 19 budgets. (Posted at courthouse). It would be nice to think that the FID irrigators have complete trust in their elected commissioners, or is it possible the FID irrigators were una...

Letter contained inaccuracies

Editor, Last week, Susan Lake wrote some very incorrect statements about the BIA authority to increase the cost of irrigation water. 1. The BIA does not own Flathead Irrigation Project. The United States of America does. Just like the USA owns Mission Valley Power, the CSK Tribe is the operational enti...

Make your voice heard

Editor, Voting is one of the most important things we can do to bring about change in our communities and to ensure our leaders are accountable. It is easy to slip into feeling one vote doesn’t matter - but it only makes sense that voices of people who do not vote are not heard. This is why women an...

Public discourse needed on President’s personality disorder

Editor, Donald Trump’s comments and behavior are being listened to and watched 24/7 these days. He, of course, loves the attention, regardless of its tone and timbre. The odd and totally unhealthy part of all this is that there are no discussions on the source of Trump’s unhinged outbursts and...

Poem relevant to today’s America

Editor, This poem, written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 2007, is as prescient today as it was then. “Pity the Nation” “Pity the nation whose people are sheep, and whose shepherds mislead them. Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced, and whose bigots hau...

Thank you for supporting rifle raffle

Editor, At the 4th of July Parade in Polson we held the drawing for the Marlin XL 30-06 hunting rifle, which was won by Kirk Murphy. I want to thank Mr. Ray Wooldridge and Mrs. Carolyn Hall for the generous donation of the gun, Brian and Dennis of Anderson Broadcasting for announcing the winner of the raf...

Un-sung hero appreciated

Editor, As an animal lover and a home for rescue cats, I want to acknowledge and express thanks to Karen Stewart. She has put her energy and funds into helping save feral cats. She has always responded to calls of need in trapping and placing feral cats in humane conditions. Karen helps cats and people wh...

Fix the compact before it’s law

Editor, Have you ever noticed that intimate lovers of the CSKT Compact, like Erb from Moiese, never quote any appendices, or even a page from their beloved compact, then, they ask in writing your proof. Well, here we go. Now and for a few years, some very talented people have been dissecting the CSKT comp...


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