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Compact negotiations were not ‘back-door’

Editor, Elaine Willman owes DNRC Director John Tubbs an apology. In her Jan. 2 Valley Journal letter, she claimed that he failed to “mention that the ‘public’ was voiceless and clueless about any of the back-door, cloak/dagger ‘negotiations’ until about 2012.” Even worse, after initially referring to him as a “Court Jester,” she doubled down on her personal attack and referred to him and his DNRC superiors as “Jackboot Bureaucrats.” Having participated in most compact negotiating sessions, I can personally attest to the open character of the CSKT-Montana Compact process and the fact that public participation was encouraged. F...

Immigration policy needed

Editor, This country desperately needs an immigration policy that is comprehensive, compassionate and fair. We must make clear to the rest of the world what this policy is and police our borders appropriately – hopefully without seriously impacting the lives of our own citizens on the border and pre...

Hanging new calendars

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...

Research is necessary

Editor, I have read the People’s Compact, available online. It is mostly an easy read and certainly very thorough. Most people would agree that having a compact is better than no compact. I support a good compact. Support is necessary, and like any good idea, it must be shared. The action necessary ...

Source of authority questioned

Editor, For those of us who believe the Bible is the Word of God and the Source of Truth, it is significant that it says all legitimate authority is from God. (Romans 13:1, Matt. 28:18) This is logical. For God to be God, He must be Sovereign, having no authority over Himself. Any claim of authority as au...

Compact violates Constitution

Editor, The proposed Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Water Compact (S. 262 bloated up in Tester’s Senate Bill 3013) violates the U.S. Constitution, Montana State Constitution and CSKT Tribal Constitution. Citizens should just shut up. The state donates $55 million and its state-own...

Healthcare problem has a solution

Editor, Dr. Michael Boharski recently wrote about the exorbitant cost of healthcare here in our valley and our country. A “Medicare for All” plan would alleviate this problem by guaranteeing that all Montanans receive the high-quality healthcare they need regardless of their economic and socia...

Landlines are valuable

Editor, I read with amusement the article by Jill Pertler about the evolution of the telephone. She is a good writer and told the story pretty accurately, as far as I can tell, as far as it went. The most important thing for me, though, thinking about it, is the security I feel about still having my good ...

Kindness during time of loss appreciated

Editor, We, the family of Bud Fitzpatrick would like to thank everyone for their kindness, support and prayers during our time of loss. Thank you to the doctors and staff at CMC Billings Clinic for finding Bud’s heart problem and giving us a few more precious days with him. Special thanks goes to...

Addressing water compact concerns

Editor, In the last few months, the answer to address the final water compact in Montana has been put out: The People’s Compact. This addresses the constitutional concerns and quantification of water in western Montana, the Flathead Reservation and the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project, brought on ...

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