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Character put on display

Editor, George W. Bush, in reaching out and warmly shaking the hand of each former President and First Lady in attendance at his father’s memorial service, prominently displayed his character traits of: grace, respect and maturity. Donald Trump, in refusing to even acknowledge the presence of 94-year-old President Jimmy Carter, prominently displayed his character traits of: (space left blank). Reader comments are respectfully invited. Thomas Alan Kragh Polson  


Considering the carrot

Editor, Thanks to Thomas A. Lozeau, Jr. for attending the Leon Hall presentation of the People’s Compact and for sharing important comments. Mr. Lozeau is correct that the tribes will be involved in any final resolution of this issue. While Mr. Lozeau believes that the per capita payment directly...


People’s Compact a bait and switch scheme

Editor, There has been much publicity about The People’s Compact, demonstrating the lobbying skills of authors. There is much more to the story that people need to understand. Increased fees. The People’s Compact does not cover the maintenance costs of the irrigation project. Under their pr...


Agreeing with a new movement

Editor, There is a movement in America that both frightens and angers Donald Trump.   It has to do with climate change. This movement is called the “Sunrise Movement.” It’s a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Here is a para...


Carrot is not appealing

Editor, I attended the Leon Hall “People’s Water Compact” meeting. What wasn’t there: a copy of “The People’s Water Compact.” Organizers implied that it’s under legal review and unavailable for the public. A table contained three items: propaganda; a pamp...


Legal competence questioned

Editor, In the Nov. 7 Valley Journal, Boone Cole, Tim Orr and Bruce White questioned the legality of the CSKT-Montana Water Compact and called for a “paradigm shift in this process, a new approach that follows the law.” Irrigators should question Cole, Orr and White’s legal opinions n...


Considering the tripwire in democracy

Editor, What separates the United States of America from many other countries is our deeply committed belief in those fundamental values embedded in the rule of law. One such belief is the notion that no person, regardless of station, is above it. Authoritarians will commonly politicize and demonize th...


Valley forest project discontinued

Editor, The following is an update on a project that the Lake County Conservation District (LCCD) began about five years ago. The purpose of the project is to determine if it is feasible to establish a “Conservation Forest” on Forest Service lands in the Swan Valley in Lake County. If establis...


One person can make a difference

Editor, Have you heard about the existing Water Compact? Did you know that it is still in limbo? There is a new solution, fair for all. I want to invite and encourage you to learn about and support The People’s Compact. Montana Senator and doctor, Al Olszewski, will introduce this new concept Nov. 2...


Montana PBS returns

Editor, The recent restoration of free over-the-air Montana PBS service to the Flathead Reservation and beyond is a welcome addition. Montana PBS accomplished this with a substantial investment. Please be generous as the December drive begins, and join me in pledging or donating. We will have a special...


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