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Three irrigators explain why they don’t support the water compact Three irrigators explain why they don’t support the water compact

As we talk with friends and neighbors about the Confederated Salish and Kootenai- Montana Water Compact, the common theme is that no one understands it. The typical response is, “I really don’t know much about it. There are people I respect on both sides so that just confuses me more.” If you find yourself agreeing, you are in good company; this behemoth of a document wasn’t understood by most legislators, either. But much like the Bible, it isn’t the parts we don’t understand that are troubling, but the parts we do. Article I of the Hellgate Treaty begins, “The said confederated tribe of Indians hereby cede, relinquish, and convey to the United ...


Divided country starts in one place

Editor, One of the most dangerous internal threats to America today is Donald Trump’s constant ramping up of fear and anger among his base. Trump has made the expression of these traits acceptable. This is feeding and fueling a crisis of anger in America today. Just the other day, for example, I ...


Consider federal contribution

Editor, This is in response to the fullpage letter submitted by Ron Trahan, CSKT Chairman. He said CSKT paid $50,141 in property taxes last year. Whoopee ... that is next to nothing. He talks about how their Safety of Dams, Tribal Transportation, etc. contribute to the county. He talks about the Tribe emp...


Voting against 6-Mill

Editor, Two students graduate high school together. One chooses a career and decides to utilize the University System to achieve it. The other works as an apprentice in a family business. The first is subsidized by the second and his family and/or the business that he is apprenticing under. Why is this ju...


Medical professionals weigh in on I-185

As members of the St. Luke Community Medical Staff, we see the short and long-term effects of tobacco use every day as we care for patients in the Mission Valley. Dental issues, mouth, throat and stomach inflammation, asthma, emphysema, heart disease, stroke and of course the various cancerous conditions tha...


Public comment on hazard mitigation needed Public comment on hazard mitigation needed

On behalf of the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in the five-year update of the Lake County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP). By providing input and direction as a project stakeholder, you can assist us by representing your int...


Not voting for Tester

Editor, In Sen. Tester’s latest political ad, he touts himself as a Montana dirt farmer, and Rosendale as being a Maryland native, an Easterner— in other words, an outsider that no one should vote for. Isn’t it ironic the Democrats, who are always lecturing us about inclusivity, apparent...


Hold your nose response

Editor, American economist and philosopher, Dr. Thomas Sowell, once noted there are facts based upon experience and “facts” based upon assertions (i.e. “ideas/hypotheses”). The “Hold your nose” letter by Leslie Kline makes assertions regarding the President and Republic...


Gianforte disrepectful, wrong choice

Editor, In October, we attended the Salish Kootenai College Congressional Candidate Debate. The auditorium was decked out with a wonderful free buffet in the lobby area, the stage was set, and cameras filmed for the live audience on Facebook and YouTube. Clearly, this took a lot of planning and many volun...


Density map considered in election

Editor, My husband and I own and operate a hay farm in southern Lake County. We supported keeping the density map as a regulatory document in order to preserve farms, ranches and open spaces. The density map allowed for development but steered it toward cities and towns. We do not want to see Lake Coun...


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