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Opinion

What’s your priority: God, country or state rights?

Editor, In discussions with friends we can communicate ideas without hating each other. We know their character and moral fiber. Our nation allows citizens to have different backgrounds, religious philosophies and life styles. Disagreeing does not require demeaning or hating someone. My friends and I love and strongly support our country and most have fought in a war to protect its values. I read an article today about Fox News’ decision to not air their program where their moderator questioned if a Muslim congresswoman wearing a hijab, which implies adherence to Sharia law, can be loyal to the US. The remark's intent was obvious and my guess is most of her audience hears onl...


Medicaid expansion passes

Editor, Last week, the Montana legislature passed HB 658, finally bringing to a welcome end the fight to continue Medicaid expansion. The bill is the product of months of debate and compromise, colored by fervent activism and moving testimony from Montanans across the state. Our Senator Dan Salomon des...


Enjoy May events at library

Is it spring yet? After what seems like the longest winter ever, the library crew is ready for a great spring and summer. So let’s ditch the winter coats, find the sandals in the back of our closets and gear up for a ton of fun at the library. To kick off our May events, local author Maggie Plummer ...


Montana: shining example of how our political system should work

At the start of the legislative session, I delivered my fourth and final State of the State address. I shared my optimism that in Montana we can still be a shining example of how our political system is supposed to work and that as elected leaders we should base our decisions not only on today’s needs,...


It’s time to fix up the people’s house It’s time to fix up the people’s house

In the waning hours of Montana’s 66thLegislative Session, good public policy squeaked through, including Medicaid expansion and an infrastructure bill. But public works can’t fix the deferred maintenance of the outdated way these bills made it through. That takes political will. Montana’...


Considering the origin of our plutocracy

Editor, A letter to the editor from Rolan Becker in the April 17 issue states that my letter of April 3 “makes several statements worthy of challenge,” then fails to say what these statements are except to deny the accuracy of something I hadn’t said. My letter of that date had the na...


Food pantry volunteers appreciated

Editor, Don’t you love learning curves? You know, the distance between what you know and what you need to know to do a job? Sometimes a learning curve represents a frustrating experience. However, a learning curve can be a more pleasant line. At the Loaves and Fish food pantry in Polson, we love ...


Drug court is important program

Editor, I was delighted to see your article in the April 17 edition in regard to the successful first year of Lake County Drug Court that is focusing on rehabilitation and overall life counseling. The smiles on the faces of the judge, participants and counselors are worth a million words. You can see the ...


Everyone's got garbage Everyone's got garbage

It was in the wee morning hours; I was summoned from sleep by a grinding and screeching sort of noise that is universally recognized as the sound of a garbage truck doing its business. Panic set in. We hadn’t pulled our garbage to the curb. Did we, gulp, miss garbage day? I was now wide awake approx...


Highway clean up appreciated

Editor, Kudos to the families with the bright green vests that picked up trash on Hwy. 93 last Sunday afternoon. Hope you found some treasures. But let’s all try to take better care of our own trash. Make our highways more beautiful. (Especially for our visitors.) Kathleen Scott Ronan


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