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Be an informed voter

Editor, Do you really know this man? The Montana Conservation Voters say he supported them 91 percent of the time in 2009, buzz words used by this group are: environmental concerns, open spaces, conservation principals and so on.  How about NARAL Pro-choice Montana who say he supported them 100 percent of the time in 2009 or the Montana Environmental Information Center where he supported them 90 percent of the time in 2009 or how about the Montana Educational Association-Montana Federation of Teachers whom he supported 100 percent of the time. By the way, these are all lobbyists. If you’re truly interested in voting for the best man for the job spend time finding out who th...


Toole has earned a second term

Editor, There’s a stark choice between Ken Toole and Bill Gallagher in the race for Public Service Commission, which oversees utilities and shapes all-important energy policy in Montana. In the 1990s, Toole was Montana’s leading opponent of energy deregulation, which proved to be a disaster...


Citizens should attend council meetings

Editor, The Oct. 4 Polson City Council meeting was packed to the rafters. The community turned out in full force, which in turn had a huge impact on the council’s wise decision to pass the fiscally responsible city budget that allows for overtime and raises, as originally proposed. As a community...


Bullies form attitudes from adults

Editor, The Rutger University student Tyler Clementi’s suicide has sparked a whole nation’s attention on “bullying.” Well, I submit that trying to address “bullying” is not the primary problem we have in this nation concerning this tragic event.   Yes, “bu...


HD12 has two great candidates

Editor, I am writing out of concern regarding our local elections. I am finding it difficult to read the paper or open my mailbox when the information inside is often a disrespectful portrayal of our local candidates, and not necessarily accurate.   The race causing me most concern, and sadness fo...


Fleming is best choice for HD 12

Editor, I am a conservative who desires a more responsive, less intrusive government. One which uses our resources wisely. Long ago, I learned that neither political party embraces that agenda. There are individual candidates within both parties who do. That is why John Fleming gets my vote as House Distr...


Vote for confidence and experience

Editor,  On Oct. 26, 2008 at about 10 p.m. Dan Yonkin visited my home to investigate my wife’s unattended death. He was tired after completing a day’s work as detective-coroner with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. He had spent much of the day working on a murder-suicide in the...


Vote for a champion for agriculture

Editor, The next legislature will face some very difficult budget decisions. Montana is looking at hundreds of millions in budget shortfalls.  The people we send to Helena will have to make some very tough choices, by shrinking government spending and fighting against raising taxes. That takes cou...


Ken Toole is best choice for PSC

Editor, The State of Montana provides us citizens with a Public Service Commission (PSC) to regulate the electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water & sewer, transportation and pipeline safety of natural gas and petroleum in our regions. There are five regions in this state, each of which is o...


Supporting constitutional rights is important

Editor, I have a Christian upbringing and served in Viet Nam so I have tremendous respect for two elements at conflict-the right to protest for peace at a public military funeral. While, like the building of a Mosque near ground zero, I disagree with the choice to exercise what I believe are constitutiona...


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