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Sometimes a jaded viewpoint can highlight the need to get something done

Max Baucus knows how to work a room. That was my initial impression when I met Montana’s senior senator, a Democrat, who was in Pablo this past week to meet with the Tribal Council of the Salish and Kootenai Indians. Baucus and several key members of his staff were at the council’s meeting for a listening session regarding issues of concern to Native people, high among the list being health care and water rights. It’s a rare sight to see any U.S. senator listening to his or her constituents, much less actually sitting down at a table allowing them to speak to him. Most of the elected officials I’ve encountered over the years have tended to be a tad sanctimoniou...

Great stories, from parades to people, mark summer months

Several months’ of activities here and around need to be recognized. Tony Porazzo, Sewer and Water Superintendent, was involved in a critical accident on Highway 35. The result was critical injuries, which eventually led to the loss of the lower portion of his right leg.  One might think tha...

Early cleanup shouldn’t be punished

Editor, Another season of Pioneer Days and Lake County Fair has come and gone with its ups and downs. It was great to see everyone again at the fair. It was a long, fun and educational nine days beginning Friday with the fishing derby and ending Sunday with the Youth Rodeo and taking and cleanup of fair e...

Voting should be an honored duty

Editor, In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said ours is a “government of the people, by the people, for the people” - a government agreed to ‘by the people’ through a written contract we call the Constitution of the United States. Whatever our concerns about conditions i...

Bright future for library

Editor, How wonderful for our community that the voters have passed the North Lake County Public Library District levy. On behalf of the Friends of the Polson Library, an organization devoted to supporting that institution, I want to express our gratitude to the voters who considered the facts of the issu...

It’s fair to blame citizens for problems

Editor,  The placing of blame, oh don’t we love it so. Never do we accept responsibility for our own actions. No, it’s much easier to point and last week there it was again, the finger point.   Forget about truth, honesty, integrity; these words are passé just like the word...

Library supporters’ help appreciated

Editor, As the volunteer coordinator for the North Lake County Public Library District, I would like to thank the many people who supported the effort to obtain sustainable, equitable funding for the library. The consistent funding will enable the library to continue to be a valuable and vital part of the...

Coverage ignored other candidate in house race

Editor, Jim Blow’s coverage of the primary election results was incomplete.   He stated, “(Janna) Taylor is assured reelection since she is unopposed on the November ballot.”   This may have been an oversight by Jim, since there was not a Democratic opponent on the ticket...

Vote support library’s future

Editor, On behalf of the steering committee, I want to thank the voters who passed the levy in support of the new North Lake County Library District. Your positive votes not only sustain funding for current programs, materials, equipment, facilities and personnel, your votes ensure funding to enhance and ...

July and August brought lots of events, great sights and a little heat

Time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve been editor of this newspaper for a little more than a month, and I have acquired a lot of information about the area and its people.  I’m still learning the terrain but I’ve met dozens of interesting people and listened to several lectu...

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