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Merwin’s character worthy of vote

Editor, While all the candidates for Lake County Commissioner appear worthy, I strongly support Ron Merwin.  My wife and I have the privilege of calling Merwin both friend and neighbor. We could not ask for more hospitable and caring neighbors than Ron and Jessie. More than once, they have gone out of their way to be neighborly to our family.  Over the years, Merwin’s character and integrity have been revealed to us in these interactions. I suspect that comes from being raised “the old fashioned way” in eastern Montana and serving so many years in the U.S. Navy. We also have had opportunity to have in-depth discussions regarding Biblical and Constitut...

Mother’s Day is really a call for peace

Editor,  Today Mother’s Day is all about honoring our Mothers with flowers and gifts, but the idea of Mother’s Day in the United States arose out of a desire for peace.  In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, in reaction to the horrors of death and carnage of the Civil War wrote the following ...

Burn within the permit system

Open burning ended last Friday, but that doesn’t mean burning won’t continue for a while.  As of Saturday, May 1, open burning is permitted but only by permit. Everyone who lives on the Flathead Indian Reservation and wants to burn woody material must obtain a burn permit through the trib...

Take care of our children

Editor, April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Family Matters would like us to remember what precious gifts we have with our children. Look at their unique qualities, and praise them more than reprimand them.  “Realizing a healthy community by nurturing families” is the missio...

Community support for shelter heartening

Editor, The Safe Harbor Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who attended our St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon fundraiser. A special thanks goes to Marvin Bauer for the great entertainment and Ronan Telephone Company for sponsoring the luncheon. It is heartening to have the community supp...

Thanks for Total Home donation

Editor, On behalf of the Salish Kootenai College Writing Center, I would like to thank Total Home of Ronan for the donation of a couch to the Center. Your commitment to helping the Writing Center at SKC is greatly appreciated.  SKC's Writing Center is a fairly new addition to the campus. The Cente...

I stand corrected

Editor, A couple of weeks ago I sent a letter in which I mentioned the Health Choices Administration as an example of a new bureaucracy under our new Health Care laws. I have since discovered that this new Administration, which appeared in early versions of the legislation, was not included in the final v...

Don't let the rural fire board become one-sided

Editor, To the concerned people of Polson's Rural Fire Board area: I have followed the happenings within the Rural Fire Board for the past five to six years. As a taxpayer I was offended by the price paid for the purchase of the new fire truck. Why were the bid specifications written to fit only one compa...

May 4 is a weighty start to the election season

School boards, fire boards and irrigation districts may not draw a lot of mainstream media attention during election season, but that shouldn't diminish the importance of the positions. On Tuesday, May 4, voters in Lake County have a lot of important choices to make with plenty of good candidates to choos...

Stand up for truth

Editor, This letter is in response to the letter from Mr. Clapp and Mr. Nelson. How relieved we are to see great support for the rural fire station at Big Arm. Though there have been many sordid statements made about the way our city and rural fire fighting efforts work, this much is clear: some that h...

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