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Being spiritual is very different than religious

Editor, I was watching the PBS special on national parks, right after the state of the union speech on Jan. 27, and the story of John Muir, American naturalist and explorer. A comment captured my attention. It was approximately this: "John Muir was a very religious man, capturing the spiritual essence of nature and man's relationship to nature." My antenna went up on the use of the words religious and spiritual. Recognizing that this may offend the sensitivities of some, possibly many, who see no real difference in these terms, allow me to put a rather vivid contrast of interpretations on them. Firstly, my Funk and Wagnalls does not use the word God, even once, in its rather len...


Charlo has lost a great coach

Editor, This is a letter of thanks to a great coach. I was disheartened to hear that Coach Love has stepped down as coach of the mighty Charlo Vikings football team. I will miss seeing you walk up and down the side line; sometimes jumping for joy at a great play and other times hanging your head for a ...


You will always harvest what you plant

Editor, In the past few months, the American public has been deeply disappointed by the people who have been celebrated in one way or another as icons or at least as respectable citizens. One of those so called respectable people campaigned for our nation’s highest political office. Even during the ...


Help make the aquatic center a reality

Editor, Lake County will soon have an amazing resource available to all who live here — if we all get behind it. It's a large, indoor aquatics center on the hill across from Safeway in Polson. Have you noticed the future home sign? I did. I called the number on the sign and joined the group of local...


Don't let a dog drag you into trouble

I marvel at how my Labrador retriever loves the water, even when it's close to freezing over.  When Rita and I run by an irrigation canal or creek, she often stops and sniffs the frozen surface, then looks at me with a forlorn look that hints of her disappointment. She just doesn't seem to understand...


Firefighters needed for rural district

Editor, After many years of planning, the new Rural Fire District station north of the bridge has been completed. This new station will eventually guarantee fire protection to the residents who live north of Polson in the event the bridge is out of commission and will provide housing for the growing fleet...


We'll remember, Mr. Tester

Editor, In an open letter to John Tester: We'll remember your vote in December. Now, we'll be wary of your actions in January. P.S. Life begins at the moment of conception. When do you think that life becomes a person? From one small voice from Lake County. Rita Senkler Charlo


Health care debate continues

Editor, This is a letter I wrote last year. As this issue of a health care solution seems less likely to become a reality, I think the triangulation theory looks better and better. In watching the American debate on health care, I am struck by our collective inability to solve a problem which shouldn't...


Generous donations helped many

Editor, From pancake breakfast to spaghetti dinner, day camp to weekend work retreat, and fitness walk/run to softball tournament, people of Lake and Sanders Counties generously volunteered their time, talent and dollars to benefit many individuals and non-profit organizations in our communities this past...


Fire station should be fully utilized

Editor, I am writing this letter in response to the Dec. 24, 2009 article in the Leader titled Fire station ready. It seems that Trustee Nelson and Chief Fairchild have forgotten why the new fire station was built north of the bridge. During numerous Rural Fire District trustee meetings which I attende...


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