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Congressional term limits are a good first step

Editor,  “We must take our country back!” This lament has been heard during the recent election season ad infinitum. Back from whom? And just when did we lose it? Has it really been taken? Who took it and where did they put it?  My take, and this is just my take on all this, I really believe the American people are not fed up with what they call “big government” but rather a government ruled by big money interests, greed and fear tactics. I really believe that the American people are not fed up with what they call “liberals or conservatives, Republicans or Democrats” in Congress but rather with members of Congress who are beholden to lobby...


Support kids and school board as Ronan moves to B

Editor, It was decided to move Ronan down to Class B status. I am in favor of staying Class A due mostly to the fact that our schools seem to be growing and we will have to go back to A. I felt that the inconsistency would be detrimental to the kids. Everyone felt our athletes would be more competitive in...


‘Remembrance Tree’ project under way

Editor, The holidays, whether it is Christmas or Hanukkah, are a time to remember those no longer living. The Ronan High School Student Council is sponsoring their second annual “Remembrance Tree” program to remember our loved ones who have passed on. Trees, filled with lights to commemorate t...


American public isn’t being served by politicians

Editor, I am composing this letter early in the evening of election night in America, Nov. 2.  And I have simply one observation which I feel is profoundly accurate based upon my years of observing how our political system has responded to the real wishes, needs, best interests, and hopes of us, the ...


Thank you for electing me

Editor, I am deeply honored and humbled by the confidence the people of Montana have shown in me. And I am inspired by the voters’ decision to support an independent, non-partisan judiciary that assures everyone a level playing field. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the many dozens of pe...


Despite loss, election had its successes

Editor, With the 2010 General Election finished, I want to comment on what we accomplished. Just over 10,000 votes were cast in the Lake County General Election. The Republican candidate won with about 3,900 votes. Running as a candidate without party affiliation, or “Independent,” I receiv...


Thank you for supporting Polson Farmers Market

Editor, The Polson Farmers Market would like to extend a big Thank You to the City of Polson, the downtown business community, all the area residents and visitors for supporting the new downtown market. Our move to the new location on Third Avenue West turned out to be a very positive and successful step ...


Election official’s comment was insulting

Editor, I feel compelled to share my voting experience last week. I voted in Precinct 9 in Ronan at which time I produced my Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal ID. The first gentleman accepted it and looked up my name on the voters list and I signed on the dotted line. He handed me back my ID and I w...


Thanks for help with haunted house

Editor, Once again I had the pleasure of working with the Queen of Halloween, Sharla Talsma. Together with her family, mine, a slew of kids and matching funds from the Ronan Telephone Company we helped raise $2,450 for the Ronan Boys and Girls Club. The annual Ronan Haunted House was a hit, the biggest ye...


A year in review: reporter says farewell

When I moved to Ronan in August of 2009, I didn’t know what to expect.  For reasons I won’t delve into, I was terrified of driving and grocery stores made me cry. At city council meetings, I would slip into Russian when taking notes and only notice it a short while later. I was petrified ...


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