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Isn't it time to limit government spending?

It's just a one, followed by a three and a five and a bunch of zeroes. But all those little digits add up big. This year's predicted federal budget deficit — the amount of money the federal government will spend that is above and beyond existing federal surpluses and what tax revenues are collected — is $1.35 trillion, or $1,350,000,000,000.00 Now President Obama has proposed a new bipartisan Congressional task force to come up with ideas on how to reduce this year's and future deficits that are predicted to be just as significant for each year of the foreseeable future. On Tuesday, the Senate couldn't come up with enough votes to even consider the idea. Apparently, the...


Thanks for a great event

Editor, I would like to thank the group "Calling All Conservatives" for the great event they put on Tuesday evening at the Ronan Community Center. The crowd was large (I'm sure at least 300), enthusiastic, and very polite. Regardless of your political affiliation, there were very informative speakers a...


Spay/Neuter Clinic planning is underway

Editor, Once again the Lake County Spay/Neuter Task Force is planning a two-day spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats sometime in late May. Our team includes the Mission Valley Animal Shelter (MVAS), Life Savers Animal Rescue (LSAR), as well as support from Polson Animal Control, Tribal Animal Control, loc...


The race for education dollars is on

There's a race that began on Tuesday that I'm wondering if many people in Montana are aware of. It's a "Race To The Top" program that President Obama claims will revitalize and reinvent our education system. Unfortunately, there are more questions than there are answers at this point, which is why Montana...


Join representatives for property tax discussion

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, there will be a Lake County town hall meeting for anyone interested in solutions to our property tax problems. Several of the legislators from our area that are working on solutions will join me in the second floor conference room of the Lake County Courthouse in Polson. Because we wi...


Homesteading quilt material needed

Editor, The Sew and So Club of the Round Butte area is celebrating the 100th year of homesteading in our area by making a quilt to be raffled in December of this year and will benefit two local charities. We are asking for brands of that era and also early pictures that can be reproduced on this quilt....


Congressman should listen to constituents

Editor, Dear Mr. Rehberg, I am writing to you in care of the editor since the only response I receive when I write to you is another form letter which seems a waste of my taxpayer dollars on postage to send. Your marketing materials I receive in response to my emails to you seem like just more junk mai...


Ronan firefighters responded quickly

Editor, I want to thank all the firemen and emergency personnel that helped put out the fire at my house. I greatly appreciate the quick response time and their efficiency at getting the fire out quickly. They saved many things and memories that I could never replace. Again, thank you. You are all a...


Truths to benefit from

Editor, As the New Year begins, I’m once again following my practice of reading through various books of the Bible; as well as other books written by biblical scholars. One of my favorite authors is Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter, a Scottish preacher who is now enjoying his eternal rewards. Baxter writes i...


Muslims and Arabs do not despise us

Editor, Recently, in a White House briefing to the press corp. on the intelligence screw-up that almost downed an airliner on Christmas Day, Helen Thomas, the 89-year-old Veteran correspondent and the only one in the room with real courage, asked counter-intelligence guru, John Brennan this question, &ldq...


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