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Supporting troops means supporting their mission

Editor, In a recent letter to the editor Bob McClellan asked, “Why are we still in Afghanistan?” He feels we went there because of “faulty knowledge”.  We initially went into Afghanistan in response to the attack on our country on September 11, 2001 by radical Islamists. Our action was supported almost unanimously by Congress and an overwhelming majority of the American people. Our stated purpose was to destroy the terrorist training camps from which these killers operated. We remain in Afghanistan to ensure that these facilities do not rebuild.  In my opinion, our military involvement in Afghanistan was, and continues to be, a righteous mission. ...

Newspaper space too valuable for ‘Bible’ letter

Editor, Wow. With all of the urgent, important issues going on in Lake County such as health care, medical marijuana, taxes, seatbelt safety, and hundreds of other political agendas, it amazes me that you, the Valley Journal, would waste a portion of last week’s letters to the editor section on a le...

Library can’t continue to rely on gifts

Editor, The Polson Library has been a valued part of the community for almost 100 years. However since 1992, the library has not received any taxpayer dollars for books, newspapers, periodicals, DVDs, CDs or online services such as the Shared Catalog Partner’s system in Montana. Only one other libra...

‘Giveback’ students grateful for support

Editor, The students and staff of the SKC Upward Bound and GEAR UP programs wish to thank the Ronan Bread Basket and Mission Mountain Enterprises’ Twice But Nice for the ongoing services they provide to our community.  SKC Upward Bound and GEAR UP, with support from the Coalition for Kids, r...

Even with technology and the Internet, libraries remain important

There are debates on certain issues where the most desirable outcome dangles delicately in front of voters. There are also debates where the wrong decision lurks like a concrete roadblock. The ultimate choice, depending on which path is chosen, can either define or doom a community’s chances for suc...

Consider other ways to save library

Editor,  The property taxpayers and residents of North Lake County will begin voting on July 8 to see if they again would like to pay more taxes to support the library. There are several reasons why we should vote “no” on this ballot.  First, we already pay taxes to support the li...

Bible predicts signs of the times

Editor,  When Jesus’ disciples asked him for a sign of his coming and the end of the age, he said, “You will hear of wars and the rumors of wars, but see to it you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come ... Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and ...

Disabled also deserve parade view

Editor,  We just returned home from watching the Polson parade, but unfortunately, only had the opportunity to see occasional parts of it.  My wife, who is mostly homebound, and another couple in the same circumstance were sitting next to each other - my wife in a walker chair and the couple ...

Volunteers make Search and Rescue great

Editor,  Committed, devoted, loyal, dedicated, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and heroic are only a few words I can use to describe Search and Rescue volunteers. I have been a member of Lake County Search and Rescue five years this coming August, and have met some of the finest people in our county and ...

Congrats to parade winners

Editor, On behalf of Mayor Pat DeVries, the Kiwanis, Rotary Club, and myself I would like to say a special thank you to all those citizens that participated in the parade. Winners may pick up their awards at Polson City Hall after July 8 or contact me at 883-8212 or Cora at 883-8214. Congratulations...

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