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Journalist’s latest move encompasses the best of both worlds

In the fall of 2003, I boarded an Amtrak train in New Orleans bound for Chicago. My ultimate destination was Seattle, a breathtaking metropolis and a place where the temperate climate suited me well. That first leg on the City of New Orleans, a passenger train immortalized by singer Arlo Guthrie, proved fairly non-eventful. The topography immediately outside New Orleans is a mostly wet one, a cultural canvas punctuated by swamps, marshes, bayous, wetlands, lakes and rivers. It’s also pretty flat. If it weren’t augmented by a bevy of dead trees and soaring gulls, herons and brown pelicans, parts of Louisiana would be Nebraska without the prairies. That is not to be disrespectf...


Vote yes for library district

Editor, To be sure, the Polson City Library offers a lot of cool, free stuff: wireless Internet access, public computers, scanners, copiers, newspapers, magazines and more. Though many library users may be familiar with much of this, one under-appreciated and often overlooked service that the library p...


Library provides valuable services

Editor, As a child growing up I was incredibly fortunate, along with my brothers and sisters and cousins, to have an opportunity to spend all summer visiting my grandparents in Yellow Bay. Part of the weekly routine my grandparents had to keep this brood under control was to have my grandfather drive all ...


Support library, support education

Editor, The greatest educator begins with a book.  Where would we be without libraries? A library is a building full of knowledge open to all with no regards to wealth, race, education or occupation. A library is a building with an open invitation to come in and learn. Libraries have been on this ...


Congrats to Valley Journal

Editor,  Congratulations to the Valley Journal and staff for your 21 newspaper awards at the Montana Newspaper Association’s annual convention.  Your articles and stunning photographs are consistently well thought out and displayed. I can’t wait for Thursday to get your paper and ...


Understanding fireworks regulations

Welcome, summer. I trust all are done praying for rain. At least not the kind we had from May to mid-June. Having been overseas with my wife during May, my appreciation for this country is beyond words. I truly missed the Polsonites, especially those who (in a fun way) love nothing more than to deliver ho...


Why are we still in Afghanistan?

Editor, Why is it that in this Afghanistan campaign our leaders are so reluctant to accept the fact that the entire operation was built upon faulty knowledge, impossible goals, misreading of Afghan leaders, and military strategies that are so outmoded in defeating the Taliban that we must be the laughing ...


Support for animal control appreciated

Editor,  Thank you to the citizens of Ronan. Because of your kindness we were successful in raising almost $300 for the Ronan Animal Control. All contributions are very much appreciated and will surely be put to good use.  Thank you to June Jordan for all of her wonderful food that she contri...


Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to serve you

It’s been a long, slow goodbye and I apologize for that. But this, I’m sorry to say, is my last editorial at the Valley Journal. Just about six years ago a small group of us were sitting around my porch enjoying a few cold beverages, wondering how we could all collectively jump off the cliff t...


Thanks to crew for work on Ewam Garden

Editor, The students and instructors of the Salish Kootenai College Highway Construction Training Program have recently completed road improvements at the site of the Ewam Garden project located north of Arlee. We wish to express our gratitude for a job well done.  Thank you to Scott Harmon for di...


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