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Americans should demand answers

Editor, Here are a few questions we really should be asking about our war. They are based on the facts. They may be questions we don’t really want to ask, or even confront, but “we the people” can either be like the head-in-the-sand ostrich or the wise old owl. Take your pick. Fact: 23 percent of the U.S. budget deficit is the result of spending in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And this is just a fact about money. How about all the other issues associated with these conflicts?  One of our young men from Ronan just lost both legs and part of his left hand fighting in Afghanistan. And while pride of his brave and unselfish service is most profoundly recogni...


Property value questions are directed to Department of Commerce

Editor, This letter is in response to Mrs. Wilma Bick’s, Wake up, Montana letter to the editor dated Dec. 9. Yes, my office recently sent out letters to property owners who had protested their 2009 taxes. The letters were sent only to those who have had some sort of adjustment or denial of their ...


Celebrate the true reason for the season

Editor, Very soon Christmas will be here. My wife, Audrey, and I are now in our mid-80s, and we will soon come to the finish line. A long time ago we have put behind us thoughts of fairies and Santa Claus and are looking forward to celebrating the real reason for Christmas — the glorious incarnat...


Do they need the money?

Editor, In a previous letter, I wanted to alert people that the Polson Fire Department may start directly billing you and me for responding to traffic “incidents.” A question arises: do they need the money? After all, none of us want to deny adequate funding for our fire and police men and wom...


Front lines - Afghanistan

Raised in the Mission Valley, Lieutenant Colonel Ted Adams serves in the United States Marine Corps. Adams is the son of Dee and C.W. Adams of Polson and is serving his second tour of Afghanistan in the 9th Engineer Support Battalion of 3rd Marine Logistics. A 1983 graduate of Polson High School, Adams at...


Miracles do happen

Editor, My brother of 49 years of age had a brain aneurysm March of this year and was in a coma, with multiple strokes, the family was called in to Lake Charles Memorial, as he would not make it through the night. He did make it and is alive today thanks to many wonderful medical staff and prayers answere...


Peace on earth?

Editor, Once again the thing which most of all will strike the minds of thoughtful people again this Christmas is the ironic contrast between those appealing chimes of “Peace on earth, good will to men,” and the present state of the world, with its seething rivalries, ill-will, international s...


Service groups build community

Editor, My husband and I enjoyed the "Art Walk" and Christmas parade in downtown Polson on Dec. 3, with all the twinkling lights, cheerful faces and conversations, and the connections we made with friends, neighbors, and people we hadn't seen in awhile. When we walked into the new Bistro and Art Bar run b...


Ronan shows community spirit

Editor, We are so very proud to be a part of a wonderful group of people who supported and volunteered for the Ronan Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Ronan Community Center. There was a true sense of community with eating together, sharing stories, laughter, and wonderful music and dancing. We s...


Speak out against fire district 'incident' billing

Editor, Taxed enough? Not according to a recent vote by the Polson Rural Fire District.  This board voted to enter into a contract with a third-party billing service to bill you and I directly for responding to auto "incidents.” The amounts billed are to be negotiated by the board, but prelimin...


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