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Opinion

Private health insurance causes tax burden

Editor, The health care problems in America spark a passionate debate with no easy solutions. Finding a solution that ensures everyone and is cost effective is a goal we must achieve. It is vital to the health and security of us all and a financial must to balancing the budget. Health insurance companies are for-profit businesses; they are in the business to make as much money as possible. Their profits are huge even in this economic downturn. Insurance prices are based upon risk factors like age, weight and medical conditions. Huge numbers of Americans are turned away from private health insurance because they are classified as too risky at any price. Others simply can’t afford...


It's heartening to see healthy discussion

Editor, Calling All Conservatives met on March 9 in Ronan and are now calling themselves Citizens Acting for Liberty. Why the name change? Nobody explained, leaving some to surmise there was a break away from Mona Docteur and her CAC followers. Perhaps the reason is related to the emotionally charged m...


Reinforce a valuable lesson for our students

Saturday's the first day of spring, and it appears it's going to be a nice one, one of those days where you set aside as many chores as possible so you can enjoy some other more fun activity outdoors. Not all the fun is outdoors, of course. With spring comes prom season, an opportunity for young people to...


Let's clean it up

Editor, Every year when the buttercups start blooming, the pussy willows bud out, the crocus peep their heads out, and the young calves start dotting the landscape, one believes we live in the most beautiful part of the world.   That is until you drive the highways, the back roads, even your ow...


Kiwanis Club thanks community for support

Editor, Polson Kiwanis Club thanks the community for its support at the annual Kiwanis Buffalo Burger Fest Feb. 9. We are indebted to VFW Post 2986 (and its Commander Don Lilly) for allowing our use of its facilities, kitchen and upstairs meeting room at 423 Main St., Polson. We flipped 300 burgers, se...


Teachers, staff offer encouragement

Editor, We would like to offer a big thank you to the Mission Valley Masonic Lodge and Wal-Mart for their wonderful generosity in donating bicycles to local schools in support of the reading programs. We would also like to thank the teachers and staff at Cherry Valley Elementary School, where our daugh...


You missed a powerful message

Editor, Many thanks to Toni Young, Barb Monaco, Soroptimist International of Polson, Mr. Whitesell and Polson School District #23 for bringing Ron Clem and his daughter, Carren, to speak to our community schools about drug and alcohol abuse on February 22-23. Ron and his daughter shared their firsthand...


Doing the math on BMI is worth the effort

Are you or your children part of the obesity epidemic? Is there really an obesity epidemic or is this just a new scare tactic used by health officials to coerce you into a more healthy lifestyle? Maybe the answer is a little bit of all of the above. There's no question that the weight of Americans h...


Tea party gathering was not a peaceful protest

Editor, After reading Annette Schiele's letter, published Feb. 25 describing last April's tea party that she helped to organize, I had to wonder if we attended the same event. Her stated goal for the gathering may have been to "peacefully protest over-burdensome taxes and the alarming increase in governme...


Raffle winner announced

Editor, The winner of the '79 HD Shovelhead motorcycle raffle was Charles Walking Child. The raffle was in support of Sober Indian Riders and we would like to thank everyone who bought tickets. Geri Hall Polson  


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