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Opinion

Don't let a dog drag you into trouble

I marvel at how my Labrador retriever loves the water, even when it's close to freezing over.  When Rita and I run by an irrigation canal or creek, she often stops and sniffs the frozen surface, then looks at me with a forlorn look that hints of her disappointment. She just doesn't seem to understand why such a perfect swimming spot has to be so inaccessible.  Every time she goes through that inspection process, I'm reminded of the dangers of venturing out onto the ice. Dogs, you see, are one of the primary reasons so many people drown in the winter.  Here's a predictable series of events that lead to disaster. Dog sees ice. Dog ventures out on ice. Dog falls through...


Firefighters needed for rural district

Editor, After many years of planning, the new Rural Fire District station north of the bridge has been completed. This new station will eventually guarantee fire protection to the residents who live north of Polson in the event the bridge is out of commission and will provide housing for the growing fleet...


We'll remember, Mr. Tester

Editor, In an open letter to John Tester: We'll remember your vote in December. Now, we'll be wary of your actions in January. P.S. Life begins at the moment of conception. When do you think that life becomes a person? From one small voice from Lake County. Rita Senkler Charlo


Health care debate continues

Editor, This is a letter I wrote last year. As this issue of a health care solution seems less likely to become a reality, I think the triangulation theory looks better and better. In watching the American debate on health care, I am struck by our collective inability to solve a problem which shouldn't...


Generous donations helped many

Editor, From pancake breakfast to spaghetti dinner, day camp to weekend work retreat, and fitness walk/run to softball tournament, people of Lake and Sanders Counties generously volunteered their time, talent and dollars to benefit many individuals and non-profit organizations in our communities this past...


Fire station should be fully utilized

Editor, I am writing this letter in response to the Dec. 24, 2009 article in the Leader titled Fire station ready. It seems that Trustee Nelson and Chief Fairchild have forgotten why the new fire station was built north of the bridge. During numerous Rural Fire District trustee meetings which I attende...


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 ...


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...


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