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Oversight needed for illegally dumped toxins

Editor, There is no reason to be in this state of worry regarding sewer waste. There is a safer solution. Water treatment plants such as PPL Montana in Colstrip, and Havre Water Plant in Havre, have already transitioned to safer alternatives.  With safer alternatives available, there is absolutely no reason why my family and 110 million Americans are at risk of a toxic chemical spill everyday.  Right now, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is on a senate committee reviewing a bill enforcing safer treatment options. Senator Baucus needs to support legislation (the Secure Chemical and Water Facilities Act) to make us safer. I have been watching a sewer truck dump septic waste on open ...


Freedom requires an active citizenry

Editor, As a founder of a local freedom group, I would like to speak to the lack of support in our community concerning efforts to educate citizens about what’s going on in our country. As the fire heats up in Washington, D.C., attendance at local meetings is pathetic. Why? Neighbors, can you see...


Highway through Arlee hinders pedestrians

Editor, My children and I have been enjoying our summer here in Arlee, walking and biking around the town where we live almost every day. Yet our daily outings have been marred greatly by one large obstacle: The highway through town.  Since this highway was built, ostensibly for the safety and com...


The suffering brought by Hurricane Katrina

Brace yourselves, Montanans. Between today and Sunday, you are going to be inundated with images of an American calamity. Maybe you already have been. You will be bombarded with pictures and words describing the destruction caused by the forces of nature and the follies of mankind. You will be reminded repea...


‘Timberjack’ highlights area’s logging history

POLSON - There’s a fairly good chance that when everyone — and this pretty much describes everyone who was there that night — in the Showboat Theater was seen leaving the intimate establishment smiling, they had a thoroughly grand time watching the featured film. The film, Timberjack, ma...


Candidate has what it takes

Editor, The 2008 election was in many respects a call for change from existing policies. The election of 2010 can and in my view should be another change from what resulted from that earlier election. This November the voters of Lake County will have an opportunity to elect a new representative on the ...


Objections to mosque require us to look at our own faiths

Editor, Having just returned from a three-week trip to the Midwest and being mostly out of touch with the news, upon my return on Aug. 14, I was appalled to hear the great controversy, right up to the Oval Office, regarding Muslims wanting to build a mosque near ground zero in New York City.  And ...


Bank’s assistance to youth home appreciated

Editor, Glacier Bank and Todd Bassett have once again shown their community spirit and generosity. I thank Todd and the good folks at Glacier Bank for the generous donation to the Lake County Youth Home of a half 4-H beef and half 4-H hog for the freezer.  I understand that the Food Pantry was als...


Lake County paper lags behind on arts coverage

Editor, The last time I wrote a letter to the editor was in 1974 for a high school journalism assignment, rebelling as a “lunch lady aid” in the cafeteria when only the girls, not the scraggly haired boys, were required to wear hairnets. Today, I am penning a letter regarding another perceived...


Sometimes a jaded viewpoint can highlight the need to get something done

Max Baucus knows how to work a room. That was my initial impression when I met Montana’s senior senator, a Democrat, who was in Pablo this past week to meet with the Tribal Council of the Salish and Kootenai Indians. Baucus and several key members of his staff were at the council’s meeting for...


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