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Stand up for truth

Editor, This letter is in response to the letter from Mr. Clapp and Mr. Nelson. How relieved we are to see great support for the rural fire station at Big Arm. Though there have been many sordid statements made about the way our city and rural fire fighting efforts work, this much is clear: some that have publically opposed the rural station at Big Arm now have written letters in support of it. This is praiseworthy. It's difficult to stand for what is right and what is true. Far from being part of a single-minded club, we have researched historical records in order to be able to look forward and advocate the interests of all of you in our 200-mile rural fire district. Public record...

Vote for those who consider all the facts

Editor, To Polson Rural Fire District citizens, the upcoming rural board election will effect fire and rescue service delivery for many years. I have worked with Mrs. Meslin and Mr. Laisy in my capacity as a rural fire volunteer and I find them both to be engaging, intelligent, and able to accomplish task...

Yes, there are two fire departments

Editor, This letter is in response to Jodi O'Sullivan's letter in last week's Valley Journal. Yes, there truly are two fire departments, the Polson City Fire Department and the Polson Rural Fire District. They act together pursuant to something called an "interlocal" agreement, but their interests aren...

Election season kicks off

To those of us that are avid political system observers the upcoming election cycle is an exciting time to be involved in the process. The current climate is supercharged with change and possibility. The effect is similar to that of any organized sport in all of its passion and excitement.  It is so ...

Thank you for highway cleanup

Editor The Big Arm Association once again offers a big round of applause to the many local residents who volunteered this past Saturday morning to clean a six-mile stretch of Highway 93.  We filled dozens of garbage bags with all kinds of trash and junk. We did have fewer bags this year so we also...

Don’t confuse anger with fear

Editor, Fear is a very powerful emotion. Anger is one of the resulting behavioral patterns coming from the emotion of fear.  We are seeing this all over America today — the Tea Party movement being one example. People are simply fed up and angry with how things are going in their lives. They...

Big Arm Fire Station is a valuable asset

Editor, As the only two members of the Polson Rural Fire Board to be elected by the rural residents, we are concerned about recent statements that have been circulated regarding the upcoming Fire Board election. Among other things, it has been suggested to voters that if Steve Stanley and Beth Hoel are el...

Keep the dirty politics out of it

Editor, In the past few weeks I have noticed that the political rhetoric has turned to what we would call “dirty politics of name calling, etc.”  I find this quite out of context given the nature of our Lake County.  This might be condoned back east or in the Pacific time zone ...

Firefighters are firefighters

Editor, This letter is in response to recent statements to the press made by Alison Meslin that the Polson city firefighters may not be the best “ones to control the Rural District resources.” Although I am unclear what she thinks is being controlled, I feel it is important to clarify some mis...

Invest it now, or pay for it later

Good things don’t last forever, at least not without some serious investment. What works with careers and relationships also works with the things we own and prize. We can keep using that favorite hammer for as long as we want, as long as we keep it out of the weather and out of our neighbor’s...

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