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Opinion

Muslims and Arabs do not despise us

Editor, Recently, in a White House briefing to the press corp. on the intelligence screw-up that almost downed an airliner on Christmas Day, Helen Thomas, the 89-year-old Veteran correspondent and the only one in the room with real courage, asked counter-intelligence guru, John Brennan this question, “Why do they want to do us harm? What is the motivation? We never hear what you find out about. Why?” Mr. Brennan sputtered some rather flaccid explanations about how terrorist simply want to hurt everyone. After his first attempt at deflecting Helen’s question, she asked it again. “Why to they hate us? You never say why?” Again, Mr. Brennan skirted the su...


Curl up with the real thing

I read somewhere that this is supposed to be the year of the electronic book.  It was probably a seed planted by Amazon.com, which just happens to sell a nifty electronic tablet — the Kindle — that stores innumerable books electronically. And it only costs $489, plus shipping. I’...


Share The Spirit campaign wraps up

Editor, Share the Spirit Holiday Assistance Program just finished our 12th year helping Lake County children from needy families with toys, clothes and gifts at Christmas. We are fortunate enough to partner with the Ed Holland and the Marine Toys for Tots program, which helps us manage the daunting task o...


Community supports food pantry

Editor, The people and businesses in our communities have given generously to meet the needs of families in Arlee, Ravalli, Dixon and St. Ignatius. Even with the downturn in the economy and the increased use of the Pantry, our shelves are well stocked with basic foods. The local schools and several bus...


Terrorism needs to be tackled

Editor, The most recent apparent terrorist plot played out aboard NW Flt. 253 by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is one more example of closing the barn door after the horse has run out. How many of these events are going to take place before we, as a nation and as a world, are going to mount a seri...


Consider personhood amendment

Editor, On Jan. 1, 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It was on this day, that the black persons of America began their long, arduous struggle to have their personhood recognized, defended, and protected. As we start this New Year, we are witnessing a movement in our country ...


Beliefs should be based on facts

Editor, On Nov. 26, there was a letter to the editor that raised a lot of questions for me. Following are some facts and questions related to those facts, which upon reflection caused me to reaffirm my own beliefs. Every citizen of the country is expected to pay taxes. Should every citizen have to fork...


Let's unite on Jan. 12

Editor, Tuesday, Jan. 12 is a day we can become involved citizens that have decided to come out of the shadows and show our concern for the direction our local, state and national governments are headed. It's time to quit complaining, and instead become part of the solution. It's time to stand up and be p...


Gift to troops in Iraq gratefully accepted

Editor, I’d like to share something with your readers about several very generous people in your community. I’m a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and a graduate of Polson High School. This Christmas I was in Baghdad as part of the U.S. Forces-Iraq working towards a responsible drawdow...


Generosity keeps the hungry fed

In this area of small communities it seems every year special things happen in our quest to help our neighbors. The Bread Basket Board continues to be amazed by the caring and generosity of people living here who do so much to help their neighbors whether it be those needing help feeding their families, yout...


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