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Faces may change, but the Valley Journal will carry on

Change happens, whether you plan for it or not. And I never thought I’d be planning around this kind of change. At the end of June, I’ll be leaving the Valley Journal. It’s not going to be a joyful occasion for me. As a matter of fact, my last day at work might be the roughest I’ve known. But I believe it’s best for me and for the newspaper. Gearing up for a final editorial is not an enjoyable process. I’d actually prefer to slip quietly into oblivion. But I’ve come to realize that would lead to some wrong impressions and innumerable rumors that have little to do with fact.  I’d like to avoid both. I haven’t been push...

Stop pointing fingers over oil spill

Editor, I’m writing a parable. The setting is a press conference in the White House. A questioner asks, “Mr. President, we are hearing all manner of reactions to the oil spill in the gulf. There is finger pointing in every direction. Your administration is being accused of this and that. Pe...

Celebrate graduation safely

Editor, I’d like to address the parents of the senior classes of 2010.  Graduation is here and you must be proud of your high school senior. Celebrate their success and enjoy the time you have with them.  Let them have fun, but please make sure you know where they are going, who they...

Volunteers made tourney a success

Editor, The recent CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) of Lake County golf tournament at the Polson Bay Golf Course was a huge success even given the usual poor weather conditions for this annual event.  Even with the challenging economic conditions area businesses stepped up in ...

Community made rummage sale successful

Editor, Thank you to Polson and the surrounding communities for making the rummage sale at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church a success on May 7-8. Leftover items were distributed to other charitable organizations, helping many more. Look for announcements of our fall rummage sale, Oct. 1-2.  ...

Brower right for County Commission

Editor, I write to endorse the candidacy of Ann Smith Brower to the Lake County Commission. Most of my close observation of Ann Smith Brower has been in her capacity as a Ronan City Council member. In that role she has been consistently caring and conscientious. Elected office involves having to make h...

We need less government, more community

Editor,  We are going to the polls on June 8 to vote for some local politicians such as sheriff and county commissioner, but we, the voters, are paying more taxes than we can afford.  So, I would like to make some suggestions on how to save a buck or two.  We should lay off 30 percent...

Claims against Sheriff’s Office are unfounded

Editor,  After recent malicious and non-factual posting in the media by a group identifying themselves only as “Concerned Citizens of Lake County,” I would like to inform the residents of Lake County that every issue that has been mentioned has been investigated either by an outside agenc...

Farm subsidies benefit Taylor

Editor,  According to a data base of the U.S. Dept of Agriculture subsidies, maintained by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Janna Taylor, Republican who wants to represent you in the Montana House, is the owner of Twin Creek Ranch, Inc., Petroleum County, (Winnet). Janna has received $1,016,...

Candidates need to acknowledge concerns

Editor, We’ve lived on Jocko Canyon Road for 20 years. Every year the road completely deteriorates before county graders arrive. Over the years we’ve contacted the county commissioners, frequently sending pictures, pleading for help.  On May 14, after (again) detailing the hazards in a...

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