Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Opinion

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 businesses have conducted food drives and given donations. Junior high and high school youth have helped unload the network truck and given extra manpower as needed. The pantry is again the recipient of a grant from the Catholic Diocese of Helena. Their "Operation Rice Bowl" program gave $550 with the stipulation that it be used entirely for the purchase of food. Since our staff in al...


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...


Reacquaint yourself with good winter driving habits

Winter weather has returned with a vengeance after a reasonably mild holiday season. We had a nice layer of snow and cool, not cold temperatures to help make Christmas nice and snowy, albeit a grey day. But, now it looks like we're back into a cool spell after a messy rain/snow mix that made roads fairly ...


Phillips family hosted awesome benefit

Editor, We want to thank the Phillips Family and Roger and Jeanie Tauck at the Phillips Saddlery and Mercantile for the awesome benefit. It is so very much appreciated. We know a lot of work went into having it. We want to thank everyone who helped and stopped in. Thank you Pablo Quality Foods for the ...


Senseless act affects many

Editor, I am writing to express my extreme disappointment and disgust with the individual or individuals responsible for taking the baby Jesus from my nativity scene on 7th Avenue, next to Health Care Plus in Polson. On Monday, Dec. 21, our lights were stolen. This is our first year in Polson, but the ...


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