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Looking into the mailbox

Editor, In political systems as corrupted by cash as ours, identifying the bad guys can be as simple as noting who has the most money. The campaign against I-185, a Medicaid expansion funded by tobacco taxes, is one example. Recently, mailboxes have been flooded with expensive glossy flyers, five since I started counting, warning of possible, or fabricated, errors determining its costs. The flyers list Montana Taxpayers Association as opponents of I-185. MTA has received funding from the tobacco industry in the past and was associated with lobbyist Jack Abramoff before he served 43 months for mail fraud, conspiracy, bribery and, ironically, tax evasion. Another opponent is Montanan...


Aquatic Center great year-round resource

Editor, As it gets cooler and the lake temperature goes down and Mother Nature is slowly closing the lake, it’s the fall time of year again. Look at the fall leaves floating by the shore and you know it’s time to “make a change.” Get out to the “pools and float” as they...


Addressing the I-185 Healthy Montana Initiative

The advertising rhetoric surrounding I-185 — the Healthy Montana Initiative — has escalated with tobacco corporations spending millions of dollars to maintain tobacco use in Montana and to protect their financial profits. Their campaign ads are heavy on fear and short on truth. First, the prop...


Get off my banana Get off my banana

They nearly literally come from nothing – or so it seems. And then they multiply. You might start the week with just a few and end it with a proverbial swarm. They’re officially called drosophila melanogaster; it’s a big name for an itty-bitty fruit fly. I’ve always thought of them...


Too many fish, not enough time

Fishermen:  During the fall there are too many options and not enough time. With the fish working on building a nutritional surplus for winter, they become exceptionally active. The smallmouth bass are responsive to almost anything you throw at them, and the lake trout (mackinaw) have begun their pre...


New WEB program at Polson Middle School inspiring

Editor, Have you heard the loud cry for help from our young people? Growing up is a tremendous challenge these days. Think of the myriad of home-life distractions, physical maturing, and the instant communication devices constantly pouring out stuff. And “change” and all the adjustments to cha...


Guard Second Amendment rights

Editor, Are you ready to turn in your semi-automatic rifles and semi-automatic pistols? Are you ready to destroy your high-capacity magazines? Are you willing to submit to a background check when you want to buy some ammo? Can you afford a 100 percent tax on ammo? Well, Jon Tester, if elected, will ...


Please help Bread Basket secure matching funds

Editor, Greetings from the Ronan Bread Basket, your Ronan-Pablo-Charlo food bank. It is September again and time for the annual “Be a Friend Indeed, Help a Friend in Need” campaign from Montana’s Town Pump Corporation. The Town Pump will match all of our monetary donations from Sep...


Sane citizens need to vote

Editor, For their taxes, Swedes enjoy universal healthcare, free tuition and paid parental leave. For ours, we have civilian body counts in the Middle East and handouts to the wealthy via tax breaks, corporate welfare being a more honest application of Margaret Thatcher’s “other people’s...


A happy place defined A happy place defined

We all need a happy place, or at the very least can benefit from one – or a dozen, take your pick. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one happy place. Go ahead; grab a few. They’re free! A happy place doesn’t have to be a place, per se, but it can be. It is a state of mind so...


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