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Learning how brain works improves decision making

Editor, Voting is over. Choices were made, sometimes at the last split-second. How were these decisions made? In an “ideal” democracy (republic for us): voting citizens, 100 percent of them, would be well informed with sufficient accurate information, to make temporary adjustments (knowing that the future will require new adjustments), after analyzing and discussing conflicting needs, goals and resources (recognizing that diversity requires give and take), in a peaceful manner (void of threats and violence), so that all stakeholders (citizens, the vulnerable, animals, the environment, etc.), find some modicum of benefit by living in that societal/governmental group (city, ...


Mom’s book changes perspective

Editor, Isn’t it amazing how one seemingly small event can actually change a life? It happened to me. After my mother left this earth in 1992, I was given one of her favorite books: “The Ultimate Revolution” (pub. 1969) by Walter Starcke who was a Broadway producer, successful busines...


Ridgewater investigation needed

Bozeman attorney Susan Swimley was hired by the City of Polson to review information concerning the Ridgewater Subdivision. She wrote in her opinion, “as currently developed it appears multiple phases of Cougar Ridge/ Ridgewater do not meet the stated purposes of the Montana Subdivision and Platting Ac...


Thanking fall work crew

Editor, On Tuesday, I was raking piles of fall leaves and pulling stubborn weeds at the Polson Methodist Church. Two hours into the big job, my trailer nearly full and under threatening skies, I still had a mountain of leaves and debris to load. Leaning on my rake to catch my breath (I’m in my 70s),...


Commissioner disputes numbers

Editor, I would like to correct two statements included in CSKT Chairman Ron Trahan’s “Letter to the Community” that was published in local newspapers the past two weeks. Mr. Trahan referred to a Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Program grant of $438,531 that was u...


Echoes of kindness can be heard

Editor, Do you hear what I hear? Listen past the political cheering (and booing). You’ll hear more cheering for our youth sports teams, for our firefighters and law enforcers, and for veterans. Listen closer. Can you hear the echoes of kindness? Listen for the rustle of neighbors raking leaves for t...


Three irrigators explain why they don’t support the water compact Three irrigators explain why they don’t support the water compact

As we talk with friends and neighbors about the Confederated Salish and Kootenai- Montana Water Compact, the common theme is that no one understands it. The typical response is, “I really don’t know much about it. There are people I respect on both sides so that just confuses me more.” If y...


Divided country starts in one place

Editor, One of the most dangerous internal threats to America today is Donald Trump’s constant ramping up of fear and anger among his base. Trump has made the expression of these traits acceptable. This is feeding and fueling a crisis of anger in America today. Just the other day, for example, I ...


Consider federal contribution

Editor, This is in response to the fullpage letter submitted by Ron Trahan, CSKT Chairman. He said CSKT paid $50,141 in property taxes last year. Whoopee ... that is next to nothing. He talks about how their Safety of Dams, Tribal Transportation, etc. contribute to the county. He talks about the Tribe emp...


Voting against 6-Mill

Editor, Two students graduate high school together. One chooses a career and decides to utilize the University System to achieve it. The other works as an apprentice in a family business. The first is subsidized by the second and his family and/or the business that he is apprenticing under. Why is this ju...


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