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Opinion

People need to think

Editor, Our president, Donald J. Trump, is constantly, through his words and actions, giving voice to America and the world to some of the worst of human values, characteristics and behaviors. This is not just about Trump. We each have the inner capacity to think, speak and act from fear, anger and attack. We also have the inner capacity to think, speak and act from reason, understanding and compassion. Everything starts from a choice about how we think. The present situation in America is immensely dangerous. We have the president’s strong ‘bully pulpit voice’ constantly showing to many that thinking, speaking and acting out of fear, anger and attack is okay. Tru...


People need to adapt to a changing world

Editor, In his letter (1-2-19), Scott Kerr stated ideas regarding governments that deserve examination. First, he states that laws/ governments are born from divine/supernatural causes. This concept can easily be shown to be flawed and is rapidly declining as humans advance in understandings. Second, h...


Disagreement with water meeting claims

Editor, I attended an informational meeting a few weeks ago on the “People’s Compact.” There were five Kalispell legislators there to tell their story on why they didn’t like the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ compact that is now Montana law. If what they said that ...


CSKT’s environmental work appreciated

Editor, I would like to say a big “thank you” to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe for the protective actions taken when it comes to our environment here in the Mission Valley. I recognize that I am privileged to live in this valley and am glad there are protections at a time when pro...


Education about electricity might have saved lives Education about electricity might have saved lives

Mission Valley Power likes to give back to and educate our local communities, schools and public service agencies as much as possible. On Dec. 28th and 29th of 2018, Brent Burland with the Mission Valley Power engineering department and local volunteer firefighter put on an electrical safety information and ...


Compact negotiations were not ‘back-door’

Editor, Elaine Willman owes DNRC Director John Tubbs an apology. In her Jan. 2 Valley Journal letter, she claimed that he failed to “mention that the ‘public’ was voiceless and clueless about any of the back-door, cloak/dagger ‘negotiations’ until about 2012.” Even wors...


Immigration policy needed

Editor, This country desperately needs an immigration policy that is comprehensive, compassionate and fair. We must make clear to the rest of the world what this policy is and police our borders appropriately – hopefully without seriously impacting the lives of our own citizens on the border and pre...


Habitat Montana builds public lands legacy

All Montanans benefit from public lands. We all know it, whether we’re a hunter, hiker or rancher who depends on those lands for grazing. Public lands – both our federal National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and other agency lands, and our state lands – are essential to Montana. They s...


Vote rule should end Vote rule should end

One of us is a Democrat; the other is a Republican. We each served more than a quarter of a century in the Montana Legislature, mostly at the same time. We also held positions of top leadership in both the Senate and House of Representatives. We have been serious rivals, but always friends; now we are seriou...


Hanging new calendars

Editor, An email from a friend ended with this sentence: “I hope this country learned a lesson.” This was in reference to a PBS report about the terrible treatment of dissenters in Montana who opposed America entering WWI. How does a country learn a lesson? What is involved in a full countr...


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