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Medical professionals weigh in on I-185

As members of the St. Luke Community Medical Staff, we see the short and long-term effects of tobacco use every day as we care for patients in the Mission Valley. Dental issues, mouth, throat and stomach inflammation, asthma, emphysema, heart disease, stroke and of course the various cancerous conditions that at the very least cause pain, anxiety and financial stress and more seriously can claim a life. In World War I, cigarettes were distributed to soldiers to reduce anxiety and were touted for health benefits. Today, we know better, and yet, the large tobacco companies continue to promote the sale and use of this often-lethal product. Although the push to transition to e-cigarettes or ...


Public comment on hazard mitigation needed Public comment on hazard mitigation needed

On behalf of the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in the five-year update of the Lake County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP). By providing input and direction as a project stakeholder, you can assist us by representing your int...


Not voting for Tester

Editor, In Sen. Tester’s latest political ad, he touts himself as a Montana dirt farmer, and Rosendale as being a Maryland native, an Easterner— in other words, an outsider that no one should vote for. Isn’t it ironic the Democrats, who are always lecturing us about inclusivity, apparent...


Hold your nose response

Editor, American economist and philosopher, Dr. Thomas Sowell, once noted there are facts based upon experience and “facts” based upon assertions (i.e. “ideas/hypotheses”). The “Hold your nose” letter by Leslie Kline makes assertions regarding the President and Republic...


Gianforte disrepectful, wrong choice

Editor, In October, we attended the Salish Kootenai College Congressional Candidate Debate. The auditorium was decked out with a wonderful free buffet in the lobby area, the stage was set, and cameras filmed for the live audience on Facebook and YouTube. Clearly, this took a lot of planning and many volun...


Density map considered in election

Editor, My husband and I own and operate a hay farm in southern Lake County. We supported keeping the density map as a regulatory document in order to preserve farms, ranches and open spaces. The density map allowed for development but steered it toward cities and towns. We do not want to see Lake Coun...


Irrigation petition available

Editor, A petition is available for your signature. This petition is requesting a vote to form the two districts as a “Joint Operation.” The two districts would be the Jocko Irrigation District and the Mission Irrigation District. This petition is a simple request asking for a vote by all irri...


McDonald best choice for commissioner

Editor, On Nov. 6, we (Caitlin Shelman and Seth Rigles) will be voting for Caroline McDonald for Lake County commissioner for two main reasons. First and foremost, Gale Decker worked to repeal the innovative density map developed by county commissioners in 2003. This common sense density map helped preser...


Decker plays victim, vote for McDonald

Editor, In looking at galedecker.com/newsroom web page, I was kind of taken aback. I was shocked to see that Gale Decker was looking to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for the shortcomings of Lake County. As citizens, we will not always see things eye-to-eye, and we will always have difference...


Vote for Susan Evans

Editor, To really know her is to more fully appreciate this fourth generation Montanan. A rich family background of military service, having lived twice in Germany plus eight US states, in her own words, “has given me a larger perspective of the world and the country we live in.” I am speak...


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