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Opinion

Restore CSKT-Lake County Cooperation

Editor, Over the past few years, differences have bubbled up between Lake County commissioners and CSKT over such issues as taxation, density regulation, and judicial system expenditures. Experience shows that it is vitally important to prevent bubbles from bursting into full-blown conflicts. For example, from 2010 to 2013, we irrigators benefited from joint CSKT-irrigator management of our irrigation project. In 2014, conflict and litigation among irrigators and with CSKT ended cooperation. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) took back project management. Each side has its own, often stubbornly held, points of view. County commissioners point out that CSKT does not pay taxes to meet p...


But which?

Editor, A recent letter shows how education is being relegated to what one is told, not to truth. A bias or bigoted person chooses not to hear anything disagreeing with their entrenched beliefs. In today’s world, it is easy to check where the truth lays. Using selected language to demean an opponent...


Political opinion shared

Editor, In a recent (Sept. 12) letter, Lance Hames uses my prior letter to the editor (which mentioned the Trump administration one time) to vilify the President with hateful, inaccurate and unsubstantiated accusations characteristic of someone with the Trump Derangement Syndrome. I must respond. Hames...


Anyone relate? Didn’t think so Anyone relate? Didn’t think so

Humans are united by common bonds. We might be tempted or maybe better put inclined to focus on differences, but we are all united in the human condition and we share more common experiences than we might realize (or even want to admit). I’ve written about these scenarios in the past, but my list wa...


Build stronger community, vote for McDonald

Editor, We who live and work in Lake County are very fortunate that Caroline McDonald is running for County Commissioner. In her work as a community and economic consultant in Mission Valley, and as chair of the Polson School Board, she has taken a pragmatic, nonpartisan, community- building approach. She...


National political opinion shared

Editor, The Trump Derangement Syndrome is alive and well in the Mission Valley. This malady, if you haven’t heard, is a mental condition in which the afflicted has constant outbursts of vile and hatefilled rhetoric directed toward our duly elected President. These poor, mentally deranged individuals...


Vote McDonald for Commissioner

Editor, I have never endorsed a political candidate before, but I make an exception for a truly exceptional candidate for Lake County Commissioner: Caroline McDonald. I have met Caroline and find her to possess a refreshing combination of attributes. She is intelligent, articulate, personable, and woul...


Comment inspires exercise

Editor, “Couch and pancakes”...” Couch and pancakes.” The words coming from Terry, a 70 plus yearold attorney from California, rang in my ears after he jogged on past me at the Polson High School track. I was on my usual two to three mile walk. Terry was on his usual nine mile jog,...


Singing to avoid bears

Editor, I’m sharing bear confrontation information. Almost a dozen times, I’ve encountered black and brown bears while hiking and camping. The only time I’ve seen grizzly bears in the wild was on a tour in Alaska, and they were out in a huge meadow, grazing on grass like cows, this was i...


A different opinion

Editor, Philip Barney’s recent letter is a study in irony. He dismisses others as ignorant of history then demonstrates his own misunderstanding of it, or calculated revision and misuse of it. Defending a President attacking free speech, free press and a division of federal powers, he evokes the mem...


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