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Action needed to save our democracy

Editor, Our nation is at a point of desperation. We could be losing our democracy, our personal freedoms, and our country’s values. We are facing the possibility of falling under a dictatorial form of government. As I write this, Donald Trump seems to be the Republican candidate for president who will be on the ticket. Our nation needs one focus and one focus only because of this man. This focus and work needs to be promoting and encouraging voting for the Democratic candidate whomever it happens to be. We must save our democracy and avoid a political disaster. Then, after we have voted and have a Democratic leadership, we can face the challenges such as reviving the Supreme ...

Don’t be fooled

Editor, Fake News: The “new newspaper” suddenly appearing in our mailboxes is fake news personified. You’ve seen it. “The Montana Independent” is a new monthly “Montana” paper. Umm? It comes from DC, not Montana. And lo and behold a quick search will tell you it i...

Next election is about saving democracy

Editor, Donald Trump has a solid grip on much of the Republican party.  There are two (2) groups,.  One group is held to him by fear.  The other group holds with him by agreement. Here are the reasons for each one:  (1)  Fear:  Many good Republicans fear Trump’s ange...

Letter to President about lake level is waste of time

Editor, I am not sure how ignorant some of our county commissioners really believe we are, or perhaps our failure to bring in new leadership over the years gives them permission to continue with non-productive activities that fail to improve our lives here. The most current blatant example comes from t...

Community advocate, friend is missed

Editor, I am writing today to remember my friend Rod Johnson. Rod passed in April, much too young, after suffering from health issues. The family wrote a great obituary, outlining the success Rod had achieved through the years and many of his personal time activities.  I wanted to touch on some of...

Trump era resolved by citizens

Editor, We can all relax. We can feel fine. We can put aside any worries we may have about our nation’s future. We can know that all our political and personal lives will continue in relative  How do I know this? I know it because of this most wonderful and vivid dream I had last night. It s...

Policy changes recommended to support Tribal families

Editor, From 2019 to 2024, the congressional Commission on Native Children was tasked with examining federal, state, and tribal youth programs across the nation. As a Commissioner on this commission, I can attest that most of the witnesses chosen by federal agencies received federal funds in one manner...

Contraception access shouldn’t be a thing of the past

Editor, On June 5 the U.S. Senate voted on advancing a bill to protect access to contraception. Senator Steve Daines (R) voted against it. Senator Jon Tester (D) voted for it. The bill did not advance because it did not meet a 60% majority vote to advance. The federal government is not interested in...

Lake County Sheriff’s Office will continue to enforce law

Editor, To the citizens of Lake County:  As you may be aware, we are on the eve of Lake County withdrawing its consent to bear the costs of PL280, a law which provides that the state, and therefore my office, have jurisdiction over tribal members who commit felony crimes. Because it has been widely p...

Those who serve are true patriots

Editor, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” (Maya Angelou) Memorial Day is coming up. My father flew an Air Force C-47 delivering supplies to troops across the Aleutian Chain in Alaska. I lost one brother too soon due to exposure to Agent Orange ...


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