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Montana sovereignty threatened

Editor, The Montana Water Rights Protection Act was recently introduced to the U.S. Senate as an “amendment” and “fix” to the flawed 2015 Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Water Compact.  Senator Dr. Al Olszewski, of Kalispell, who is running for Montana State Governor will not quit fighting for everyone’s rights. Dr. Al understands. He is courageously offering a new solution. The solution to forego any sort of “fix” and to immediately create a Montana water rights defense fund. State sovereignty is clearly under siege.  Citizens across our great state fear CSKT off-reservation water claims. To allay this fear, U.S. S...

Fact-based knowledge helps

Editor, I have been following letters and articles regarding the water compact. Much of the divisiveness on this issue appears to be based on lack of knowledge. Someone famous (I cannot remember who) said something like, “Knowledge is the cure for ignorance.” I am not so concerned if people ar...

People need to wake up

Editor,  Our media, in its frenzy to put out news 24/7, has fallen into a habit of reporting personal interviews and panel discussions endlessly. These interviews and panel discussions are so relentless that “We The People,” who are watching, listening and absorbing all this, are also bei...

Daines-Tester bill deserves support

Editor,  The Jan. 22 Valley Journal included a story entitled “Olszewski and Republican cohort ask Daines to withdraw CSKT compact bill.” The bill in question was introduced in December by senators Daines and Tester to “finalize a long-negotiated water compact between Montana, the f...

Vote no for the jail

Editor,  Fifty million dollars is a lot of money. Lake county taxpayers are being asked to levy a tax for a new jail. Less than 50 percent of the occupants are Lake County residents. We would have plenty of capacity if we did not have tribal members in the jail. There are two simple solutions to t...

Support jail, courthouse expansion

Editor, The proposed Lake County jail and courthouse expansion is an appropriate direction and the levy should be approved. As societies evolve and grapple with new problems it is important that social structures similarly adjust. The purpose of societal adjustment is both (1) to better serve and prote...

Saying thanks

Editor, I want to say thank you to Dr. Ken Cairns. You helped me in my recovery. You are a kind and compassionate person and doctor. The Tribal Health will not be the same without you. May God Bless you with your walk in life. You will always be my friend. Jack Howlett Ronan  

Soup kitchen looks for funding sources

Editor, As with many good things, time goes by and interest falls. We want to thank all of the businesses and individuals who have donated silent auction items and food to our annual Winterfest fundraiser for SoupsOn. Thanks also to the many volunteers who spent months planning and serving on the big nigh...

National events cause for concern

Editor, Much is happening in our political, cultural and international scene these days. Here are two that caught my attention. See what you think. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, both MSNBC and CNN had damning interviews with shady character Lev Parnas who was part of Trump’s Ukranian bluster and blunder...

Letters to the editor Jan. 8, 2020

Pedestrians asked to be careful  Editor,   Have you ever almost hit a pedestrian while driving? I have and I hope you never do. It scared me to think that I could have injured or killed a person. It was horrifying. I was driving to work early one dark-winter morning on a snow-covered ...

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