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Legislative Note   Legislative           Note

In a recent op-ed published in several newspapers, Montana Democrat minority leaders claimed, “the harm done by a Republican supermajority drunk on power will continue to be felt for a long time.” The Democrat leaders should remember that it was Montana voters who gave Republicans a supermajority in the legislature, and for good reason.  Montana Democrats still don’t understand that a strong majority of Montanans do not support their woke liberal policies. Montanans also know that talk is cheap. While the Democrat leaders claim their priority was to cut taxes for Montana working families and provide property tax relief, only two Democrats out of 48 actually voted t...


Live together

Editor, With our present politics, our democratic system of government is in danger. Our Republican party is seriously divided. Trump’s autocratic leadership style and present campaigning has attracted many supporters and divided this political party. The Trump base is a notably large voting bloc. W...


Non-denominational church needed

Editor, I perceive that the areas of Polson, Pablo and Ronan have many churches of various denominations, which serve the needs of many people. I have, for some time, been feeling the need for a non-denominational, community church in this area. If anyone in your readership feels similarly, and feel...


Shut down

Editor, Lake County commissioners have, for a long time, sought, without a resolution, a solution to the expenses incurred, which they say contribute directly to the inability to find a way to improve our jail system. Luckily, we elected a supermajority of State officials who could stop the ‘woke&rs...


Legislative Notes

With the weather finally warming up here for spring time, I’ve been spending a lot of time out on my tractor finishing up planting.  Every year, I plant my fields with crops like wheat, barley, peas, and millet. The days are long – Sharla and I start early in the morning and work late unt...


Valley Views

As our more than 9,000 students prepare to receive that honorable Montana diploma from our 173 high schools, I reflect on this past year and look forward to the next. Future graduating classes will have an increase in innovative educational opportunities. I am grateful that the 68th legislature focused on pa...


Legislative NotesTax cheats and the debt dilemma

Americans have always commonly agreed that taxes are the price of a civilized society. Only relatively recently has the idea that “taxation is theft” been seriously suggested in the public discourse. People who claim not to believe in government use that belief as justification to not pay taxe...


Slices of Life

You don’t appreciate your health - until it’s gone. Gosh this is true, and I’ve learned it the hard way a few times in my life - the most recently last Tuesday. I woke up in the middle of the night, sweating (never a good sign). My body ached and I didn’t know it yet, but the he...


Good-bye, thank you to Christian Bumgarner

Editor, Christian Bumgarner, a well-loved fixture in the Mission Valley’s musical community for more than three decades, has retired and moved to Idaho. He has directed six choirs, three of which he founded, and his history with Mission Valley Choral Society dates back to the early 1990s. Christian ...


Don’t go down a slippery slope

Editor, I thought I would be relieved when our legislative session was over. I am relieved that I no longer have to spend hours every day tracking whatever unkind, hateful, controlling bills were in the pipeline and emailing various committees to express my horror and disapproval. For the party of less go...


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