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We cannot afford to lose our democracy

Editor, Three considerations: (A) In our nation, black or white, rich or poor, liberal or conservative, male or female, young or old, our experiences have generally formed a trust in our two-party democratic system of government. However, many Republicans are presently baffled and bewildered by current politics. How is personal fear and anger affecting these confusions? (B) Be alert America. Be alert world. Climate change is real. Challenges are already affecting human life on earth. This is just the beginning. We humans had better pay attention, learn, believe, and act sensibly and effectively. (C) Just listen to any newscast. They all talk about President Biden personally. It ...


Elder distinction shouldn’t be based on income

Editor, I received my letter from DHRD Elder Services Program May 4, 2023. Long awaited with great anticipation almost a feeling of excitement opening up the letter. Finally after working 47 years of my life I will finally be recognized by my Tribe and its Council for all my hard work and dedication to my...


Strike Two for Tribal Health Department

Editor, This letter is being addressed to the Tribal Council and the Tribal Health management. Once again failure within the Tribal Health Department in the same program that failed to bring me to my scheduled surgery back in January 2024.  Upon calling their program in December 2023, letting t...


All’s fair in love, war? and U.S. politics?

Editor, The smooth transition of Presidential power came to an end after 225 years due to Donald Trump. The work of many, highly placed Republicans is responsible for this debacle. After 35 months, Wisconsin Republican “fake electors” who collaborated with Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 ...


Those who don’t do job right should be disciplined

Editor, To Tribal Council and to all those involved with the program who failed to follow through with their jobs. When you put your trust in those to do their jobs and they end up hurting you by not doing their jobs, they should be disciplined. The Tribal Health Program contacted me back in October...


What is the benefit of a citizen ballot initiative?

Editor, Currently there are six ballot initiatives approved by the Secretary of State for signature gathering.  Several are sponsored by single individuals. One by a young teenage girl. These are Montanans. None are sponsored by out-of-state corporations like the marijuana initiative was. Montana ...


DPHHS audit was necessary

Editor, The response from our government to the COVID-19 crisis will be second-guessed and cross-checked for years to come. Some decisions made sense while some were egregious oversteps. One decision made by the federal government was to put a pause on state governments looking at the qualifications of in...


Vote based on actions, not declarations

Editor, Recently, while sitting our family’s fictitious library room, I read the Legislative Notes, those by Rep Usher. His article brought up an important subject, Montana judges. He said that in spite of their apparent impartiality they “...are in fact politicians.” Unfortunately...


State monies shouldn’t support private schools

Editor, I grew up in Butte and attended Christian (Catholic) schools there for 12 years. To pay tuition for 7 children, was not easy for my parents but they felt the commitment was important. And although they chose this path, they never ceased to remind us children that though our education was a bit dif...


Transitioning to clean energy ultimately frees us

Editor, Re:  “Enough already” (January 24, 2024).  Contrary to the suggestion in the letter, heading off the worst effects of climate change need not require any restrictions on personal liberties. Neither scientists who’ve provided our understanding of the issue, nor advoca...


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