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 Opinion    May 27, 2016 

Letter to the Editor: Parks are for kids, we can do without dog poop

Editor: We have a granddaughter who loves to go and play at the Hospital Park. As grandparents, we love going with her to play and watch her. However, we don't like to watch out for the dog poop. At the park there are stands that have bags for... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 26, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Technology or inventiveness?

I treasure a postcard from Missoula in the early ’80s. The card pictures an earth-moving business in the background. In the foreground perches a stand from which the proprietor sells croissants. It...

 
 Opinion    May 23, 2016

Celebrating Box Elder spirit

If a year from now you are in need of a healthy dose of inspiration, drop into commencement ceremonies at Box Elder High School. This is a great time of the year for those of us in the news business. We get to cover graduation ceremonies at school...

 
 Opinion    May 20, 2016

View from the North 40: The little doggy that still can

For the record, I’m not one of those people who thinks her dog is her child, but since this is going on the record I do have to say that my dog is as awesome as any child — even cuter than a good number of them. Cooper is 10 years old, which...

 
 Opinion    May 20, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Streets referendum should pass this year

Editor: As my husband, Paul, drove me home after the Streets and Sidewalks Committee meeting Monday night (where the possibility of an infrastructure mill levy on the November ballot was discussed), I winced at every jarring bump in the road as we... Full story

 
 Opinion    May 20, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Support HHS band's benefit dinner tonight

Editor: I am a proud supporter of the Havre Marching Band, and would like to personally invited the Havre community to come out and support the band in its fundraiser, 6 to 8 p.m. today at Havre High School. The band will be having a spaghetti...

 
 Opinion    May 20, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Retiring librarian provides encouragement

Editor: On Wednesday, I came home to read the front page of the Havre Daily News article about the retirement of the Highland Park Early Primary School children’s librarian ShirLee Perrodin. I had just come from a meeting between Havre-Hill County...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 13, 2016

View from the North 40: As the Revolution turns

I have been watching a television series based on events and people involved in the American Revolution and it is clear to me that, had I lived at that time in history, the likelihood of my survival t...

 
 Opinion    May 12, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: There's a serpent in my garden

I live in a garden in paradise. I have met the Snake. He is big. He is bad. He is beautiful. And if I eat of the apple from this Snake, I shall surely die. And that is where the similarities to the Other Garden Story end. My garden is lush with...

 
 Opinion    May 10, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Back pack stolen, $100 reward is offered

Editor: On Saturday, April 30, at approximately 6:30 p.m., an item was taken from the Duck Inn Restaurant. It was a blue and black Camelback 14er backpack. While it is disheartening to accept the fact that a thief took it, what is more difficult to...

 
 Opinion    May 9, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Fight teen pregnancy during May

Editor: May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, a time when we focus on the need to reduce teen pregnancy in our communities. If parents, youth, schools, businesses, faith leaders and health care providers join together to address teen pregnancy, we...

 
 Opinion    May 6, 2016

View from the North 40: Trolling shallow waters for laughs

When my column-idea machine is locked up and not producing even a widget of an idea, I go straight to the news and start fishing for an interesting headline to land a big tuna of inspiration. No. That’s a lie. When my column-idea machine is locked...

 
 Opinion    May 5, 2016

Guest column: An ocean view on the Montana prairie

I attended a social gathering several years ago in the Bitterroot Valley. As the hostess stood nearby, I admired the mountains framed by the tall windows in her home. “The view out my window is the most stunning in the state!” she said. “It’s...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Trolling through the plaza Friday night

Last Friday the Casa de Cultura sponsored a Folklorico performance for the Etzatlan community. A stage dominated one corner of the square, with rows of folding chairs for the audience. Dance troups,...

 
 By Sen. Steve Daines    Opinion    May 4, 2016

Conrad Burns and his lasting legacy

With the news of Conrad Burns’ passing late last week, Montanans lost a member of the family. From across the state prayers were offered for Phyllis and the Burns family and fond memories were shared.   Conrad was a dedicated husband to Phyllis...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 29, 2016

View from the North 40: I'm not a big fan of it at all

Now, when it’s too late to back out of this course of action, I really understand that there is no way that one can build a home without having to shop for things — like, a lot of things. I admit...

 
 Opinion    April 29, 2016

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Saturday morning, a group will walk from Community Fitness Park to Montana State University-Northern. The Autism Fun Run and Awareness Walk will be held Saturday morning to let people know about the condition that affects so many people....

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 28, 2016

Looklng Out My Backdoor: A few of those things we think we need

At last, I have a working sink in the house. No more carting all food preparation items plus dishes before and after meals out to the outdoor sink on the patio. Josue has finished my kitchen...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 22, 2016

View from the North 40: The pun is: We nailed it

Marriage experts say that one of the keys to a long and successful marriage is to keep a little surprise, some mystery, in your relationship: My husband, John, surprised me Saturday morning by having...

 
 Opinion    April 22, 2016

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Havre Public Schools will conduct its annual Salute to Seniors at noon Sunday, at Havre Middle School. If you are a senior citizens or nearing that age, stop by and look at the exhibits that display the work Havre students have done,...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 21, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Hacking back my jungle, just one plant at a time

I walked around my coffee bush, checking out the blossoms and emerging beans. Actually, although I lust after it, the bush belongs to the neighboring property, now sitting empty. It doesn’t sooth...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2016

Being a conservative and a conservationist

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. Being a Conservative and being a conservationist are not mutually exclusive. It’s actually my conservative principles that drive my commitment to conservation. Whether one believes our Earth was created by God or not,...

 
 Opinion    April 18, 2016

Our View: Vote yes on mill levy

Some voters in the Havre Public school elementary school district got ballots in the mail this week. Others will be going to the polls May 3. On the ballot is a proposal to increase the mill levy by about $10.51 for a home assessed at $100,000....

 
 Opinion    April 15, 2016

Letter to the Editor: LIEAP offers help in paying utility bills

Editor: Need assistance paying your heating bill? Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP, is Havre and the Hi-Line’s home heating help program. This year, the program has extended the application deadline until 5 p.m., Monday, May 2. If you...

 

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