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 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 30, 2015 

Looking out my back door: Life is a movable feast ... and ... like waiting for a bind date

One never knows, right? It’s one thing to plan. For example, today I mop the floors. Then a friend stops by and suggests, “Let’s go to Callecita for seared tuna and guava pie.” Are you going t...

 
 Opinion    July 29, 2015

Our vets gave us everything, we owe them the best

My daughter is a Navy diver, my son-in-law is an active duty Navy SEAL, and I spent 23 years as a Navy SEAL, leading countless young men through BUDS training and commanding thousands more men and women in Iraq. I know the sacrifices our veterans hav...

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Bombshells thank community for backing

Editor: Bullhook Bombshells Havre Roller Derby League would like to let the community know what has been in the works and what we have already accomplished. We were founded in November 2014, and a wild idea fueled by our ambition has become a local s...

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2015

Montanans should be able to trust financial advisers

“First do no harm” — that is the physician’s creed. It is their guiding principle that means whatever the advice or procedure, the patient’s well-being is their primary consideration. Shouldn’t that same guiding principle apply to your...

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2015

Our View: Worker's death is a tragedy

Bob Mitschke, a 36-year employee of NorthWestern Energy, was killed in an accident last week. He was replacing a damaged transmission structure near Helena Thursday night when the accident happened. He died Friday. Utility workers, just like...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 24, 2015

View from the North 40: Genius for a day - 1 day

You ever have those days when it becomes obvious that you might have a knack for being a genius? I don’t. Well, I didn’t until one glorious day this week. It all started when I bought a bag of...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 23, 2015

Looking out my back door: Do not go gentle into that good night

I’ve been accused more than once of being Polly Perfect or Goody Gertie Two-Shoes. “It’s your smile. You always see the bright side. You think life is always wonderful.” (Accusation often...

 
 Opinion    July 22, 2015

We need to protect our land

Montana’s National Forests and public lands have been a treasured part of our state’s heritage for generations. Growing up in Bozeman, I spent weekends hunting in the Bridgers, backpacking in the Beartooths and fishing the rivers and streams of...

 
 Opinion    July 14, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Land, water conservation program should be funded

Editor: Thank you to Sen. Steve Daines for being a strong champion for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Senator Daines has pressed Appropriations Committees in both the House, when he was Montana’s representative, and also in the Senate, for...

 
 Opinion    July 13, 2015

Letter to the Editor - Run elections for the benefit of all the people

Editor: I am appalled to live in a world where every four or eight years we are bound by the laws of the republic to chose a man or a woman — black, white, Asian, Latino, Native American, Mexican-American, any sexual orientation and just whatever e...

 
 Opinion    July 13, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Too many changes at Great Northern Fair

Editor: I am writing about the events at the Great Northern Fair. You switch around so much that the public cannot know what event is on what night. I know you are trying to find the right night for them, but I wish you would let the public know...

 
 Opinion    July 10, 2015

View from the North 40: Yes, again …

Mosquitoes. I know, and I swore with actual swear words that I wouldn’t write about them this year, but these aren’t just any mosquitoes. These little guys are so strangely small and cunning that they were just asking for it. These are...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 9, 2015

Looking out my back door: We all live in a yellow submarine

Sky of Blue, Sea of Green; those words from the great American spiritual, “Yellow Submarine,” make me homesick for my Montana. What? Yes, of course, the song is originally English but so is much...

 
 Opinion    July 7, 2015

Our View: Little Shell Tribe deserves to keep traditions alive

Officials of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa indians are hopeful that new rules will make it easier for the federal Interior Department to relent and grant official status for the tribe. The feds have been reluctant to grant recognition to the...

 
 Opinion    July 6, 2015

Our View: Work together to get facts out during crises

Hi-Line folks lived through another major weather problem this weekend. A terrible storm with high winds, rain and hail slammed the area, resulting in windows being broken, trees being uprooted, power lines being downed, roads being covered in ice...

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    July 6, 2015

Noel was one great guy

Noel Davidson died last week, and Havre lost a tremendous developer, a community leader and above all a fine fellow. Noel packed 200 years of living in his 97 years. People all over town recall Noel as the man who built their family's first home. He...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 2, 2015

Looking out my back door: Life's changeS - One size does not fit all

I intend to unload some of my philosophy on you. I’ll call it the gospel (small “g”) according to me (small “m”). I am not important enough to rate a big “M.” So if you want to take...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 2, 2015

View from the North 40: Help me! I'm melting, melting … meltiiing

I would like to take this time to go on record as formally declaring that hot weather sucks. I know, that’s pretty strong language for not a very profound revelation. In my defense, though, if I...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 26, 2015

View from the North 40: Skip the Bette Davis eyes, I wanted Farrah hair

It’s been been almost 40 years, so I should let it go, plus it’s not right to speak ill of the dead, but I'm saying it anyway: I still really, really, really dislike Farrah Fawcett for making...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 25, 2015

Looking out my back door: Just walking in the rain, getting soaking wet

“Just walking in the rain. Getting soaking wet. . . People. . . stare at me. . . saying who can that fool be.” That fool be me. Gloriously, deliciously drenched. Three hurricanes this month held p...

 
 Opinion    June 24, 2015

Strengthen plans on sage-grouse to save Hi-Line lands

On May 28, the Bureau of Land Management reached a historic milestone in its effort to conserve the imperiled greater sage-grouse. The plans proposed by the BLM would protect the West’s sagebrush sea, which acts as essential habitat for the...

 
 Opinion    June 19, 2015

View from the North 40: The argument for poor, inspirational me

In a depressing accident of birth, like big feet and a location in southern something-not-Montana listed as my birthplace, I was born without a silver spoon. I would be an awesome rich person — generous, fun-loving, laid back, definintely not...

 
 Opinion    June 15, 2015

Our View: North Central Montana Transit is worth the money

North Central Montana Transit is looking for testimonials in an effort to get next year's funding. We hope local governments and Hi-Line residents are generous in providing the letters of endorsement. We can’t think of any new program in recent...

 
 Opinion    June 12, 2015

View from the North 40: Up a language creek without a translator paddle

Imagine, if you can, a world in which people in different regions spoke different languages. Yes, I just asked you to imagine reality, but let’s step that up a notch. Now, imagine having to rely on a computer program to help you communicate in the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 11, 2015

Looking out my back door: Envy me - I live a full life without logic

Envy me if you wish. My living room ceiling leaks drops the size of tadpoles. The wind stirred by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Blanca, like an angry sieve, filtered a heavy layer of grit over everything...

 

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