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 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    October 19, 2017 

Looking out my Backdoor: She's an angel - She's a devil

It is dangerous to invite a stranger into one’s home, one’s sanctuary. Can the guest be trusted to display simple rudimentary manners? What if we’re not compatible? What if our schedules...

 

Letter to the Editor - Raise revenues, not tuition

Living costs, textbooks, tuition — these things all add up quickly as college students who are looking to build a strong future for ourselves so that we can contribute back to the Montana we love. At a time when we are already dealing with recent i...

 

Letter to the Editor - Don't tie faith to politics

Dear Editor, I saw on Facebook a post “If Jesus was a Republican” and the things He was doing shocked me. For one point most people I know do not tie their faith to any political alliance. If a person does, maybe they should re-evaluate their...

 

Letter to the Editor - Lindsey Ratliff deserves your vote

Editor, I am writing on behalf of my friend, mentor and City Council candidate Lindsey Ratliff. I first met Mrs. Lindsey Ratliff my sophomore year of high school as my history teacher. Although it was her first year as a teacher, with her undying...

 

Letter to the Editor - Storm illustrates kindness and friendliness of Havre

Editor, The kindness and friendliness of Havre were demonstrated after the recent storm, as we were helped in the cleanup by several individuals and groups. Among them were friends and neighbors and both the LDS youth group and the LDS volunteer...

 

Letter to the Editor - Why I am running against Jon Tester

Money is the lifeblood of our economy, but our financial system is a train-wreck in slow motion. After the banking system collapsed in 2008, only ruinous borrowing has even allowed us to pretend that our economy is recovering. If you borrow credit...

 

Letter to the Editor - Girl Scouts best option for girls

Editor, Now, more than ever, it is imperative for us to be the champion of girls. In today’s world, girls need girl-only spaces where girls are the first thought not an afterthought. Girls need to feel safe and encouraged by positive female role...

 

Build Montana's workforce, build Montana's future

As communities across the nation work to recover from recent natural disasters, many are discovering that while they have plenty of rebuilding to do, they lack the manpower to do it. This circumstance comes as no surprise to the Montana...

 

Letter to the Editor - The problem with Republican and conservative thinking

Editor, The Republican Party must shape up if it wants to be a force for good. We must begin measuring success or failure on a person-by-person basis. If one person fails, all of society fails. Any politician who does not accept personal...

 

Letter to the Editor - Storm damage offers possibilities

Dear Editor,  I look at all at all the downed trees and branches across town and see free firewood, free building supplies, free craft supplies, community activities for a group/club and tax write-offs for a business! I see wood in all shapes and...

 

Let the dead teach the living

Last Monday, the Havre Daily News published an article reporting a driver killed by a collision with a deer. As unfortunate as this death was, the article was a grim reminder of what is not published — the unreported causes of death in the Havre...

 

Our View: Reporting suicides in the news

Dr. Marc Whitacre, who is facing Havre High School teacher Lindsey Ratliff in the race for Ward 3 in the Havre City Council election, is working to bring attention to the high suicide rate in the state and this region, and the Havre Daily News...

 

The Supreme Court may take a knee

Three decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court probably settled the current controversy involving protests within the National Football League about freedom of speech. The recent public shakeup with some players “taking a knee” or “linking arms”...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 13, 2017

View from the North 40: The universe's pre-Halloween scary vibe

The universe is getting a jump start on Halloween this year, and it’s doing a pretty good job of setting up a good creepy vibe. Let’s just jump right in with the spiders, the biting spiders. Huntsville, Alabama’s Fire and Rescue Station 17...

 

Letter to the Editor - Ratliff would be asset in city government

Editor, I am happy to endorse Lindsey Ratliff for Havre’s City Council. The first impression I had of Lindsey when she came to Havre in 2013 to teach history at Havre High School was “This is an intelligent young woman with enthusiasm and energy....

 

Letter to the Editor - Montana needs special session to solve revenue problems

Editor: As a caregiver and a former para-educator, I’ve seen firsthand how important our state services are to Montana’s most vulnerable people. I’ve known families that had to live in their cars because they couldn’t afford anything else,...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Not my best day

Every day should be my best day! There I go, thinking I “should” be grateful and, truly, I am. However, “should” can take a hike into the out beyond and stay there. But my reality is that I...

 
 By Paul Dragu    Opinion    October 12, 2017

Getting to the top of the hill: a birthday column

When I was in my 20s I never thought about getting old. When you are young you will never be old. It’s not that I thought my edgy, action-packed, high-risk life would lead to early death. Although I had some close calls in my youth, I knew I...

 

Growing high-paying Montana jobs

Technology is the great equalizer. There’s no reason Missoula can’t compete with Silicon Valley and that’s the message we heard at the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit. On Monday, close to 700 Montanans came out to the University of Montana to tal...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to community for work during snow storm

Editor, Montana, the Big Sky State, and also the state where if you don’t like the weather just wait five minutes. This was definitely proven true this week. What was also proven true was the hardiness of the men and women who helped and are still...

 

It's time to start new chapter in health care

After nine months of debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, it’s time to start a new chapter in the history of access to high quality and affordable health care. The ACA certainly isn’t perfect. A bipartisan Senate effort to...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for all who pitched in on snowstorm

Editor, I would like to give a big thank you to all the folks who pitched in and helped out during our recent snowstorm. Of course, thank you to our city services and community members for tree and snow removal, our broadcasters for keeping us...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 6, 2017

View from the North 40: The real challenge surviving a power outage

A total of 44 hours without power starts out all fun and games, but after a while things get real, and nothing spoils the mood like real. The great winter storm of early autumn 2017 kicked into gear Monday, overwhelming our electricity with its...

 

Looking our my Backdoor: Day to day in the land of perpetual spring

October brings on the melancholia of autumn. Even here. I recently read an extensive political and economic history of Mexico. Early Spanish invaders called this area in which I live, the land of...

 

Frank talk about wildfires

This summer’s catastrophic wildfire season and hazardous, persistent smoke pollution has all Montanans talking. The fires took the lives of two young men, destroyed homes and Sperry Lodge, blew a hole in the state budget, discouraged tourism and...

 

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