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 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...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 15, 2016

View from the North 40: If it's worth doing ...

Drama and complications are two different things. Drama I actively work to avoid. Complication seems to be second nature. It started with a simple statement: “I need to get the horses locked up for...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 14, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Exactly when I wanted to forget

Some days, despite all the good things in my life, I wake up and would rather crawl back into bed and pull the quilt over my head. Pity party is another word for the feeling. Party, well, yes, party....

 
 Opinion    April 12, 2016

Guest column: Quality mental health care faces barriers

(The following is a letter to the chief executive officers of three major health care organizations in Havre from Amber Spring, chair of the Hill County Mental Health Local Advisory Council.) To: Bullhook Community Health Center, Cindy Smith, CEO...

 
 Opinion    April 11, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Why I choose to vaccinate

Editor: With recent anti-vaccine articles and presentations taking place in our community, I wanted to take this time to step forward, as a mother of two, and express why I choose to protect my family through vaccination. I grew up with a mother who...

 
 Opinion    April 8, 2016

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Box Elder Bears have had a pretty good streak with its basketball team, but its hoops success may continue if the Box Elder Bots keep developing a basketball player of their own. The robotics club is developing a robot that can shoot mini-...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 8, 2016

View from the North 40: A hunting we shall go

The rafter rats have returned, and where there’s a pigeon there’s pigeon poop, and where there’s pigeon poop there’s the potential for histoplasmosis and psittacosis. I looked it up. And I kno...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 7, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Life among the elves in Etzatlan

I’ve always liked the story of the shoemaker and the elves. In the evening, before he retired, the old shoemaker cut the leather and prepared his work bench to stitch the shoes in the morning. In...

 
 Opinion    April 5, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Climate change will affect agriculture in Montana

Editor: Climate change is harming Washington’s shellfish industry. According to its Department of Health: “As CO2 reacts with seawater, it lowers pH and reduces the concentration of carbonate ions … .” Shellfish are less likely to form...

 
 Opinion    April 4, 2016

Guest column: Montana's energy jobs are in jeopardy

Made-in-Montana energy means good Montana jobs that on average pay two to three times more than the state average. Montana’s ability to create more good-paying energy jobs is immense — in fact, our state leads the nation in coal deposits. We are...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 1, 2016

View from the North 40: Like crocheting for a better future

I don’t mean to make light of a literally deadly topic, but latest evidence on the mosquito-borne Zika virus shows that my grandmother was psychic in her prediction of this disease invasion....

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 31, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: A little paint covers a multitude of sins

Years ago, a builder said to me, “Paint covers a multitude of sins.” I didn’t need convincing. When I was a senior in high school, mere days before graduation and marriage, I rescued and...

 
 Opinion    March 31, 2016

Guest column: Obama policy to blame for growth of ISIS

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. Terrorism-related deaths are up 800 percent in the past five years according to a new report. That’s nearly 30,000 people who are killed per year by terrorists. While suicide bombers and gunmen have been killing...

 
 Opinion    March 29, 2016

Our View: Congratulations to two Rocky Boy women

If you are looking for good news on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, look no further than the reservation’s health clinic. For years, the clinic was nothing more than an ATM for people who wanted to dip into the Chippewa Cree Tribe’s treasury....

 
 Opinion    March 29, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Kaul is right, enforce cellphone ordinance

Editor: Regarding the March 22 story in the Havre Daily News quoting former councilman Bob Kaul on the subject of using hands-on cellphones while operating a motor vehicle in Havre: Let me say, I couldn’t agree more. I also am a former Havre city...

 
 Opinion    March 29, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Hi-Line United thankful for support

Editor: Hi-Line United Soccer Club would like to thank the Havre and Hi-Line community for their support. We had over 40 organizations, businesses, and individuals help us during our month of fundraising in February. Equally important, members of...

 
 Opinion    March 25, 2016

View from the North 40: Driving a narrow, sleepy horizon

Psychologists love, love, love their theories, and the one I find most refreshing is called the horizon of possibilities. This says that given all the factors in our lives from boring facts like age, physical attributes, finances, location and...

 
 Opinion    March 25, 2016

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Dart — The National Association for Gun Rights is back in court trying to strike down provisions of Montana’s strict campaign finance laws, They tried the same tactic four years ago, when the group wanted to send out leaflets attacking Gov. Stev...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 24, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Starting over just one more time

“I need a wife,” Ellie wrote. I grinned. I don’t know how many times over the years I’ve been a single Mom and then later on, simply single, that I said those same words. We women keep an...

 

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