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 Opinion    September 27, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Stopping trapping on public land a no-brainer

Editor, This letter is addressing I-177. Please consider voting for this Initiative. I feel the concerns I’m sharing with you are extremely important to the reputation of our great state of Montana.  Trapping with the use of steel–jaw leg hold...

 
 Opinion    September 23, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Austin's annexation attitude ironic

Dear Editor, I find it somewhat ironic that Kyle Austin calls the City of Havre greedy when he wants to start a business with city water and sewer but does not want to pay city taxes. Who might be the greedy one here? Perhaps he does not realize that...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 23, 2016

View from the North 40: Welcome to Canuck-land, folks

Owners of a store in the village of Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, are employing some good ol’ colonial strategies to help out with a population problem that has become an employee shortage problem:...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 22, 2016

Looking Out My Backdoor: Cross your eyes and dot your teas

I like to write letters. I like to receive letters. It’s a lifelong habit for me. While I no longer have a mailbox, I do have an email account and a computer. While the pleasure is not even similar...

 
 By Sen. Steve Daines    Opinion    September 22, 2016

From the Capitol: Back to school

It’s that time of year again when the nights and mornings get a little cooler the leaves start changing color and the elk are bugling. Soon, it will be time to break out the snow shovel and winter coat. The changing season also means that across...

 
 Opinion    September 21, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Initiative-177 Trap-Free Public Lands: Time to put trapping in the past

Editor, My lifetime as a Montanan leaves me a special perspective on fur trapping and the role it played in the history of Montana and our nation. As a young person in the 1930s and 1940s, I knew a few of the remaining mountain men who traveled the...

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    September 19, 2016

Pam Hillery - A lot of life in 56 years

A massive sob came over Havre Thursday afternoon as word spread that civic leader Pam Hillery had died. She had meant so much to so many. On Facebook, in downtown conversations, in office buildings, people mourned her passing. Not that it was a...

 
 Opinion    September 19, 2016

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I would like to share the good news and the good deeds that transpired this summer by Van Orsdel United Methodist Church’s SOS Committee (Save Our Souls). VOUMC SOS Committee kicked off a third summer with their Back Pack Program. The...

 
 Opinion    September 19, 2016

Why I stand for the national anthem

I will stand for the national anthem because I live in a free country. This freedom comes with a price. This freedom comes from the ultimate sacrifice. This freedom comes from hard work, deep thinking, intense arguments, powerful protests, and a...

 
 Opinion    September 19, 2016

Letter to the Editor - Buell misconstrues trapping Initiative-177

Editor, Trapper Fran Buell’s letter wildly misconstrues Montana Trap-Free Public Lands I-177.  If a badger digs holes in agricultural fields on public lands, damaging a crop and endangering the safety of the tractor driver, and someone actually...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    September 15, 2016

Looking Out My Backdoor: Churros in the plaza - snakes on the doorstep

My friends are back home in British Columbia. I signed up for three days of depression, lonely following our whirlwind of explorations and excitement. A vibrantly green lizard perches on my wall,...

 
 Opinion    September 14, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Annexation to destroy local economy

Editor, Again, the City of Havre is proposing to annex business’s and land extending west along U.S. Highway 2 including but not limited to; The Holiday Village Mall, Hill Co. Electric, Northwestern energy, Havre Ford, and the AmericInn. Currently...

 
 Opinion    September 13, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Thanks go out for work on Havre Pride

Editor, The Chamber of Commerce Havre Pride Committee would like to thank those who came out this past Saturday to pick up Havre. As with any project, it takes many to make it work and be successful. There were many community folks out and about...

 
 Opinion    September 12, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Walk works to raise awareness of suicide

Editor, Suicide is an issue in our community, but what can we do to stop it?   As the chair of the Havre NAMI — National Alliance on Mental Illness — I would encourage you to attend the Second Annual Suicide Awareness Walk Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at...

 
 Opinion    September 12, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Nothing sporting about trapping

Editor, I am compassionate, yet realistic — my husband is a hunter and fisherman.   I heard outrageous lies when approached by a trapper at his booth during a recent fair saying that animal rights people are trying to outlaw hunting and fishing...

 
 Opinion    September 9, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Council's action on 4 for 2 stifles development

Friends and neighbors, The Highway 2 Association has been the voice of the 4 for 2 mission for 15 years. Our mission has been to enhance economic development in the U.S. Highway 2 corridor by constructing a four-lane highway. An adequate...

 
 Opinion    September 9, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Laslovich fails Montanans; Rosendale fighter for jobs

Editor, What we need to see in our next state auditor is someone who understands what it takes to help small businesses grow and create Montana jobs. It deeply concerns us that Jesse Laslovich has none of that experience, and worst of all, his...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 9, 2016

View from the North 40: How it's funny and not funny

Not that I was hyper-critical before, but now that I'm hyper-sympathetic to errors, I find myself thinking - far too often - "Ha, ha, haw, hmm, ooooh, man, I feel your pain." It really is pain I feel...

 
 Opinion    September 9, 2016

Letter to the Editor: War vetarans file medical marijuana suit in Montana

Editor, On Aug. 31, Montana’s rollback of access to medical cannabis went into effect. Thursday, the Montana State Attorney General’s Office was served with a copy of a complaint filed by several citizens, two of whom are Montanan’s...

 
 By Sen. Kris Hansen    Opinion    September 8, 2016

Guest Column: Legislative commission looks at school funding

Last session, I sponsored SB 128, a bill that created the School Funding Interim Commission, and requires the legislature to examine the school funding formula at least every 10 years, if not more...

 
 Opinion    September 7, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Montana's future in good hands with Melissa Romano

Editor, I have been a high school math teacher in Butte for the last eight years. I am also a trustee for the Southwestern Montana Central Labor Council, a candidate for House District 74, and the National Education Association director for Montana....

 
 Opinion    September 6, 2016

Recycle Hi-Line teams up to bring e-recycle event to Havre

Recycle Hi-Line has partnered with Pacific Steel and Recycling, and Collective Recyclers of Billings to host an e-recycle event Saturday, Sept. 10. This event will allow residents a safe and convenient way to recycle unwanted electronics. Typically,...

 
 Opinion    September 6, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Vote against anti-trapping initiative

Editor, Are you a farmer who leases state land to plant crops on? Are you a rancher who grazes livestock on State lands? If so, it is imperative that you check out I-177 which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. A farmer who leases State land and has...

 
 Opinion    September 6, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Juras best choice for Supreme Court

Editor, Kristen Juras is running for the Montana Supreme Court, and I support her wholeheartedly. I have known her since 1989, and worked closely with her as a practicing lawyer and as a law professor. If elected to the Court, Kristen will be the onl...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 2, 2016

View from the North 40: One plus one is not three

One of my horses is kind of loaned out to a ranch right now, and it’s like having a disturbance in the Force to be missing one of the living beings in my life. The two horses I have left are...

 

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