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 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 23, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: 100 degrees of solitude

“So, Sondra, why aren’t you married?” Bonnie questions my back. There I am, lying unclothed on a bed, needles poking all over me, getting an acupuncture treatment for sciatica and related...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 17, 2016

View from the North 40: Lists aren't just for to-do

Something in the human mind loves lists: Top 5 businesses to work for and Top 5 not to work for; 10 most impressive acts of laziness in history; 24 things women over 30 shouldn’t wear; 24 things...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 16, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: When a crisis isn't a crisis

Back when people first began using e-books, I guess that is what one calls them, my daughter, Shea, said, “Mom, you are such a voracious reader. You should get one of these. You’d like it.”...

 
 Opinion    June 14, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Today is Flag Day - honor our country by honoring our flag

Editor: Havre Elks Lodge 1201 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks again was very proud and honored to be part of the community Memorial Day Service, melding our Flag Day tradition with their Memorial Day service, exemplifying the motto...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 10, 2016

View from the North 40: RIP week, long live next week

Tragedy has been stalking my household since last we met, and I feel beholden to offer my condolences during these sad times in which I am living. RIP my perfectly ergonomic computer mouse which has...

 
 Opinion    June 9, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for help on Town Square

Editor: Spring rains came at the right time this year, and our Town Square is looking great. The reason for this letter is to personally thank the Havre Chamber Town Square Committee members for more than 16 years of dedication in this project. Havre...

 
 Opinion    June 9, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Just when I wanted to forget, I remember

Sink? Swim? Tread water? — Jump in the deep end. I’m not much of a swimmer. Those who tried to teach me gave up. My first husband said if ever I was in trouble in the water, he’d swim the other way for fear I’d drag him under. That episode...

 
 Opinion    June 7, 2016

Our View: Library is a valuable community resource

We always thought it would be nice if the Havre-Hill County Library would be open all day on Saturday. The library now opens at noon, and usually there is a pretty big group of people there using the many services the library provides. That’s why...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 3, 2016

View from the North 40: Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man

Eleven kids aren’t that many. Any teacher would be happy to have that many kids in a classroom. A baker could make a regular dozen doughnuts and still have one left. So, yeah, 11 is nothing, unless...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 2, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Hard-headed woman finds treasure in backyard

Eureka. I’ve just discovered my backyard. That’s not to say I never knew I had a backyard. But I dismissed it. “Dismiss.” Hang onto that word. My first focus, of necessity, centered on my humb...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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,...

 

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