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View from the North 40: Pamville News: Beyond mansplaining

Clinical Assistant Professor in family medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland Dr. Kyle Sue recently published an article in British Medical Journal that The Guardian described as a “wry” scientific look at how men experience cold and flu...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Cold house pizza

The same Arctic cold that swept down through the southwest and snowed on Houston brought to Jalisco, inland Mexico, our own cold snap, minus snow, just short of freezing. At the same time, the fires...

 

Big game for … how long?

Hunting, fishing and wildlife are important to Montanans. These are the reasons many of us live here, and tourism and outdoor recreation are now the state’s largest economic driver. Support for these values helped make Steve Bullock a blue...

 

Holiday season reminds us to look out for one another

As Christmas comes around the corner, we are reminded that Montana really is just a small town with very long streets. Our Montana way of life, neighbors helping neighbors, was on full display this year as we dealt with one of the worst wildfire...

 

Eliminating Private Activity Bonds will hurt Montana communities

Congress has the unenviable job of deciding who wins big and who will be hurt by tax reform. One decision that should be easy for lawmakers is to retain the tax tool that has resulted in the development of more than 7,000 affordable homes, access to...

 

GOP Congress: Faith Over Facts; Politics Over Policy

The Republican Party is in the D.C. driver’s seat, having majorities in both House and Senate, along with having the presidency, with all of its institutional strength, and the vice president to break tie votes in the Senate. Such singular...

 

Protecting public use of public lands

In 1977, President Carter signed a law that required the U.S. Forest Service to study 973,000 acres in Montana to determine if they were suitable for wilderness. The findings were to be reported in five years and Congress was to take action...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 8, 2017

View from the North 40: Please don't call it men's fashion

Remember when perfectly groomed, makeup-wearing men in stylish clothes looked like women but somehow claimed they were men — not just pretty males, but actual men — and the world called them metrosexual? Which still didn’t sound manly, by the...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: My Walden Pond Mexican life

I live a charmed life. Now and then I’m aware of how magical is my life. Most of the time I don’t pay attention. Other rare days, snakes slither in Paradise. Take recently. A friend once told me that when a person started chewing on table legs, t...

 

Perspective lacking on state fund fee

As most Montanans are aware, the Montana Legislature just met in a special session to face some fiscal challenges associated with the lack of revenue and paying the firefighting bill. I have had the privilege of serving for almost 18 years and have...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 1, 2017

View from the North 40: O, Canada, you do have a mean bone

Sure I joke about Canada, give them a little friendly ribbing about how polite they are, but I realize it’s in their constitution that they have to be kind to everyone, so imagine my surprise this week to see Canadians being so hateful to...

 

Hard-working Montana families deserve tax reform

BILLINGS — During the eight years of the Obama Administration the annual growth rate averaged 1.47 percent. To achieve the American Dream and economic prosperity, we need an annual growth rate of 3-3.5 percent. Likewise, during the past ten years,...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Walking in a winter wonderland

Admittedly, my wonderland is different than your wonderland. My wonderland lacks the beauty of new-fallen snow with crystalline flakes painting the landscape pristine and pure. Neither does mine...

 

House tax reform proposal politicizes nonprofits

A bedrock tenet of effective civic engagement in our country is the right and responsibility to petition government at every level.  Individual citizens, for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations participate in this fundamental American...

 

Building pride in American made

In a time of uncertain economies, I can’t help but think about how we as Americans can take more control into our own hands.  Hard work, fine craftsmanship, and innovation were some of the values this nation was built upon. In recent decades we...

 

Say thanks for special session

Montana, and especially I, say thank you to the Montana 2017 special session House and Senate leadership for helping the legislature provide our state with $230 million to replenish the fire fund and provide dollars to shore up the budget problems....

 

Protect net neutrality

Protect net neutrality. Neutrality on the Internet is the only way to allow democratic participation in communication, education, employment, community and public service, and to access to health, safety and other information. Do not allow a few...

 

We had a great Thanksgiving; I hope you all had the same

Having spent the last week with two of our children and six grandkids, we had the opportunity to share our pictures of our European trip. It was pointed out quickly that Judy and I experienced the vacation in two different ways: The Hallmark version...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 24, 2017

View from the North 40: Here's to the self-made rocket man

While basking in the afterglow of too much Thanksgiving, rushing into pre-Christmas sale-ing and joining in the holiday season openers, we should all take a moment to send good thoughts to Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old southern California limo driver...

 

Sen. Tester joins colleagues in putting Main Street first

With the partisan divide appearing wider than ever, Sen. Jon Tester is working to rise above it all by joining his colleagues to release a common-sense regulatory reform package focused on making a better environment for small Main Street financial...

 

Modernizing our tax code will help Montana small business

It has been 30 years since the last time our nation’s tax code has been overhauled.  In that time, the tax rate we levy on businesses has become one of the highest in the world, the tax code itself has become an incomprehensible mess, and special...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Thanksgiving-therapy with vinegar

Maybe it’s the phase of the mountains of the moon. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of Mars with Saturn on the cusp of the night sky in the morning fog. Maybe aliens from within or without have invaded and sucked my energy into a vortex to be...

 

Thanksgiving in Montana

Over 100 years ago, my great-great grandmother homesteaded 23 miles east of Conrad and that’s how my family made it to Montana. As a fifth-generation Montanan, I didn’t have to choose Montana  — Montana chose me. And I’ll be forever...

 

Havre High Spanish Club ramping up for camp, Puerto Rico trip

The Havre High Spanish Club continues to work toward its educational goal of traveling to Puerto Rico in June of 2018. Club members Alex Barkus, Ashlin Rosgaard, Camryn Huston, Bailey Miller, Mercedes Springer, Mckenzie Walker, Sydney...

 

A special session recap

After going through the 2017 Special Session, all I can say is, “Wow!” It was good to see everyone and work toward a fix for the budget shortfall. As things turned out, the legislature was able to work with the governor cooperatively to balance t...

 

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