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Safety: Why it needs be a priority for Montana businesses

It is no secret that Montana continues to rank near the top for the number of lost time accidents, far outpacing the national average, and costs businesses millions. Although significant improvements have been made to our workers’ compensation...

 

Close to the end in Week 15

Study Resolutions were put into place this past week. Legislators are assigned to Study Resolutions between legislative sessions, taking on the responsibility of gathering information and studying research on assigned topics to bring to the body at t...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 21, 2017

View from the North 40: When the numbers don't add up

I hope you’re good at math because I am going to employ my rudimentary mathematical skills to get this column done quickly so I don’t waste my valuable vacation time at a computer. I would love...

 

Looking Out my Backdoor - All in life is not sweet

John and Carol walked over for Qi Gong on my patio. It’s how we start our day. “How are you this morning?” “Fine, all things considered.” My stock answer when I’m not feeling all that...

 

Innovation should plant seeds across all industries

We rely on innovation to change our lives but, we tend to think about what it means for phones or the Internet, not farmland. Just as we rely on innovation to help us meet our future needs, we should also look towards innovation to help our...

 

A hand up for direct care workers

My goal as a legislator is to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars while strategically striving to solve societal problems. The Republican-led House of Representatives voting to increase wages for direct care workers who serve developmentally...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 14, 2017

The North 40: You could live at 48.598870 -109.946392

Despite the fact that GPS navigation systems are notorious for misdirecting drivers into all manner of wrong locations — like the Swiss driver who had to have his van and himself airlifted by...

 

Managing the Missouri

The Missouri River Reservoir System is the largest reservoir system in North America. Management of the system is complicated by multiple and diverse interest groups and applicable laws. Interest groups represent irrigation, flood risk, hydropower, r...

 

Tester Sided with 75 percent of Montanans on Gorsuch vote

Montana’s two U.S. senators were split on the vote that last Friday confirmed Neil Gorsuch as the next lifetime member of the US Supreme Court. Senior Sen. Jon Tester voted against the successful nominee, citing, among other things, Gorsuch’s...

 

HB2 biggest thing in Week 13

At present, most things are all hinging on the House Bill 2, which is the budget bill that pays for the operation of the state. The Appropriation Committee is sorting out the costs and income from all the bills that have been presented. There is...

 

Legislature using hunting amendment as political cover

Montana enjoys the longest hunting and trapping seasons in the West, providing incredible experiences for residents and visitors from around the world. Our coldwater and warmwater fisheries also provide world-class angling opportunities. It should be...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 7, 2017

View from the North 40: Don't buy the blue ones, they're renegades

In an era with an overabundance of women’s undergarments to choose from, I just want white cotton. You know, simple, no-lace, all-natural, plus a bit of elastic around the edges,...

 

Guest Column: Keep our county clean of noxious weeds - vote 'yes' on levy

Hill County Voters will be asked in the upcoming election to support the Hill County Weed mill levy. I have served on the Hill County Weed Board for several years and I can tell you this request is of an urgent matter. Hill County has been blessed...

 

Guest Column: Modernize the Montana Board of Investments

Who do you seek for advice when you have money to invest? Do you call up the local farmer, a teacher and a couple of lawyers? Most people use professionals who know markets and can give good advice on trends. I carried the bill of Rep. Virginia...

 

Guest Column: Legislature using hunting amendment as political cover

Montana enjoys the longest hunting and trapping seasons in the West, providing incredible experiences for residents and visitors from around the world. Our coldwater and warmwater fisheries also provide world-class angling opportunities. It should be...

 

Looking Out My Back Door: Expect the unexpected

My days are never what I think they are going to be. No, that doesn’t quite express what I’m trying to say. Life is full of surprises. That’s an inane cliché. My tongue can’t find the right words. I’m not in charge. At times I think I am....

 

HHS Key Club shares its year of service

The Havre High Key Club would like to take a moment and share with the Havre community a summary of the past year of service. Our 27 members owe many thanks to a supportive Havre Public School administration and staff that encourage and support our...

 

The Montana way: Protect the environment and develop natural resources

Almost one year ago to the day, I held an energy summit in Billings with over 600 Montanans talking about the future of Montana energy. Last week, I stood with President Trump, Vice President Pence, Energy Secretary Perry, Interior Secretary Zinke, E...

 

Time to place health care on sustainable path

True health care reform will require more than partisan ideologies. Our state and federal leaders need to be reminded that polarized objectives will always fall short of collaborative solutions based on expert recommendations from those who work in...

 

Montana should bet on blackjack

In 1981, North Dakota’s gambling industry experienced a sudden boom. The state began raking in gambling tax revenue, which was pledged to charities and non-profit organizations. And while the gamblers would of course get to keep their winnings,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 31, 2017

I just can't kick the habit

A common joke among horse people goes like this: If you want to keep your kids off drugs, get them hooked on horses, and they’ll never have money for anything else. Sure, we laugh — we laugh as...

 

Send your legislators a message: get it done

This week we learned Montana leads the nation in job growth. Our unemployment rate is nearing historic lows while more Montanans are at work than ever. And we have a stable business climate that allows both our small and large businesses in...

 

'The Art of the Deal' vs. foreign policy experience

It is not domestic, but rather foreign policy, which has consumed the days and nights of most American presidents. Since World War II, our leader has been watchmen on freedom’s wall and although most of those presidents were brilliant, experienced...

 

Coal presents economic opportunities for Montana, U.S.

As home to some of our nation’s largest coal reserves, Montana plays a key role in the future of our nation’s energy economy. Unfortunately, Montana coal production has declined significantly in recent years — by as much as a third. This...

 

Build Montana, but not with debt

From the beginning of the 2017 session, House Republicans committed to supporting essential infrastructure which would not place an undue burden on Montana taxpayers. The Legislature is currently moving more than $1.1 billion worth of infrastructure...

 

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