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9C - uniquely charming

The Hi-Line has done it again. I am smitten. Some more. I’ve savored the charms of sparsely populated, quiet, no traffic, low crime Montana for more than a year now since my cross-country move. But one thing I never thought would give me warm...

 

What's in a name

This morning, Ricardo, our waiter, kept track of us by name. Lu became, forevermore, “Hello, Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart,” accompanied by Ricardo not-Nelson, with Spanish accent, embedding the song in our minds for the rest of the day. Ha! Now try...

 

Urge legislators to support mail ballot in special election

A highlight this week during session was visiting with administration and staff from Montana State University-Northern and Montana State University in Bozeman. We were presented with their past accomplishments, future goals, and building ideas. A...

 

Public lands are worth fighting for

Jan. 30, more than 1,000 Montanans squeezed into the Capitol building to tell our elected officials in Helena and Washington, D.C., "Keep public lands in public hands." Sportsmen and women, conservationists, outdoor recreationists, kids and families...

 

Oh, mother, Russia

Great, a Russian spy ship is sitting off our East Coast and we are so far removed from the Cold War era that the internet, our goddess of all information, has us better prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse than a real life Red Dawn. By now you’ve...

 

The richest poor woman in Mexico

Rich? Poor? By which stick do we measure? It is no secret I chose to play house in a small village in the mountains of Jalisco because I can do so and live well on my bare minimum pension. I live quietly, unobtrusively. By diligently shuffling pesos...

 

Governor wiped out $300 million surplus

Montana is broke. As subcommittee chairs of House Appropriations, we are the first stop for spending bills in the Montana Legislature. We are responsible for hearing testimony in our area of focus, then making decisions and moving bills to the full...

 

Interesting history of Montana's special congressional elections

The congressional death in 1945 and the appointment of a federal judgeship appointment in 1969 triggered two Montana special congressional elections like the one we’ll have in 2017 once Rep. Ryan Zinke is sworn in as Interior Secretary. On Jan....

 

Bills moving faster through the Legislature

Week 6 has seen more House bills moving from the House to the Senate. Things, in general, seem to be moving a little bit faster as we move into the full swing of session. Elsie Arntzen, superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction, gave a...

 

Eliminating political practices office is the wrong move

The office of the Commissioner of Political Practices is a hot topic at the Montana Legislature. Montana has had 11 commissioners of political practices since 1975, when the current model for the office was created by a group charged with...

 

Daines not representing Montana values

In 2014, a large majority of Montana voters cast their votes for Steve Daines to be our U.S. Senator. That was done primarily with the belief that he embodied and promised to protect the things that we in Montana held dear. This was mart of his messa...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 10, 2017

In honor of Dad's 75th birthday

I was 33 years old, walking from the house to the shop on a warm spring day, the moment when I realized that I knew my parents when they were my age. I stopped mid-stride and calculated the years...

 

Down by the seaside

A hundred frigate birds dip and soar overhead. Sun glints off the waves. Sailboats provide suitable backdrop in front of Bird Island. A beautiful bride and groom, surrounded by family, repeat vows of matrimony on the beach. Three young flower girls,...

 

Many important issues coming before the Legislature

Nov. 8, 2016, the voters of House District 28 gave me a chance and sent me to Helena. During the campaign, my team and I knocked over 19,000 doors. We shared laughs and heartaches, but above all, we heard the stories of everyday Montanans. By the...

 

Hearing has negative outcome but is positive experience

Editor’s note: Due to a misunderstanding on the part of the Havre Daily News, regular submissions from state Sen. Russ Tempel, R-Chester, have not been printed. —— I hope this article gets into the paper this week in Havre. Each week I sent an...

 

Tester's support of coal regs puts Montana jobs at risk

There are several Democrats who represent coal states in the United States Senate. Clair McCaskil of Michigan, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and, of course, Montana’s own Jon Tester. But...

 

Montana, let's make voting great again

Jan. 20 was my last day at work. Under the Obama administration, I served as a political liaison for NASA on Capitol Hill. I watched up close while 2016 revealed the strengths and weaknesses of our democracy. As the American West opens up before my...

 

We can do something about pharmaceutical costs

People in every corner of Montana rely on prescription drugs to treat illnesses and conditions ranging from mild to severe. Our most vulnerable neighbors need access to these drugs even more than the rest of us. Senior citizens, people with chronic...

 

In Trump World - The responsibility of just saying 'No'

The first several days of the Donald Trump administration caused me great worry. Not about the substance of his presidency, but about its form; not about the product, but about the process. Based on his first week it looks like the worst instincts...

 

A natural neural food network

If I’ve learned one thing about myself over the years, it’s that I love to eat. I eat like I can’t live without food, and I have zero interest in ending this habit. I don't think it’s just a complete lack of strong will and good character....

 

Simple pleasures, a baby, and lost in transit

Certainly, I’ve no need to complain about my life. Today is the sum total of all my choices. I accept that. Yet, I like to complain now and then. Grumble brings a certain satisfaction. If only I had done this or that differently, I’m sure I...

 

HHS graduation credits have not changed

Editor’s note: A front-page article in the Jan. 23 edition of the Havre Daily News misreported that Havre High School required 24 credits to graduate rather than the actual requirement of 22.5 credits. —— This is something I believe requires cl...

 

On hold-but-the world keeps turning

Thank you, Daughter, for writing my article last week. Rocking chair, indeed! Next time I’m incapacitated, I’ll ask my son to take my place. I didn’t break that many rules. New eyeballs! There...

 

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 24, 2017

It was close to being a “Chamber of Commerce” day weather wise, for the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, after such a long cold and snowy period leading up to the day. As I noted, “to be in business is courageous and we thank you for your...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion    January 23, 2017

Thanks to the community on speech divisionals

I am going to do something I probably shouldn’t do while doing something I should do, mix my jobs while thanking north-central Montana for its giving, volunteer nature both in specific and in general. It has been my privilege to coach on Havre...

 

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