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 Opinion    July 29, 2015 

Our vets gave us everything, we owe them the best

My daughter is a Navy diver, my son-in-law is an active duty Navy SEAL, and I spent 23 years as a Navy SEAL, leading countless young men through BUDS training and commanding thousands more men and women in Iraq. I know the sacrifices our veterans hav...

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2015

Montanans should be able to trust financial advisers

“First do no harm” — that is the physician’s creed. It is their guiding principle that means whatever the advice or procedure, the patient’s well-being is their primary consideration. Shouldn’t that same guiding principle apply to your...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 24, 2015

View from the North 40: Genius for a day - 1 day

You ever have those days when it becomes obvious that you might have a knack for being a genius? I don’t. Well, I didn’t until one glorious day this week. It all started when I bought a bag of...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 23, 2015

Looking out my back door: Do not go gentle into that good night

I’ve been accused more than once of being Polly Perfect or Goody Gertie Two-Shoes. “It’s your smile. You always see the bright side. You think life is always wonderful.” (Accusation often...

 
 Opinion    July 22, 2015

We need to protect our land

Montana’s National Forests and public lands have been a treasured part of our state’s heritage for generations. Growing up in Bozeman, I spent weekends hunting in the Bridgers, backpacking in the Beartooths and fishing the rivers and streams of...

 
 Opinion    July 10, 2015

View from the North 40: Yes, again …

Mosquitoes. I know, and I swore with actual swear words that I wouldn’t write about them this year, but these aren’t just any mosquitoes. These little guys are so strangely small and cunning that they were just asking for it. These are...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 9, 2015

Looking out my back door: We all live in a yellow submarine

Sky of Blue, Sea of Green; those words from the great American spiritual, “Yellow Submarine,” make me homesick for my Montana. What? Yes, of course, the song is originally English but so is much...

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    July 6, 2015

Noel was one great guy

Noel Davidson died last week, and Havre lost a tremendous developer, a community leader and above all a fine fellow. Noel packed 200 years of living in his 97 years. People all over town recall Noel as the man who built their family's first home. He...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 2, 2015

Looking out my back door: Life's changeS - One size does not fit all

I intend to unload some of my philosophy on you. I’ll call it the gospel (small “g”) according to me (small “m”). I am not important enough to rate a big “M.” So if you want to take...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 2, 2015

View from the North 40: Help me! I'm melting, melting … meltiiing

I would like to take this time to go on record as formally declaring that hot weather sucks. I know, that’s pretty strong language for not a very profound revelation. In my defense, though, if I...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 26, 2015

View from the North 40: Skip the Bette Davis eyes, I wanted Farrah hair

It’s been been almost 40 years, so I should let it go, plus it’s not right to speak ill of the dead, but I'm saying it anyway: I still really, really, really dislike Farrah Fawcett for making...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 25, 2015

Looking out my back door: Just walking in the rain, getting soaking wet

“Just walking in the rain. Getting soaking wet. . . People. . . stare at me. . . saying who can that fool be.” That fool be me. Gloriously, deliciously drenched. Three hurricanes this month held p...

 
 Opinion    June 24, 2015

Strengthen plans on sage-grouse to save Hi-Line lands

On May 28, the Bureau of Land Management reached a historic milestone in its effort to conserve the imperiled greater sage-grouse. The plans proposed by the BLM would protect the West’s sagebrush sea, which acts as essential habitat for the...

 
 Opinion    June 19, 2015

View from the North 40: The argument for poor, inspirational me

In a depressing accident of birth, like big feet and a location in southern something-not-Montana listed as my birthplace, I was born without a silver spoon. I would be an awesome rich person — generous, fun-loving, laid back, definintely not...

 
 Opinion    June 12, 2015

View from the North 40: Up a language creek without a translator paddle

Imagine, if you can, a world in which people in different regions spoke different languages. Yes, I just asked you to imagine reality, but let’s step that up a notch. Now, imagine having to rely on a computer program to help you communicate in the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 11, 2015

Looking out my back door: Envy me - I live a full life without logic

Envy me if you wish. My living room ceiling leaks drops the size of tadpoles. The wind stirred by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Blanca, like an angry sieve, filtered a heavy layer of grit over everything...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 5, 2015

From the North 40: Pakistan is all about that bass

Pamville News The latest rumor from the Pentagon is that U.S. Armed Forces and covert operations agencies will be starting a major recruitment push in the war against Middle Eastern foes because it...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 4, 2015

Looking out my back door: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds reads an inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City, the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 29, 2015

View from the North 40: Proudly flying the fail flag

Some topics are of such great importance that they beg to be illuminated by the written word, though doing so endangers the writer’s very wellbeing. Thus it is, dear readers, I write this column at...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 28, 2015

Looking out my back door: Make mistakes - and use your fine china

As far as we know we have only one life to live. That suggests to me that I want to make careful choices. Of course some things are out of my control, such as the sock that went missing when I picked...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 22, 2015

From the North 40: A rarity: helpful newsy news

I think I can be honest here, so I'll just say right out: I should not be reading, watching, listening to, discussing, covering, or otherwise interacting with news, like the kind found on the other...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Looking out my back door: The soap operas and a day in my life

The Guiding Light: While weather in Havre continues to be erratic, after weeks of Mazatlan perfection, Summer arrived. Each day is hot. Mucho calor. My little apartment stays reasonable with a flow...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 15, 2015

View from the North 40: Rose-colored window glass

I haven’t written about the house project lately and, while I feel a little bad about that, I have to say it’s because I’m a little shy about expressing my deep feelings this early in the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Looking out my back door: We're back to normal - but what's normal?

After two weeks of active (not normal) social life (nonexistent) with friends from British Columbia and then with my cousin from Sedro Woolley, Washington, and following two nights of long sleeps, my...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 8, 2015

From the North 40: Peasantry without drudgery

I was born to be a peasant. Well, OK, not one of those indentured, do whatever the boss-man tells me to do kind of serfs. I have it on good authority from just about every one of my family members...

 

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