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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 28, 2017 

View from the North 40: So ... pigs are man's best friend now?

James “Mac” McIntyre of Florida went to the South Pacific to find a pig, but got a dog, too — well, kind of. Huffington Post reports that McIntyre, a trained zoologist, has been many things in h...

 

Invest your vote in Rob Quist

After losing his bid to serve as the governor of the state of Montana, I hoped that Greg Gianforte would return to his roots. Not back to New Jersey, as Montana is his home, but to his original mission of creating jobs by starting new businesses and...

 

Looking Out my Backdoor - On the bus again, just can't wait to get on the bus again

With appropriate apologies to Willie Nelson, I’ll soon be “making music with my friends.” We all know that I haven’t a musical molecule in my body, much as I love a wide variety of music. But...

 

Leter to the editor: Society makes pollution - we can stop it

Editor: The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comments “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” That is a misguided effort if there ever was one. With pipelines leaking, tires burning,...

 

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...

 

Leter to the Editor: Vote for Rob Quist

I thought that the Republican Party was big on saving tax dollars and against rigged elections. Well, talk is cheap. Look what happened last week in the Motnana Legislature. A majority of Republicans voted against the measure to allow an all-mail...

 

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...

 

Leter to the Editor: Quist will make a great congressman

My nephew, Chris Krager, the director of a homeless shelter in Kalispell and a musician who has played bass for Rob Quist over the span of the last 22 years, told us, “Having played music and traveled Montana over the years with Rob Quist, I have...

 
 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...

 

Our View - A newspaper's job is to report the news

The Havre Daily News has great respect for the people who volunteer countless hours to serve on boards that make local events and facilities like the county parks, the local museums and the county fairgrounds work. People work tirelessly with little...

 

Leter to the Editor: Quist is sample of Montana courage

Editor, The biggest issue of the Montana special election is the Montana mail-in ballot. Risking defeat by doing the right thing is the very definition of courageous. And in this case what’s right was profoundly clear, unequivocal and laid...

 

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...

 

Leter to the Editor: Gianforte has proven track record

Editor, We have a job opening for the person best-qualified to represent Montana in the hugely important position of U.S. congressman. As such, he must speak for all Americans, not just Montanans. He must not only have insight into state and...

 

Leter to the Editor: Gianforte best choice

Greg Gianforte, a devout family man, moved to Montana decades ago and founded a company that evolved to develop high-tech $90,000 jobs. When his growing company had a shortage of skilled labor, he started a scholarship to encourage Montana students...

 

Leter to the Editor: Stand with Quist and he will stand with us

Editor, I am writing in support of Rob Quist to fill the vacant seat in the U.S House. Although I am not a native Montanan, I feel I have met and spoken to enough Montanans to get an idea of the independent, can-do spirit that makes this state...

 

Letter to the Editor: Update on flag Eagle Scout project

I would like to give an update on my Eagle Scout Project that was in the Havre Daily News Dec. 30, 2016. My project was to place drop boxes in several locations where old American flags can be dropped off and then be retired at a...

 

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...

 

Looking Out my Backdoor - Gifts: A retrospective

This morning when I opened my eyes, I saw a bird sitting on the roof of the bodega outside my bedroom window — a beautiful yellow-headed, yellow-breasted, shrill-voiced gray bird with a long curved...

 

Leter to the Editor: CASA thanks Child and Family Services

Editor, All of us who work with abused and neglected children want to thank the Havre Daily News for your coverage of the Pinwheel Garden in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse can be easy to ignore, and — as with all...

 

Leter to the Editor: Montanans shouldn't vote blindly

Editor, Why not vote for Gianforte? Both candidates wear cowboy hats, but there is nothing of significance under Gianforte’s hat, just another rich guy trying to buy a political seat. We have a candidate in Rob Quist who has traveled the state as...

 

Leter to the Editor: Is Montana congressional seat for sale?

Editor, In following our current congression-al contest closely one must question — is this Montana office for sale to the highest bidder? Rob Quist’s opponent and backers are once again spending millions trying to buy another Montana...

 

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...

 

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