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Time to redouble our efforts to combat dangerous drugs

Dec. 31, 2016: 30-year-old female allegedly stabbed by a 28-year-old male outside of Glasgow, resulting in the woman’s death. The man admitted to consuming meth prior to the stabbing. Jan. 25, 2017:  31-year-old male shot and killed in a Helena...

 

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...

 

Sen. Tester: Support Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court

Our own Sen. Jon Tester recently said the Senate should “have a hearing and a vote” on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Sen. Tester should go one step further by...

 

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...

 

Proposed cuts give seniors the short end of the stick

We are the voice for the elderly and it is our duty and responsibility to speak up on their behalf. If the sick, elderly and disabled were able to organize and raise their voices high enough, the Legislature just might think twice about taking money...

 

Montana needs road and bridge safety

I’ve spent three decades involved in improving public safety. The people that know me recognize it remains one of the great passions in my life. It’s that passion that’s driven me in my life as a police officer, as a community volunteer and in...

 

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...

 

Daines is representing Montana values

In response to Dennis Kuntz’s Feb. 14, 2017, letter to the Havre Daily News: Thank you Senator Daines for representing me, Montana and United States’ values. This country is a free market republic. People came to America to be free from...

 

Let's get real

In the past, our state deptartment and the United Nations have made the bold declaration that Israel must give back Eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank. Absurd! Remember, in 1967 five countries came against Israel, Israel won the war and also added...

 

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...

 

Daines silent on stand on DeVos

Steve Daines was not elected to make Betsy DeVos’ life easier. He was elected to improve the lives of Montana’s children. He failed them with his vote for DeVos, a vote he made over the voice of Montanans protesting DeVos via phone, email, letter...

 

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...

 

Thanks from the Scouts

There have been many individuals, families, businesses, organizations and other groups in and around Havre and along the Hi-Line that have been very supportive of Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and in conjunction with the annual Scout Week, we would...

 
 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...

 

Daines votes a disgrace

Editor Twice in one day, Sen. Steve Daines has disgraced Montana. “School choice” does not help the budget of public schools in our cities and towns, and it offers nothing whatsoever for public education in our rural areas, where there will never...

 

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...

 

Upcoming special election a Trump Referendum

As many of you already know we have an upcoming special election to choose Rep. Ryan Zinkes’ successor. This will be the first U.S. congressional race in the Trump era and Montana voters have a unique opportunity to have their voices heard...

 

Tester votes for water users

Earlier this month, the United States Congress voted to permanently gut protections for clean water. The Stream Protection Rule would have provided valuable additional protections for landowners and water users like me. Agriculture depends on clean...

 

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...

 

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