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Letter to the Editor - Havre should live within its budget

Editor, So Havre, here we go again … city of Havre wants four more property tax levies. Only 2,400 votes last time. Our city needs to do more with less. Purchasing a new vacuum truck for $350,000. The library now has adult coloring night and an...

 

Letter to the Editor - Check charities before giving

Editor, Everyone has a cause they care about. And with more than 1.2 million charitable organizations to choose from, finding one aligned with your values can be deeply rewarding. While the vast majority of soliciting charities act responsibly and...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 18, 2017

View from the North 40: When the going gets tough, get wordy

This has been a tough week, so to get through it I thought long and hard about what the people I know and respect do to cope with adversity: They play to their strengths — meditation, prayer, binge eating. So I turned to the only thing I have...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Felled by A blackberry bramble

I certainly never expected to spend an afternoon in the emergency room of the local hospital on my holiday with my son and granddaughter. Just an innocent scratch, I tried to tell myself. Lexi and I,...

 

Letter to the editor - Confederate memorial should be removed

Editor, Montana has a Confederate memorial? In Helena? I was astounded to discover this. I’ve lived in Montana for 11 years now, but I’m not native to the state. So I did a little research. Maybe Montana played some part in the Civil War that I d...

 

It's time to remove the Confederate Memorial from our capital city

As members of the American Indian Caucus of the Montana Legislature, we extend our condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, who lost her life protesting hate and bigotry in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our hearts also go out to the families of Lt....

 

The governor prioritizes bureaucracy over Montanans in need

The continued growth of Montana’s government is out of control. If anything, we should be looking for responsible ways to trim bureaucracy and slow new hiring. Since 2008 we have seen huge technological advances, which should have led to more...

 

Stop pointing fingers and face the facts about our state budget

As governor of Montana it’s my job to responsibly manage the state through everything from a difficult fire season and the challenges posed by increasing drought conditions to making sure we take advantage of the opportunities presented by our...

 

First statewide Heads Up Camp a success

Dear Editor The efforts of months of planning by a whole host of dedicated organizations came to life last week for the first-ever, state-wide Heads Up Camp. A small and diverse group of upperclassman gathered at Shodair Children’s Hospital in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 11, 2017

Not so much an epic battle, but it's a war

One of the struggles for those who train combat troops is to condition soldiers to run forward, attacking, when ambushed rather than retreat. Experts say fleeing causes chaos which feeds into the effe...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Culture shock, shock, shock

“Mom, I keep telling you. You’ve gone native.” After spending all but a few weeks of the last four years in Mexico, immersed in a different life, what is one to expect? My first intimation that...

 

Letter to the Editor - Celebrating National Health Center Week

Bullhook Community Health Center is a part of a national network of primary care providers to more than 25 million Americans, including more than 106,000 Montanans. The program started more than 50 years ago, as a small but bold effort to provide...

 

Letter to the Editor - Wasps or yellowjackets

Just in the past week the Hill County Health and Planning Department has received three calls concerning hornets or wasps. This time of year the hornet or wasp population can increase dramatically and show up about everywhere. Yellowjackets usually...

 

GOP focuses on responsible budgeting in lean times

In lean financial times, families across Montana know that the responsible thing to do is to prioritize spending and, in some cases, cut back on the wants so that the needs of their families can be met. Understandably, Montanans want to see state...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 4, 2017

If good luck is all you have, take it

“Well, that was a lucky water break.” Trust me, if you have to say you had a water break, it’s best to have a lucky one. Way back in the early days of Pam and John, we had a water break under the trailer house we were living in. It flooded the...

 

Letter to the Editor - City crews did nice work on the streets

Editor, I would like to comment on the quality of the street repairs the city crews are doing. In our area, 11th Street and 12th Avenue, the have made lots of repairs, and they are excellent. The city of Havre can be proud of this crew. I would like...

 

The eager, reluctant traveler

My suitcase perches, mouth open, on my sofa, poised to swallow piles of clothing and jumbles of travel essentials: toiletries, Kindle, laptop, gifts. Mine is not a planned trip. The “plan” was for...

 

Letter to the Editor - Washington, leave the Breaks alone

Editor, This year, an exciting thing happened: I drew a bull elk tag for the Missouri River Breaks. Yes, it is “just” the archery tag, but to all us hunters - it’s practically a Wonka golden ticket. Why? Because the Breaks are one of the best...

 

People need to know the reality of the Lodgepole fire

I think this is a good time to share the obvious reality concerning the Lodgepole fire complex. First of all, lightning started the fire in Sandage Coulee, not in Lodgepole Creek. Sandage Coulee is located in the center of a Wilderness Study Area....

 

Letter to the Editor - An open letter to Interior Secretary Zinke

Dear Secretary Zinke: Landowners in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument area were somewhat perplexed when you announced your “likely” decision on the monument on June 27 at Whitefish, Montana. Because the public comment period did...

 

Letter to the Editor - Draconian cuts hurt the most vulnerable

Editor, My wife, Kristiny, and I are foster parents in Havre. We just renewed our license after finishing with the adoption of our youngest two children, Kady and Sammy. Their older brother, Ben, was also adopted through the foster care system. All...

 

Montana's clean energy future should not be financed on the backs of ratepayers

Imagine that you were forced to sign a 25 year contract for gas for your car at three to four times the market price. That’s the exact situation NorthWestern Energy customers were facing without the Montana Public Service Commission’s recent...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 28, 2017

View from the North 40: It's all right there in the numbers

Data analysts say, if you torture the numbers long enough, they’ll tell you anything. I just read that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled the statistics and crunched the numbers, and the official data says more people in...

 

Door Number Three

Yesterday morning, I thought about options available when solving problems related to eldercare. The more I thought about my reasons for becoming a mediator, the more I thought that the ideas converge. As I see it, there are three doors to resolving...

 

Supporting producers during tough seasons

Generations of Montanans have cultivated the land and passed family farms and ranches down to their children. Their work has built Montana’s economy and preserved a way of life that still defines our state today. But with the ground cracking...

 

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