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Don't let Senate close the door on Montana

Senate Republicans have crafted a plan that will unhinge our nation’s health care system and leave Montana families and the people who care for them scrambling to pick up the pieces. To make matters worse, they’ll vote on the bill next week...

 

Senators should work on bill to protect Montanans

Dear editor, As a health care provider in Havre, Bullhook Community Health Center’s staff and board have been paying close attention to the debate in Washington, D.C., about what needs to change with health care in America. Having read through the...

 

Bill's impact on schools needs to be solved

Editor, Nearly all school districts will increase the number of mills they levy in the BASE portion of their general fund budgets in FY 2018. This is due to the elimination of the general fund block grants and the NRD payment enacted by the 2017...

 

Getting to work on health care

On Wednesday, June 28, I will host my 17th Telephone Townhall to get your input on the health care draft proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. The draft bill was released on Thursday, June 22, and I immediately posted the text on my website for...

 

Letter to the Editor - Fix what we have in health care reform

Dear Editor, The Senate is drafting a bill in total secrecy to replace the Affordable Care Act. The ACA provides coverage for pre-existing conditions, essential benefits, no lifetime caps on benefits, free health screenings, colonoscopies, cholestero...

 
 By Michael Butz    Opinion    June 26, 2017

Who can lose health coverage

Which city, not which town, in Montana can afford to lose its health insurance coverage? In an editorial in March of this year, I encouraged Montanans to act your conscience and contact your legislators. I urged action after consideration of how...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 23, 2017

View from the North 40: Just another soul-sucking adventure

A modern expression warns that “a boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into.” I like that and the format applies to many of our specialty splurges. A monster truck is a hole in the mud you throw money into. See what I did there? A...

 

Our View:

The job of the Havre Daily News is to report to its readers what happens — fun, pleasant and exciting but also unpleasant, disturbing and upsetting. The paper tries to get the information to its readers as effectively as it can, including using soc...

 

State government and aviation public safety

In the last few months there have been several emotional editorials concerning the Montana State Lighted Airway Beacon System. Unfortunately, the reality of the facts seems to have gotten lost in the emotional clutter. I am sure that almost...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 22, 2017

Looking out my Backdoor: I think I'll write a self-help book

Well, why not? Back in the day, I devoured self-help books. Back in the early 1980s when my life was shattered like a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces, in an attempt to put myself back together, I...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thank you, Rocky Boy elders

Editor, For quite some time I have been thinking about a matter that has not made the news, and it is good news, really great news about Rocky Boy. Since we have seen so much negative news about Rocky Boy in recent months (years), I speak these few...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for support on Blue Star Memorial Marker

Editor, The Bullhook Blossoms Garden Club would like to thank the community of Havre for their support in helping us erect the Blue Star Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park and the by way marker soon to be placed on the courthouse grounds. The Havre...

 

AHCA is unfair and unaffordable

Recently, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act.  This bill would give billions to big drug and insurance companies while dramatically increasing costs for Montanans over age 50 and those with pre-existing conditions....

 

Libraries are an essential service

As the Board of the Montana Library Association, it is our responsibility to open a dialogue about the 2017 executive and legislative cuts to state agencies including the Montana State Library. We must also speak out about House Bill 261 reductions...

 

SNAP is crucial in fight against hunger

In our work with the Montana Food Bank Network, we have the privilege of working with nearly 150 food pantries and other partner agencies throughout the state. We see firsthand the important role that donated food plays in keeping tens of thousands...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 16, 2017

How the Bright Knight saved LA

Once upon a time, when I was young, which was in an era far far away, I wanted to live anywhere except in a little no-account town in Montana where nothing happened, so when I had the chance to live and work in the Los Angeles area for a summer I...

 

Letter to the Editor - Protecting remarkable areas vital

Editor, Interior Secretary Ryin Zinke has been instructed by the White House to review larger national monuments established since 1996 to determine if any of them should be reduced in size or possibly even eliminated all together. The Upper...

 

Letter to the Editor - Honor the flag on Flag Day

Editor: Havre Elks Lodge #1201 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks again was very proud and honored to be part of the Community Memorial Day Service, melding our Flag Day tradition with their Memorial Day Service, exemplifying the motto:...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 9, 2017

View from the North 40: Oh, Canada, you know how to woo me

Canada has officially become my first alternate for home country. Sure, Montana will always be the country that calls to my soul, but there’s a push in Canada to “update” their laws by making it not illegal to get in a duel with someone. In...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 8, 2017

Looking out my back door: Human nature being what it is …

I hate physical therapy. Writing with a computer means you’ll give me no sympathy. If we were talking face-to-face, I’d be able to mumble, “It’s my own fault. I quit too soon. It’s been...

 

The future of Montana agriculture

June 1, Great Falls was the center of our nation’s agriculture conversation as I hosted the Montana Ag Summit, a conversation about the future of jobs in our state’s number one economic driver: Agriculture. We had two of the nation’s top...

 

Letter to the Editor - Legion, honor guard thank community for help

Editor The American Legion and Veterans Honor Guard of Havre would like to thank the people for helping place flags at the veteran head stones on Sunday morning and removing them Monday afternoon. Les Johnson, Havre American Legion Post 11...

 

Time will tell with Gianforte

Greg Gianforte eventually apologized to the reporter he manhandled on election night. For some the apology was late and inadequate. For others Gianforte shouldn’t have apologized to the “liberal” reporter at all. Such is the divided nature of...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 2, 2017

View from the North 40: When life give you hazards ...

So I lived beyond the summer cold, with some lingering signs, but life just keeps throwing it at me like I’m a fan, and I’m really thinking I should have something like worker’s compensation, but I wouldn’t have to work for it, just live for...

 

Leter to the Editor - Senior parents thank the community

Dear Havre Community, As parents of the Senior Class of 2017, we cannot express enough how proud we are to be a part of this amazing community. Our group has worked since last fall, putting together a week full of drug-free events for our seniors...

 

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