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 Opinion    April 18, 2014 

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels, April 18, 2014

Laurel — Havre High School students and those from several other area high schools did very well at the District 7 Music Festival last weekend. It was a tribute to the students, their talent and their hard work that they did such a good job. It... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 18, 2014 

Life lessons: A pain in the head

One of the latest trending videos on the Internet is of a young man, presumably the Jared Michael who originally downloaded it, who was trying to get a video of himself, with his back to the tracks, as a train approached and passed. That was the... Full story

 
 By Jolene Standing Rock    Opinion    April 18, 2014 

Thoughts on Rocky Boy corruption

Our kids have only one hope of escaping fear in their lives. That hope is what I call Teacher, we as a whole community. The symbol of tough love education is: Don’t lean toward excuses, drugs and danger, but to lean toward health and happiness. But... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 17, 2014

Return of the native to the Hi-Line

Feels good to be back in Montana in the springtime. One thing for certain, spring in eastern Montana is reliably brown. Other places, other climes, daffodils are popping up their cheery heads, lilacs... Full story

 
 By Mark Douglass    Opinion    April 17, 2014

The too-high cost of child abuse

As we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April — and especially Childhood Exposure to Violence Week this week — I am particularly mindful of the lifelong cost of child abuse. In 2012, researchers released a landmark study about the... Full story

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2014

Our View: Find a way to keep museum on track

The H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum has become a collection point for Havre and Hill County historical items and artifacts. People have used it to find out their families and their histories. Folks can find out about interesting tidbits or major... Full story

 
 By Pegi Rambo    Opinion    April 16, 2014

Benefit programs encourage people not to work

I recently read an article in your paper about increasing the minimum wage. I had to think about how and if this would impact the food stamp problem. This is strictly my opinion, but here goes. A lot of smaller businesses would close. A few of the... Full story

 
 By Mike Gordon    Opinion    April 16, 2014

Concern over Border Patrol involvement during standoff

I live in a small town in northwestern Montana, close to the Canadian border — 7 miles — and I saw a picture in The Daily Interlake of an incident that happened in Havre Monday, April 7, with a picture of a federal Border Patrol officer holding... Full story

 
 Opinion    April 15, 2014

Our View: Don't let bigotry fester

Three people were killed in Overland Park on Sunday when a self-proclaimed white supremacist opened fire at a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish retirement complex. As it turned out, former Ku Klux Klan leader, got everything wrong and ended up... Full story

 
 By Greg Drummer    Opinion    April 15, 2014

Thanks for support for fifth- and sixth-grade basketball

On behalf of the members of our fifth- and sixth-grade travel basketball team — Jace Leeds, Clint Owens, Bradyn Winchell, Josh Warp, Jeremiah Hughes, Quinn Springer, Nolan Lotton, Max Olson and Daniel Bryant — I would like to thank all those who... Full story

 
 Opinion    April 14, 2014

Our View: Key support for water projects

U.S. Steve Daines, R-Mont., seems to be in sync with his Democratic colleagues, Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh, in pushing Congress to approve funding for the north-central water project. All three want to approve a plan to fully fund water... Full story

 
 By Rick Ripley    Opinion    April 14, 2014

Bison harm Montana landowners

A Montana district court recently ruled that Montana laws dealing with the wild or domestic status of bison are “ambiguous.”  Those laws certainly are complicated, and for good reason.  The Montana Legislature has purposely given joint... Full story

 
 By Tim Tepas    Opinion    April 14, 2014

Autism a disorder, not contageous

April is National Autism Awareness month, which raises the question – what is autism?  First, understand the misconceptions about autism. People with autism do not have a disease, and they aren’t broken, so they don’t need to be fixed. There... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 11, 2014

Sometimes change stinks

It’s not that I’m afraid of change or that I hate change. I’m just highly suspicious of change, and when I say highly I mean it in a big way that’s in all capital letters — and italics — like HIGHLY suspicious. Change operates under its o... Full story

 
 Opinion    April 11, 2014

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels, April 11, 2014

Laurel — Special praise to the law enforcement and firefighting officials who put their heart and soul into saving the life of Robert Jay Thomas Sunday night and throughout Monday. Trying to save Thomas’ life while keeping the public safe was... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 10, 2014

I'm just willing to be uncomfortable

People frequently say to me, “You are so courageous. I could never do something like ‘that.’” (“That” can mean any number of things, some crazy indeed!) I’m puzzled. Often, but not... Full story

 
 Opinion    April 8, 2014

Our View: Protecting lives trumps rash action

Monday’s 21-hour police standoff with an armed man got a lot of attention in Havre and across the state. More than 40,000 people viewed the online version of the story over the course of the day, and about 300 people shared the story on Facebook.... Full story

 
 By Travis Kavulla    Opinion    April 8, 2014

Make your voice heard on NorthWestern Energy purchase

Want to make your voice heard on a deal which, if approved, will affect your power bill for a generation to come? The Public Service Commission is holding 19 public meetings throughout the State of... Full story

 
 By Travis Kavulla    Opinion    April 8, 2014

Let your voice be heard on NorthWestern plan

Want to make your voice heard on a deal which, if approved, will affect your power bill for a generation to come? The Public Service Commission is holding 19 public meetings throughout Montana to take... Full story

 
 Opinion    April 7, 2014

Our View: Let voters boot out dark money candidates

Montana Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl has found that State Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, has violated state campaign laws by his exceptionally close ties to dark money. Wittich worked closely with Western Tradition... Full story

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    April 7, 2014

A little good from a sad situation

Last week was another landmark in the long and sad epic of the Rocky Boy scandal. Tony Belcourt, the once up-and-coming state lawmaker, and several other people, have pleaded guilty to felonies in connection with a series of bribes and thievery of... Full story

 
 By Robert Sheppard    Opinion    April 7, 2014

Don't prohibit ethical trapping

It seems like there is always some special interest group trying to impose their limited set of values on all the people of Montana. As I write this, an animal activists group is attempting to ban trapping on nearly 30 million acres of public... Full story

 
 By Sarah Corbally    Opinion    April 7, 2014

Help prevent child abuse: Through the eyes of one child

Looking out the window, and cautiously waiting for the moment when his father gets home, the fear begins to set in. Many reoccurring questions start to develop in his head; “What will he do this time? Was it my fault? Will it hurt?” Fear and... Full story

 
 By Tristan Persico    Opinion    April 7, 2014

Veterans appreciate Montana's wilderness

Montana’s wilderness. That’s where my mind went to most often while I was deployed in Southern Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal operator in the summer of 2009. Some people missed their families, others had a sweetheart or spouse... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 3, 2014

Not exactly the gunfight at the OK Corral

This morning I sat in front of my casita, reading a book, sipping tea, enjoying the breeze on my face, when suddenly five truckloads of Mazatlan Policia screeched around the corner and, positioning...

 

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