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New Congressional health care plan - A devastating blow to Montana's public schools and students

Today, as every day, teachers called the names of more than 140,000 students, as they took attendance in Montana’s 821 public schools. For the thousands of children who file into our classrooms, school is more than a place to learn. In-school...

 

Letter to the Editor - Gianforte is the one we need representing us

Editor This Thursday, May 25, there is a very important special election taking place where eligible Montana voters will choose between Mr. Greg Gianforte, Mr. Rob Quist and Mr. Mark Wicks to fill the vacant position of our sole representative to...

 

Gianforte offers new hope for Montana reservations

Montana is on the verge of a moment when our state can unite. It’s a chance for Montanans, including Native Americans and non-Indians alike, as well as Montanans of different backgrounds, to come together to make a change for the better. Greg...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 19, 2017

View from the North 40: Free tickets to the funhouse

Visiting family is like looking at yourself in a funhouse mirror. You know you are seeing yourself reflected back, but everything is skewed, cockeyed and out of proportion. Some of the reflections...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 19, 2017

Looking out my Backdoor: Four women on the loose in Guadalajara

I didn’t want to go. I was still recovering from burning the soles of my feet on the hot sands of Mazatlan. The plan was for Lani, Kathy, Crin and me to go to Tonola for the tianguis, the huge...

 

Letter to the Editor - ATTN: All interested parties, tradesmen, contractors

Editor, In moving forward with our new 4-H Chuckwagon facility, we want to see how much interest we have from interested parties, tradesmen, or contractors who are willing to help in all areas of construction. We will be having a 50-foot by 140-foot...

 

What's at stake for public lands in this special election

Public lands have become a major issue in this campaign, and for good reason. Whomever Montanans elects as their next congressman, he will have the opportunity to vote on congressional budgets that will have an enormous impact on our public lands....

 

Letter to the Editor - Thank you for support at Clack Museum historical tea

Editor, On April 29, the Friends of the Clack Museum hosted the Second Annual Historical Tea for the purpose of raising funds for the New Havre History Center’s building projects. On behalf of the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board of Hill County...

 

Letter to the Editor - National monuments belong to the people

Dear Editor: Protect our national monuments. These belong to the people of the United States. Every national monument was established in full compliance with laws passed to encourage and enable the protection of national gems. President Theodore...

 

U.S. House members were reckless with health care vote

As a 28-year registered nurse, I can tell you that I have been intimately involved in the outcomes of people’s lives. Their physical, mental and spiritual health is a tremendous responsibility that deserves thoughtful attention, knowledge and...

 

Mountain bikers seek to gut Wilderness Act

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., recently introduced a bill in Congress at the behest of a group of mountain biking proponents that would eviscerate the 1964 Wilderness Act and allow bicycles in every wilderness in the nation. The bill, House...

 

Habitat Montana restored through teamwork

Thirty years ago, the Montana Legislature passed a bill to establish a one-of-a-kind program to conserve Montana’s best wildlife habitat. Habitat Montana, as it is known, has done just that. With over 600,000 acres of conservation easements and...

 

Letter to the Editor - Senators, thanks for support of community health centers

Dear Editor, The staff and board of Bullhook Community Health Center would like to thank Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jon Tester for their unwavering support of community health centers. Recently, both Montana senators signed a letter of support in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 12, 2017

View from the North 40: Water, water everywhere, but not a thought to think

I could be writing about a lot of really interesting things that happened this week, but instead it’s all about the water. Again. This time, though, I now have it, but apparently don’t know how...

 

Letter to the Editor - Elimination of EPA eliminates Last, Best Place

Editor, Some of you may not have had the opportunity to visit Butte, Anaconda, Libby, Great Falls and other communities impacted by industry in Montana’s past. With the elimination of the EPA promised by Washington, D.C., in the name of job...

 

Agriculture is key to Montana jobs

In Montana, we know how important agriculture is – to our economy, to jobs and to keeping food on our tables, and on tables around the world. I’m thrilled to have former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as our new Secretary of Agriculture. I know...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 11, 2017

Looking out my Backdoor: The ups and downs of the elevated life

For years, I’ve been privileged to be Kathy’s guest, generally on the 24th floor of the El Moro Tower, fronting the Great Pacific Ocean, in Mazatlan. When we were young and foolish, we might, and...

 

Our View - Is no one interested in serving the city?

It is an interesting time. People seem very interested in talking about what officials they like and who they don’t; what policies and proposals they like and what they don’t, and even sharing their own ideas on what should be done that hasn’t...

 

Wins and losses in legislative session

Folks, It has been an honor to serve as your representative to the 65th Legislative Session of Montana.  Although this session will be over by the time you read this, I will be busy working for you throughout the interim on various committees and...

 

Letter to the Editor - Let's send the most qualified to Washington

Editor Do you know of anyone who has started a school, equipped those students with tech skills, over 500, who average out an $85,000 yearly income in Montana? That’s Greg Gianforte. He’s an engineer. An engineer mindset looks at a problem in...

 

Some good, some bad on Legislature's infrastructure work

The most significant infrastructure bill in over a quarter of a century was passed by the just adjourned 2017 legislatives session. It was the six-cent increase in motor fuel taxes which will make it possible for Montana to continue to match federal...

 
 By Rob Quist    Opinion    May 9, 2017

Rural Montana deserves a Montana voice in Congress

I was born and raised in Cut Bank, where I learned that nothing gets done without hard work. Growing up on a ranch and wheat farm with five brothers and sisters, I can’t imagine a better place to spend my childhood than in the north country of...

 

Ups and downs of the 2017 Legislature

By Jenny Eck and Jon Sesso Imagine you were told, as you headed onto the field, that your team would have nearly one-third fewer players than the opposing team … and that the other team would get to set the rules that you would have to play by....

 

Our View: Kudos to those who help and serve our tourists

May 7-13 is National Travel and Tourism Week, and the Havre Daily News wants to thank the people who make tourists feel welcome in our area. And it fills a major need. Not only does it continue the reputation of the Golden Triangle as a laid-back,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 5, 2017

View from the North 40: Water, water everywhere; every drop to drink

As I write this, I am exhausted, sun burnt, sticky and salty with dry sweat, gritty and muddy, but I am here to say that one of the greatest marvels of modern civilization is indoor plumbing —...

 

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