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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 21, 2017 

View from the North 40: When the numbers don't add up

I hope you’re good at math because I am going to employ my rudimentary mathematical skills to get this column done quickly so I don’t waste my valuable vacation time at a computer. I would love...

 

Our View - A newspaper's job is to report the news

The Havre Daily News has great respect for the people who volunteer countless hours to serve on boards that make local events and facilities like the county parks, the local museums and the county fairgrounds work. People work tirelessly with little...

 

Leter to the Editor: Quist is sample of Montana courage

Editor, The biggest issue of the Montana special election is the Montana mail-in ballot. Risking defeat by doing the right thing is the very definition of courageous. And in this case what’s right was profoundly clear, unequivocal and laid...

 

Looking Out my Backdoor - All in life is not sweet

John and Carol walked over for Qi Gong on my patio. It’s how we start our day. “How are you this morning?” “Fine, all things considered.” My stock answer when I’m not feeling all that...

 

Leter to the Editor: Gianforte has proven track record

Editor, We have a job opening for the person best-qualified to represent Montana in the hugely important position of U.S. congressman. As such, he must speak for all Americans, not just Montanans. He must not only have insight into state and...

 

Leter to the Editor: Gianforte best choice

Greg Gianforte, a devout family man, moved to Montana decades ago and founded a company that evolved to develop high-tech $90,000 jobs. When his growing company had a shortage of skilled labor, he started a scholarship to encourage Montana students...

 

Leter to the Editor: Stand with Quist and he will stand with us

Editor, I am writing in support of Rob Quist to fill the vacant seat in the U.S House. Although I am not a native Montanan, I feel I have met and spoken to enough Montanans to get an idea of the independent, can-do spirit that makes this state...

 

Letter to the Editor: Update on flag Eagle Scout project

I would like to give an update on my Eagle Scout Project that was in the Havre Daily News Dec. 30, 2016. My project was to place drop boxes in several locations where old American flags can be dropped off and then be retired at a...

 

Innovation should plant seeds across all industries

We rely on innovation to change our lives but, we tend to think about what it means for phones or the Internet, not farmland. Just as we rely on innovation to help us meet our future needs, we should also look towards innovation to help our...

 

A hand up for direct care workers

My goal as a legislator is to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars while strategically striving to solve societal problems. The Republican-led House of Representatives voting to increase wages for direct care workers who serve developmentally...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 14, 2017

The North 40: You could live at 48.598870 -109.946392

Despite the fact that GPS navigation systems are notorious for misdirecting drivers into all manner of wrong locations — like the Swiss driver who had to have his van and himself airlifted by...

 

Looking Out my Backdoor - Gifts: A retrospective

This morning when I opened my eyes, I saw a bird sitting on the roof of the bodega outside my bedroom window — a beautiful yellow-headed, yellow-breasted, shrill-voiced gray bird with a long curved...

 

Leter to the Editor: CASA thanks Child and Family Services

Editor, All of us who work with abused and neglected children want to thank the Havre Daily News for your coverage of the Pinwheel Garden in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse can be easy to ignore, and — as with all...

 

Leter to the Editor: Montanans shouldn't vote blindly

Editor, Why not vote for Gianforte? Both candidates wear cowboy hats, but there is nothing of significance under Gianforte’s hat, just another rich guy trying to buy a political seat. We have a candidate in Rob Quist who has traveled the state as...

 

Leter to the Editor: Is Montana congressional seat for sale?

Editor, In following our current congression-al contest closely one must question — is this Montana office for sale to the highest bidder? Rob Quist’s opponent and backers are once again spending millions trying to buy another Montana...

 

Managing the Missouri

The Missouri River Reservoir System is the largest reservoir system in North America. Management of the system is complicated by multiple and diverse interest groups and applicable laws. Interest groups represent irrigation, flood risk, hydropower, r...

 

Tester Sided with 75 percent of Montanans on Gorsuch vote

Montana’s two U.S. senators were split on the vote that last Friday confirmed Neil Gorsuch as the next lifetime member of the US Supreme Court. Senior Sen. Jon Tester voted against the successful nominee, citing, among other things, Gorsuch’s...

 

Leter to the Editor: Spring planting for literacy

Spring is in the air! Many of you are already planning your gardens, looking forward to sunshine and rejoice as trees begin to bud and flowers start to emerge. Here at Plant a Seed … Read!, we are anxious for our Spring Planting for Literacy...

 

HB2 biggest thing in Week 13

At present, most things are all hinging on the House Bill 2, which is the budget bill that pays for the operation of the state. The Appropriation Committee is sorting out the costs and income from all the bills that have been presented. There is...

 

Legislature using hunting amendment as political cover

Montana enjoys the longest hunting and trapping seasons in the West, providing incredible experiences for residents and visitors from around the world. Our coldwater and warmwater fisheries also provide world-class angling opportunities. It should be...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 7, 2017

View from the North 40: Don't buy the blue ones, they're renegades

In an era with an overabundance of women’s undergarments to choose from, I just want white cotton. You know, simple, no-lace, all-natural, plus a bit of elastic around the edges,...

 

Guest Column: Keep our county clean of noxious weeds - vote 'yes' on levy

Hill County Voters will be asked in the upcoming election to support the Hill County Weed mill levy. I have served on the Hill County Weed Board for several years and I can tell you this request is of an urgent matter. Hill County has been blessed...

 

Guest Column: Modernize the Montana Board of Investments

Who do you seek for advice when you have money to invest? Do you call up the local farmer, a teacher and a couple of lawyers? Most people use professionals who know markets and can give good advice on trends. I carried the bill of Rep. Virginia...

 

Letter to the Editor: Learn how to support children's organ transplants

Dear Editor: The Children’s Organ Transplant Association was founded in April 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000...

 

Guest Column: Legislature using hunting amendment as political cover

Montana enjoys the longest hunting and trapping seasons in the West, providing incredible experiences for residents and visitors from around the world. Our coldwater and warmwater fisheries also provide world-class angling opportunities. It should be...

 

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