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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 22, 2015 

From the North 40: A rarity: helpful newsy news

I think I can be honest here, so I'll just say right out: I should not be reading, watching, listening to, discussing, covering, or otherwise interacting with news, like the kind found on the other...

 
 Opinion    May 22, 2015 

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels - without the darts

We are about to start a holiday weekend, with sunny weather in the forecast. It doesn’t seem like a time to have darts on our mind. So how about some laurels to celebrate the great things going on in our community. Laurel — To the veterans...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Looking out my back door: The soap operas and a day in my life

The Guiding Light: While weather in Havre continues to be erratic, after weeks of Mazatlan perfection, Summer arrived. Each day is hot. Mucho calor. My little apartment stays reasonable with a flow...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 15, 2015

View from the North 40: Rose-colored window glass

I haven’t written about the house project lately and, while I feel a little bad about that, I have to say it’s because I’m a little shy about expressing my deep feelings this early in the...

 
 Opinion    May 15, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Havre is once again coming to the aid of someone in need. Rick Neuwerth, the owner of Grateful Bread in the Atrium Mall, has been beset with health problems. He’s on the rebound, but he has lots of medical bills to pay. People have been...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Looking out my back door: We're back to normal - but what's normal?

After two weeks of active (not normal) social life (nonexistent) with friends from British Columbia and then with my cousin from Sedro Woolley, Washington, and following two nights of long sleeps, my...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 8, 2015

From the North 40: Peasantry without drudgery

I was born to be a peasant. Well, OK, not one of those indentured, do whatever the boss-man tells me to do kind of serfs. I have it on good authority from just about every one of my family members...

 
 Opinion    May 8, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Agriculture is still the biggest industry in Hill County, and the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the business annually with an Ag Appreciation Dinner. This year, it will be held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of...

 
 Opinion    May 8, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Unintended pregnancy is preventable

Editor: May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, when we focus on the need to reduce teen pregnancy in our communities. If parents, youth, schools, businesses, faith leaders and health care providers join together to address teen pregnancy, we can mak...

 
 Opinion    May 8, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Hansen, Hess views are not Havre's views

Editor: Kris Hansen and Stephanie Hess have a lot in common. Both are from Illinois and both are relatively recent transplants to Havre, where they share a house.     Both also inexplicably convinced a majority of recent voters that they could...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 7, 2015

Looking out my back door: This hodge-podge, crazy quilt life that I have

What is life but shifting tidbits of sensory experiences tossed into a basket of scraps? After weeks of stitching together metaphorical pastel scraps, when friends from British Columbia, who dropped...

 
 Opinion    May 7, 2015

Depression key risk for youth

Amber Spring Sara Bragg Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, with the entire month of May being Mental Health Awareness Month. There are many topics that can be identified when discussing children’s mental health. However it is...

 
 Opinion    May 7, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Schools do well in teaching the basics of recycling, you can be a part of it

Editor: As the recycling educator for Recycle Montana, I have spent the past five months speaking with students all across the state. During that time I’ve had the pleasure of reaching more than 1,500 students through 35 presentations at 14...

 
 Opinion    May 6, 2015

2015 Legislature: Successes, disappointments

In the run-up to the 2015 legislative session, expectations were low. Montanans expected this session to be more about politics and less about performance. Four months later, I’m pleased to report that the 64th legislative session has been...

 
 Opinion    May 4, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Looks for help paying medical bills

Editor: People of Havre, thank you for your support. Havre Grateful Bread will be in business six years in May. For that I’m truly thankful that I have been able to pursue my passion for baking this long has been a blessing. The business is doing...

 
 Opinion    May 4, 2015

A win for grandma's cookies

My grandma made amazing cookies. They weren’t just the best on the Hi-Line. They were the best in Montana. I’m sure those are fighting words to anyone lucky enough to grow up with doting grandparents. However, if she were still here to bake...

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    May 4, 2015

Meyers' Capitol experience

G. Bruce Meyers said he was exhilarated and terrified when he took his seat in the Montana House. At 66, this political newcomer is the most unlikely of state lawmakers. A Native American Republican with no political experience, he was elected from...

 
 Opinion    May 4, 2015

Our View: Kegel for Chancellor

More than 40 people spoke at a public forum Thursday morning in favor of naming Greg Kegel permanent chancellor of Montana State University-Northern. Speaker after speaker cited Kegel’s temperament, judgment, ability to create a teamwork atmosphere...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 1, 2015

View from the North 40: No crystal ball required

A humor columnist and a spiritual guide walked into a coffee shop, and it wasn’t a joke. Really. It was, in fact, more like a blind date only, y’know, not as creepy as that sounds. OK, I’ll...

 
 Opinion    May 1, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Gov. Steve Bullock signed into law the bill that will expand Medicaid to thousands of people who have not been eligible. This ensures that many middle class people will be able to receive health care in the early stages of their illnesses...

 
 Opinion    April 30, 2015

Politics won out over sense

I noticed with great interest that some of the Montana newspapers were criticizing the actions of Republican House members who voted against Senate Bill 416. As one of the guys in the room — trying to get the deal done — I have a few...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 30, 2015

Looking out my back door: Getting drunk on the great big everything

Holy Smokeroonies. Saturday late afternoon I sit with a book open in my lap, my eyes in the sky, watching the play of light on the cirrus clouds. Suddenly, an apparition. Kathy and Richard stand at...

 
 Opinion    April 24, 2015

View from the North 40: Re: life, the universe and my cat

Sometimes the Universe stops orchestrating ironic life twists — and creating cracks in the sidewalk of life just to laugh at seeing you trip and fall — long enough to do you a favor. A real favor. Sometimes that real favor feels like a sucker...

 
 Opinion    April 24, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — The Montana Legislature has given final approval to a proposal to help preserve Montana’s Native languages. Gov, Steve Bullock is almost certain to sign it. Sponsored by Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, the bill would help school...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 23, 2015

Looking out my back door: Voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land

Even Solomon knew we need to hear a familiar voice from time to time. And what could be more familiar than the mournful Coo-OOO-oo-oo-oo of the bird that in our country is called the mourning dove....

 

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