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 Opinion    February 5, 2016 

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — The tiny town of Turner has a fighting spirit. Turner has seen a dramatic loss in population in recent years. Some small, rural towns have died out, but don’t count Turner out. The residents of this northern Blaine County community are...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 5, 2016 

View from the North 40: News Roundup: Word up, homies

Pamville News editors have meticulously scoured world news sources to bring readers highlights of importance. The nerds of India Yahoo News reported this week that Tata Motors Ltd., a car...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    February 5, 2016 

Looking Out My Back Door: The good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise

Ai-yi-yi, but I had a difficult day. My theory is that misery is contagious. My neighbor Ted from Edmonton was griping about the rock bottom value of the Canadian dollar, which has been on a steady...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 29, 2016

View from the North 40: Reality check, right in the chompers

I broke a significantly sized corner off a front tooth when I was 10 years old. Sorry to make you cringe right out of the gate. I was at the public swimming pool and as I was getting out of the water...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 28, 2016

Looking Out My Backdoor: I think I'll run for president

I’m thinking of running for president. You can’t run. You are too old and crippled. You walk with a cane. Walking doesn’t have the same elan. Listen: “I’m walking for president.” Who...

 
 Opinion    January 26, 2016

Guest column: Gun rights are about freedom

As a lifelong sportsman and gun owner, I’m committed to protecting law-abiding Americans’ right to keep and bear arms. And like many Montanans, I know that protecting the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting — it’s about freedom. President...

 
 Opinion    January 26, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Plant a Seed ... READ!

Editor: There is an opportunity of a lifetime for preschool-age residents of Hill and Blaine counties. Dolly Parton Imagination Library is sponsored by Plant a Seed...READ! This program provides children from birth to 5 years with an age-appropriate...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 22, 2016

View from the North 40: Lessons from the middle ground

I have a long and successful track record of failing at productive introspection. My natural philosophy generator has two settings: ultra-pragmatic and ohmigawd(!). It creates two types of responses...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 21, 2016

Looking Out My Backdoor: Eating crow and liking it, baked in humble pie

I thought it wouldn’t matter. Under Arturo’s guidance I had been doing physical therapy twice weekly, for almost six months. I was walking strong and sure. When walking along the street I used my...

 
 Opinion    January 19, 2016

Our View: Create a city manager to save Havre money

We know lots of people who would make excellent mayors of Havre. People who have a real feel for the community. People from all political persuasions and parties who have a sense of where the city should be headed. People who are leaders in...

 
 Opinion    January 19, 2016

A thank you to a caring community

Editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to comment on a very special group of people you have in your community at Northern Montana Care Center. My mother, Delores Hutchison, passed away at Northern Montana Care Center on Dec. 9. She had been a...

 
 Opinion    January 18, 2016

Guest column: Energy problem fixable

Just like a stopped clock that gets the time correct twice a day, PSC Commissioner Roger Koopman’s critique of my earlier column on the Montana response to the EPA Clean Power Rules had one thing right, I do like hamburgers, preferably made with...

 
 Opinion    January 15, 2016

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Havre Public Schools have launched a great program “Hooked On Fishing — Not On Drugs.” Kids from Lincoln-McKinley Primary School were taken ice fishing Tuesday, offering them an introduction to a...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 15, 2016

View from the North 40: What are the odds of that reality?

I'm sure you've all heard the terrible news by now: I did not win the big Powerball jackpot. I know, you wanted it for me as much as I did. Thank you for that, but I'll be OK. Really. I didn't cry mys...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 14, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Here is the fable of the magnificent white stallion

I can imagine life without my right arm. I experienced that for a few months. I can imagine life without a leg or even two. My experiential months altogether add up to a couple years. I coped. The...

 
 Opinion    January 14, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Bullock is not helping the carbon emissions problem

Editor: Gov. Bullock could have gone lots of other places, but he went to Colstrip. Beneath massive smoke stacks that have dumped more carbon into our atmosphere than any but a dozen other power plants in the nation, he announced the names of the pe...

 
 Opinion    January 12, 2016

Guest column: Jergeson wrong on energy'

Those who view the Environmental Protection Agency as a planet-saving benevolent dictator will apparently go to any lengths to “prove” their point. An astounding article by former Montana Public Service Commission Chairman Greg Jergeson recently...

 
 Opinion    January 12, 2016

Guest column: Hold 'Occupiers' accountable

When it comes to militia members taking over Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Range, many people are confused by what’s perceived as a random act, or they pass it off as the actions of some renegade kooks. It’s dangerous to minimize events...

 
 Opinion    January 8, 2016

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel: Residents of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation have declared a state of emergency because of the methamphetamine epidemic. It is fantastic to see the tribal government take such a strong stand against meth, and we hope it will continue in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 8, 2016

View from the North 40: Friendless in these dark times

Oh, woe is me in these dark days. A darkness, black and cold as the long nights of winter has settled into my heart, stolen my life, my livelihood, my reason for Internetting. As if the prospect of...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 7, 2016

Looking Out My Back Door: Next year country - next year people

While I have great respect for the past, I am not one to yearn for olden days. Not for me the re-enactments of historical events. I’ve no desire to escape today’s trials through romanticizing the...

 
 Opinion    January 5, 2016

Our View: Hats off to Candi Zion and recycle volunteers

Seven years ago, Candi Zion sat at a small table not far from where Havre Pride was holding its twice-a-year Havre cleanup program. She looked a bit lonely. It wasn’t quite clear to many people just what she was doing there. She had to explain, she...

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    January 5, 2016

Editor's Note: Meth: A serious problem to focus on for this year

When our new reporter Paul Dragu started covering news along the Hi-Line, he quickly noticed one thing: Use of meth was something that was involved in a lot of news stories: • The Havre school board hired a part-time drug counsellor at the high...

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2015

Our View: Some goals for 2016

This very special part of the planet that we inhabit faces some serious decisions in coming years. There are problems in our government, our social structure and in our infrastructure. All of the problems are fixable, and we hope the people of...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 31, 2015

View from the North 40: My firm resolution to be resolute

New Year resolutions don’t work. Don’t go there if you are faint of heart or weak of will. I remind myself of that every year and normally don’t flirt with this danger, but this year … yeah, c...

 

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