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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 17, 2015 

View from the North 40: Flight of the Postman

If you don’t already know who 61-year-old Ruskin, Florida, mailman Doug Hughes is, you should make it your business to know. He’s just spent the last 2 1/2 years planning and executing a...

 
 Opinion    April 17, 2015 

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — The Montana Legislature has given final approval to expansion of Medicaid that will allow about 70,000 people to benefit from health insurance. Our waitresses, taxi drivers and hundreds of other pink and blue collar workers will soon be...

 
 Opinion    April 17, 2015 

Letter to the Editor: Dritshulas, Lotton praised for construction of new hotel

Editor: As a community we have to give full credit to Bill Dritshulas and Lotton Construction Co. for creating one of the most spectacular man-made views in north-central Montana. When you drive west on U.S. Highway 2 or 2nd Street in the early morni...

 
 Opinion    April 17, 2015 

Bullock's free clinics certainly aren't cheap

In Montana, the Legislature is responsible for establishing the state programs to benefit the public, while the executive branch is charged with administering them. That structure has worked very well for decades, and is referred to as the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 16, 2015

Looking out my back door: The last mechanical clock in the whole USA

Just when life in my neighborhood returned to normal: 8,000 motorcycles roared out of town. 50,000 tourists followed. Lingering snowbirds flew north. An unexpected and welcome rain shower blessed,...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Letter to the Editor: You'll like 'Over the River and Through the Woods'

Editor: “Over the River and Through the Woods” is a play about family, food, fun and faith. I encourage everyone to come see our play. We have enjoyed our acting and all the fun we’ve had doing the play. We really want to have a huge crowd for...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Ends don't justify means in House rules panel votes

Many on the left and in the media are praising Senate Bill 405 as a “bipartisan” health care solution. However, one thing is clear to the conservative legislators I serve with: SB 405 is an all-or-nothing expansion of Obamacare for Montana....

 
 Opinion    April 14, 2015

Community Focus: Workload, tensions go up in the Capitol

Just before Easter, the Senate passed my Senate Bill 416, which is the only major infrastructure bill that might have a chance to pass. SB 416 passed the Senate on a 47 to 3 vote. Today SB 416 will...

 
 Opinion    April 10, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Congrats to the city of Havre and the Hill County Clerk and Recorder’s office for continuing the tradition of having mail-in elections for municipal offices. Voter turnout has increased sharply since mail-in voting was adopted. It is...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 10, 2015

View from the North 40: The duct tape whisperer

The three most importand tools in my barn are duct tape, bailing twine and WD-40. The first two on the list are in a constant battle for Top Tool, the primary go-to solution in any farming-ranching...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 9, 2015

Looking out my back door: Mexican-American Graffiti - during Holy Week

I never know. I never know what each day might bring. I think I do. I’m always wrong. Back when my children were youngsters, I used to pray, literally pray, for a boring day, just one boring day,...

 
 Opinion    April 8, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Reminder: Two Park Board seats up this year

Editor: To Hill County residents and to members of the Hill County Park Board whose terms will expire this spring. Existing rules designate that Park Board members terms are three years. Currently, there are no term limits for Park Board members,...

 
 By Mark Douglass    Opinion    April 7, 2015

CASA- where ordinary folks make a difference

It’s one of those priceless moments in film: In the saddle, crusty old Curly (Jack Palance) turns to wise-cracking Mitch (Billy Crystal) and asks: “Do you know what the secret of life is?” A wry grin on Curly’s weather-beaten face. “No. Wha...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 3, 2015

View from the North 40: Pamville News: It's nature

New Hampshire legislators prove it’s not just Montana senators who feel it’s their elected and sworn duty to crush children’s dreams. A group of Bozeman elementary kids and their learned...

 
 Opinion    April 3, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — A Montana Actors’ Theatre play opens, Easter Egg hunts are taking place all over town, special religious services are planned along with church social gatherings and many others events are being held this weekend to celebrate this...

 
 Opinion    April 3, 2015

Letter to the Editor: HHS pep band, cheerleaders, mascot praised

Editor: I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge our Havre High School pep band, cheerleaders and Blue Pony mascot. There is no doubt in my mind they all collectively are one of the best in the state. The enthusiasm and spirit they bring to...

 
 Opinion    April 3, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Christian schools should pay for themselves

Editor: The conversation at the legislative update was about charter schools but Rep. Bruce Meyers had suggested that the public’s desire for charter schools had something to do with a desire for Christian schools. I commented that I thought those...

 
 By G. Bruce Meyers    Opinion    April 2, 2015

Right-to-know bill affects everybody

Montana residents assume that our state government supports the basic American goals of freedom, fairness and equal justice for all — the founding principles on which our nation and constitution were established. Yet some Yet many of our state...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 2, 2015

Looking out my back door: Upstairs, downstairs, balance on the bannister

Like anyone, I have my “up” days and my “down” days. But, really, it is all about keeping life in perspective and finding balance. Take today, for instance. I leave the house for my morning...

 
 Opinion    March 31, 2015

Invest in America, not in more war

Jon Tester Seems like every time I turn on the TV, I see another pundit or politician calling for greater American military intervention in response to ISIS, or heading to war with Iran, or cleaning up after some other conflict around the world....

 
 Opinion    March 31, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Montana Developmental Center can be turned around

Editor: The Montana Senate last week voted to close Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, largely reacting to hysteria generated by Disability Rights Montana, the decision is wrong for several reasons, including the fact that a number of clients...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 27, 2015

From the North 40: Doomed to domestic disaster

Despite my long, sordid history of being unable to snap out of my obsessive obsession with, well, random obsessive things, I had fully planned on writing this week about something besides my house...

 
 Opinion    March 27, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Havre Police did a great job in capturing an escapee last week. Eric Bruce Fowler escaped from a Warm Springs drug and alcohol center for addicted inmates. He ended up in Havre. When local police tried to apprehend him, he took off in a...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 26, 2015

Se bilingue - I speak food in different languages

In the months I have been in Mazatlan, I have collected referrals for several ways to enhance my poor command of Spanish. But all seem to be formal classes. No thank you. If small children point and...

 
 Opinion    March 25, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Praise for bill that would ban attendance at animal fights

Editor: Dogfighting and cockfighting are despicable blood sporst, and unfortunately a loophole in Montana law is letting people get away with attending and participating in this illegal sport. Montanans have a long tradition of caring for animals,...

 

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