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Build Montana's workforce, build Montana's future

As communities across the nation work to recover from recent natural disasters, many are discovering that while they have plenty of rebuilding to do, they lack the manpower to do it. This circumstance comes as no surprise to the Montana...

 

Letter to the Editor - The problem with Republican and conservative thinking

Editor, The Republican Party must shape up if it wants to be a force for good. We must begin measuring success or failure on a person-by-person basis. If one person fails, all of society fails. Any politician who does not accept personal...

 

Letter to the Editor - Storm damage offers possibilities

Dear Editor,  I look at all at all the downed trees and branches across town and see free firewood, free building supplies, free craft supplies, community activities for a group/club and tax write-offs for a business! I see wood in all shapes and...

 

Let the dead teach the living

Last Monday, the Havre Daily News published an article reporting a driver killed by a collision with a deer. As unfortunate as this death was, the article was a grim reminder of what is not published — the unreported causes of death in the Havre...

 

Our View: Reporting suicides in the news

Dr. Marc Whitacre, who is facing Havre High School teacher Lindsey Ratliff in the race for Ward 3 in the Havre City Council election, is working to bring attention to the high suicide rate in the state and this region, and the Havre Daily News... Full story

 

The Supreme Court may take a knee

Three decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court probably settled the current controversy involving protests within the National Football League about freedom of speech. The recent public shakeup with some players “taking a knee” or “linking arms”...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 13, 2017

View from the North 40: The universe's pre-Halloween scary vibe

The universe is getting a jump start on Halloween this year, and it’s doing a pretty good job of setting up a good creepy vibe. Let’s just jump right in with the spiders, the biting spiders. Huntsville, Alabama’s Fire and Rescue Station 17...

 

Letter to the Editor - Ratliff would be asset in city government

Editor, I am happy to endorse Lindsey Ratliff for Havre’s City Council. The first impression I had of Lindsey when she came to Havre in 2013 to teach history at Havre High School was “This is an intelligent young woman with enthusiasm and energy....

 

Letter to the Editor - Montana needs special session to solve revenue problems

Editor: As a caregiver and a former para-educator, I’ve seen firsthand how important our state services are to Montana’s most vulnerable people. I’ve known families that had to live in their cars because they couldn’t afford anything else,...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Not my best day

Every day should be my best day! There I go, thinking I “should” be grateful and, truly, I am. However, “should” can take a hike into the out beyond and stay there. But my reality is that I...

 
 By Paul Dragu    Opinion    October 12, 2017

Getting to the top of the hill: a birthday column

When I was in my 20s I never thought about getting old. When you are young you will never be old. It’s not that I thought my edgy, action-packed, high-risk life would lead to early death. Although I had some close calls in my youth, I knew I...

 

Growing high-paying Montana jobs

Technology is the great equalizer. There’s no reason Missoula can’t compete with Silicon Valley and that’s the message we heard at the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit. On Monday, close to 700 Montanans came out to the University of Montana to tal...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to community for work during snow storm

Editor, Montana, the Big Sky State, and also the state where if you don’t like the weather just wait five minutes. This was definitely proven true this week. What was also proven true was the hardiness of the men and women who helped and are still...

 

It's time to start new chapter in health care

After nine months of debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, it’s time to start a new chapter in the history of access to high quality and affordable health care. The ACA certainly isn’t perfect. A bipartisan Senate effort to...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for all who pitched in on snowstorm

Editor, I would like to give a big thank you to all the folks who pitched in and helped out during our recent snowstorm. Of course, thank you to our city services and community members for tree and snow removal, our broadcasters for keeping us...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 6, 2017

View from the North 40: The real challenge surviving a power outage

A total of 44 hours without power starts out all fun and games, but after a while things get real, and nothing spoils the mood like real. The great winter storm of early autumn 2017 kicked into gear Monday, overwhelming our electricity with its... Full story

 

Looking our my Backdoor: Day to day in the land of perpetual spring

October brings on the melancholia of autumn. Even here. I recently read an extensive political and economic history of Mexico. Early Spanish invaders called this area in which I live, the land of...

 

Frank talk about wildfires

This summer’s catastrophic wildfire season and hazardous, persistent smoke pollution has all Montanans talking. The fires took the lives of two young men, destroyed homes and Sperry Lodge, blew a hole in the state budget, discouraged tourism and...

 

Court setting dangerous precedent with sexual offenders

Most people agree that a sexual act forced on any individual against heir will constitutes a heinous crime. As citizens, we hope for the best outcomes in those situations. We trust that our justice system will work. We trust that predators will be ar...

 

View from the North 40: An ongoing battle, no one is winning

Straight up front I have to say that I do not believe in the use of torture. Torture is inhumane. Torture is an ineffective tool in bringing about true change. And I believe that the pain inflicted with torture actually scars the spirit of the...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: A simple can of tuna fish

Are you safe? Are you in the earthquake zone? Did you feel the quakes? Is there flooding in your area? What about the hurricanes? Do they reach you? The volcano? What has reached me are the concerns...

 

Looking Out My Backdoor: Times when you wonder

Do you ever have times when you wonder who you are? I mean, you might be sitting under the cottonwood tree, perfectly content one moment; the next moment you feel like the essence of you is outside...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to all for a great Festival Days

Editor, What a great Festival Days celebration we just had! This town never ceases to amaze me, and that’s why we live here! My list of people and organizations to thank is long. Thanks to everyone who participated in any way, large or small in... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor - Bear Paw Volunteers thank the efforts of all

Editor, As the Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department are released and make their way home, they look back on these past weeks at the major accomplishments this community pulled together to achieve, we are truly amazed and humbled. The East Fork Fire... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor - 'When' arrived this year

Editor, With the drought and fire our part of the world has taken some natural resource “hits” this year. These have led to some personal losses. Though personal losses from the fire are substantial for a few folks, overall our region will...

 

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