Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels, June 6, 2014
June 6, 2014
Laurel — One of the great things about Havre is that the community is always stepping forward to help out neighbors in need — even neighbors people don’t know directly. This weekend, benefits will be held at the Havre Eagles Club for two women who have contributed to the community and are now in need of help because they suffer from cancer. Tonight, friends of Terri Healy Frey will gather for an Indian taco dinner. There will be a silent auction of gifts donated by area businesses. Saturday at 5:30 p.m., friends of Kathy Leeds will host a benefit for this well-known community resident who has been diagnosed with cancer. What great opportunities to get some good food and help out a neighbor.
Dart — The United States Supreme Court ruled this week that reporters can be forced to reveal confidential sources who helped them in preparation of a news story. An awful lot of what we know about what goes on in government and in other social institutions is gained because reporters are given information by people who are afraid to let their name be used. The ruling will have a chilling effect on reporters. Most reporters we know would be willing to go to jail rather than break the confidentiality promise. But a lot of people will now be less willing to tell reporters what they know for fear that the feds will come after the reporter. The free flow of news will be irreparably damaged.
Laurel — State Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, R-Billings, is planning legislation that will toughen Montana’s already excellent shield law that protects reporters from being forced to reveal their sources. We hope the Legislature takes action during the 2015 session. We’ll be asking questions of the candidates.
Laurel — There will be plenty to do this weekend in Havre. The Hi-Line’s rich history will be on display at Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump, Fort Assinniboine, Havre Beneath the Street, the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum, High Line Heritage House and the Great Northern Fairgrounds where Everything Antique will be held. You can learn about area history and have a good time.