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A critique of Judge Kavanaugh's appointment

Elections have consequences. It’s frustrating to hear people say differently, despite the mountains of evidence to the contrary. One of the consequences, if not the most momentous, is who elected officials nominate and confirm to sit on our nation...

 

Investing in public education is key to a healthy Montana economy

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The crispness of the air, football season, big game hunting and a fresh start to the school year. This year is no exception. Especially as my daughter begins her freshman year of college in the Montana...

 

Letter to the Editor - Fort Belknap holding events for Native America Week

Editor, Native American Week is coming soon — Sept. 24–28. The local schools of Hays-Lodge Pole, Dodson and Harlem are working together to create an amazing week of activities that has never been done before. Our Native culture and heritage is...

 

View from the North 40: We ain't whistling 'Dixie' here

Turns out, whistling is a little more sophisticated than just putting your lips together and blowing. When I was a kid of 10 or so, my older brother took whistling beyond the old puckered-lips technique of our younger days after someone showed him...

 

I-186 will hurt Montana's economy

Out-of-state environmental groups are using litigation as a tool to stop future mining in our state and I-186 does nothing but make it easier for them to do just that. What these misleading, out-of-state activists ignore, is the fact that Montana...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Blue-haired lady on the move

When this gray-haired grandma left Mexico for Washington I filled two suitcases, large and small, with clothing I have yet to wear, with gifts to give, with everything possible I think I might need,...

 

Support I-186 to protect Montana's waters

Not just one, but many, rivers run through Montana. They are the arteries that nourish and bring life to our state’s cities and towns. Montana’s communities depend on these waterways to provide safe and healthy drinking water for our wells and...

 

Letter to the Editor - Butte deserves EPA support - but Broadus and Browning do, too

Editor, Just days after EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Superfund sites in Butte and Anaconda, he announced a plan to weaken common-sense health protections that limit harmful pollution from oil and gas drilling. Montana has more...

 

Legislators already at work on bills for the next legislative session

This past week, I attended the last interim Education Committee meeting for this part of the session. It was time to lock in what bills the committee wanted to endorse or sponsor and who was to carry the bills. I am not able to sign on to carry any...

 

Come to the library book sale during Festival Days

Great news! Festival Days is coming up, Sept 21-23, which means the Friends of the Havre-Hill County Library Book Sale is coming up, too. Every year during Festivals Days the Friends of the Library host a book sale where you can find great, used...

 

Letter to the Editor - Blessed to Bless accepting donations from people who want to donate

Dear Editor, I would like to clear up a misconception regarding the nonprofit Blessed to Bless NOW. As the name implies, Blessed to Bless NOW is about people who feel blessed, or grateful, who want to bless others and get a tax-deduction/write-off...

 

All boats rise with the tide: Montana's six mill levy

Supporting Montana’s Six Mill Levy to support Montana’s University System is the right thing to do! At first glance, it may appear odd that the president of Carroll College, a Catholic liberal arts college in Montana, is writing this guest...

 

When the stereotype fits, it can still be weird

Sure, we all joke about it being true, but it’s not. The truth is that not all Canadians are polite people. It’s impossible. Mathematicians will tell you it’s statistically impossible for 36.3 million people to all be polite. Statistically...

 

The sublime and the frightening

I would like to tell you that my trip time in Washington is all sublime, that every moment is perfection, that my head is in the clouds with happiness. You would call me out on it, right? You might...

 

Fort Belknap Indian Community supports DEQ's enforcement of the bad actor law

For the Fort Belknap Indian Community, the state of Montana’s “bad actor” mining law is a matter of accountability, justice and common sense. We support the state enforcing that law against Hecla Mining CEO Phillips Baker. Baker was the top...

 

Letter to the Editor - Be careful what you wish for on public lands

Editor, Be careful what you ask for: The stated agenda of Montana Republicans is to transfer federal lands to the state of Montana. (Individual GOP candidates may now deny this but it is in writing). A lot of people are concerned about this, not just...

 

Thanks for participating summer reading program

With school back in session and fall just around the corner, we at the Havre-Hill County Library would like to congratulate our student patrons on starting a new school year and extend our thanks to the community for their participation in this...

 

Invest in Montana's future with 6 mill levy

Montanans have a 70-year tradition of investing in state higher education. Nov. 6, voters across the state will again have the opportunity to renew that economic and societal investment by voting for the 6 mill levy. Public colleges and universities...

 

Letter to the Editor - Federal agencies ensuring pollution

Dear editor, It has come to my attention that Ryan Zinke, Andrew Wheeler, and their federal agencies are helping ensure that the oil and gas industry can continue to carelessly leak millions of tons of methane pollution and chemicals into our air. We...

 

Time to Stop the Gravy Train at the Public Service Commission

Would it surprise you to find out that each of the five members of the Montana Public Service Commission makes more than the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State and the State Auditor? These are the current salaries of Montana elected...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 7, 2018

View from the North 40: Life is like a box of higher-math equations

Sometimes life hands you a series of complications and issues, but if you keep working through the mess, in the end they all come together to create a simple answer — kind of how one of those complex mathematical formulas with a mess of numbers,...

 

Whoever you like in the race, register and vote

Never in a million years did I think I would be asking so many people in this area if they were registered to vote. And never did I imagine finding people not interested in doing so. Truth be told, when I started ringing doorbells, I thought the...

 

A letter to Gianforte about wilderness study areas

Dear Congressman Gianforte, At the roundtable meeting you conducted in Lewistown on Aug. 15, you announced that you would be accepting comments regarding your two wilderness study area bills — H.R. 5148 and 5149 — at this email address. On...

 

Looking out my Back Door: Little things mean a lot

When one has pared one’s life down to the bare essentials, little things take on incredible importance. I arrived in Mexico City with 40 minutes to make my connection. Airports are designed in such...

 

Letter to the Editor - Congress needs to protect SNAP

Editor, As the Montana Association of Christians, we advocate for a more compassionate and just world that recognizes the inherent dignity of each person, regardless of economic status. Jesus both models feeding the hungry and teaches that when we fe...

 

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