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Our View: People still need to treat COVID like a deadly disease

Despite daily confirmed case numbers of COVID-19 generally dropping in the area and in the state, government mandates being rescinded or expiring and vaccine rolling out, Havre Daily News hopes people still take the disease... — Updated 1/22/2021 Full story

 By Pam Burke    Opinion 

View from the North 40: A world of strange correlations for man and beasts

Because I think being up-to-date in the news also means reading the “Odd News” articles, I occasionally get a sense that human and animals lead parallel lives, or maybe we are i... — Updated 1/22/2021


A New Year's resolution: Supporting Main Street

With the holidays behind us and a new year in front of us, now is an appropriate time to reflect on the very unusual year we all just experienced and consider what 2021 might look like.  Importantly, while we know we can’t contr... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: It's a mess

When one thinks it can’t get worse, it can. And it does. This coming Feb. 20 would have been my son’s sixth sobriety birthday. I considered a thousand different ways of talking... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Stretch pants lifestyle

I don’t remember exactly when I took to living in stretch pants full time. The process was gradual, I’m sure of that. I started out wearing a pair of bell-bottom stretch pants... — Updated 1/20/2021


Week Two in the Legislature

This has been a week with lots of requests for my opinion on various current political matters. First, my thought about what happened in Washington, D.C. All I can say is what a travesty. The next question has to do with the... — Updated 1/19/2021


We need trusted leaders, not bookies and bettors

Politicians, by nature, are calculators, oddsmakers, bettors, bookies. They bet on winning and losing all the time. Montana Sen. Steve Daines bet on President Trump. But following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol,... — Updated 1/18/2021


Letter to the Editor - The Golden Spike in a different light

Editor, Really? I found the article in the Havre Daily News to be disparaging concerning Tammy Walters. Tammy is far from a greedy uneducated businesswoman. During the complete shutdown she continued to pay her employees as if they... — Updated 1/15/2021


Letter to the Editor - A reply to Sen. Steve Daines

Senator Daines, I received your letter of Jan. 11. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my comments regarding the attack on the Capitol, and your role in it. I would like to set the record straight on a few points in your... — Updated 1/15/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: What does your the flag fly for?

The overwhelming number of videos about the D.C. protest-turned-siege of the U.S. Capitol didn’t make me think of my grandpa until I saw an entirely unrelated video that seemed... — Updated 1/15/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: When summer sausage is a slice of bliss

Jim from Missouri, funny how we label people, isn’t it, was talking with me the other day, distanced and masked, when, in an idle comment, I mentioned that I miss summer sausage,... — Updated 1/14/2021


Letter to the Editor - Thank you on Community Christmas Dinner

Editor, Once again, thank you. The beginning of December people were asking me if the community was going to have a dinner this Christmas with the spike in COVID cases. After visiting with a secret Santa and some local... — Updated 1/13/2021


Letters to the Editor - We all should be involved in keeping Beaver Creek Park healthy

Editor, A few weeks ago, Lou Hagener submitted to the paper a letter to the editor about the policies of the Hill County Park Board and Beaver Creek Park. His letter, published in Havre Daily News Tuesday, Dec. 22, was full of... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: My treat bag

Dax stared at me in disbelief. I am the Treat Lady, and I had no treats. It was inexplicable. Dax is one of my regular customers. He is a young black dog with a lot of energy. His s... — Updated 1/13/2021


Letter to the Editor - Daines, Rosendale placed permanent stain on Montana

Editor, After enduring four years of a corrupt and immoral Trump Presidency with a similarly mostly corrupt cabinet and sycophant appointees, I had almost started to breathe a little grateful relief. That is until January 6th,... — Updated 1/11/2021


Montana cannot afford devastating budget cuts while providing tax breaks for the wealthy

The Montana Budget & Policy Center is a nonprofit organization providing research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues. Imagine someone gave you a million dollars and told you to spend $1,000 every day and come back... — Updated 1/11/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: In times of stress ...

With plenty of opportunities lately to participate in one of my favorite self-health activities — stress eating — I was prompted to do some research on one of my go-to stress... — Updated 1/8/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Beginnings, mysteries and a mixed bag of nonsense

Bob T, a long-time friend from my past, used to compare life to a battery. In order for it to work, life must have both positive and negative poles. I, of course, wanted only the... — Updated 1/7/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Swedish surprise

My 2021 calendar is hanging from the closet door. Every year I’ve lived in this house, I’ve gotten a cloth calendar, hung from a dowel. My mother’s mother always had a cloth... — Updated 1/6/2021


The humbling privilege serving as Montana's governor

As any parent knows, time is more often measured by the milestones of our children than our own lives. When I first entered this office as Montana’s 24th governor, the sounds of young children laughing and playing rang through... — Updated 1/4/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: When every day is Sunday

This week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a strange time, a time when every day feels like Sunday. This morning, I made a big mistake. I checked the temperature. At 10:00... — Updated 12/31/2020


Our pandemic

Now, after a year, the numbers have become numbing. We can’t blame the media, who were simply doing their job by reporting facts, but as thousands became hundreds of thousands it became impossible to maintain a sense of scale.... — Updated 12/31/2020

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: The event boundary you didn't know you needed

The annual build-up of anticipation for New Year’s Day is, I think, the clearest proof of mankind’s eternal, stalwart and irrational optimistic nature. How many times have we... — Updated 12/31/2020

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Throw out the empties

A fellow I know was grousing about the past year. His birthday was coming up and he felt, once again, that this year failed to meet his expectations. He was unhappy with the year,... — Updated 12/30/2020


Letter to the Editor - Don't play Russian roulette with COVID-19

Editor, COVID-19 might be a hoax to some, but I have several reasons why I choose to treat it as a real threat to health, well-being and life. I plan and hope to complete at least one more marathon before I die. I also want to... — Updated 12/29/2020


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