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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 7, 2020 

View from the North 40: Pauline and the strange and perfect beauty in imperfection

An Austrian tourist in Italy is facing the ire of museum officials and possible charges after damaging a 200-year-old plaster sculpture while taking a selfie with it at the Gipsoteca Museum in...

 

Our View: Thanks for keeping spread of COVID-19 down - and keep it up

Despite the incredibly sad news that Hill County now has experienced its first COVID-19-related deaths, and despite the fact that counties in the area are still having new confirmations of cases of COVID-19 trickling in, The Havre Daily News wants...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thank you for support in our time of loss

Editor, Thank you so much to all our family and friends who supported us in our time of loss and sorrow. Tyler Big Bow inspired those around him and made a positive impact on many of his loved ones, patients and peers. Tyler was a recipient of the... Full story

 

What's the worst wearing a mask can do?

As a person who works for the county and has a job to be on top of information, and as a person who wants to be the most effective in my job, here are just a few short points I want to make. First of all the COVID-19 virus is real. It affects people...

 

Looking out my backdoor: I know where the keys are kept

Kathy said that she told Crin they should ask Josue to put locks on their closets because I am out of control with my sewing machine. Once my creative juices begin flowing in a particular direction, t...

 

The Postscript: The blue tarp

I noticed my wrists were sticking to my desk. This was a gradual awareness. I spend almost all day at my desk and I don't know precisely when it started, but I finally looked down because my wrists...

 

Letter to the Editor - Mask rights

Editor, So, I ran into a woman in her 30s and a young child in the convenience store without their mask on. When I asked them why they didn’t have their mask on she replied it was her constitutional right not to wear one. I replied it was my...

 

Letter to the Editor - Tobacco more deadly than ever

Editor, 480,000 American die from tobacco related causes each year. That’s more than 1,300 people every day. That’s the equivalent of 20 fully loaded schools crashing every day, with no survivors. Tobacco use kills more than AIDS, obesity,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 31, 2020

View from the North 40 - No lions and tigers, just bears on the brain

Black bears in the Bear Paws. Grizzly bears on the plains — one of them that mauled a guy near Choteau. Bears, you can’t predict them. I should be using my brain to go over the recommended Be...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 30, 2020

Looking out my Backdoor: The allegory of the green beans applied

Several years ago, while I still lived in Washington, I visited Dad in Harlem. It was during the last days when my step-mom was still able to do simple things for herself. She put the meal on the...

 

Support the Badger-Two Medicine Cultural Heritage Act

Badger-Two Medicine: From Birch Creek and Family Peak in the south, to Lubec Ridge and Elk Calf Mountain in the north, the headwaters of Badger Creek and the Two Medicine River flow down from the sacred summits of Feather Woman and Heart Butte,...

 

The Postscript: Hummingbird curfew

My husband, Peter, is fascinated by hummingbirds. This year has been a difficult year for hummingbird watching as there has been a lot of competition at the feeder. First, the ants wouldn't leave it...

 

Letter to the Editor - Paper listed names wrong in'Whose park is this?'

Editor, While we agree with the Letter to the Editor titled Whose Park Is This? published in the Havre Daily News July 24, 2020, we did not write it. A friend showed us a copy and asked if we would like to add our names. It is inappropriate and...

 

Give us freedom and good health policies

According to SAMHSA, COVID-19 is creating widespread uncertainty, panic, depression, PTSD, suicide, and spouse and child abuse across America. This is true at Rocky Boy and other reservations in the state of Montana, where we are also seeing an...

 

We must reignite Montana's economy

Our state, and our country, has never faced a challenge like the one we are confronted with today. COVID-19, and the ensuing shutdown sent shockwaves through our economy. The consequences have been devastating, and we are only beginning to see its...

 

Proposed cuts to passenger rail service unwise

Reliable, cost-effective public transportation for rural America is an important economic building block for our communities and often a vital service for our residents.  But unlike our urban counterparts, rural public transportation options are...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for standing up for our rights

Editor, In regards to Diane McLean standing up for our rights, I commend her. She doesn’t have to wait to see what side wins and then jump on board. Go Diane. Dana Alex Phillips Inverness...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for your help with medical expenses

Editor, The Hauser family would like to thank all who participated in the recent online fundraiser for our current financial/medical needs. We would also like to thank all of our friends and family and concerned neighbors — near and far — for...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 24, 2020

You are not who you think you are

I just wanted to do a little research, to be healthy and now I don’t even know myself anymore. Of course, I already knew that all living organism, including humans, live in a sort of symbiotic...

 

Whose park is this?

Editor’s note: This version corrects the time of Thursday’s Hill County Park Board Haying and Grazing Committee meeting. We are owners of Beaver Creek Park and so are you. All residents of Hill County share ownership and responsibility for this...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 23, 2020

Looking out my Backdoor: Goo-Goo-Googling along

I woke up with yellow eyeballs. The color was not quite glow-in-the-dark neon yellow, but definitely, the whites of my yes sported a sickly yellowish cast, gunked with matter. In lieu of a...

 

The Postscript: Birthday blow-out

It’s my birthday this week. This is not normally cause for a big celebration, and this year it is less than usual. Still, unlike my husband, Peter, I actually do celebrate my birthday. I don’t...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion    July 21, 2020

Masks are a responsibility, not a political issue

I owe an apology to all of our readers. We ran a story Friday about Hill County Commissioner Diane McLean questioning the reasons for Gov. Steve Bullock issuing a directive telling people to wear masks and questioning its legality. Some people have...

 

Masks are for health, not politics

In these difficult times, politics are the last thing we need. Over the past two weeks, we have seen a significant change in Hill County. Our cases have surged to 30-plus and counting. We now have what appears to be community spread. And we see that...

 

Personal responsibility required to keep vulnerable citizens safe and Montana's economy open

Sheriffs take an oath to support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Montana. We will uphold our oath, protect public safety and respond to our shared constituency through open...

 

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