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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 5, 2020 

View from the North 40: What's a meadow for?

It’s easy to love my pasture in spring when the vegetation is just getting a good hold of the season — the place is blanketed in green, and looks like a lush, manicured lawn punctuated with...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Looking out my backdoor: Looking for love in all the wrong places

He’s not feral. I assume the stranger is a him. He’s not a rack of bones. He yowled around beneath my bedroom windows three nights before I glimpsed him in his white coat with yellow patches.... Full story

 

'Imagine Your Story' at the Havre-Hill County Library

It’s time for the Havre-Hill County Library’s Summer Reading Program, and we are striving for a fun and safe summer. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story,” so this summer we are all about fairy tales, myths and legends. The magic...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion    June 3, 2020

The Postscript: The only dog in Minnesota

I want to make it clear that we are not adopting a dog. I won’t deny it is tempting. We decided not to get another dog because we travel. Dogs and airplane travel do not go well together. Now, howev...

 

Letter to the Editor - Another public health issue

Editor, While dealing with the devastation and uncertainty wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet another public health problem has reared its ugly head. Racial prejudice. As a physician I can assure you we all look alike “on the inside” and as a...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 29, 2020

View from the North 40: Satire is no joke, Nimrod

Satire is the only superpower I wield with any sort of natural grace and effectiveness. It’s likely that this shouldn’t be something to brag about, but I would argue that what satire lacks in...

 

Supporting the home team

Montanans, especially those of us who live and work in rural areas and small communities, are a hearty bunch. We literally and figuratively weather storms, we help our neighbors when they need a hand, and we also enjoy a quality of life that is...

 

Letter to the Editor - To our Hi-Line community

What do you say during a pandemic? What messages are the most helpful? Our simple message from Northern Montana Vision Center is that we are here for you and we are open. Dr. Whitacre and I are here for any of your eye care needs, whether it be...

 

Letter to the Editor - Losing a teammate brings back memories

Editor, Time goes so very fast and many highlight memories fade more quickly than we realize or accept. Recently the 1970 Havre High football team lost a good player and an outstanding teammate, Steve Vandeberg. Steve was very instrumental that...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Looking out my Backdoor: Back to the future?

One must make one’s own decision, must do what each figures is best for self and family and community. As for me and many of my friends, we choose to continue staying home, having no touchy-feely...

 

Grizzly Advisory Council should recommend against hunting

Grizzly bears are a paradox — at once valued and vilified, long-studied yet mysterious, powerful but vulnerable. Currently, they are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. However, last fall Gov. Steve Bullock convened an 18-member...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion    May 27, 2020

The Postscript: Biscuits and gravy

All of a sudden, there are painted rocks along my path. This has been going on for a while, I guess, but I never saw them in my neighborhood. Now, however, someone has more time on their hands, or a...

 

Food security

When I looked up “food security,” this definition made the most sense to me: “Food security incorporates a measure of resilience to future disruption or unavailability of critical food supply due to various risk factors including droughts,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 22, 2020

View from the North 40: It's the attitude of the platitude

I know a lot of people have been upset lately about the fact that regular events are being canceled in the name of social distancing for a pandemic that hasn’t hit our state very hard. So, whether...

 

Congratulations on graduating in difficult times

Dear Graduates, Congratulations on your graduation. This is one of life’s great milestones and I would like to express how proud I am of your accomplishment. George Washington once said, “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” I...

 
 By George Fergson    Opinion    May 22, 2020

From the Fringe … Thank you Class of 2020, for giving us a future

What hasn’t COVID-19 changed? What life hasn’t the coronavirus altered in some way, shape or form? The answers to those questions are simple. We know, it has changed everything. We know the virus has touched us all in some way. And that is...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 21, 2020

Looking out my Backdoor: When garbage day becomes an event

As soon as I heard the smoke-belching diesel truck rumble off the highway into the Rancho, I grabbed pruning shears and artfully poked around in a pot of lavender on the front patio. Well, I...

 

Letter to the Editor - Not all Californians have Micheal Reagan's views

Editor, As a subscriber to the Havre Daily News and a resident of California, I would like to suggest to your readers that the views expressed by Michael Reagan in his “Free California” column printed in the Havre Daily May 15 do not remotely...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion    May 20, 2020

The Postscript: Chatting with a tree

Every day I look down the trail in either direction, checking to see if anyone is coming. I’d just as soon no one knew I was talking to a tree. I take the same hike every day. There are a lot of...

 

Rainy-day fund has Montana in good position to deal with COVID-19 impacts

Gov. Steve Bullock has led Montana with a steady hand and disciplined fiscal management for the past seven and a half years. This continues to ring true as he helps navigate our state through this unprecedented crisis. It is clear to me that he is...

 

A turning point in history

The study of history allows us the luxury of 20-20 hindsight. Looking back, we can see the little events that led up to the big moments, and we can wonder “how could they not have seen it coming?” Of course, it’s much harder to see clearly...

 

Silence of the trees: Willful ignorance

If a tree falls in a forest … does it make a sound?” While an interesting philosophical query about perception, in the real world it doesn’t take the sound to know that trees have fallen. The fact that they are laying on the ground should be...

 

Our View: Just the facts, people. Just the facts

Many claims and comments have been made about novel coronavirus 2019 and the illness it causes, COVID-19, from the start, and they are continuing. People need to be careful what they say. To start with, people shouldn’t call it “the flu,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 15, 2020

View from the North 40: Do I count myself lucky? Or yucky?

I don’t want to be that person who doesn’t count her blessings — gratitude, after all, has been scientifically proven to be practically a cure-all for what ails your attitude — and yet, here...

 
 By George Fergson    Opinion    May 15, 2020

From the Fringe … : Opening nationals parks is needed but complicated for Montana

We’ve learned a lot about coronavirus in the last couple of months, including how to slow it down, even. But, perhaps the most important thing we’ve learned thus far is, it’s not going away. So, given that, the virus is here to stay for the...

 

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