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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 21, 2020 

View from the North 40: My life has come to this, folks

I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable by bragging about what went on in my bedroom earlier this week, or jealous of my under-the-covers escapades, but I feel the strong need to overshare:...

 

Letter to the Editor - Kudos to Thompson for job well done

I want to give a shoutout to the Havre Daily News photographer, Colin Thompson. He is the one walking the sidelines for two hours during our football games up and down the Hi-Line. He is the one who is crouched under the basketball hoop to catch...

 

Time to look at changing beaver management in Beaver Creek Park

As you may have read in the paper, as a park board member, I have brought up to the Hill County Park Board that maybe we can look at other options besides trapping for beaver control in the park. What brought this on is that we had lost our trapper...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Taking back my life, like killing snakes

I am soooo bad. The “like killing snakes” part is hard for me. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been told, “Slow down. You are going at that job (whatever it is) like killing snakes....

 

The Postscript: Raising the roof

The roof fell in on the church I started attending The collapse occurred after I’d been coming only a couple of weeks. While I have not always been a regular churchgoer, I thought this was kind of...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion    February 18, 2020

Editors Note: Daily News apologizes for missing Reagan-Lincoln Day Dinner

Editor’s note: This version corrects the birthday of President Ronald Reagan. I have to apologize to voters and to the Hill County Republican Central Committee, Republican candidates and Republicans around the state. Monday was Presidents’ Day,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 14, 2020

View from the North 40: It's a revolution by resolution

Several news sources have reported in the past two weeks that Tennessee state Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, has taken his stance against “fake news” all the way to his state’s...

 

Letter to the Editor - Friends of Beaver Creek Park invite people to help help the park

Editor, The Friends of Beaver Creek Park was organized in December 2011, to help support our beloved park in the Bear Paw Mountains. We strive to assist in off-setting costs associated with maintaining such a large, beautiful facility, and it is...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Turtle introspections

One day Bonnie said to me, “Sondra, you are a turtle. When in a group, you tuck your head inside your shell, listen and watch.” Ever since then, I cannot look in the mirror without seeing my...

 

Letter to the Editor - Budget hurts nation's nature health

Dear Editor: I read the Republican administration’s budget proposal for 2021 — https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/budget_fy21.pdf . It cuts programs essential to our health, economic well-being and communities. Please support...

 

The Postscript: Romantic impulses

I was looking at my hair in the mirror. “I think I might need a touch-up,” I noted to my husband, Peter. “Hmmm,” Peter replied, without looking up. (Which means, “If you think so honey. I...

 

Celebrating 50 years at the Panama Canal

It is 2020, a leap year; happy birthday to those with birthdays on Feb. 29th. And, if you have been hiding somewhere without communications, it is also an election year. Everyone running wants endorsements and much needed contributions. I remember...

 

Don't put Medicaid on the chopping block

My name is Elizabeth Marum and I serve on the board for Big Sky 55+.  We are a nonprofit social welfare organization that seeks to provide a voice for Montanans 55 and older.  Today, I hope to draw support for Medicaid despite rumors looming of...

 

Letter to the Editor - Montana Water Rights Protection Act beneficial for all water users

Editor, Contrary to claims made by some opponents, the Montana Water Rights Protection Act introduced by Sen. Steve Daines and supported by Sen. Jon Tester, is not only bi-partisan, but has tremendous benefits for water users both in Lake County and...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 7, 2020

View from the North 40: Would you run through fire for it?

When I was a wee small human, among my prized family possessions were an impressive 6-inch thick Webster’s dictionary and the full, multi-volume faux-leather bound Encyclopedia Britannica. One day,...

 

Let us join together to discuss divisive and demeaning speech

We address this letter to all people of faith and of good will in our state of Montana. We are at a crucial time in our nation’s history, as well as that of our state, where racial, political and religious divisions have regrettably deepened....

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Musings, observations, and outright guesses

I could have said “outright lies” but I have no blessed idea how I am going to fill this page so “guesses” seemed the more appropriate word. Most weeks I know exactly what I want to say. It...

 

Election year: Lessons from the past, dreams for the future

It was the moonless night that became a radiant source of light for a new generation. The Fifth Crusade brought the epic clash of civilizations to a climactic intensity. Giant Christian and Muslim armies had been facing each other in the Egyptian...

 

The Postscript: Mouse vomit

Last week, I started doing something I’ve never done before. I started writing fiction. I realize this does not sound shocking since I’m writing every week. My husband, Peter, says I write...

 

Letter to the Editor - Montana's members of Congress should support stopping unfair lending

A Google search or Netflix documentary will tell you, payday loans are predatory. Lenders offer small loans with interest rates averaging over 390 percent. CNBC reports loans in Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, Nevada, Utah and Wisconsin with rates from 500 pe...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 31, 2020

View from the North 40: Thank you, Minnesota, I needed some validation

I don’t mean to sound paranoid, but the United Nations has set out to ruin my entire year, and they’re pretending that they’re doing it for my well-being. Their website says that the United...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for bringing holiday spirit to downtown Havre

Dear editor: I hope many noticed the small holiday wreaths that were attached to the downtown stop signs this past Christmas season. I first noticed them when at the intersection of Third Street and Third Avenue. They made me smile. What a fun touch...

 

Thanks from the state historical society, grants available

Dear editor, During the 2019 Legislature, Gov. Steve Bullock, legislators and Montanans across the Treasure State worked tirelessly to keep history alive in a variety of ways. Senate Bill 338, also known as the Montana Museums Act, is best known for...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: The wiley side-hill gougers

My first husband was quite the — uh — storyteller. Some of you knew Harvey and can verify my statement. Some of his stories even had elements of truth. Others were pure fabrication, even when...

 

The Postscript: Learning to whistle

My sister learned to whistle at age 2. She was precocious in other ways as well. She knew how to read by the time she started kindergarten. She demonstrated a physical dexterity I never did. She was m...

 

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