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Support Healthy Montana initiative

Tobacco addiction has taken too many lives in Montana. The Healthy Montana initiative, I-185, will raise the tax on tobacco products, keeping kids from starting a deadly addiction and helping adults who smoke quit. As organizations focused on health,...

 

Presidents in Montana

Donald Trump is the 19th president to visit Montana. Our people have welcomed each of them, Republican and Democrat, since 1883 when our 21st President, Chester A. Arthur, a Republican from New York City, rode a horse out of Yellowstone Park and...

 

Letters to the Editor - Support 6-mill levy

Editor, This November, voters are going to be faced with a choice: whether or not to continue supporting a tradition that helps the students and future leaders of Montana. The 6-mill levy was first passed in 1948 and has been on a 10 — year...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 13, 2018

View from the North 40: Literary analysis of conflict 101

On days we feel the world has too much conflict, it’s good to remember that literary-minded folks, who are rarely good for practical things, remind us that conflict is good because it inspires passion about ideas, people and things. A story...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Looking out my Backdoor: I'm not there; I'm here

I like to mix my metaphors. Images impossible evolve. In partnership with Jim I bought a pig-in-a-poke, a hot tub that wasn’t working when we bought it. Between Jim’s persistence and Josue’s...

 

We are not Pocahontas

As Indians growing up in our local communities, we know that Montanans have diverse political values. We understand and appreciate those differences. One of our state’s special attributes is that it is home to seven Indian reservations and 12...

 

Montana farms need trade agreements

The economy of Montana depends on partners around the world for success. Each year, millions of tourists visit our beautiful state, while at the same time millions of bushels of grain grown by Montana farmers flow out of the Pacific Northwest to cons...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 6, 2018

View from the North 40: Who's the good girl now?

There is nothing like an enforced daily session on a very specific exercise in both patience and urgency to drive a training point home with a young horse and really help you put your own life in perspective. The first point is a good thing, the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Looking out my Backdoor: Everything changes

Remember when the Big Store in Havre was Buttrey’s? What a magnificent place to shop, in the Atrium, with an escalator. That was truly “down town”. And Havre boasted many, many smaller stores,...

 

Must not take freedoms for granted

On January 20, 2017, I attended the inauguration of a new president as power was peacefully transitioned from one administration to the next. It is an occurrence every four or eight years that we, as Americans, accept without a second thought. When...

 

Letter to the Editor - Join the call for a Convention of States

Editor, Despise politics? Many do, because of the obnoxious personal attacks, manipulation, and broken promises. There is a way to bypass the politicians running the show, want to know how? Join Convention of States, it’s that simple. If enough...

 

Montana farmers deserve a clean Farm Bill

This fall, when farmers will be busy wrapping up their harvest and planning for next year, the current Farm Bill is set to expire. It would be nice to think that the Farm Bill — and its many ways of supporting family farmers and strengthening...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Looking out my Backdoor: Overload-Where's the off switch?

It’s my own fault, of course. I’ve hit the wall. Can’t go any further. A day of rest would do wonders. Two days might put me back to myself. If I’m not myself, who am I? I feel like a brainles...

 

Let's change the conversation about wildfire

Nature is one of Montana’s greatest treasures, and wildfire occurs each summer only because we’re so fortunate to live amid millions of acres of unspoiled forests and prairies. Although wildfire plays a natural role in ecology, there’s no...

 

Reminiscing with Carlson at NARC

This past week, I attended the Northern Agricultural Research Center tour. All the wagons were loaded and ready to roll when a downpour hit. Everyone ran for the tent and witnessed .6 inches of rain fall in 15 minutes. I have to hand it to the...

 

Where 'neighbor' is a verb

When I was ten years old, a tornado came through and wrecked our farm. The three-hundred-year-old Cathedral Pines crashed down all around us, ruining fence lines and clipping the barn.  I remember seeing the apple trees my great grandfather...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thank you to the Great Northern Fair Board

Editor, In May I attended a fair board meeting simply because I was concerned about whether our group would be able to have the cooperation of the fair board to make our 32nd Annual Bear Paw Rod Run a success. It is stressful enough to put on an...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 22, 2018

View from the North 40: 'The Twilight Zone': It was all real

When I was a kid one of the small handful of television networks that our TV would pick up regularly ran reruns of “The Twilight Zone,” and that program really kept us alert because we didn’t know what we were going to get each week ...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Looking out my backdoor: Just blindly bumping along

Went to the artisans' tianguis (street fair) in Tonala and got me a man. Yep, brought home a genuine Mexican man. Next I wrote to my women friends and you should have heard the response. Oh, my. I...

 

Letters to the Editor - Fagg is grateful

Editor, Grateful. That is the best word to describe my run for the U.S. Senate. Grateful for the thousands of Montanans who donated to my campaign. Grateful for the people who hosted me in their homes, put up yard signs, volunteered and have...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 15, 2018

View from the North 40: Belly up to the bar for a shot of beaver

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that a New Hampshire distillery has created a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, which derives its flavor in part from secretions extracted from a beaver’s castor sacs. Do you remember the coffee bean that became...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 14, 2018

I love a rainy night

By the time I got from beneath my covered patio to my front door, a few steps, I was drenched and dripping rain. Already the floor filled with standing water, a shallow lake, half-way across the...

 

Letter to the Editor - Celebrate our nation's flag on Flag Day

Editor, On Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman singed the following into law: “The 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated as ‘Flag Day,’ and the President of the United States is authorized and requested to issue annually a...

 

Senate Committee Farm Bill protects SNAP

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill June 8, presenting an opportunity for the Senate to reaffirm our national commitment to reducing hunger. Montana Food Bank Network applauds Montana’s Sen. Steve...

 

Our View: People need to stop the nickel-and-diming to death of Amtrak

The National Rail Passenger Corp. — aka Amtrak — seems to be trying to drive passengers away, and people across the nation need to let their voices be heard. Thursday, a couple went to the Havre Amtrak station — ticket agentless since June...

 

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