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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 24, 2020 

View from the North 40: There is such a thing as stereotype reversal

My husband, John, and I do not have a stereotypical marriage. I hate to brag, but we are so much odder than that. A friend sent me a message a few weeks ago to say that she would try to let me know...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for supporting Toys for Tots

Dear Editor, I’m writing with heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to our generous community for their support of Toys for Tots second annual event.  Toys for Tots was able to partner with The Salvation Army this year to identify families in...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Ingenuity and telephones

It could have exploded. Ben woke up and automatically reached for his phone. The auto reach; it is a generational thing. The phone was so hot it burned his hand. He jerked the plug from the phone and...

 

Letter to the Editor - Montana's members of Congress should support VCFCA

Editor, Sen. Steve Daines seeks to create better public banking. Postal Banking would help Montanans gain better access to banking services. Federal law requires one post office per zip code, but this isn’t the same expectation for banks. U.S....

 

The Postscript: The Cigar Box

I spent the weekend in New York City. I hadn’t been to New York in quite a while. I was performing at a theater conference and so was traveling alone, without my husband, Peter. New York...

 

Letter to the Editor - Recent comments on Cowboy Hall of Fame off the mark

Editor, Recently one of our members submitted a letter expressing his opinions about the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. We disagree with his characterizations of the past few years of challenges that our organization has faced. We have engaged with thi...

 

Letter to the Editor - Community invited to Valentine's Day Vendor/Craft Gala

Will you be our Valentine? The Hill County 4-H program will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Vendor/Craft Gala Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at the 4-H Chuckwagon. Public entry fee is $1 or a...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thank you for helping share meaning of Christmas

Dear Editor, I am writing to thank Havre residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Havre and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a...

 

Gianforte best qualified, best-positioned to get Democrats out of governor's office

This year, Montanans can elect a proven leader — someone with executive experience, a background of creating high-paying jobs and conservative values. This is exactly what Montana needs in our next governor, and that’s why I support Greg...

 

Letter to the Editor - Daines lied under oath

To the Editor: Steve Daines lied when he recently swore an oath for the impeachment trial of Donald Trump to “do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.” We all know this because Daines has called Trump’s impeachment a...

 

In water law, the most important thing is getting your water

Montana’s Sen. Steve Daines has introduced the Montana Water Rights Protection Act — MWRPA — to provide federal settlement of the water rights claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes — CSKT. Without this legislation, Montana...

 

Letter to the Editor - Chinook holds successful blood drive

The Chinook community hosted the American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, Jan. 7. There were 43 individuals that showed up to donate with five deferrals making our total number of pints donated 38 on...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 17, 2020

View from the North 40: Remembering how cold the cold is

I once read advice from a well-respected author who said writers of fiction should pull details from their memories, not from current experiences. Specifically, she gave the example that winter...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Looking out my Backdoor: Argentine Ants

The other day my son Ben, here in Etzatlan to help me in recovery, showed me a video he and his daughter Lexi had enjoyed. The animated video by a German scientist with an unpronouncable name...

 

The Postscript: Unexpected cowboy

I want to start out by making it clear that I have nothing against cowboys. One of the new developments in my life is that I recently got a manager, Bob, to book performances of my writing. I’ve...

 

Letter to the Editor - Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame needs reorganization

Editor, My fellow Montanans, I feel compelled to bring to your attention an issue that should concern you. The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Board of Directors wasted nearly $1 million in taxpayer and contribution funds and no one has been held to...

 

Change is the only constant

There is something to be said for consistency, and there is also something to be said for change. A great quote from Rear Adm. Grace Hopper is “The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘We’ve always done it this way.” During my past...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 10, 2020

View from the North 40: Modern cooking redefines the modern meal

I made bread pudding yesterday — I know it’s not the rocket-science of baking and it’s not fancy, but I wanted to treat myself to one of my favorite foods. It was made extra-special because I...

 

Legislative Week offers opportunity to start discussion of serious issues

Next week, members of the Montana Legislature will head back to Helena to participate in “Legislative Week.” This is an opportunity for our state lawmakers to continue to engage each other and the broader public in important policy topics on the...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Sondra's House of Ill Repute

Surgery successful — Hooray! Hooray! I have a repaired hip. My legs are both the same length again. I promise not to show you the scars. The news on the other end of that spectrum is that I will be...

 

The Postscript: A night at the funeral home

“What do you think?” my husband, Peter, asked about the link he’d sent me as we prepared to head home from the holidays. “The funeral home?” I asked. “Yeah, that one.” “I thought it wa...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 3, 2020

View from the North 40: What the heck, Deirdre

A Maryland woman has proven that, when it comes to Christmas gifts, it’s not the giving that counts — it’s the giving, then taking it back and then cashing it in for $50,000 that really counts....

 

The Postscript: Sparkles

I glanced up as the bells rang to herald new customers walking into the used clothing store. I was looking for a pair of warm dress pants. Visiting my parents in Minnesota, I had forgotten entirely...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: An update on Sondra's surgery, and some poems

I’m writing to you today from warm and sunny Glendive. Mom had her hip repair surgery on Thursday, the 26th. Merry Christmas! The post from her original hip replacement had slipped down into the...

 

Look for Legislative Week in January

I trust your Christmas was fun-filled with family, friends and shared. Our holidays were spent with family and friends that included some sledding with grandkids. We now look forward to a New Year that may hold opportunities or challenges....

 

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