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Letter to the Editor - Thanks and congratulations on drawings at tree lighting

Editor, A heartfelt thank you to all the businesses that donated to the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Super Certificate Giveaway and the Kids Baskets held Nov. 30th: Bergren Transmission, Subway, Montana State University-Northern Bookstore, JM...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 13, 2019 

View from the North 40: My dog, in his next life

It occurred to me this week that, as I have been watching my dog, Cooper, negotiate his way through his elder years, if Cooper were a human I would recognize him immediately. As a dog, he looks exactl...

 

The Postscript: The cookie situation

“People have been asking about the squeaking of the ship,” our captain reported, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, “but I must tell you, this is nothing to worry about.” He then...

 

A holiday comeback for Toys 'R' Us?

For many years, Giovanna De La Rosa enjoyed working at Toys ‘R’ Us — especially during the holiday shopping season. “I loved bringing joy to families and to children,” she shared at a recent congressional hearing. “I watched so many of...

 

Looking out my backdoor: Parsing the Fear

On a Saturday I saw an orthopedic specialist. He said, “I can fix your hip and leg.” I’m kind of backward when it comes to medical issues. I didn’t go to him for a fix. I went for a referral...

 

I see no reason to like APR

It’s been several months (a couple years, even?) since I first started reading letters to the editor about the APR — American Prairie Reserve — and started learning people’s opinions about what its presence in central Montana meant for our...

 

Cooney best choice in governor's race

Have you decided who to support in the next race for governor? It seems early but the primary election is six months away and it’s less than a year to the general election. Mike Cooney is the best choice for governor. Most of us know who Cooney is...

 

Spending time with family and talking Montana issues

I have spent the past month-and-a-half catching up with family. My two brothers and I, who have not been together for over five years, were able to meet up in Oklahoma and had a great time. Our youngest brother flew in from Las Vegas and thought he...

 

How would tax cuts be paid for?

At a gubernatorial campaign fundraiser, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., pledged to cut taxes 30 percent over his first two years. The promise of “huge tax cuts” is attractive, but voter beware: Tasty bait often hides painful hooks. State...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 6, 2019

The white van is full of hysteria, not boogeymen

I shamefully have to admit that my husband, John, and I have been participating in a long-standing act of profiling. It started innocently enough, as these acts often do. It is a game, a kind of...

 

Letter to the Editor - Congress needs to pass park, LWCF funding

Editor, Montana’s national parks are some of the best in the country, but they desperately need repairs. Parks across our county, like those in Montana, are facing unreliable funding, record visitation and aging infrastructure. That’s why I am...

 

Looking out my Backdoor - Sometimes the hard stuff …

I’ll dither around before I talk about that which I need to talk. Because that is the way I am. Look the other way. Put my head in a bucket of sand. Pretend I don’t need you. In truth, it’s...

 

Help available to find right plan during health insurance open enrollment

We are entering the holiday stretch. Many Montanans will spend extra special time with friends and family, giving thanks and reflecting on the previous year — and decade! During this time, our social medias flood with entertaining photos comparing...

 

The Postscript: Transatlantic turnaround

My husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun!” Peter told me, as he read....

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to the volunteers for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Editor, The 2019 Community Thanksgiving was a success because of the team effort from the abundant volunteers. During the event we talked about our gratitude towards the anonymous donor. In the kitchen, we reflected on the good works from Gary &...

 

Letter to the Editor - Seeking nominations for Elliot award

Editor, The Blue Pony Booster Club is seeking nominations for the Dr. Jim Elliott Memorial Award. Dr. Elliott’s family gave the first award in 2001, and purchased a plaque that hangs in a trophy case at the Havre High School’s west foyer with...

 

Letter to the Editor - The facts on Empire Builder ridership

To the editor, Havre Daily News: In an article about ridership on Amtrak’s Empire Builder passenger train featured in the Nov. 25 edition of the Havre Daily News, I am quoted as suggesting that the peak ridership for the train at 554,000 in 2008 wa...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 29, 2019

View from the North 40: I've done my stint with the fishes

I don’t ice fish. I don’t enjoy winter enough to stand on ice watching a bobber do nothing, and I’m not a good enough drinker to sit in an ice house trying to drink that bobber under the water...

 

The Postscript: The lost feather

I lost a feather the other day and I understand this does not qualify as news. But I want to say — for the record — that this was a really nice feather. I paid good money for it and pinned it to...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Stranded without phone and internet

Good afternoon, this is not Sondra. After calling my mom for several days, and impatiently wondering where she has gotten up to without alerting me to her travels, I found out her phone and internet...

 

It's not us, it's you

Thanksgiving is coming up this week and before you know it, we will head from our turkey dinners right into the high-pitched shopping season. If you’ve ever watched the news on Black Friday, you may have seen the lines of people who make a sport...

 

Passage of Recovering America's Wildlife Act is good for all Montanans

Montanans from all walks of life have a deep connection to our state’s fish and wildlife.  Those of us lucky enough to live here and visitors from all over the world enjoy unmatched hunting, fishing and wildlife watching opportunities. Fish and...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 22, 2019

View from the North 40: Three little questions might change everything

Traditionally, I shy away from anything that reeks of studied analysis of my psyche, but I was recently tricked into taking a three-question quiz because I thought it was just a funny thing. I mean,...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: The rain in Spain(ish) and assorted nonsense

Rain, “lluvia” in Español, pinging on my Mexican tile roof, sounds like the clatter of typewriter keys hitting the platen. Do you remember that rapidly rattling noise? Woe is me. These old bones...

 

Letter to the Editor - Daines and Gianforte must take immediate action on CSKT Compact

Editor, The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe Water Compact took over a decade to negotiate with water users on and off the CSKT nation. The CSKT will protect the rights of water users across Montana. It passed the Montana Legislature with...

 

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