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Letter to the Editor - Thank you to Custom Collission Repair

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the team at Custom Collision Repair for using their own time repairing two vehicles throughout the year which are then given away on Festival Days weekend to a family that is truly in need of a...

 

A Montana Dr. King Day lesson for us all: the warmth of shared human community in action

Many of us breathed a collected sigh of relief after the dust settled in Whitefish at the end of Dr. Matin Luther King Jr. Day last year. It’s been a year of intense upheaval, including the murder of a civil rights activist at a White Nationalist...

 

Chancellor's Corner - January is an exciting time at Northern

Happy New Year from Montana State University-Northern! One of my resolutions is to re-institute the Chancellor’s Corner in the Havre Daily News. I will be using this space to share newsworthy happenings taking place on our campus with our...

 

View from the North 40: Dam the weather, full comfort ahead

O, Canada, our friendly neighbors to the north, keep your lousy weather to yourself. You and your polite people seem like such greet-you-with-warm-cookies kind of friendly — right up to the point you decide to hammer us with back-to-back,...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: A fiesta on the Rancho

We gringos were all invited to attend a double christening for a great-granddaughter and a great-grandson of Delia, the Rancho owner. In preparation, Jim and I went into town to get gifts the day...

 

Homeland Security to suppress voters

Trump now wants Homeland Security to do the dirty work of voter suppression. On Wednesday night, the White House announced that it would disband the Election “Integrity” Commission led by Vice President Pence and Kris Kobach, the Secretary of...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 5, 2018

View from the North 40: This fridge-thing will be the death of me

The headline will read “Woman dies shopping for refrigerator.” Readers will be expecting to find that I was crushed by a 22 cubic foot appliance, flattened like Wile E. Coyote, but no, shopping is the silent killer. It’ll be a heart attack...

 

Letter to the Editor - Northern should focus on academics, not football

Editor, The university in our town does not have a full-time professor of physics, philosophy, foreign language, women’s studies, comparative religion or music. Less than 40 percent of the budget of Montana State University-Northern is spent on...

 

Letter to the Editor - East Fork Fire Disaster Fund

To all of you who donated toward the East Fork Fire Disaster Fund, your thoughts and hearts were of good intention and greatly appreciated, but those who were burned out, whether partially or totally, as far as I know at this time have not seen a...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: It's a lot like life

I had to decide. She’d had a reaction to the anesthetic which left symptoms similar to epilepsy. Convulsions. Starvation. A rack of bones loosely held in rags of fur. Put her down. A euphemism by...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 29, 2017

View from the North 40 : Celebrate the old you this New Year

Call me a snowflake, I don’t care, but I refuse to participate in the scam called New Year’s resolutions because it is an affront to my emotional well-being. You know the drill. Along with lists of Top 10 Whatevers of the Year, along with the...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Turning pages

“Sure wish I’d known 40, 50, years ago what I know today. I might have done some things differently,” I told my daughter. I was bemoaning my financial status, not for the first time, more like...

 

Tempel wants to continue in Senate

I pray you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to a happy and heathy New Year. Over the past year, I have had the wonderful opportunity and privilege to serve as your District 14 senator. It has been a great experience for me to expand...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 22, 2017

View from the North 40: The Christmas one about miracles and lights

With a notoriously poor memory for the events of my childhood and a brain that seems to make stronger, longer-lasting neural links with negative memories than happy ones, it’s nothing short of a Christmas miracle that I have so many fond memories...

 

Undoing the tax cut damage will take more than a brake pedal

As a young high school American government teacher, I compared our system to an automobile that was useful if it could start, speed up, slow down and stop. When the people thought government needed to be more active, they elected liberal Democrats...

 

Populist economic charade ends - plutocracy wins

One-party passage of the GOP/Trump “Tax Scam” bill that pretends to aid the middle class while tilting the tax system more than ever to the benefit of the super-wealthy and corporations was the nail in the coffin of the populist charade Trump...

 

Just in time for Christmas

For years, Washington has grown in its power and wealth while hardworking Americans have struggled to make ends meet. In fact, the nation’s most affluent counties are suburbs of Washington, D.C. Taxpayer dollars have padded the pockets of D.C. for...

 

Keeping more of what you earn

Santa came early for hardworking Montanans. Republicans have kept their promise to the American people and delivered tax reform that will let you keep more of what you earn. In just a couple of months, you’ll see more of your hard-earned money in...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: 'I couldn't sleep a wink last night'

“I couldn’t sleep a wink last night,” it’s true. It’s silly to be lovelorn and at my age too. Oh, no. Don’t get excited. It’s not what you think. More’s the pity. I swear, I can hardly...

 

Give a gift that can be unwrapped forever

Imagine this. You wake up Christmas morning and there it is — the biggest gift under the tree has your name on it. Yes, yours. You grab it, place it in front of you, and without even needing to unwrap it, you instinctually know this is going to be...

 

View from the North 40: Pamville News: Beyond mansplaining

Clinical Assistant Professor in family medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland Dr. Kyle Sue recently published an article in British Medical Journal that The Guardian described as a “wry” scientific look at how men experience cold and flu...

 

Our View: Congress needs to renew CHIP, health funding

Enough is enough. Why has Congress delayed refunding basic health insurance and medical service to millions of people in the nation and thousands in Montana? With focus on issues like the attempt to repeal and replace the health care reform program k...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Cold house pizza

The same Arctic cold that swept down through the southwest and snowed on Houston brought to Jalisco, inland Mexico, our own cold snap, minus snow, just short of freezing. At the same time, the fires...

 

Big game for … how long?

Hunting, fishing and wildlife are important to Montanans. These are the reasons many of us live here, and tourism and outdoor recreation are now the state’s largest economic driver. Support for these values helped make Steve Bullock a blue...

 

Holiday season reminds us to look out for one another

As Christmas comes around the corner, we are reminded that Montana really is just a small town with very long streets. Our Montana way of life, neighbors helping neighbors, was on full display this year as we dealt with one of the worst wildfire...

 

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