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Week 10 busy in state Legislature

This week, in Education Committee, we have had a number of bills that are pushing toward offering more career and technical education in schools. One of the bills has suggested CTE education start as low as fifth and sixth grades. The idea is noble,...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for the success of the library reading program

Editor, The winter reading series at the Havre-Hill County Library was themed with the fascinating subject of birds. Rachel Rawn, library director, planned the theme and organized the books and speakers. The Friends of the Havre-Hill County Library,...

 

Don't cut health and human services

The current Republican majority in the state Legislature has been proud in following its idea of no new or increased taxes. And they have expressed initial satisfaction in “cutting fat” from various department budgets while “retaining...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 22, 2019

View from the North 40: I'm qualified to be the judge of that

I feel like my whole education and employment history has come together today to bring you this column which celebrates liberal arts in the news. To start this list off, we’ll look at the headline I read titled “Punctuation Marks.” Grammar and...

 

DPHHS positions critical to maintaining services

At the Department of Public Health and Human Services, we are committed to providing direct services to Montanans that they rely on for their health and livelihoods. That’s why it’s disappointing to see Reps. Matt Regier and Carl Glimm imply in t...

 

We salute women entrepreneurs during Women's History Month

As we enter the third year of the Trump administration, we’re fortunate to have a president who understands the vital role women entrepreneurs play in our economy. The U.S. Small Business Administration supports the president’s business advocacy...

 

Letter to the Editor - Support Montana Energy Security Act

Editor, We have the chance in Montana to take some control over the future of our electricity costs. The Colstrip power plants have been a reliable source of electricity for our state for decades, and Units 3 & 4 can continue to provide affordable...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: What you gonna do when your well runs dry?

Three weeks and counting. Two deep wells supply the municipality of Etzatlan with water. One of the city well pumps quit working. Died the good death after a life of service to his community. Down on...

 

Legislators must address Alzheimer's epidemic

On April 2, Montanans will join hundreds of other alzheimer’s advocates from across the country in our nation’s capitol, meeting with Senator Daines, Senator Tester and Congressman Gianforte. The resounding message will again be loud and clear:...

 

Montana range war?

The Montana Legislature has gone all in on big government and socialism with House Joint Resolution 28. American Prairie Reserve has legally acquired federal grazing leases. The Montana Legislature is proposing to instruct the BLM to use “science...

 

Letter to the Editor - Are tax cuts making America great?

Dear editor, I would like to thank all the Republican senators and representatives, Gianforte, Daines, Paul Ryan and Donald Trump for the tremendous tax cuts that affected all the middle class and especially the retired people. We had the same...

 

Letter to the Editor - North Carolina students seeks help learining about Montana

Dear people of the great state of Montana, Hello! I am a fourth-grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we research a state for our state fair, and I have chosen your state! Now I am very excited to learn more about the great state of...

 

Letter to the Editor - Habitat Montana under attack in Legislature

Editor, Montana’s 30-year-old conservation program, Habitat Montana, is currently under attack — again. Last year, landowners and sportsmen saw the dark side of politics with a disappointing show of power from Commissioner Matt Rosendale, Superin...

 

Week 9

Our daughter, Maci, was in Helena with her family to spend this past week with us. Last session, she was the only member of our family who was unable to visit me at the Capitol, so it was special to have her and two of her children here. Judy and I...

 

Letter to the Editor - Examples of senior citizen abuse at Rocky Boy

Editor, I am writing a letter to the editor expressing my grief over two cases of senior citizen abuses by the tribal entities here in Rocky Boy. It should be three, but I did receive one tiny load of wood that lasted two days. A disgruntled roads...

 

It is time to make the 6-mill levy permanent

In 1947, thousands of WW II veterans eligible for G.I. Bill higher education benefits were overwhelming the Montana University System. The feeling in Montana and the rest of the country was that nobody was entitled to a living, but that everybody...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 15, 2019

View from the North 40: Vaguely legal news briefs

A federal appeals court in Michigan gave unanimous support Wednesday to your First Amendment rights to communicate clearly with your middle finger. The Associated Press reports that in 2017, Taylor, Michigan, police officer Matthew Minard pulled...

 

Letter to the Editor - Fight to get Amtrak back on track

Hello rail fans, I have some great news! On Feb. 15, the transportation budget was passed into law. It states, “the conferees direct Amtrak to provide a station agent in each Amtrak station that had a ticket agent position eliminated in fiscal...

 

Letter to the Editor - WIFE ending art of farming contest

Editor, Montana WIFE, Women Involved in Farm Economics, has been celebrating National Agriculture Week by inviting Montana’s school children to express their ideas on farm life by participating in the “Art of Farming” contest and sending their...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: I got culture

Last Thursday Kathy, Richard, Nancie and I drove into Guadalajara for a night of highbrow music. El Teatro Santo Degollado, in the Centro Historico district where the Orquesta Filamonica performs, is...

 

Letter to the Editor - President's budget cuts afterschool program

To the Editor: Some 6,500 children in Montana would lose their afterschool program, if the budget proposal from the president sent to Congress on Monday makes it into law. Despite years of research proving that afterschool and summer-learning...

 

Letter to the Editor - Please tell me why you love Montana

Dear Editor, How are you up there in Montana?  I am Ellie and my classmates and I are reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham.  I’m in 7th Grade doing my letter to the editor project and I chose the state of Montana.  (Just so you know I’m the...

 

Back to work after legislative transmittal break

This past week was transmittal week for the Legislature, which is kind of like spring break for Senators. Judy and I spent a couple days enjoying home in Chester and then came back down to Helena, as the Montana State Senate was back in Friday and...

 

Planned work tracking a bureaucratic train wreck that will derail Medicaid expansion

It’s helpful to be at the same line of work long enough to be able to be proven wrong. I’ve been working with NAMI Montana to improve Montana’s mental illness treatment system for the past 10 years. We’ve been really active on the local,...

 

Better elk management needed in Montana

There’s an old saying in Montana that elk make people do stupid things. There’s a lot of truth to that saying. Whether you’re a dedicated elk hunter, a landowner with 400 head of elk on a haystack or a wildlife manager seeking to balance the ne...

 

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