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A poem about the streets

In the beginning when Havre was made, The people dreamed of having their roads paved. They gathered together all the neighborhood folk, They made a proposal then let them all vote. They all pitched in, their home’s value share For Havre’s future...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 25, 2019

Part 1 of a two-part 'Eww' series

I live out in the country with my dog, cat and horses, visited daily by deer, birds of all timidness and ferocity, and mysterious predators that slink through in the night, but this ain't a Disney...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Phase of moon, juxtaposition of planets?

Ever have a day when everything you touch turns to mud? For one thing, it is raining. Tropical Storm Priscilla hovers off the coast in a direct line up and over the mountains to the west. Not far in...

 

Make the census count for Montana

One of the most important civic duties Montanans will participate in next year is filling out and responding to the 2020 U.S. Census. At just nine-questions long, the questionnaire might not seem like a big deal, but it is. It’s the census, done...

 

The Postscript: An autumn tale

My parents live in a cabin deep in the north woods. I know this sounds like the start of a fairy tale. Sometimes it seems a bit like one. There are bear in the woods. Deer run in herds. The seasons are far more pronounced and extreme than those I am...

 

Letter to the Editor - In search of decency

Editor, “At long last, have you no sense of decency left, Sir?” Such was the question asked of Sen. Joseph McCarthy during a Senate Committee hearing he was conducting. The questioner was the U.S. Army Chief Counsel Joseph Welch, and, to his...

 

Seeding Rural Resilience Act

I know firsthand that farming and ranching has never been easy. My wife, Sharla, and I still run our family farm outside of Big Sandy on the same land my grandparents homesteaded more than 100 years ago. For our family and producers across Montana,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 18, 2019

View from the North 40: The ancient cry of my people, or just my mother's voice

Language is both a science and a mystery. I am not here today to bring some kind of resolution to the issue, but I do want to add my perspective to the mix. Plenty of studies have been published to...

 

Letter to the Editor - Tuesday is Stuttering Awareness Day

Editor, Tuesday, Oct. 22, is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Stuttering is the only disability people still laugh at but we’re working to change that! Just over 70 million people around the world stutter, including more than 3 million...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: October, Sweet October

Editor's note: See Festival photos at www.havredailynes.com. October is the sweetest month, well, unless one is up to one's hocks in snow, and not the first snow of the year at that! Betrayed by Septe...

 

October 2019

The weather in all four of the counties I represent has been just a bit marginal, a point you all have clearly witnessed. For the rural folks, clean-up and road repair has come very slowly as Mother Nature has not cooperated. So, please slow down...

 

Board again stops effort to assess Beaver Creek Park resources

It happened again for at least the third time since 2014. The Hill County Park Board or the Hill County commissioners have squashed an effort to secure an up-to-date natural resources assessment for the Beaver Creek watershed or Beaver Creek Park....

 

Letter to the Editor - Taking responsibility for my actions

I would like to make the following statement regarding my legal situation, although I will not comment directly on any legal pending matter, I can comment in regards to my probation violation. Any questions regarding pending charges need to be...

 

The Postscript: The kind of dog I am

When my husband, Peter, and I met, we each had a dog. Peter had a collie named “The Pretty Boy,” (Yes, “The” was part of his name) and I had a pound puppy, part golden retriever, part border c...

 

Letter to the Editor - Should do more than save money to earn a Bronze Star

Editor, In regards to U.S. Army veteran Alfred Shryer receiving the Bronze Star for saving the Army money: I am veteran of the Vietnam era and was one of the fortunate ones who never set foot in Vietnam. When I read the article, I was glad to see...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 11, 2019

View from the North 40: The scariest Halloween event … ever

I thought that this era — when all our embarrassing, stupid stunts get filmed, posted on the internet and commented on by uncharitable strangers — was enough to make me glad that I grew up in...

 

Letter to the Editor - Congress needs to act on net neutrality

Editor, I am someone who works a full-time job and is pursuing higher education via the internet. Without access to Montana State University Billings’ online program, or without adequate internet access, I would not have been able to continue my...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Micro slice of a simple life in paradise

When one lives in a tiny community, little things can tend to balloon into huge importance. When I say “small community,” I don’t mean a place numbered in four digits, where you might recognize...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to Northern Montana Hospital for outstanding performance

Editor, I was vacationing in Havre in August when I experienced a medical issue. I went to the Northern Montana Hospital to seek remedy and received the best medical care I’ve ever encountered. After a few tests, the emergency room physician, Dr Ch...

 

The Postscript: Slow travelers

Peter and I are packing for our annual trip again. My husband, Peter, is retired and I write, so we are able to travel now. Getting married late in life, this might have posed some problems because...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 4, 2019

View from the North 40: All this for one little shower stall?

Anticipation and Dread are like fraternal twins separated at birth, one raised by well-adjusted and supportive parents to think positively, and the other raised by well-meaning, but vaguely clueless p...

 

Beaver trapping agendas could ruin Beaver Creek Park

Is our park board being unduly influenced by animal rights advocates, especially when it comes to Beaver Creek Park? After attending several meetings and listening to representatives of animal rights groups and a sympathetic park board member,...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: What you gonna do when the lights go out?

Stand on the curb of any street in any town in Mexico and look up. No, not that high. Those are just the ubiquitous buzzards, turkey vultures, also fondly, tongue in cheek, called the Mexican Eagle....

 

Letter to the Editor - Consider contacting American Legion for crash fatality marker

Editor, Loss of life from a vehicle crash has a devastating impact on families and friends of the victim. A loved one is suddenly no longer with us. It has become a practice for people who have lost loved ones due to a fatal crash to express their...

 

The Postscript - Blooming late

I realized that I might be a late bloomer — a little late, naturally. I love hearing about proteges: the 5-year-old drummer or the 16-year-old activist. I love hearing the 9-year-old who sings like...

 

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