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Already down to Helena for the Legislature

Although the session doesn’t start until January, this past week, I was in Helena for the legislative caucus elections. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity last term to be involved in this part of the procedure. It was interesting to see...

 

Unchecked power is not a healthy democracy

Montana appears well down the road to becoming a one party Republican, deeply conservative state, like the states that surround us. Jon Tester’s survival was an anomaly best explained by his personal popularity and his opponent’s weakness. In...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 16, 2018

View from the North 40: Not waving, but drowning, yet laughing

Sometimes I believe all the people who love me beyond my faults, and those people who just don’t know me well enough, when they say, “Oh, it’s too bad you didn’t have kids. You would’ve been a great parent.” Nope. My animals, aka the...

 

Looking out my Backdoor - 'Same to mango-everyday more better'

In other words, “The older the mango, the sweeter the fruit.” Words by which to live from Leo’s Aunt Cuca, 100 years old. Sundays she walks five kilometers to church, refusing rides from neighbo...

 

Letter to the Editor - Glad Dems won, but angry at the party

To The Editor: I am at a loss to know what to do with certain thoughts and feelings following the mid-term elections. I am relieved that my wife and I, as well as tens of millions of other Americans, will not have to fear our Social Security Retireme...

 

Letter to the editor - We need to change the change in our country's culture

Dear Editor, We, the past state presidents of the Montana Business and Professional Women’s Organization, encourage women to consider involving themselves in public service and politics. The culture of our country is changing rapidly, leaning away...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for helping preserve history

Editor, On behalf of the H. Earl and Margaret Turner Clack Memorial Museum Foundation, The H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum and the Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump, I would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to the residents of Havre, Hill County...

 

Thanks to everyone who voted

The elections are over and many will probably say they are happy to have it over with: the calls at dinner time, the basket full of flyers and knocks at your door in the middle of the evening news. As a candidate, we also get to a point of feeling...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 9, 2018

Zen and the art of winter preparedness

Just like I prepared our property for winter by clearing the driveway verge of vegetation that would cause drifting and other problems when the snow and cold hit, my mental and emotional preparedness for winter weather was impeccable this fall. By mi...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion    November 9, 2018

Clearing up some confusion

Confusion seems to have arisen in the area about a possible connection between The Havre Daily News and the website The Havre Herald. The answer about the connection is simple: There is none. Three former employees of the Havre Daily News, who had...

 

Letters to the Editor - CFPB should keep common-sense lending rule

Editor, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s acting Director Mick Mulvaney and deputy director Brian Johnson are at it again. When Mulvaney was in Congress he represented one of the largest payday lenders in the country and took in $62,000...

 

Equal opportunity mail order

Crin wrote, “Look at the nice young man you can get online these days.” A photo accompanied her note. Ah, Crinny, it’s been done. Mail order was quite a popular movement back in the late 1800s,...

 

Letter to the Editor - All should support Medicare for All

Editor, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All has benefits so clear and impressive, it is absurd for any informed American to not insist on congress implementing H.R. 676. The U.S. spends twice as much per capita on health care as other...

 

Letter to the Editor - Excessive taxpayer dollars spent by President Trump on Montana campaigning

Editor, My name is Raymond Nelson, a 1964 graduate from Havre Central High and 26 1/2 year Navy veteran. I was a resident of Montana from 1946 to 1980. It was then I changed residency to South Carolina where I was stationed and bought a home. I am a...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 2, 2018

View from the North 40

Halloween has brought out all the spider decorations, but a man in Fresno, California, who was house sitting for his parents, had a problem Oct. 24 with real spiders, a problem he felt compelled to...

 

Remember to vote on Election Day

On Jan. 11th of this year, I wrote a check for $15, filled out a form on the Secretary of State’s website and signed on the dotted line to become a candidate for the Montana Senate in District 14. Since that cold winter day over 290 days ago,...

 

County clerks of court: Keep Rex Renk's experience in the Montana Supreme Court

Experience counts, and nowhere is this more true than the current race for the Clerk of the Montana Supreme Court. Rex Renk has been in the office for over 24 years and the Chief Deputy for 23 years. His knowledge and expertise are vital in the...

 

Comings and goings

They flapped a clamor like rain drumming on my roof. The day is sunny and bright. Overhead, a gigantic thundercloud of blackbirds shadowed the sky in annual migration. I like to imagine these are the...

 

Letter to the Editor - Support the fair with your vote

Editor, Our Great Northern Fairgrounds holds a special place in everyone’s heart. Not one of us who has been here long does not have a fond memory of the fair or using the grounds in some way. It may be 4-H, rodeo, derby, Indian relay races,...

 

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from the Havre-Hill County Library. Whether you’re dressing up and taking the family trick or treating this year, throwing a party and handing out Halloween candy at home, or turning off the lights and having a scary movie...

 

Letter to the Editor - Vote yes for I 186 and clean water

Editor, I grew up in eastern Montana, swimming in the Missouri River and Fort Peck Reservoir. Water was, and is, a significant part of life for me. I feel very fortunate to have been able to stay in Montana throughout my life; and clean water is...

 

Be careful in decision making

In the past couple weeks, I have attended a Land Owners Mineral Association meeting, The Milk River diversion project meeting, addressed history and government classes and took in the Triangle Telephone Cooperative annual meeting. These groups all ha...

 

Outside mailers attacking Tempel not part of Montana politics

As the Nov. 6 election nears and we watch the political process unfold, none of us are surprised by the steady onslaught of attack ads. However I was surprised and very disappointed by the recent mailers attacking Russ Tempel. The attacks on Russ are...

 

Tester fights for border security

As a former sheriff and the mayor of a Montana town near our northern border, border security has always been in the forefront for me. It takes resources to keep Montanans safe, combat drug trafficking and secure the border and local government...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 26, 2018

Opening my pie hole about reality TV

I’m not a fan of reality TV because I can’t stand all the drama, worse, it’s manufactured drama. That is just not my thing. I know that makes me sound old and stodgy, but I was there and of that age when MTV descended from music video...

 

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