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Legislature finishes Week 6

We just finished our 30th day of the 67th Legislature, making one third of this biennium session complete. The bills have been coming slower than normal, maybe because of COVID, the fact that two thirds of Democrats are Zooming,... — Updated 2/16/2021


Letter to the Editor - Governor rejecting Campbell symbol of dark days ahead

Editor, Friday, Feb. 12, was a dark day. On a 30-19 vote, the Montana Senate voted not to confirm Margie Campbell, a former legislative colleague, to complete her four-year term on the Montana Human Rights Commission. She was... — Updated 2/16/2021


Letter to the Editor - Need to stop government from putting us into bankruptcy

Editor, I am writing to you as a very concerned American citizen, and I am urging other citizens to speak out too. Our U.S. government is spending us into bankruptcy and needs to stop. I can’t understand how or why we citizens... — Updated 2/16/2021


Letter to the Editor - Who will Rosendale and Daines side with?

Editor, Both political parties are at an ideological crossroads. The Democrats have the AOC/Bernie Sanders socialism caucus challenging establishment Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The Republicans have President... — Updated 2/16/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

February Guinness World Records - I don't know why

Maybe this winter is getting long for everyone, but it definitely has been too long for some people aching to get into the Guinness Book of World Records — those folks have been... — Updated 2/12/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: February is the longest month

Into every life some rain must fall. Okay. I understand. Go throw up and come back to let me explain. Our particular metaphoric “rainfall,” the whole world over, no humans... — Updated 2/11/2021


Legislature needs to fund state veterinary diagnostic lab

I would like to inform everyone regarding our Montana State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab that is managed through the Board of Livestock. The Diagnostic Lab is located on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman. The lab is... — Updated 2/11/2021


Letter to the Editor - Back to conservative basics

Editor, Edmund Burke (1729-1797), the Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher is regarded by most political historians as the father of the modern British Conservative. Winston Churchill constantly quoted him in the House of... — Updated 2/9/2021


Legislature passes through Week 5

This week, many of the Governors Board appointees have come to the different committees. In the Energy Committee, we confirmed the new members of the Hard Rock Mining Board, the Coal Board, the Pacific NW Electric Power and... — Updated 2/9/2021


Take the bull by the horns, Legislature

Consumers have the right to know the origin of their beef purchases, and ranchers have the right to a fair and competitive market. This is a reasonable expectation. However, since 2015 Congress specifically exempted beef and pork... — Updated 2/9/2021


Letter to the editor - Legislators should vote 'No' on HB 112

Dear editor, I wish to urge our legislators to vote no on HB 112, which would require athletic teams to be designated based on biological sex. As the appointed ASMSU lobbyist, it is my duty to explain why this bill is neither... — Updated 2/8/2021


Right to work means 'Work for lower wages and fewer benefits'

When I was a unionized worker for 18 years, my worksite was twice as safe and my wages and benefits were 23 percent more than a non-unionized workplace in my field. The union was my choice and was optional. Now, I work for that... — Updated 2/8/2021


Gianforte continues political games, breaks promises to Natives

Gov. Greg Gianforte and other high-ranking officials within his administration don’t trust their colleagues or Montanans to make their own decisions. Despite a majority of legislators and voters agreeing a piece of legislation wa... — Updated 2/8/2021


Letter to the Editor - The macho man myth

Editor, “This is a free country, so nobody can tell me to wear a face mask. I have the right to decide for myself whether I want to wear a face mask or get a COVID-19 vaccination.”  Right? Wrong! This macho man — or woman... — Updated 2/5/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: Oh, rats, you know how to live right

That 2019 news about scientists teaching rats to drive a car is making the rounds again like it’s been cruising the drag and is coming back up the street. I was going to sit at my... — Updated 2/5/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Letters, we get letters, we get stacks and stacks of letters

My last two were heavy-with-grief. I received unprecedented response. And lots of questions. I’ll talk about that in a minute. First, the good news. My son is back, truly the... — Updated 2/4/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Belt and suspenders

My husband, Peter, is taking no chances. I knew this about him before I married him. Peter has a plan for everything and a plan in case the first plan doesn’t pan out. My father... — Updated 2/3/2021


Letter to the editor - Thanks for reminder of lives lost to COVID

Dear Editor: What a wonderful thing to do! The white ribbons and explanations taped under them are a good reminder of the Hill County lives that we have lost due to the pandemic. Thank you to the creators and those who put them up... — Updated 2/2/2021


Letter to the Editor - Sportsmen beware. SB-143

Editor, Montana voters passed I-161 in 2010 to limit guaranteed outfitter tags. The current legislature, sponsor Sen. Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, has introduced SB-143 which negates I-161 thus bypassing the will of Montana voters.... — Updated 2/2/2021


Honeymoon is over but work needs to be done

The honeymoon is over. The gloves are coming off. No more Mr. Nice guys. We are beginning to see more and more dissension in chamber. Little jabs and uncalled for remarks; it is not the way I like to see business conducted. If you... — Updated 2/2/2021


Democrats leading the way on jobs, tax cuts for working Montanans

Last week, Gov. Greg Gianforte, for the first time since taking office, shared his vision for our state — a vision that is limited to massive giveaways for Montana’s wealthiest, and gives quiet approval for an unprecedented... — Updated 2/2/2021


Letter to the Editor - Thanks to all for the vaccination clinics

Editor, Many, many “Thanks” to the many medical people in Havre who worked so hard and diligently to set up the “Flu Clinic” at the Havre Mall for the older age people of Hill County and also the many deserving veterans... — Updated 2/1/2021

 By Stacy Mantle    Opinion

After 20 years, how do you say goodbye ...

For the past 20 years, I have called the Havre Daily News my home, so nearly half of my life has been dedicated to putting out the best community newspaper possible, but while I... — Updated 1/29/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: We should re-learn how to use our words

I think we’re in trouble when the phrase “everything old is new again” applies to the writing of instruction manuals. Prehistoric drawings all over the world show images of... — Updated 1/29/2021


Letter to the editor - Union bashing is bad for Montana

Dear editor, Organized labor is good for the economy of Montana. I am urging all hardworking citizens of Montana to say no to House Bill 168 and Senate Bill 89. Both refer to the “right-to-work” legislation pushed by Randy... — Updated 1/29/2021


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