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 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: Apparently, there's sitting, then there's sit-to-standing

A person’s life has its defining moments, some large and understandably life-changing like an illness or a loss or a great kindness from another person, but others are small,... — Updated 6/3/2022 Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Martians, Killer Bees, Mutant Pigs and Hurricanes

Not many of us will remember, well, because not many of us were around, in 1938 in New Jersey when Orson Welles adapted the H. G. Wells classic, “The War of the Worlds” for a... — Updated 6/2/2022

 

Letter to the editor - Support closing pharmacy benefit manager loophole

Editor, Last week, Sen. Jon Tester announced he was able to help patients save costs by working with the Biden administration to close a loophole allowing Pharmacy Benefit Managers to charge excessive fees. Sen. Tester noted,... — Updated 5/31/2022

 

Against all enemies, foreign and domestic

There have been 27 school shootings in America so far this year. In 2020 there were 612 shootings involving three or more people. In 2020 America experienced 45,222-gun deaths. The U.S. averages more than 20 shootings involving 10... — Updated 5/31/2022

 

Mansfield, guns and statesmanship

I think the difference between a politician and a statesman is that the people believe a statesman will do what he or she believes is the right thing regardless of the political consequences. When it gets down to it, a statesman... — Updated 5/31/2022

 

Montana hunters and anglers: Spend conservation dollars for all Montanans

Montana’s benchmark wildlife conservation program, Habitat Montana, is back in the news again after voters and the Legislature made historic investments in conservation spending in 2020 and 2021. That program, available to landow... — Updated 5/31/2022

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: Science isn't done answering "What am I, really?"

“4 New Body Parts Discovered in the Last 10 Years,” it’s the kind of headline you’d expect to read connected to an ongoing serial killer case or maybe it’s an episode... — Updated 5/27/2022

 
 By Will Rawn    Opinion

On Second Thought: What's he building in there?

It is several weeks since the Department of Homeland Security’s admonishment, “If You See Something, Say Something” reached me on Facebook. I don’t remember the... — Updated 5/27/2022

 

Don't put CI-121 on the ballot

For the last 100 years the Montana Taxpayers Association has served as Montana’s most trusted resource for nonpartisan tax and government spending information. One of the promises of our mission is to encourage equitable... — Updated 5/27/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: My ditzy-doodle retreat day

I’ve been called ditzy more than once over the years. I’m going to share something I ordinarily would keep to myself because it rather proves the point. Maybe I really am... — Updated 5/26/2022

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for helping Red Cross make a difference

Editor, Turning compassion into action has always been the Red Cross way, but we certainly don’t do it alone. That’s why we want to thank you for making Red Cross part of your community. Last year, Red Cross volunteers helped... — Updated 5/25/2022

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Verne knows

Verne knows me too well. For the first time in our lives, my husband, Peter, and I live in a building with a front desk. It’s nice to have someone there when packages are delivere... — Updated 5/25/2022

 

Education and Agricultural Showcase held in Havre

This past week, I was honored to help bring together educators, the Montana Board of Regents, legislators and agricultural industry leaders for the first Montana Education and Agriculture Showcase. The event couldn’t have... — Updated 5/24/2022

 

Thanks to all for work at Fort Assinniboine

Editor, The Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association wishes to extend a huge thanks to all the people, institutions, grant providers and the Northern Agricultural Research Center that have assisted in rehabilitation work on the... — Updated 5/24/2022

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: The tick tic revisited: I hope it's not an annual thing

A tic is a frequent unconscious quirk of behavior, and a tick is a hard-to-kill, blood-sucking, parasitic arachnid that causes you to unconsciously and repeatedly scratch your head... — Updated 5/20/2022

 
 By Will Rawn    Opinion

On Second Thought: The Good Guys Caucus

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., recently quipped that it is amazing the Congressional approval rating ever rises to the height of 19 percent. It is not good when only 19 percent of... — Updated 5/20/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: My world and welcome to it

My world is all I have to share. My world is ordinary. It is not much of a gift. Since it is all I have to give, I gladly welcome you through my doorway. Take today. I got up on... — Updated 5/19/2022

 

Court ruling shines a bright light on Republican primaries

It’s standard strategy in Republican primaries. Every GOP candidate suddenly sounds like a cross between Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedman. They all embrace classic Republican philosophies, which in the economic realm, include a... — Updated 5/19/2022

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Bunion season

It’s that time of year again. No, I am not talking about bikini season. I’m talking about bunion season. I did not even know I had a bunion until fairly recently and now, every... — Updated 5/18/2022

 

Letter to the Editor - A letter to the 2022 graduating class of MSU-Northern

Some of the faculty and staff at Northern would like to speak to you directly. We have put together a collection of some of the thoughts and messages we want to convey to you now, as you begin your journey post-graduation. Know... — Updated 5/13/2022

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: A pig by any other name could have less irony

Here’s the thing about Vladamir Putin, he’s a fun-suck, a joy-killer, a joke-hole, the place warmhearted laughter has labeled on its maps as “Here there be dragons,” and lik... — Updated 5/13/2022

 

Governing from the middle

Given today’s political environment, it is sometimes difficult to recall a time, not so long ago, when working across party lines and seeking compromise on public policy issues was commonplace, expected, and the appropriate way... — Updated 5/13/2022

 
 By Will Rawn    Opinion

On Second Thought: Where is the beef?

Lately, everybody is mad at the Big Four beef packers. Last December, the Biden administration reported that, since the outset of the pandemic, a period when it could be hard to... — Updated 5/13/2022

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

Don't ask for smiles, offer solutions

Editor’s note: This version corrects the comparative income of women versus men. As a woman and a graduate of Montana State University-Northern, then Northern Montana College, I am taking this opportunity to address a few off... — Updated 5/12/2022

 

Letter to the Editor - Help sought for pre-marathon carb feed

Editor, Friends of the Bear Paw Marathon are seeking help with preparing and serving its all-you-can-eat spaghetti and baked potato banquet on Friday, June 3, at the Eagles Club in Havre. The pre-marathon race-day meal has been sho... — Updated 5/12/2022

 

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