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 By Kimberly Bolta    Opinion

Put down your phone

A question was asked to me recently, "Do you think we miss out on everything because we constantly view it through a lens?" My best friend and I were watching our kids play at the... — Updated 11/4/2020

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript - Early snow

This has been a year that defies explanations. I spoke with my parents a week or so ago. We have used Zoom and other types of video to communicate but, more often than not, I just... — Updated 11/4/2020


Be team players to stop the spread

COVID-19 cases in Montana are on the rise, with daily cases approaching 1,000. The public health crisis is real and Montana is now one of the most impacted states. In the early days of the pandemic, we enjoyed a false sense of... — Updated 10/30/2020

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

2020 - the mildewy wet-blanket of years

Since 2020 has proven to be about as funny as a pratfall that lands in an actual tiger trap, I’ve felt a little flinchy about humor, like my timing is off just a bit and I... — Updated 10/30/2020

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor - Aging exponentially

A couple weeks ago I wrote Kathy, “I have aged 10 years since I had surgery in January.” Today Kathy wrote me, “I’ve aged 20 years since this coronavirus pandemic.” Since... — Updated 10/29/2020

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Scary stories

It's the season for all things scary, and I found myself wondering how many people are actually looking for more things to frighten them this year. There is a new horror movie... — Updated 10/28/2020


Vote, and vote no on CI-118 and I-190

Please vote. (I know many of you already have. Thank you!) That said, please vote no on CI-118 and I-190. Proponents of these initiatives receive millions and millions of out-of-Montana dollars. … over two-thirds of it. They say... — Updated 10/27/2020


Montana League of Cities and Towns: LR-130 removes local decision-making

Election ballots hit Montana mailboxes recently and many voters are scratching their heads in confusion over one measure in particular: LR-130. But, as confusing and poorly written as this measure is, the answer on how to vote on... — Updated 10/27/2020


We are the people of liberty

We are the people of liberty. The family of freedom. In our bloodstream is the inheritance of our common ancestors – men who jump off the pages of human history. Ancestors who, with a terrible fury, consumed the tyrant and built... — Updated 10/27/2020


A letter to the Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees

Shutdown of schools I am disappointed in the decisions to close schools. In rural Montana, our students face varying degrees of connectivity and lack of appropriate device issues. This means that not every student has a device or... — Updated 10/26/2020


Letter to the Editor - Hunter's orange and masks

Editor, Why is it that many of the same people who refuse to wear masks in relation to COVID-19 will wear the state-mandated amount of orange during hunting season? Does being forced to wear orange not “infringe” upon their... — Updated 10/26/2020

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

Each of us defines our own success in life

What is it with kids these days? These teenagers have been taking their game up a notch and it doesn’t matter if I compare teen-me or adult-me to them, I’m left nursing my... — Updated 10/24/2020


Thank you for my time here

Dear Havreites and Montanans, By the time many of you read this, I will be on the road to the next chapter in my journey of life. Thursday was my last day at the Havre Daily News.... — Updated 10/24/2020


Happy retirement Jack Trethewey

Dear Editor, The fires were hot down Yellowstone way “We’re headed North” is all Janet did say. So off to Havre where the wind does blow Jack agreed to follow and go. For three long years he played the game Until an opening... — Updated 10/24/2020

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking Out My BackDoor - A shift in perspective

This morning, Leo brought me a box of 24 jumbo Crayola Crayons and a pad with a dozen dry cakes of water colors. Along with the requisite brush. Just like we used back in first grad... — Updated 10/22/2020

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

Nothing happening

“I’m hunkering down,” Rebecca told me. I know what she means. My friend Rebecca just returned from a road trip she made after a lot of careful consideration. First, her... — Updated 10/21/2020


Mask up for life

Dear Editor, “Wash your hands.” “Wear a mask.” Words that will ring in my ears until this dreaded virus is stopped forever. Until we abide by these regulations, we not live to see what happens. We use seat belts, buy... — Updated 10/20/2020


Do not deface the flag

Dear Editor, Recently I have observed a troubling trend regarding the inappropriate use of the flag of these United States of America. Two examples of which are: defacing the American flag with the name of a person and replacing... — Updated 10/20/2020

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: A round of applause for the winners

I love the Ig Nobel Prizes, which are a satiric spoof of the renowned Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Nobel Prizes — but I watched the 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony... — Updated 10/16/2020


I like Mike

I am supporting Mike Cooney for Governor. It was not a difficult decision to make. I’ve known Mike for decades. We worked together when I served as Republican president of the Montana Senate and as Montana’s secretary of... — Updated 10/16/2020

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Day by day by grateful day

On Canadian Thanksgiving Day, Kathy wrote with questions about our U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Basic “how does that work?” questions. I’d been in the kitchen... — Updated 10/15/2020


Letter to the Editor - An open letter to my Havre High School Shakespeare teacher

To Mr. Jay Pyette, It’s been a long time. I haven’t seen you since I went slinking out of your Shakespeare class with, what was it, a D-minus, I believe? Not my proudest academic achievement, but I thank you for not failing me... — Updated 10/14/2020

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Animal office mate

Today I will get Blue again. Blue is the anxious Italian mastiff that I dog-sit on Wednesdays while his owner, Bill, works in the office. The new procedure is that I walk down to... — Updated 10/14/2020

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: How can I help you? Or not

To be fair, my husband and I both knew it was just a courtesy when I offered to run to town with him to help find and fill out some paperwork because I’m about as attentive and... — Updated 10/9/2020


Letter to the Editor - Thanks to all helping and caring

Dear editor, It’s been a while since I’ve your “letter” section utilized to offer grateful reminders to all those deserving people in our community as we continue facing the onslaught of COVID-19. I realize social media all... — Updated 10/9/2020


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