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Congress should stop rewarding pharma with tax breaks for gouging patients

Love them or hate them, most Americans pay their fair share of taxes into the government’s coffers as a basic duty. In return, we get roads, schools, law enforcement, health services, clean air and water, and other public goods... — Updated 5/20/2021


Letter to the Editor - Show support for Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

Editor, The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act currently being debated in Congress is a piece of legislation that is critical in order to further protect and sustain Montana’s public lands for recreational enjoyment for all... — Updated 5/19/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: The fanciest desk in the world

Everyone knows that I am attached to my desk. I would argue I have good reason. My desk is an extension of myself. Whereas other people are attached to their phones, I frequently... — Updated 5/19/2021


Where are we going? … What should we do?

At the May Park Board meeting we were told that the park will continue to lethally trap beavers until the “population is under control.” When questioned “what will be the standard for the population being under control,... — Updated 5/19/2021


Letter to the Editor - Some questions about Beaver Deceivers

Editor, I have been following the debate over the beaver situation in our Hill County Beaver Creek Park. We are losing a tremendous amount of trees and access to the creek itself by a common rodent. The beaver. Now that the... — Updated 5/18/2021


A response to Superintendent Arntzen

Superintendent of Public Instruction Arntzen, as an elected official, has the responsibility to serve all Montanans — not just some. Instead, she needlessly and recklessly chose to place Montana’s public education system in... — Updated 5/17/2021


Civics education for Montana students must reject fringe thinking

Today’s students are tomorrow’s citizens. We need all Montanans to understand, and care about, the future of our state and nation. We need them to study our founding documents, and understand what makes the United States so... — Updated 5/17/2021


Letter to the Editor - Why an anti-trapping billboard here now?

Editor, Hopefully most of the citizenry of Havre have become aware of the billboard along the highway east of Havre.  If not, please check it out. The billboard was paid for by an anti-trapping organization, “Trap Free Montana P... — Updated 5/14/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: Just be sure to slap a slogan on it

We’ve all got answers to life’s problems, but they ain’t all interesting, so today I want to talk a little bit about innovative solutions. Remember the Suez Canal fiasco a... — Updated 5/14/2021


Better connected under the Big Sky

Without a doubt, improving access to high-speed internet was necessary before the pandemic, but since COVID hit, the “digital divide” in Montana has only become more apparent. Tuesday May 11, Gov. Greg Gianforte signed “The... — Updated 5/14/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: 'Riding Along in My Automobile'

We Americans are so tethered to our cars. It’s as though there is an umbilical cord between our brains and the ignition switch. When I first moved to Mexico, driving my vehicle... — Updated 5/13/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: The treat lady

Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me. They’re standing at the corner of their chain-link fence, watching the sidewalk. They know I’m coming, even if they don’t know exactly wh... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: It could be called mental therapy

I’ve never been good at training two horses at the same time, and yet here I am, on the verge of my rocking chair on the porch years, breaking two horses to ride, and they couldn... — Updated 5/7/2021


The 67th Legislature: Historic and successful

Montana voters spoke clearly last November. They elected Republicans up and down the ticket, giving legislative Republicans a clear mandate to make good on our campaign promises of protecting the Montana way of life, improving... — Updated 5/7/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my backdoor: In the grand scheme of things

We are one week plus days past our second vaccination shots and feeling great. Carol said, “I wonder if the syringe had anything in it. Ben sent me a cartoon, unsigned, so I’ve... — Updated 5/6/2021


Montana's comeback depends on HB 397

Montana is facing a housing crisis.  A lack of affordable housing is keeping working Montanans out of homes and forcing families to pay up 50 percent or more of their monthly incomes in rent. Lumber prices and labor shortages... — Updated 5/6/2021


Letter to the Editor - Library foundation seeking help with elevator repair

Editor, As the Havre-Hill County Library is slowly opening after the COVID-19 shutdown, the library staff has discovered another hurdle. The passenger elevator can no longer be repaired with a quick, inexpensive repair. The... — Updated 5/5/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Still naggin

It is a well-known fact that we are allowed to chew out the people we care about. Most recently, this came to mind when I gave my old friend, Andrew, a serious tongue-lashing. Andre... — Updated 5/5/2021


Letter to the Editor - What will free-roaming bison do?

Editor, What will free-roaming bison do? This is a hotly debated question in Montana now. But we can look to Utah for an authoritative answer. In 1941, 18 bison from Yellowstone National Park were released in the remote Henry... — Updated 5/4/2021


Loretta Loftus

“You Bugger!” This is my favorite expression used by my dear friend Loretta Loftus who passed away last week. I counted it a real coup when Loretta and her husband Kermit walked into Community Alliance Church one Sunday. They... — Updated 5/4/2021


Open carry on campus -  Not a Second Amendment issue

Concealed weapons on campus? HB102 directly raises that issue. But in spite of arguments to the contrary this is not a Second Amendment issue as it relates to campuses. What is at issue is the Regents constitutional right to... — Updated 5/4/2021


View from the North 40: Birds of a feather invade homes together

We’re all getting excited up here that it finally feels like spring, but some homeowners in Southern California are having a hard time with the backlog of migratory birds coming home to roost. UPI reported Wednesday that a... — Updated 4/30/2021


Here is some advice to those that are graduating from Northern

• Take the time to thank the people who have helped you to get to this point in life. • Appreciate the path you have taken to get where you are right now. Life is a journey not a destination and everyone has their own journey.... — Updated 4/30/2021


Letter to the Editor - Larson asks for vote to continue on school board

I ask for people’s votes to let me continue in the position on the Havre School Board I was appointed to this year. My tenure as a 40-year veteran educator will help bring education and experience to the board. I taught special... — Updated 4/29/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my back door: Fantasies of Phenomena

I was going to write about the morning symphony, featuring “Variations on a Theme at Sunrise” with Bell-ringing Bird on timpani. This music assured me that the huge black cloud... — Updated 4/29/2021


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