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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 19, 2019

View from the North 40: I hope appearances aren't that important

The biggest problem with living a secluded lifestyle in the country is that you forget about the possibility of visitors, how to fit other living beings into the sum total of your day, or that you need to look in a mirror before opening the front...

 

Letter to the Editor - Say no to new debt collection proposal

Editor, They told us if we got educated then we would see success in our lifetime. Yet, more than 44 million Americans have student debts that combine to total $1.5 trillion. Having to borrow money for school is stressful enough; abusive debt...

 

This Montana Marine veteran is sick and tired of 'anti-American' rhetoric

I’ve met Montana Sen. Steve Daines a few times. I’m a constituent. Although I don’t agree with him on a lot of issues, he always seemed nice, professional and respectful. He was good to my son Cory, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Once, wh...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 18, 2019

Looking out my Backdoor: Bats in my belfry

I was sitting on my front patio talking with my gardener, Leo, when a velvety brown bat fluttered between us and landed in a hollow metal rafter supporting the patio roof. Ah, I had wondered if bats...

 

The Postscript: Summer birthdays

It was my birthday this week. Those of you with summer birthdays know it’s a little different. In the middle of March, everyone says, “Wow! A birthday party!” You bring treats to school and everyone is happy for an excuse to celebrate. It’s...

 

Letter to the Editor - The bright side of a tough day

Editor, “Havre, it’s the People” was brought to light once again this past week. Last Wednesday, Gary & Leo’s experienced an electrical fire in our refrigeration compressor building. The IGA and HealthMart crew, led by Brenda Friede,...

 

Letter to the Editor - Chinook blood drive again a success

Editor, The Chinook Community Blood Drive was another success. We collected a total of 46 pints on a goal of 40. Great job Chinook!  Each donation can save up to three lives. Because of your generosity, 126 lives will be saved. Kurtis Slaughter was...

 

Letter to the Editor - Bullock has lost touch with Montana and Montana values

Editor, What is the U.S. Climate Alliance? It is a domestic group formed specifically to undermine President Trump’s excellent decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Now, by executive order, Part-time Gov. Steve Bullock has...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thank you for supporting Sticker Shock

Dear Havre Community, Thank you to all our community partners who supported our Sticker Shock campaign July 2-4. If you purchased alcohol or pizza over those three days, you may have noticed a blue and white label on the box encouraging you to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    July 12, 2019

View from the North 40: The whiny days of summer are here

By nature and nurture, I like just enough drama to make a good story. That’s the hallmark of a life being lived correctly — whether it’s a win-event or a fail, it’s all OK as long as the story is worth telling. What I don’t like, and I thin...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    July 11, 2019

Looking out my Backdoor: It was a dark and stormy night

Here in this high plateau valley surrounded by mountains, in the rainy season, roughly mid-June through mid-October, the sky bursts with pyrotechnic activity nearly every night. I like storms. I like...

 

"Singing Lessons"

I’m having fun singing. I started singing lessons a few weeks ago. My teacher lives out of town, but every other week she teaches in her parents’ house — the house she grew up in — just a few minutes away. So, I drive to a little house in...

 

Letter to the Editor - Take a hike! Really!

To the Editor There are great opportunities for hiking in Beaver Creek Park and it isn’t necessarily someone trying to get rid of or punish anyone. And one doesn’t even need a trail. Beaver Creek Park has several constructed trails and with the...

 

Lots of summer activity going on

The summer is on and going quickly. Having all four kids home for our oldest grandson’s graduation was great. J.R., the graduate, had served as page at the Legislature this year. We shared some stories about that and had an opportunity to all...

 

Wisdom and Grace: A delicious pot of coffee

“Your dad and my dad were friends,” said long-time family friend Connie Cox. I’ve known Connie Cox all of my life. I remember the day he landed in the field just south of our house and treated my brother and me to our first airplane ride. Our...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Nothing changed; everything different

Jim picked me up at the airport in Guadalajara. Once we exited the labyrinth of parking and hit the straightaway, I requested, “Tell me all the news.” “There is no news,” Jim responded. “Everything is the same as when you left.” I’d...

 

View from the North 40: Winner, winner, Chicken Dinner Road

Caldwell, Idaho, Mayor Garret Nancolas received a written request Wednesday from a national animal rights organization urging him to rename his county’s Chicken Dinner Road to the kinder, gentler, simpler Chicken Road. Boring. “PETA is asking...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion    July 3, 2019

The Postscript: Anniversary toast

This past week, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a very long time. Whenever I try to buy a card for my mom or dad, I have a heck of a hard time. I almost bought a “blank...

 

Letter to the Editor - Join the missing types movement: Donate blood July 9 at Wallner Hall in Chinook

Editor, The letters missing here, “MERIC N RED CR SS,” may not seem like a big deal. But the letters A, B and O make up our main blood groups. For a patient in the hospital needing blood, it’s everything. Only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S....

 

Act would help people with disabilities live as they choose

We are making progress, but we are still trying to figure it out decades later. Twenty years ago, in June 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. LC that unjustified segregation of people with disabilities violated their rights guaranteed...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 28, 2019

View from the North 40: No need to worry. It was all under control.

For reasons that still seem sound because we all made it home safe — which I’m happy to state at the outset for people who can’t handle suspense — two friends and I hauled horses to Power, Montana, and back home yesterday despite ill-weather...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for Beaver Creek Park

Editor, Beaver Creek Park remains a gem in my family’s history: Last week we spent the day there, cooked by fire and had an excellent time of it all — just as I recall from 60 years ago. Kudos to Chad Edgar and his staff for all their huge...

 

Letter to the Editor - Fossil Festival planning meeting scheduled

The fifth Fossil Festival will be Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4, 5 and 6, 2020. It will be the second hosted by Havre Public Schools Education Foundation. The weekend festival takes time and many volunteers. A meeting has been scheduled to get plans...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Looking out my Backdoor: On the train

I boarded the Empire Builder #7 in Wolf Point. I quickly kissed my daughter goodbye, the door clanged shut, I found my seat and the train rolled west. I cried all the way to Glasgow; the sky,...

 

Letter to the Editor - Seeking working women of WWII

Editor, American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women who worked on the home front during WWII. Thousands of women worked to support the war effort as riveters, welders, electricians, inspectors in plants, sewing clothing and parac...

 

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