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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 24, 2020 

View from the North 40: There is such a thing as stereotype reversal

My husband, John, and I do not have a stereotypical marriage. I hate to brag, but we are so much odder than that. A friend sent me a message a few weeks ago to say that she would try to let me know...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Ingenuity and telephones

It could have exploded. Ben woke up and automatically reached for his phone. The auto reach; it is a generational thing. The phone was so hot it burned his hand. He jerked the plug from the phone and...

 

Letter to the Editor - Montana's members of Congress should support VCFCA

Editor, Sen. Steve Daines seeks to create better public banking. Postal Banking would help Montanans gain better access to banking services. Federal law requires one post office per zip code, but this isn’t the same expectation for banks. U.S....

 

The Postscript: The Cigar Box

I spent the weekend in New York City. I hadn’t been to New York in quite a while. I was performing at a theater conference and so was traveling alone, without my husband, Peter. New York...

 

Gianforte best qualified, best-positioned to get Democrats out of governor's office

This year, Montanans can elect a proven leader — someone with executive experience, a background of creating high-paying jobs and conservative values. This is exactly what Montana needs in our next governor, and that’s why I support Greg...

 

In water law, the most important thing is getting your water

Montana’s Sen. Steve Daines has introduced the Montana Water Rights Protection Act — MWRPA — to provide federal settlement of the water rights claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes — CSKT. Without this legislation, Montana...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Looking out my Backdoor: Argentine Ants

The other day my son Ben, here in Etzatlan to help me in recovery, showed me a video he and his daughter Lexi had enjoyed. The animated video by a German scientist with an unpronouncable name...

 

Change is the only constant

There is something to be said for consistency, and there is also something to be said for change. A great quote from Rear Adm. Grace Hopper is “The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘We’ve always done it this way.” During my past...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 10, 2020

View from the North 40: Modern cooking redefines the modern meal

I made bread pudding yesterday — I know it’s not the rocket-science of baking and it’s not fancy, but I wanted to treat myself to one of my favorite foods. It was made extra-special because I...

 

Legislative Week offers opportunity to start discussion of serious issues

Next week, members of the Montana Legislature will head back to Helena to participate in “Legislative Week.” This is an opportunity for our state lawmakers to continue to engage each other and the broader public in important policy topics on the...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Sondra's House of Ill Repute

Surgery successful — Hooray! Hooray! I have a repaired hip. My legs are both the same length again. I promise not to show you the scars. The news on the other end of that spectrum is that I will be...

 

The Postscript: A night at the funeral home

“What do you think?” my husband, Peter, asked about the link he’d sent me as we prepared to head home from the holidays. “The funeral home?” I asked. “Yeah, that one.” “I thought it wa...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 3, 2020

View from the North 40: What the heck, Deirdre

A Maryland woman has proven that, when it comes to Christmas gifts, it’s not the giving that counts — it’s the giving, then taking it back and then cashing it in for $50,000 that really counts....

 

The Postscript: Sparkles

I glanced up as the bells rang to herald new customers walking into the used clothing store. I was looking for a pair of warm dress pants. Visiting my parents in Minnesota, I had forgotten entirely...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: An update on Sondra's surgery, and some poems

I’m writing to you today from warm and sunny Glendive. Mom had her hip repair surgery on Thursday, the 26th. Merry Christmas! The post from her original hip replacement had slipped down into the...

 

Look for Legislative Week in January

I trust your Christmas was fun-filled with family, friends and shared. Our holidays were spent with family and friends that included some sledding with grandkids. We now look forward to a New Year that may hold opportunities or challenges....

 

Letter to the Editor - NWE continues with poor judgement

NorthWestern Energy’s most recent management plan lacks meaningful information regarding energy storage or solar production. They propose to be the major owner of the Colstrip power plants, which have limited years of usefulness, repeated non-compl...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 27, 2019

View from the North 40: I think of it as Super Me rather than GMO me

As you take stock of the past year and look forward to the new one along with the renewed hope for the future that it brings, I urge you to consider the traits you wish to develop in the future ...

 

Theodore Roosevelt was one of a kind

We had no television at our ranch because my father thought its absence would encourage his kids to read. I’m extremely grateful to him. I remain an avid reader of history, and discovered Theodore Roosevelt during my childhood years. “Theodore...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Whims and wing-dings

December comes to a close with Christmas. Whether one believes the Birth of the Christ Child to be myth or metaphor, history or hysteria, is of no matter. My belief makes it neither one nor another....

 

Letter to the editor: Don't let scammers take advantage of your support for Montana's volunteer firefighters

Here in Montana, we understand the dangers of wildfires and structure fires, especially in rural areas. We appreciate the men and women who lay their lives on the line to protect us, and we know that the majority of them are volunteers. So when the...

 

The Postscript: Caleb the Christmas tree

I went with my parents to get a Christmas tree. All the trees were wearing hangtags shaped like bells and all the bells had hand-lettered names on them. At first, I assumed these trees were spoken...

 

Access fuels hunting dollars in north-central Montana

Back in 2007, a hunting organization, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, undertook a massive effort to identify the most important regions in the state for Montana hunters. They produced a heat map based on input from over 40 sporting...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 20, 2019

View from the North 40: A practical magic in a real world

I grew up in the “Bewitched” era, and that after-school TV fantasy sitcom probably ruined me forever. I have believed in magic ever since. I’ve looked for it, longed for it. I was absolutely... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor - 15th Annual Holiday Hoops Blue Pony alumni basketball games set

Havre Public Schools Education Foundation’s is getting ready to host the 15th Annual Holiday Hoops Blue Pony Alumni Basketball Games. It is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 27, at Havre High School gymnasium at 7 p.m. Admission to the game is a non-peris...

 

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