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 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

 
 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

 

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 Full story

 

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

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: New systems

I finished my bath and saw that the rust-orange towel had molted all over my body. I was covered with tufts of orange fur. It was not a good look, and it felt worse than it looked.... — Updated 4/28/2021

 

Working on bills close to the end of the session

Week 16 was a marijuana-intensive week. Early in the week, we were given an overview of what was in the 260-some page SB-701. There were many questions and some of the last-minute requests were also addressed. Fortunately, a... — Updated 4/27/2021

 

Governor aids extremists with bison decision

For decades, Montanans of all stripes have worked to create a responsible and commonsense pathway for the restoration of wild bison outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. But Gov. Greg Gianforte just sunk those... — Updated 4/27/2021

 

Protecting Montanans' liberty in Helena

Freedom was at the forefront last week in Helena. This week at the Legislature, we made significant progress in ensuring freedom and protecting liberty for Montanans all across the state. House Bill 702 prohibits discrimination... — Updated 4/27/2021

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: And now I'm almost a surgeon

I got to pull stitches out of my husband’s face Wednesday and I was so excited about it I did a happy dance while he wasn’t looking. He never wants to let me play doctor on... — Updated 4/23/2021

 

Stephens a wise and deeply decent public servant

April 3, Montana lost a wise and deeply decent public servant. Stan Stephens, our state's 20th governor, passed away at the age of 91. A native of Calgary, Stan's father suffered a... — Updated 4/23/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Ring my bell!

I’d been out of bed five minutes when I heard the clang-rang of my gate bell. We respect each other’s boundaries. When neighbors visited, they stood out by the gate and yelled,... — Updated 4/22/2021

 

The Postscript: The last box

“Oh my gosh. I don’t want to open that box.” Moving furniture and books and clothing is easy. It’s moving memories that is hard. I am going through the last of my boxes. I used to say I was not a packrat. I thought I was... — Updated 4/21/2021

 

Poll shows Montanans trust public health and want to keep decisions local

Montana’s response to the COVID pandemic has put our state’s public health system in the spotlight, as well as into the crosshairs. Through numerous bills this session, members of the Montana Legislature have sought to attack o... — Updated 4/21/2021

 

A boatload of dirty water bills must be vetoed

While much ado has rightfully been made of the repeated attempts to undermine and privatize Montana’s wildlife hunting access and privileges, less attention has been paid to numerous dirty water bills working their way to Gov.... — Updated 4/21/2021

 

Plastic bags and recycling

The issue of plastic bags and garbage blowing out of the landfill has been an ongoing problem from its creation, and a timely subject since Earth Day is April 22. As my husband owned land adjacent to the landfill, we were continual... — Updated 4/20/2021

 

Legislature still has lots to do for Montanans

April is always a fast-paced month at the Legislature, and this year is no different. The Senate has been busy voting on a lot of bills that covered a wide variety of topics. I am confident that the bills we passed will improve liv... — Updated 4/20/2021

 

The Montana Legislature should remember who they work for

The 67th Montana Legislature is turning its back on Montana voters and the public lands we rely on. From Billings to Butte, Great Divide to Glendive, Helena to Havre, Montanans of all stripes find pleasure, beauty, and much of... — Updated 4/20/2021

 

Lots of comments coming in on legislation

Apparently, this last Thursday there was a positive COVID test in the Capitol. I was notified late in the day Thursday, and, as of this writing, what will happen this coming week is up in the air. Friday’s Senate floor session an... — Updated 4/19/2021

 

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