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A critique of Judge Kavanaugh's appointment

Elections have consequences. It’s frustrating to hear people say differently, despite the mountains of evidence to the contrary. One of the consequences, if not the most momentous, is who elected officials nominate and confirm to sit on our nation...

 

Investing in public education is key to a healthy Montana economy

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The crispness of the air, football season, big game hunting and a fresh start to the school year. This year is no exception. Especially as my daughter begins her freshman year of college in the Montana...

 

View from the North 40: We ain't whistling 'Dixie' here

Turns out, whistling is a little more sophisticated than just putting your lips together and blowing. When I was a kid of 10 or so, my older brother took whistling beyond the old puckered-lips technique of our younger days after someone showed him...

 

I-186 will hurt Montana's economy

Out-of-state environmental groups are using litigation as a tool to stop future mining in our state and I-186 does nothing but make it easier for them to do just that. What these misleading, out-of-state activists ignore, is the fact that Montana...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Blue-haired lady on the move

When this gray-haired grandma left Mexico for Washington I filled two suitcases, large and small, with clothing I have yet to wear, with gifts to give, with everything possible I think I might need,...

 

Support I-186 to protect Montana's waters

Not just one, but many, rivers run through Montana. They are the arteries that nourish and bring life to our state’s cities and towns. Montana’s communities depend on these waterways to provide safe and healthy drinking water for our wells and...

 

Legislators already at work on bills for the next legislative session

This past week, I attended the last interim Education Committee meeting for this part of the session. It was time to lock in what bills the committee wanted to endorse or sponsor and who was to carry the bills. I am not able to sign on to carry any...

 

Come to the library book sale during Festival Days

Great news! Festival Days is coming up, Sept 21-23, which means the Friends of the Havre-Hill County Library Book Sale is coming up, too. Every year during Festivals Days the Friends of the Library host a book sale where you can find great, used...

 

All boats rise with the tide: Montana's six mill levy

Supporting Montana’s Six Mill Levy to support Montana’s University System is the right thing to do! At first glance, it may appear odd that the president of Carroll College, a Catholic liberal arts college in Montana, is writing this guest...

 

When the stereotype fits, it can still be weird

Sure, we all joke about it being true, but it’s not. The truth is that not all Canadians are polite people. It’s impossible. Mathematicians will tell you it’s statistically impossible for 36.3 million people to all be polite. Statistically...

 

The sublime and the frightening

I would like to tell you that my trip time in Washington is all sublime, that every moment is perfection, that my head is in the clouds with happiness. You would call me out on it, right? You might...

 

Fort Belknap Indian Community supports DEQ's enforcement of the bad actor law

For the Fort Belknap Indian Community, the state of Montana’s “bad actor” mining law is a matter of accountability, justice and common sense. We support the state enforcing that law against Hecla Mining CEO Phillips Baker. Baker was the top...

 

Thanks for participating summer reading program

With school back in session and fall just around the corner, we at the Havre-Hill County Library would like to congratulate our student patrons on starting a new school year and extend our thanks to the community for their participation in this...

 

Invest in Montana's future with 6 mill levy

Montanans have a 70-year tradition of investing in state higher education. Nov. 6, voters across the state will again have the opportunity to renew that economic and societal investment by voting for the 6 mill levy. Public colleges and universities...

 

Time to Stop the Gravy Train at the Public Service Commission

Would it surprise you to find out that each of the five members of the Montana Public Service Commission makes more than the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State and the State Auditor? These are the current salaries of Montana elected...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 7, 2018

View from the North 40: Life is like a box of higher-math equations

Sometimes life hands you a series of complications and issues, but if you keep working through the mess, in the end they all come together to create a simple answer — kind of how one of those complex mathematical formulas with a mess of numbers,...

 

Whoever you like in the race, register and vote

Never in a million years did I think I would be asking so many people in this area if they were registered to vote. And never did I imagine finding people not interested in doing so. Truth be told, when I started ringing doorbells, I thought the...

 

A letter to Gianforte about wilderness study areas

Dear Congressman Gianforte, At the roundtable meeting you conducted in Lewistown on Aug. 15, you announced that you would be accepting comments regarding your two wilderness study area bills — H.R. 5148 and 5149 — at this email address. On...

 

Looking out my Back Door: Little things mean a lot

When one has pared one’s life down to the bare essentials, little things take on incredible importance. I arrived in Mexico City with 40 minutes to make my connection. Airports are designed in such...

 

Trump and Rosendale are right for Montana

Today, President Donald J. Trump will make his third visit to Montana to advocate for conservative leadership and the successes that come with it — namely, more jobs and higher wages. President Trump understands that we need a leader who will...

 

Why Border Patrol supports Tester

As the president of the National Border Patrol Council, I have the privilege of representing 15,000 of the best men and women you’ll ever meet — the Border Patrol Agents who work 24 hours a day to secure our borders. But I know that when it...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 31, 2018

View from the North 40: Not all weeks and columns are created equally

I don’t like writing about the craft of writing, the process of writing, for a variety of reasons — top among them being that I don’t want to make myself look stupid as I pretend to know what I’m doing here. We’ve all been around those...

 

Hughes Creek Road illustrates need for road fine bill

For decades, hunters in Ravalli County have been blocked off from reaching our public lands in the Bitterroot National Forest by an illegal gate on Hughes Creek Road. This route has an extensive history that well establishes its status as a county...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Girl on bike, woman in red car

It’s a mystery. I hear Jack Webb’s voice (Sgt. Joe Friday) in my ear. “Just the facts, Ma’am. Just the facts.” July 25, a sweltering sunny afternoon, my granddaughter Antoinette, rode her...

 

Help ensure our seniors, veterans continue to have health care – vote yes on I-185

This fall, we have the opportunity to ensure that nearly 100,000 Montanans including our seniors, veterans and their families continue to have health care. If we do not pass the Healthy Montana Initiative or I-185 hardworking Montanans could be...

 

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