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 By Carrie Classon    Opinion    July 17, 2019 

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...

 
 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... Full story

 

"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...

 

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...

 

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...

 
 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,...

 

The Postscript: Happy anniversary

I started The Postscript exactly one year ago. I am more than a little superstitious when it comes to numbers. When I wrote the first draft of my memoir, “Blue Yarn,” I had an even number of chapters in all three sections. This was probably...

 

New tax incentive will help to tell Montana stories in Montana

The film industry produces something different every day. Movies and TV shows represent all varieties of genres and styles. Some may be three-hour epics, while others may be only a few minutes. They’re distributed through different methods, from...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 21, 2019

View from the North 40: In pursuit of the meatballs of happiness

I respectfully submit this column to my current employer as a tentative notice of my possible eminent resignation should my application for a job in Denmark as a happiness investigator pan out. Ikea, the assemble-it-yourself furniture and...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 20, 2019

Looking out my Backdoor: What was I thinking?

Does anybody remember Mighty Mouse? Is Mighty Mouse still alive? Evidently, I thought I’d swoop into my daughter’s life singing, “Here I am to save the day!” Boy, howdy, was I ever wrong! I to...

 

The Postscript: Coconut head

I’ve got a good friend, Ayo, who told me, “Don’t use your head to break a coconut.” As I wrote about in my memoir, “Blue Yarn,” I lived in Lagos, Nigeria, for almost four years, and I met Ayo there. Ayo is a very smart woman and a...

 

Implications of districting could be enormous

The entire state of Montana has only one member representing us in the United States House of Representatives. For most of our history we have had two. That changed in 1992 when the 1990 census resulted in Montana’s loss of a Congressional seat in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 14, 2019

View from the North 40: In a world, where teen justice reigns

A principal in West Virginia has been disciplined for plagiarizing the speech he gave to his school’s graduating seniors. Now-graduated student Abby Smith listened to the speech Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss gave to her graduating...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Looking out my Backdoor - Living at-with-inside the zoo

After a whirlwind trip around eastern Montana last week, I’ve settled in a room with no view but, more importantly, with private bath, at my daughter’s new home in Glendive. At times in our...

 

The Postscript: New rhubarb

Spring came late and so, appropriately, did the annual deep cleaning of the refrigerator. A lot of stuff gets tucked into the refrigerator over the course of the winter. Obsolete condiments band together and take refuge deep in the corners. A...

 

Celebrate a smoke-Free Father's Day

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads for all they do. It is also a great time for dads to remember the important role they play in influencing the choices their kids make regarding tobacco use. Tobacco use among men remains a serious problem. Ac...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 7, 2019

View from the North 40: Study reveals what's hiding behind those smiles

Scientific studies are great, but they often raise more questions than they answer, even if it’s just: “How much alcohol are we talkin’ here?” ABC4 News station WZTV, reported in April that a study by Penn State and University of Buffalo...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Looking out my Backdoor: We made omelet, mixed and magical

Bacon and eggs are common base ingredients, but we created a different kind of omelet at Char’s the other morning, a “Friend Omelet,” made of ingredients (ourselves), old friends and new. I had...

 

Coalition406 taking thoughtful approach on marijuana legalization

Montana and the nation are moving quickly toward marijuana legalization as public opinion rapidly evolves on the issue. A recent University of Montana poll found a majority of Montanans support ending the prohibition on marijuana for adults....

 

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