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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...

 

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...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Breakfast at Calano's

Lani and I sneaked off to breakfast at Calano’s this Sunday morning. It is something we do now and then. We don’t go often, usually, like today, on a whim. If you don’t ride whims, you are...

 

Letter to the Editor - Regarding Trump's letter to Pelosi Dec. 17, 2019

Editor, You Trumper’s may feel the letter was justified and showcased your man’s superior intellect. I and others know it shows how deranged the egomaniac has become. There was no need to show his insanity in an open letter on White House...

 

The Postscript: Christmas at the greenhouse

It is the tender cusp of Christmas. It is that time when emotions run close to the overfill point, when sentimentality and anger and depression and euphoria mix freely together, with not enough space...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 13, 2019

View from the North 40: My dog, in his next life

It occurred to me this week that, as I have been watching my dog, Cooper, negotiate his way through his elder years, if Cooper were a human I would recognize him immediately. As a dog, he looks exactl...

 

The Postscript: The cookie situation

“People have been asking about the squeaking of the ship,” our captain reported, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, “but I must tell you, this is nothing to worry about.” He then...

 

A holiday comeback for Toys 'R' Us?

For many years, Giovanna De La Rosa enjoyed working at Toys ‘R’ Us — especially during the holiday shopping season. “I loved bringing joy to families and to children,” she shared at a recent congressional hearing. “I watched so many of...

 

Looking out my backdoor: Parsing the Fear

On a Saturday I saw an orthopedic specialist. He said, “I can fix your hip and leg.” I’m kind of backward when it comes to medical issues. I didn’t go to him for a fix. I went for a referral...

 

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