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In for the long view - long-term

Management of natural resources needs to be a long-view and long-term proposition. This is not to say that some short-term issues cannot be addressed with temporary short-term action. In managing uses, economic opportunity and... — Updated 4/29/2021

 

Our View - County totally mishandled the mask mandate

Watching the county commission handle whether Hill County should have a mask mandate has been like watching The Keystone Cops. Except it isn’t funny. The chair of the Hill County Board of Health, Hill County Commissioner Mark Pet... — Updated 3/23/2021

 

Letter to the Editor - HB 505 - Ranching for wildlife

Rep.Wylie Galt, R Martinsdale, has introduced HB 505, a goldmine for landowners and outfitters, which intends to take licensing of non-residents out of the hands of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. This bill would establish landowner lice... — Updated 2/22/2021

 

Our View: People still need to treat COVID like a deadly disease

Despite daily confirmed case numbers of COVID-19 generally dropping in the area and in the state, government mandates being rescinded or expiring and vaccine rolling out, Havre Daily News hopes people still take the disease... — Updated 1/22/2021

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks, Havre for the Memorial Park Christmas lights

Editor, I have enjoyed for the past several years the spectacular Christmas lights in Memorial Park on Fifth Avenue, but this year the lighting display seems brighter and more inspiring than ever. This may well be the most... — Updated 12/4/2020

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: In my garden of earthly delights

Editor’s note: Due to an editorial error, this column did not run before Thanksgiving. My world is circumscribed by the boundaries of the gringo part of the rancho. I walk the... — Updated 11/30/2020

 

COVID bringing 'No Vacancy' signs to health care

Imagine pulling up to your local hospital and finding a “no vacancy” sign. You have COVID and need hospitalization, but no beds are available. Or you are barely able to walk due to intense chronic pain, only to find your hip... — Updated 11/13/2020

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion

What is wrong with people?

What is wrong with people? In one day this weekend, the state saw almost as many cases of COVID-19 confirmed as it saw in the first three months of its delclared medical emergency. Montana had its first cases of COVID-19 confirmed... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Our View: Shame on McLean and Peterson for endangering people's lives

Editor’s note: This version has been edited to reflect that people can make online requests for absentee ballots. Shame, shame on Hill County Commissioners Diane McLean and Mark Peterson. With a stroke of the pen, they have put... — Updated 8/17/2020

 

Our View - The facts on People's Rights

The Havre Daily News has received complaints, via Facebook, by telephone and now in an opinion column and a letter, printed on this page, about its coverage of people attending meetings in Havre held by People’s Rights Montana... — Updated 8/10/2020

 

Our View: Just the facts, people. Just the facts

Many claims and comments have been made about novel coronavirus 2019 and the illness it causes, COVID-19, from the start, and they are continuing. People need to be careful what they say. To start with, people shouldn’t call it... — Updated 5/15/2020

 

Our View: Daines, Gianforte need to be straight up with constituents

Editor's note: This version adds additional background. Two of Montana’s federal lawmakers need to start being straightforward with their constituents. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., both... — Updated 4/28/2020

 

Responsibilities of citizenship during pandemic

As the death toll from the novel coronavirus rises, we are brutally faced with the reality that public policy directly affects the number of Americans and Montanans who are victimized by this modern plague. And also by the reality... — Updated 3/31/2020

 

Our View - Common sense, following guidelines, will beat COVID-19

The novel coronavirus 2019 and the disease it causes, COVID-19, is now confirmed to be in Hill County. It probably was a matter of when, not if, it would be confirmed here. The... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

We can all stick together through the crisis

Havre is a place we are proud to call home, where we enjoy spending our time and giving back to our community. We have been a part of many community activities and we are always willing to help when we can. We’ve been in your... — Updated 3/23/2020

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion

Editors Note: Daily News apologizes for missing Reagan-Lincoln Day Dinner

Editor’s note: This version corrects the birthday of President Ronald Reagan and the home town of auditor candidate Troy Downing. I have to apologize to voters and to the Hill County Republican Central Committee, Republican candi... — Updated 3/5/2020

 

Editorial - The arsonist in charge of the fire department

Imagine for one unsettling moment what it would mean to Montana if Glacier, Yellowstone, the Bob Marshall, the Beartooth Mountains, and all other lands and waters belonging to the American people were sold off. It would spell the... — Updated 8/13/2019

 

County clerks of court: Keep Rex Renk's experience in the Montana Supreme Court

Experience counts, and nowhere is this more true than the current race for the Clerk of the Montana Supreme Court. Rex Renk has been in the office for over 24 years and the Chief Deputy for 23 years. His knowledge and expertise... — Updated 11/2/2018

 

Remember to vote on Election Day

On Jan. 11th of this year, I wrote a check for $15, filled out a form on the Secretary of State’s website and signed on the dotted line to become a candidate for the Montana Senate in District 14. Since that cold winter day over... — Updated 11/2/2018

 

Our View: People need to stop the nickel-and-diming to death of Amtrak

The National Rail Passenger Corp. — aka Amtrak — seems to be trying to drive passengers away, and people across the nation need to let their voices be heard. Thursday, a couple went to the Havre Amtrak station — ticket... — Updated 6/11/2018

 

Our View: Government needs to be transparent

The Havre Daily News is seeing an occurrence happening more-and-more frequently that it believes is a serious problem. In any representative democracy — and certainly under Montana’s laws and Constitution — public elected... — Updated 5/14/2018

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion

Editor's Note: Reporting the news isn't always pretty

The Havre Daily News is in the job of reporting news, reporting the facts, to its readers. We don’t always like what we have to report, and sometimes we have to make judgement calls on what we print. People don’t always agree... — Updated 2/9/2018

 

Our View: Thanks to Shodair for caring for children

Shodair Children’s Hospital deserves great thanks and praise for the work it has been doing for more than a century — and continues to do — caring for children in Montana. The hospital held an outreach reception in Havre... — Updated 1/26/2018

 

A Montana Dr. King Day lesson for us all: the warmth of shared human community in action

Many of us breathed a collected sigh of relief after the dust settled in Whitefish at the end of Dr. Matin Luther King Jr. Day last year. It’s been a year of intense upheaval, including the murder of a civil rights activist at a... — Updated 1/15/2018

 

Our View: Congress needs to renew CHIP, health funding

Enough is enough. Why has Congress delayed refunding basic health insurance and medical service to millions of people in the nation and thousands in Montana? With focus on issues like the attempt to repeal and replace the health ca... — Updated 12/15/2017

 

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