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  • Letter to the Editor - Reconnect the discussion between taxpayers and lawmakers

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The Washington Post reported on June 4, 2024: “More than 300 [U.S.] House [of Representative] lawmakers were reimbursed at least $5.8 million for food and lodging while on official business in Washington last year under a new taxpayer-funded program that does not require them to provide receipts.” As a former legislative aid on Capitol Hill, we always provided travel, food, and lodging receipts. It was good government. The costs were public information. It was communicating with taxpayers it matters what ‘bills’ get paid wi...

  • Letter to the Editor - Thanks for welcoming Democratic convention to Havre

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Dear Editor: We want to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the Havre community, its businesses and so many others for the warm and hospitable welcome that was given to the more than 160 visitors from across Montana that were here last week as part of the Montana Democratic Party’s Platform Convention. As local hosts, we heard again and again how impressed people were with our community’s friendliness, amenities, park system, cultural offerings and dining options. For folks visiting Havre for the first time, there was a lot of...

  • Letter to the Editor - Happy Father's Day from Plant a Seed … READ!

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Editor, Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly Parton started the Imagination Library to ensure all children have books at home, regardless of the environment in which they live. Father’s Day is a time to recognize and appreciate the significant influence fathers have on their children’s development. From fostering creativity to instilling a love for learning, fathers play a vital role in shaping their children’s future. Plant a Seed … READ! would like to thank all the father’s and father figures in...

  • Letter to the Editor - Stand in favor of the children

    Updated May 23, 2024

    The governor had made the claim of preserving the government-to-government consultation with the tribes in Montana. In the 2023 Legislature, the governor signed HB 317 — Montana Indian Child Welfare Act — in to law. If the governor of the state of Montana is true to his word of preserving the government-to-government consultation, he would have brought this issue to the tribes’ attention. I have no idea if he did or not. I’m not privy to the governor’s meetings with the tribes, or if he even met with any during this inte...

  • Letter to the Editor - Montana's 50-plus voters hold the key

    Updated May 23, 2024

    Montanans are considering who to vote for in the upcoming primary election June 4 — and the candidates are doing everything they can to try to earn those votes. One fact should be top of mind: voters 50-plus decide elections, and candidates who ignore this powerful segment of the electorate do so at their own peril.  Voters 50-plus are the majority in every election. In fact, in 2022, 65% of the electorate in Montana was 50 plus. We want to see politicians address our day-to-day challenges, such as caring for our loved ones t...

  • Letter to the Editor - Thanks and congratulations on Community Baby Shower

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Editor’s note: Due to an editing error at the paper, the wrong name was listed as the writer of a letter published Feb. 20, 2024 on the Opinion Page of Havre Daily News. The full corrected letter follows. Editor, Congratulations to all those new and expecting moms out there and thank you everyone to came and supported our Community Baby Shower. We had some awesome vendors and supporters. Extra congratulations to the winners of the baskets, Mariah Kellam, Cheyenne Chinadle, Baliey Schaub, Mackenzy, Abbey Chivilicek, Pam O...

  • Letter to the Editor - I"m tapped out

    Updated Apr 26, 2024

    Dear Salvation Army, I have donated pretty faithfully in the past years, but now I am also struggling to make ends meet. Perhaps you could ask Ukraine or some of the other dozens of countries we send foreign aid (my tax dollars) to if they could spare some cash. Maybe some of the illegals coming freely across our borders could share a bit of the money they are given, whatever the source of funding that is. Perhaps our politicians could share some of their pay and perks. Maybe they could hook you up with a sweetheart deal...

  • Letter to the Editor - Let commissioners know what you think about board appointments

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    To Editor and readers: The Hill County commissioners will be dealing with appointing county boards at the commissioners’ business meeting this coming Thursday, March 28, 10 a.m. Citizens should have the opportunity to comment on how the commission will handle board appointments at this upcoming commissioners’ business meeting. Serving on county boards and committees is one of the few means for citizens to participate in and influence what will be happening in the county. At times, finding people to serve on county boards and...

  • Letter to the Editor - Reducing professional standards will make things worse

    Updated Mar 22, 2024

    Dear editor, “The true measure of any society is found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” — M. Gandhi Having spent our over 40 year careers in Montana as a licensed social worker and physical therapist, we are alarmed at the unraveling of our communities in terms of getting help and resources for our most vulnerable members. Our ability to safely and compassionately care for older adults, persons who are cognitively or physically impaired, mentally ill persons and students is strained. A solution being offer...

  • Letter to the Editor - Families, freedom, and fairness

    Updated Mar 19, 2024

    Editor, Montana families deserve the financial freedom that comes from good health and a hard day’s work. It is only fair. Under Gianforte’s government the uninsured rate has increased by 127,000 Montanans of all ages. His approach to Medicaid redetermination has failed. We all will pay for Gianforte’s comedy of errors, but wait, there is nothing funny about human suffering. Or so most of us believe. As a matter of fact, the Governor is hurting defenseless children, making it harder to work for their parents, and furth...

  • Letter to the Editor - Help during National Red Cross Month

    Updated Mar 8, 2024

    To the editor: Help can’t wait when emergencies strike — not for the family displaced by a disaster, the patient in need of lifesaving blood or the deployed service member alerted to a family crisis at home. Every day, when our neighbors face emergencies like these, they rely on local volunteers, blood donors, financial supporters and community partners who deliver care and hope through Montana Red Cross. Last year alone, we helped more than 560 Montanans impacted by disaster by delivering food, shelter and clothing, and most...

  • Letter to the Editor - Thanks to all for working the county spelling bee

    Updated Feb 27, 2024

    Dear Editor, Feb. 22, 2024, the 57th Annual Hill County Spelling Bee was held at Havre Middle School. This event brings together all of the best student (grades 4-8) spellers in Hill County to determine who will represent our area at the state competition in Bozeman on March 9, 2024. Crucial financial support for this event was provided by Independence Bank in the form of Chamber of Commerce gift certificates for the top three finishers: $50, $35 and $20. Medals were provided by the Hill County Superintendent of Schools...

  • Letter to the Editor - Property tax increase keeps coming

    Updated Feb 23, 2024

    Well, the next step in your residential property tax increase is happening. Banks are sending updated “mortgage bills” to homeowners. Guess what? You owe more money! Recently, a young friend reached out, concerned about his $100 monthly mortgage increase and he didn’t know why. That’s a lot of money — $1,200 a year. Drumroll for the explanation. Since the bill comes from the bank, it’s the lender’s fault, right? Nope. By law, a residential mortgage statement must show the escrow portion — the amount you pay for insurance and...

  • Letter to the Editor - Thanks and congratulations on Community Baby Shower

    Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Editor, Congratulations to all those new and expecting moms out there and thank you everyone to came and supported our Community Baby Shower. We had some awesome vendors and supporters. Extra congratulations to the winners of the baskets, Mariah Kellam, Cheyenne Chinadle, Baliey Schaub, Mackenzy, Abbey Chivilicek, Pam Olson. Tracy Daychild Northern Montana Health Care...

  • Letter to the Editor - Time for Sheehy to answer some questions

    Updated Feb 20, 2024

    It is really disappointing. Rosendale running for Senator in the Republican primary would have produced a good, hard competition which would have sharpened the debate, allowed valuable evaluation of each candidate, and a good exploration of stances relative to the current issues. Now it is up to Sheehy by himself and he can start by producing a cohesive report outlining who he is, where he grew up, how long he has been in Montana, and how he developed such a vibrant business. As far as the issues are concerned, Sheehy has...

  • Letter to the Editor - Daines all hat and no cattle on the border

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    We’ve all seen individuals that talk a big game, get themselves into a pickle at a bar, and then look to their friends to “hold them back” because they don’t have the guts to take care of business on their own. These folks always talk tough but never have the intestinal fortitude to back it up. That sure sounds a lot like how politician Steve Daines acted this month with his “fake” outrage about the southern border of the USA. We’ve all heard Daines moan, groan and whine about the border for years, bringing it up any time h...

  • Letter to the Editor - Let Montanans pick our candidates

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Dear Editor and Fellow Constituents, Montana’s election process belongs to the people. We want to facilitate open and fair discussions during our primaries. The National Republican Senate Committee Chairman Daines does not need to choose the Arizona candidates or the candidates for Montana … Montanans can pick our own candidates, we do not need rich establishment politicians spoon feeding us our choices for federal or state offices. We want fair and honest elections, not selections. Now is a time for the grassroots of Mon...

  • Letter to the Editor - Dave Greenwood will be greatly missed

    Updated Feb 6, 2024

    Editor, On behalf of the Independence Bank staff and Board of Directors, we would like to pass on our sincerest condolences to the family of Dave “Doc” Greenwood, who passed away Sunday January 21, 2024. Dave was a Board Member of Independence Bank/MSI from 1993-2016. Dave was one of our longest serving board members, dedicating 23 years to Independence Bank. He will always be remembered for keeping the room light and full of charm. Dave and his wife, Judy, owned and operated Havre’s Yummy Yogurt, Taco John’s, and Pro Put...

  • Letter to the Editor - Watch your language

    Updated Jan 26, 2024

    Editor, As climate disruption becomes more evident, more people are empowered to advocate for climate mitigation. This advocacy is positive, but climate advocates must choose their words carefully for their message to be most effective. Advocates need humility because we don’t have all the answers. For instance, while the climate science fundamentals are well established, it is a relatively new field and probably still holds plenty of surprises. Humility is necessary because renewable energy development will make mistakes, j...

  • Letter to the Editor - Congress should reform pharmacy benefit manager practices

    Updated Jan 9, 2024

    Dear editor, As someone who relies on medications for heart disease, it’s incredibly frustrating to see our leaders in Washington drag their feet on passing meaningful legislation that could help seniors afford their prescription drugs. Congress must act soon to pass policy reforms that will help reduce out-of-pocket costs at the pharmacy and make prescription drugs more available and accessible to those who need them most. One of the most effective ways Congress can tackle this problem is by passing legislation to reform t...

  • Letter to the Editor - Create an adequate transportation system in 2024

    Updated Jan 5, 2024

    Friends and Neighbors Happy New Year. The Highway 2 Associaton continues its efforts, as it has for 22 years, to fulfill it’s mission — “To Enhance the Economic Viability of Northern Montana Communities by constructing an Adequate (U.S. Highway 2) that would allow communities to compete for and attract businesses.” Adequate has been defined by the business community in that 80% of businesses locate in or near communities that have a four-lane highway. Surveys have revealed that the No. 1 consideration of a business that lo...

  • Letter to the Editor - Santa, you might want to try an EV in the warming world

    Updated Dec 15, 2023

    Dear Santa, I hope this letter finds you well, albeit busy as heck, I’m sure! It’s that time of year! I wanted to let you know that I’ve been good. Regarding lumps of coal and such. I would love something more environmentally friendly. Could you please give me a solar panel? You can just leave it on the roof! How is the North Pole? I’ve been worried about you. Do you have “winter?” I know our glaciers are melting faster than scientists thought. Here in Montana, they are really shrinking. One of our Congressmen said that h...

  • Letter to the Editor - Thanks to US Bank for museum computer

    Updated Dec 1, 2023

    Editor, On behalf of the Clack Museum, we would like to publicly thank U.S. Bank, Havre Branch, for the generous donation sent to the Clack Museum designated to provide the funding necessary for obtaining a new laptop for the Clack Museum/Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump! The donation will allow us to purchase the laptop and necessary software to allow our use of the Past Perfect accessions software to catalog our collections. Also a thank-you is extended to Havre Daily News — and reporter Patrick Johnston — for their public servi...

  • Letter to the Editor - Thanks for all the help and support

    Updated Dec 1, 2023

    Hello! My name is Austin Boyce. I am 17 years old, was born and raised in this wonderful Havre community and I started playing hockey with Havre Youth Hockey when I was 3. Over the years I have developed a real passion for the game, which I can attribute largely to my dad and his love of hockey and I look forward to seeing where God leads me with it in the future. Last June, I was invited to play on an U18 Prep team located out of Alexandria, Minnesota, for the 2023-2024 season. With the encouragement from my parents to...

  • Letter to the Editor - Taking action

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Editor, Don’t be anxious about the climate crisis. Anxiety is a normal response when we see a danger our leaders ignore. But push back instead. Take control. Get active. Because action, no matter how small, is the best cure for anxiety. It doesn’t have to be a big or dramatic action, just an effective one, and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby has some great suggestions. One of the best actions is the quickest and simplest: Pick up your phone and tell Congress you want action. Try it. It’ll take less than two minutes, but after y...

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