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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 17, 2020 

View from the North 40: Remembering how cold the cold is

I once read advice from a well-respected author who said writers of fiction should pull details from their memories, not from current experiences. Specifically, she gave the example that winter...

 

Letter to the Editor - Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame needs reorganization

Editor, My fellow Montanans, I feel compelled to bring to your attention an issue that should concern you. The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Board of Directors wasted nearly $1 million in taxpayer and contribution funds and no one has been held to...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to Lakeside Excavation on finishing Bullhook

Editor, I would like to take a moment to thank Tyler Smith and his crew for stepping in and finishing the Bullhook Diversion project through Havre. They did their work in a timely fashion and it was done with great professionalism.  The work was...

 

Letter to the Editor - Sunnyside Trade Fair a success

Editor, Wooden signs, hand-crafted ornaments, homemade dog treats, and much more awaited lucky buyers Dec. 12 at the Sunnyside Intermediate School Trade Fair. Thanks to the community’s stunning generosity, those items and much more — all created...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks and congratulations on drawings at tree lighting

Editor, A heartfelt thank you to all the businesses that donated to the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Super Certificate Giveaway and the Kids Baskets held Nov. 30th: Bergren Transmission, Subway, Montana State University-Northern Bookstore, JM...

 

Letter to the Editor - Congress needs to pass park, LWCF funding

Editor, Montana’s national parks are some of the best in the country, but they desperately need repairs. Parks across our county, like those in Montana, are facing unreliable funding, record visitation and aging infrastructure. That’s why I am...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to the volunteers for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Editor, The 2019 Community Thanksgiving was a success because of the team effort from the abundant volunteers. During the event we talked about our gratitude towards the anonymous donor. In the kitchen, we reflected on the good works from Gary &...

 

Letter to the Editor - Seeking nominations for Elliot award

Editor, The Blue Pony Booster Club is seeking nominations for the Dr. Jim Elliott Memorial Award. Dr. Elliott’s family gave the first award in 2001, and purchased a plaque that hangs in a trophy case at the Havre High School’s west foyer with...

 

Letter to the Editor - The facts on Empire Builder ridership

To the editor, Havre Daily News: In an article about ridership on Amtrak’s Empire Builder passenger train featured in the Nov. 25 edition of the Havre Daily News, I am quoted as suggesting that the peak ridership for the train at 554,000 in 2008 wa...

 

Letter to the Editor - Daines and Gianforte must take immediate action on CSKT Compact

Editor, The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe Water Compact took over a decade to negotiate with water users on and off the CSKT nation. The CSKT will protect the rights of water users across Montana. It passed the Montana Legislature with...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to blood drive volunteers

Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the volunteers that help with the blood drive that takes place at the St. Judes Parish Center every other month.  Since the drive is also held during the school year...

 

Letter to the Editor - Montana politics

Editor, It was with amusement that I read the Havre Daily News article Oct. 7 quoting Rep. Jacob Bachmeier, D-Havre, basically blasting Public Service Commissioner Randy Pinocci for having an opinion Bachmeier didn’t like, and expressing that...

 

Letter to the Editor - Remember Eldon Mooney Dec. 7

Editor, On 7 December, the Pacific Junction Railway Club at the Havre Rail Museum will honor Eldon Mooney. Eldon moved to Havre from Billings, where he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad the Burlington Northern Railway. In Havre he worked for...

 

Letter to the Editor - Naber an example of what rural teachers should be

Dear editor: I was very pleased with Ila McClenahan’s interesting account of her teachers at the one-room elementary schools across north-central Montana. She was a student at Staton Coulee School while I was a student at rural Burnham School...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to everyone for helping with speech and debate

Editor, The members of the Havre HIgh School speech and debate team want to thank everyone for stepping up and helping us by judging at our invitational tournament Saturday. Many of our regular judges took time from their Saturday to come and rank st...

 

Letter to the Editor - In search of decency

Editor, “At long last, have you no sense of decency left, Sir?” Such was the question asked of Sen. Joseph McCarthy during a Senate Committee hearing he was conducting. The questioner was the U.S. Army Chief Counsel Joseph Welch, and, to his...

 

Letter to the Editor - Tuesday is Stuttering Awareness Day

Editor, Tuesday, Oct. 22, is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Stuttering is the only disability people still laugh at but we’re working to change that! Just over 70 million people around the world stutter, including more than 3 million...

 

Letter to the Editor - Taking responsibility for my actions

I would like to make the following statement regarding my legal situation, although I will not comment directly on any legal pending matter, I can comment in regards to my probation violation. Any questions regarding pending charges need to be...

 

Letter to the Editor - Should do more than save money to earn a Bronze Star

Editor, In regards to U.S. Army veteran Alfred Shryer receiving the Bronze Star for saving the Army money: I am veteran of the Vietnam era and was one of the fortunate ones who never set foot in Vietnam. When I read the article, I was glad to see...

 

Letter to the Editor - Congress needs to act on net neutrality

Editor, I am someone who works a full-time job and is pursuing higher education via the internet. Without access to Montana State University Billings’ online program, or without adequate internet access, I would not have been able to continue my...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks to Northern Montana Hospital for outstanding performance

Editor, I was vacationing in Havre in August when I experienced a medical issue. I went to the Northern Montana Hospital to seek remedy and received the best medical care I’ve ever encountered. After a few tests, the emergency room physician, Dr Ch...

 

Letter to the Editor - Consider contacting American Legion for crash fatality marker

Editor, Loss of life from a vehicle crash has a devastating impact on families and friends of the victim. A loved one is suddenly no longer with us. It has become a practice for people who have lost loved ones due to a fatal crash to express their...

 

Letter to the Editor - Support Amtrak and the Festival Days Run of Special Trains

Dear Editor, This railroad-related letter comes for two reasons. First, I want to thank you and your staff for commitment to reporting on Amtrak issues and for supporting efforts to re-staff Montana ticketing locations and for preservation of...

 

Letter to the Editor - Push Daines to oppose Pendley as BLM director

Editor, Having William Perry Pendley as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, which manages more public land than any other federal agency, is like the proverbial henhouse-guarding fox — on steroids. Pendley (whom I’ll refer to as...

 

Letter to the Editor - Gun control only punishes the good buys

Hunting and shooting is a family tradition for us. First our children and now our grandchildren learn how to handle a firearm, they learn maintenance and proper safety. They respect firearms. They have the right to carry on this tradition — a...

 

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