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Letter to the Editor - Support NAMI Walk Sept. 19

Dear Friends Your past support of the NAMI Walk has meant a great deal to us, and we can’t thank you enough for the generosity! We have this walk for the awareness to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness will be held on... — Updated 9/9/2021


Letter to the Editor - How long till Montana follows Texas

Editor, How ironic: The US Supreme Court just allowed a law passed by Texas Republicans that effectively bans abortion while Republicans in Montana have been chanting, “My body, my choice,” in protests against vaccine and mask... — Updated 9/8/2021


Letter to the Editor - 'Research' on 'rule' on masks in schools is flawed

Editor, The Gianforte administration issued a new rule discouraging mask mandates in schools. The governor rationalized this by contending that several studies show masking has adverse effects upon children. His office released a... — Updated 9/3/2021


Letter to the Editor - No right to infect others

Editor, No one has a constitutional right to infect others with a deadly disease. There is no “freedom” from vaccination or from required wearing of masks. We are not free to disregard a stop light or a speed limit. There is... — Updated 8/30/2021


Letter to the Editor - The enemy

Editor, The once well-known comic strip hero Pogo wisely proclaimed, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” This wisdom is an appropriate description of today’s American society. Among the millions of independent,... — Updated 8/3/2021


Letter to the Editor - Contact your senators about climate change

Dear Editor, It’s awful … the smoke, wildfires, drought, heat, loss of crops, dead fish, algae blooms -- all impacts exacerbated by our changing climate. Here’s a bipartisan solution that benefits all of us. Plenty of... — Updated 8/3/2021


Letter to the Editor - The public has a right to know the facts in fair accusations

Hill County commissioners, I am in receipt of the letter asking for my resignation from the Great Northern Fair Board. I am disappointed that the commissioners have made the decision based on false allegations. Yet not one... — Updated 7/27/2021


Letter to the Editor - Need to take care of viaduct safety issues

Dear Hill County commissioners Diane McLean, Mark Peterson, Jake Strissel, There is a preliminary upgrade plan being drafted on a seven-mile stretch of Highway 232. I was surprised to learn at the open house, last Thursday, that... — Updated 7/20/2021


Letter to the Editor - Reminder for Jon Tester!

Sen. Jon. Tester, If you vote yes for the confirmation of David Chipman,  that’s a no vote for you, in your up coming election. Responsible gun owners will not forget to vote no for you. Roy Johnson Heron... — Updated 7/15/2021


Letter to the Editor - Support Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

Editor, In 2017, Montana’s outdoor recreation economy generated $7.1 billion. Two years later, Montana Sen. Jon Tester introduced the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act — BCSA — a piece of federal legislation to bolster Mo... — Updated 7/13/2021


Letter to the Editor - Help give back to veterans and the community at Beaver Creek Jam

Editor, Havre is definitely one of those places that is filled with pride and support for their small-town community. It is also one of those places that holds very few events because of its small population — which is why a... — Updated 7/6/2021


Letter to the Editor - Keep our children healthy and in school

Editor, Congratulations to the Bear Paw Marathon runners! Let us follow their lead by focusing on and improving our health. The parents and children in this community need the support of our health advisors and approval from our... — Updated 6/9/2021


Letter to the Editor - Thanks for helping make a dream come true

Editor, On June 5, I watched a dream come true. When I moved back to Montana in 2009, I was running a half marathon every year. To train for them, I did a lot of shorter runs in town, but I dislike running loops, so for the long on... — Updated 6/8/2021


Letter to the Editor  - Thanks for creating Bear Paw Marathon

Editor, Thank you to the community of Havre for its efforts in supporting the sport of distance running by hosting the inaugural Bear Paw Marathon. As one who has participated in many marathons, I know the amount of planning and... — Updated 6/4/2021


Letter to the Editor - Best wishes on Bear Paw Marathon

Editor, I am writing this letter to send best wishes for success to the participants and organizers of the upcoming Bear Paw Marathon.   I would like to be there myself to lend support, but we have a family event that conflicts... — Updated 6/2/2021


Letter to the Editor - A response on beavers and trapping

Editor, This letter is in response to Jeff C. Dibblee’s and Fran Buell’s letters to the editor. I find it quite interesting that someone else’s opinions and facts are unacceptable and open to criticism and ridicule if it... — Updated 5/25/2021


Letter to the Editor - Show support for Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

Editor, The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act currently being debated in Congress is a piece of legislation that is critical in order to further protect and sustain Montana’s public lands for recreational enjoyment for all... — Updated 5/19/2021


Letter to the Editor - Some questions about Beaver Deceivers

Editor, I have been following the debate over the beaver situation in our Hill County Beaver Creek Park. We are losing a tremendous amount of trees and access to the creek itself by a common rodent. The beaver. Now that the... — Updated 5/18/2021


Letter to the Editor - Why an anti-trapping billboard here now?

Editor, Hopefully most of the citizenry of Havre have become aware of the billboard along the highway east of Havre.  If not, please check it out. The billboard was paid for by an anti-trapping organization, “Trap Free Montana P... — Updated 5/14/2021


Letter to the Editor - Library foundation seeking help with elevator repair

Editor, As the Havre-Hill County Library is slowly opening after the COVID-19 shutdown, the library staff has discovered another hurdle. The passenger elevator can no longer be repaired with a quick, inexpensive repair. The... — Updated 5/5/2021


Letter to the Editor - What will free-roaming bison do?

Editor, What will free-roaming bison do? This is a hotly debated question in Montana now. But we can look to Utah for an authoritative answer. In 1941, 18 bison from Yellowstone National Park were released in the remote Henry... — Updated 5/4/2021


Letter to the Editor - Kennedy Stiffarm: I ask for your vote for the school board

Editor, My name is Jessica Kennedy-Stiffarm. I am a candidate for the Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees. I am a mother of three and my children attend school in the district. I am married; my husband’s name is Pete. We both... — Updated 4/28/2021


Letter to the Editor - Thanks for your work during the pandemic

During the past year, federal employees nationwide and 12,898 active federal and U.S. Postal workers of Montana have dedicated themselves to keeping our country running while weathering a global pandemic. They continue to provide... — Updated 4/27/2021


Letter to the Editor - Why do we have to walk uphill to the clinic?

Dear Editor, I’ve never written a letter to the Editor before but I have an issue that has been bothering me for some time. Why do we have to climb a hill to get in the clinic to see our doctors?  When it’s icy it’s very... — Updated 4/20/2021


Letter to the Editor - Care for ourselves and one another - get vaccinated

Editor, As faith leaders in Montana, we encourage you to receive the COVID vaccination if you are able. We believe we have a personal responsibility to get vaccinated as good stewards of God’s creation — our bodies. We believe... — Updated 4/20/2021


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