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Looking out my Backdoor: Sometimes life - Soup or salad?

First serving: soup. When I hug friends goodbye, friends whom I see once a year or less frequently, I go into a three-day funk. My life feels like metaphorical soup, seasoned with a dollop of...

 

Making fiscal responsibility a priority

Thomas Jefferson favored amending the Constitution by “taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.” He also favored a requirement that taxes would have to be sufficient for each generation to pay its own debts. Managing debt has...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for help on 9C tournament

Editor, Thank you to the community of Havre for your support of the 9C boys/girls basketball tournament. The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce values your support and helping to make the tournament a success. A special thanks goes out to Dennis Murphy...

 

Washington is addicted to spending

When I was elected to Congress, the people of Montana sent a clear message: they wanted more jobs and less government. But the bloated budget deal passed by Congress last week is the very definition of more government.   As Montana’s voice in...

 

The safety of our children and communities

Washington, D.C., is broken. Our representatives choose time and again to bend to the interests of lobbyists and corporate donors at our expense. I have spent my entire career as a consumer protection advocate, fighting for people who have been...

 

Another brick in the wall

Clearly, building the wall on our southern border is high on President Trump’s agenda, and it should be. There has been a lot of controversy and political rhetoric over expense, feasibility, etc. Often the rhetoric turns to marginalizing the...

 

President's budget would worsen hunger, poverty and hardship in Montana

A federal budget reflects our values and vision for America. President Trump’s FY19 budget, released last Monday, abandons our long-held values of caring for our neighbors, helping people during hard times, and the belief that no one in this...

 

Bipartisan legislation seizes opportunity for local growth

Partisanship has taken hold of our political lives from Washington to right here in Northwest Montana. Despite all the political ill will, there appears to be one issue that Republicans and Democrats can agree on — promoting local economic growth...

 

Help available to Quit Spit Tobacco during Through With Chew Week

Through with Chew Week is observed in Montana Feb. 19-23. The Bullhook Dental Clinic is partnering with the North Montana Tobacco-Free Coalition to provide free oral cancer screenings to spit tobacco users during this week. Early detection is a key...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 16, 2018

View from the North 40: How to Kill a Joke 101

I always said the quickest way to kill a joke was to explain it, but I think scientists have discovered, unbeknownst to themselves, that the most efficient way to kill a joke is to research it and explain the research. Thoroughly. Apparently,...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: The flamenco and the bulls

Ai-yi-yi, what a week this has been. A few days ago, tongue in cheek, I mentioned to my friend Dan in Fort Worth that I would be returning to my “quiet and uneventful life.” Dan thought I was...

 

Letter to the Editor - Tribal official wrong on water situation

Editor, Curtis Monteau, the statements you made in regard to the water not being out for more then 24 hours is a lie and I can prove that by the first phone call two weeks ago after it was out for five days and again to 911 the second time it was...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 9, 2018

View from the North 40: In the end, the lessons proved to be good

February must be a month to revisit topics because I’m back with marijuana-infused news, this time home-grown here in the U.S. and as wholesome as a Girl Scout working the annual cookie sales gig. Last week I reported on two Canadian cops who...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Opinion    February 9, 2018

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 with us. We printed...

 

Letter to the Editor - School actions should be for the children

Editor, Being a long-time Havre resident and a retired school teacher, I read with interest your recent article about the Havre Public Schools potential plans for reconfiguring the schools. I feel the school board should be commended for being...

 

Letter to the Editor - Havre Daily at new low

Editor, I have not lived in Havre for almost 20 years, but have kept up on local news via the Havre Daily. The article that was posted about the Dean/St. Jude’s shut down was repugnant. This whole farce of a Senate campaign is bad enough, but when...

 

Looking out my Backdoor: A simple phone, please

Last night, Don and Dorothy, former neighbors, made arrangements to meet me to go to Loony Beans in Cerritos for breakfast. I went to the lobby at 8:50. I like to be prompt. I waited until 9:45...

 

Letter to the Editor - Shame on the Havre Daily News

Editor, To all who were involved in the printing of the recent Dean article: How dare you involve yourselves in the custody battle and allow the news organization to be a puppet of James Dean’s manipulation tactics, and party to the slander of two...

 

Letter to the Editor - Article was sensationalism

Editor, Only the first two paragraphs of the Feb. 5, 2018, article which reported the lockdown at St. Jude’s were what I would consider “news-worthy.” The rest of the article was simply an attempt at sensationalism aimed at getting more people...

 

Letter to the Editor - Article beyond the level of good taste

Editor, We would not deny the right of the press to report on an incident such as a Senate candidate being escorted off the premises of a school because of his failure to conform to a court order regarding the custody of minors. The facts...

 

Letter to the Editor - Friends of the Havre-Hill County Library host Pie Social

Editor, The Friends of the Havre-Hill County Library will be holding their Valentine Pie Social Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the library. This pie social is usually held on Valentine’s Day. This year, however, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on...

 

Next Legislature must stand up for Montana

Montanans are now seeing the real-life consequences of budget decisions made by the Republican legislators who make up the majority of our state legislature. Over the next year, 28 property assessment offices will be closing their doors in addition...

 

Administration approach to sage grouse conservation hurts Montana's people, economy

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke long has long claimed to be a “Roosevelt Republican.” He has said time and again that he will stand with the West and not allow the overreaching arm of Washington, D.C., to hold us within its grasp. But his recent...

 

Letter to the Editor - MDT needs to focus on productive projects on US2

Friends and neighbors, Happy New Year. 2018 promises to be a great year, rest assured there will be challenges, that’s life. I contend, “With every challenge comes opportunity.” The Highway 2 Association continues pressing for Highway 2...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 2, 2018

Keystoned cops in Canada suspended

Toronto newspapers are reporting that two of the city’s police officers have been suspended with pay pending an investigation on allegations that they consumed cannibis edibles while on duty. No charges have been filed and any criminal activities a...

 

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