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Letter to the Editor - The Golden Spike in a different light

Editor, Really? I found the article in the Havre Daily News to be disparaging concerning Tammy Walters. Tammy is far from a greedy uneducated businesswoman. During the complete shutdown she continued to pay her employees as if they... — Updated 1/15/2021


Letter to the Editor - A reply to Sen. Steve Daines

Senator Daines, I received your letter of Jan. 11. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my comments regarding the attack on the Capitol, and your role in it. I would like to set the record straight on a few points in your... — Updated 1/15/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion 

View from the North 40: What does your the flag fly for?

The overwhelming number of videos about the D.C. protest-turned-siege of the U.S. Capitol didn’t make me think of my grandpa until I saw an entirely unrelated video that seemed... — Updated 1/15/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: When summer sausage is a slice of bliss

Jim from Missouri, funny how we label people, isn’t it, was talking with me the other day, distanced and masked, when, in an idle comment, I mentioned that I miss summer sausage,... — Updated 1/14/2021


Letter to the Editor - Thank you on Community Christmas Dinner

Editor, Once again, thank you. The beginning of December people were asking me if the community was going to have a dinner this Christmas with the spike in COVID cases. After visiting with a secret Santa and some local... — Updated 1/13/2021


Letters to the Editor - We all should be involved in keeping Beaver Creek Park healthy

Editor, A few weeks ago, Lou Hagener submitted to the paper a letter to the editor about the policies of the Hill County Park Board and Beaver Creek Park. His letter, published in Havre Daily News Tuesday, Dec. 22, was full of... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: My treat bag

Dax stared at me in disbelief. I am the Treat Lady, and I had no treats. It was inexplicable. Dax is one of my regular customers. He is a young black dog with a lot of energy. His s... — Updated 1/13/2021


Letter to the Editor - Daines, Rosendale placed permanent stain on Montana

Editor, After enduring four years of a corrupt and immoral Trump Presidency with a similarly mostly corrupt cabinet and sycophant appointees, I had almost started to breathe a little grateful relief. That is until January 6th,... — Updated 1/11/2021


Montana cannot afford devastating budget cuts while providing tax breaks for the wealthy

The Montana Budget & Policy Center is a nonprofit organization providing research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues. Imagine someone gave you a million dollars and told you to spend $1,000 every day and come back... — Updated 1/11/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: In times of stress ...

With plenty of opportunities lately to participate in one of my favorite self-health activities — stress eating — I was prompted to do some research on one of my go-to stress... — Updated 1/8/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Beginnings, mysteries and a mixed bag of nonsense

Bob T, a long-time friend from my past, used to compare life to a battery. In order for it to work, life must have both positive and negative poles. I, of course, wanted only the... — Updated 1/7/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Swedish surprise

My 2021 calendar is hanging from the closet door. Every year I’ve lived in this house, I’ve gotten a cloth calendar, hung from a dowel. My mother’s mother always had a cloth... — Updated 1/6/2021


The humbling privilege serving as Montana's governor

As any parent knows, time is more often measured by the milestones of our children than our own lives. When I first entered this office as Montana’s 24th governor, the sounds of young children laughing and playing rang through... — Updated 1/4/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: When every day is Sunday

This week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a strange time, a time when every day feels like Sunday. This morning, I made a big mistake. I checked the temperature. At 10:00... — Updated 12/31/2020


Our pandemic

Now, after a year, the numbers have become numbing. We can’t blame the media, who were simply doing their job by reporting facts, but as thousands became hundreds of thousands it became impossible to maintain a sense of scale.... — Updated 12/31/2020

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: The event boundary you didn't know you needed

The annual build-up of anticipation for New Year’s Day is, I think, the clearest proof of mankind’s eternal, stalwart and irrational optimistic nature. How many times have we... — Updated 12/31/2020

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Throw out the empties

A fellow I know was grousing about the past year. His birthday was coming up and he felt, once again, that this year failed to meet his expectations. He was unhappy with the year,... — Updated 12/30/2020


Letter to the Editor - Don't play Russian roulette with COVID-19

Editor, COVID-19 might be a hoax to some, but I have several reasons why I choose to treat it as a real threat to health, well-being and life. I plan and hope to complete at least one more marathon before I die. I also want to... — Updated 12/29/2020


Letter to the Editor - Follow the golden rule - mask up

Editor, I got my first car with seat belts when my child was 2. It took at least three stops on the 20 minutes to town to put him back in them. I realized how worth it this training was when I hit a patch of black ice and ended up... — Updated 12/28/2020


Letter to the Editor - Thanks for work with Toys for Tots

As 2020 comes to a close, I’d like to reflect on the generosity of the Havre community. This year was the third Toys for Tots Campaign for the Havre area. We served 80 children this year; a 10 percent increase from 2019. Given al... — Updated 12/24/2020

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Merry Christmas

The phone rings. I grab my mask with one hand and the phone with the other. “Merry Christmas.” My new habit. Masking has become automatic. Before I leave the house I grab a... — Updated 12/24/2020

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: I have a wish that's bigger than Christmas

Holidays are complicated. Have you ever tried to make one up on your own? Sure it’s easy to say “That (fill in the blank) is so awesome, everybody should celebrate it as a... — Updated 12/24/2020

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: As much christmas as possible

Whatever you think about Christmas, I think you would have to agree we need one this year. Everyone I know seems determined to do as much Christmas as it is possible to do. My... — Updated 12/23/2020


Striking a balance in Beaver Creek Park

It was encouraging to hear that the Hill County Park Board is initiating a process to document a policy for trapping in our Beaver Creek Park. Hopefully this policy will address more than just lethal trapping of beavers and... — Updated 12/22/2020


Letter to the Editor - Recycling still is happening

Editor, Recycling seems to be a never-ending roller coaster that we ride on. The commodity market downturn in recent years prompted changes in what we can recycle here. The endpoint recyclers sort of exist in limbo, in that sweet s... — Updated 12/21/2020


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