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Letter to the Editor - Help with NAMI walk in Helena, more activities coming

Editor, National Alliance for Mental Illness Havre is getting ready to get the walk going — it is on Sept. 18, 2022. This year we are not having a walk, but we do have someone to walk in Helena for NAMI Havre. If you want to... — Updated 8/12/2022

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion 

View from the North 40: A historical moment should be celebrated

I successfully built and hung a gate this week. It bears pointing out that I conquered my nemesis, the hanging of a gate, by getting the thing hung level and plumb. It swings... — Updated 8/12/2022

 

Volunteers needed at museum, buffalo jump

Volunteerism in Havre has a long history. From our town’s start, there were people willing to give their time, talents, resources and dedication to worthy community causes. From giving to those less fortunate, to creating health... — Updated 8/12/2022

 

The Postscript: Two degrees

They call the impossibly complicated screen I am looking at a “dashboard,” which I do not find reassuring at all. It would be nice not to associate my ignorance of technology with crashing some out-of-control machine into a... — Updated 8/9/2022

 

Paying the cost of war at last for veterans with the SFC Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act

Generation after generation, Americans have gone to war, backed by the promise that their country would take care of them when they came home. Yet for years, our government failed those in uniform who returned home only to face a... — Updated 8/9/2022

 

Republicans today not Republicans of the past

I am proud to have served as a Republican all my life. I have been the vice-chairman of the Montana State Republican Party. I served two terms as a Republican county commissioner here in Yellowstone County. I worked 10 plus years... — Updated 8/9/2022

 

Supporting MSU-Northern

In a few short years, Montana State University-Northern will be celebrating the 100th year of its founding. Over the course of the near-century it has been in existence, thousands upon thousands of Montana’s sons and... — Updated 8/4/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: The horse sat on my chest

Let’s start with the back story. Way Back. Last year, because of the pandemic, I took my travel money and gutted my bodega which was a mishmash of shelves cobbled together from... — Updated 8/4/2022

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: Time is now meaningless

What were you doing June 29, 2022? Whatever is was, you did less of it than you think you did because that day was not a full 24 hours. That’s right, we were all bilked out of... — Updated 8/4/2022

 

Letter to the Editor - Wake up, Montana

Editor, This upcoming election is very important! Ladies do you really want to lose your right to privacy, health care and potentially contraceptives? Do you really want ultra-conservative white republican men controlling you? Peop... — Updated 8/2/2022

 

Letter to the editor - From Jan. 6, 2021, to Nov. 8, 2022

Dear Reader, It may be just me, or might you also agree that large swathes of the Republican party appear to have given up on democracy — especially so when elections don’t go their way! And surely this is dangerous to our... — Updated 8/2/2022

 

Letter to the Editor - Look for the right solution to deer 'problem'

Editor, I would like to address the city officials about the deer “problem” solutions you have suggested. I quote “problem” because it is not a problem for me personally. I enjoy seeing nature and I enjoy sharing my space... — Updated 8/2/2022

 

Hansen will be missed

It was a sad day in early July when we laid my District 14 predecessor, Kris Hansen, to rest. Kris was a mentor who was not afraid to let, not only myself know her thoughts, but anyone willing to listen. Kris lived a lot of life... — Updated 8/2/2022

 

Campaigns should be about earning votes

I’m not a millionaire and neither are 95% of Montanans. My campaign isn’t funded by millionaires, but instead, our contributions have come from hardworking Montanans who are putting their money on the line to create real change... — Updated 8/2/2022

 

Letter to the Editor - Promises made should be promises kept when it comes to drug prices

Dear Editor: Talk is cheap, but prescription medicines are not. Millions of people can’t afford to keep paying what drug corporations charge for basic medicines like insulin or asthma inhalers, much less specialty cancer drugs or... — Updated 7/28/2022

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: It's a chive-seasoned insight

I don’t know about you, but I never can tell when I’m going to have a revelation. Like last weekend, I went with a friend to a quiet gem of a lake in central Montana and ... — Updated 7/28/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my backdoor: Tip-toeing through tulips metaphorical

Rain fell all night long. The ground was soggy, spongy. Flowers hung their heads from weight of water. The morning sky looked like moldy cottage cheese. Around noon, the sun broke... — Updated 7/28/2022

 

Letter to the Editor - Support American family farms

Dear Editor, I want to address something that is very personal to me, the American family farm. I grew up on a malt barley farm in Fairfield that has been in my family since the early 1950s and is still worked by my father today.... — Updated 7/25/2022

 

Letter to the Editor - Conservative agenda is not pro-life

Editor, It’s ironic, but does anyone see it? First, the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, letting states ban abortion, then the Supreme Court rules against the EPA fixing the climate crisis. The first was supposedly... — Updated 7/25/2022

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: As the Fates would have it

I don’t think I’ve been a particular target of the Fates or anything specifically paranoid like that, I’m just saying that they’ve been busy this month testing my human... — Updated 7/25/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: It's a conspiracy

Hurricane Estelle blew in lugging a heavy cloud blanket behind her until the sky looked like cry me a river. Day after day after day, darkness reigned and time warped, smudged and d... — Updated 7/25/2022

 
 By Will Rawn    Opinion

On Second Thought: Let's get down to cases, senators

Argument is a way for people with differing perspectives on an issue, abortion, for example, to test and reshape each other's ideas and, sometimes, even reason out a new idea... — Updated 7/25/2022

 
 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: The package

The package arrived last week and, I have to admit, I was surprised. I knew what was in it, of course. It was a painting that my friends Angel, Nora and I co-own. I had it for one... — Updated 7/18/2022

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: It's so hysterical I could cry

OK, I tried to stay out of it, I had a whole column planned about the pitfalls of the most adult activity of my life, then a political candidate from Missoula threw out the right... — Updated 7/14/2022

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: It's a great place to live … but

Yes, it’s a great place to live (for me) but you wouldn’t want to visit. I’ve been accused of having a Paradise Complex, but it is not true. I’ve been told Paradise is full... — Updated 7/14/2022

 

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