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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 3, 2020

View from the North 40: Schrodinger was obviously onto something

This week’s recurring theme in my life is the thought experiment called Schrodinger’s cat. I’m going to do my best to explain the background of Schrodinger’s cat, but right off the bat, I want...

 

We can weather this storm if we do our part

COVID-19 continues to be at the forefront of our current health battles and plans.  We have one documented case of COVID-19 in Havre, but almost assuredly there are more. We still do not have the testing capabilities to test everyone with...

 

Letter to the Editor - A wake up call

Editor, As a retired physician, I am writing to express my deep concern with the irresponsible attitude too many Montanans are showing toward current “shelter-in-place” guidelines enacted in response to the coronavirus epidemic. All around our...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 2, 2020

Looking out my Backdoor: How to survive and maintain sanity in the 'new normal'

Now that I gained your attention, I confess, I have not a clue. Neither to survival nor to sanity. I’m fishing for answers. I figured if I cast out a line, I might hook you and you could tell me!...

 

The Postscript: Parked out back

Joe’s red truck is parked behind his house. It hasn’t moved in days. Joe gets in his red truck every morning and drives around. He’s a member of every fraternal organization, a regular at the br...

 

Letter to the Editor - Shelter at home can reduce impact of pandemic

Editor: This is a very important message for the people of Montana. If we all follow the shelter at home rule, we can avoid becoming as devastated as Italy or New York City. Only leave the house for food, medicine or urgent medical care. Only... Full story

 

Responsibilities of citizenship during pandemic

As the death toll from the novel coronavirus rises, we are brutally faced with the reality that public policy directly affects the number of Americans and Montanans who are victimized by this modern plague. And also by the reality that, because of... Full story

 

Lawmakers also in new day with COVID-19

We are in a new day, legislating and politics as we knew it has become learn-as-we-go. The face-to-face meetings are no more, web-based conference is the new meeting protocol. Webex, Zoom, Skype, Conference Call and Facetime are my new norm. It... Full story

 

From the Fringe … Havre Daily accepts the challenge of fighting COVID-19

It’s been said often in the last few weeks that we’re in a battle with the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. And while it took a little while longer, the battlefront has arrived in Montana, and even here in Hill County. And, with Montana... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 27, 2020

View from the North 40: Tuesday and the safe place

The second winter after my husband, John, and I were married, we took in a stray cat that showed up on our place. She was a beautiful blue-eyed, sealpoint, Siamese-cross with lots of white markings,...

 

Montana must act to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails

In the face of a public health crisis more serious than any of us have seen in our lifetime, we all feel vulnerable. In our best attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, we listen to public health experts and close schools, cancel gatherings and...

 

Letter to the Editor - Stay safe and find stuttering help online

Dear editor, As many schools are now closed and parents are searching for at-home and online resources for children, the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation not only has resources, but also activities and guidance for helping young people with their...

 

Our View - Common sense, following guidelines, will beat COVID-19

The novel coronavirus 2019 and the disease it causes, COVID-19, is now confirmed to be in Hill County. It probably was a matter of when, not if, it would be confirmed here. The important thing for... Full story

 

Looking out my Backdoor: Old dogs learn new tricks

How quickly we progressed from refusing hugs and handshakes, to isolating in voluntary quarantine. In the mornings when Leo came to work our gardens, he calls out, “Sondrita, are you alive....

 

The Postscript: Waiting for the sun

An enormous box arrives at our house. It is filled with food and cleaning supplies and, yes, toilet paper. I feel guilty. But the truth is, these supplies were ordered months ago. My husband, Peter,...

 

We can all stick together through the crisis

Havre is a place we are proud to call home, where we enjoy spending our time and giving back to our community. We have been a part of many community activities and we are always willing to help when we can. We’ve been in your community for more...

 

Lands Council offers help on managing beavers in Beaver Creek Park

The Lands Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Spokane, Washington. We are dedicated to the preservation and protection of forests, water and wildlife in the Inland Northwest. Since 1984, The Lands Council has been a community...

 

Rallying together as Montanans in times of crisis

Montanans are no strangers to challenging and unprecedented times. In 2017, we tackled the most expensive fire season on record and the largest since the big burn of 1910. Through economic downturns, we have made sacrifices in order to help...

 

Letter to the Editor - Stick to the facts while dealing with COVID-19

I am appalled the Havre Daily News chose to run Ann Coulter’s xenophobic, racist rant. This rhetoric is not harmless. It incites fear and hate and is the last thing we need when facing a crisis. Unfortunately, anti-Asian sentiment is already on...

 

Letter to the Editor - Our commodity markets are broken

During this crisis the American people instinctively knew what they needed: food. News showed empty store shelves as politicians warned not to hoard and promised plenty of food. If our market system were functioning, demand would increase the value...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 20, 2020

View from the North 40: The distance between you and me is a comfort zone

My hours spent actually in the office were moved around so I now come to work late at night or early in the morning, like, late-late or early-early when no one is there so that I can do my part to...

 

OPED: Rallying together as Montanans in times of crisis

Montanans are no strangers to challenging and unprecedented times. In 2017, we tackled the most expensive fire season on record and the largest since the big burn of 1910. Through economic downturns, we have made sacrifices in order to help... Full story

 

Looking out my Backdoor: We never know what the day might bring!

It’s probably been centuries since our world has been so united in purpose. We are concerned — concerned for our own health, our families, our neighbors, concerned for those around the other side...

 

SBA's disaster assistance to help Montana's small firms mitigate Coronavirus impact

Montana’s small businesses are the fabric of our economy and their success is dependent on the ability to freely market products and services to communities across the state. As Americans face the new reality of “social distancing” measures,...

 

The Postscript: Smelling like dog

It’s a very gray day. Today is exactly the sort of day I am most grateful for dogs. Walking in my neighborhood, everyone feels the need to share the latest dire news. Meeting in the street, we...

 

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