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 Opinion    April 24, 2015 

View from the North 40: Re: life, the universe and my cat

Sometimes the Universe stops orchestrating ironic life twists — and creating cracks in the sidewalk of life just to laugh at seeing you trip and fall — long enough to do you a favor. A real favor. Sometimes that real favor feels like a sucker...

 
 Opinion    April 24, 2015 

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — The Montana Legislature has given final approval to a proposal to help preserve Montana’s Native languages. Gov, Steve Bullock is almost certain to sign it. Sponsored by Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, the bill would help school...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 23, 2015

Looking out my back door: Voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land

Even Solomon knew we need to hear a familiar voice from time to time. And what could be more familiar than the mournful Coo-OOO-oo-oo-oo of the bird that in our country is called the mourning dove....

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015

Young Republicans should stand up to big government

By Young Republican Caucus You often hear Republicans talking about the downfalls of big government. The face of the Republican Party is changing and as members of the “next generation” we feel it’s vital to the state that we serve to explain...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015

Thanks, Montana

Montanans love to talk about how special our state is. For those from some place other than Montana, you may think that we mean our beautiful mountains, the vast golden prairies, and incredible blue sky that never seems to end. And you would be right...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Help keep MDC open

Editor: I am asking for your help in a matter of great personal concern to me. Montana Developmental Center in Boulder is on the verge of closing. Senate Bill 411 passed in the Senate and House. There are just a few more steps until it reaches the...

 
 Opinion    April 22, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Proud of Havre for its conduct on Havre Pride Day

Editor: We are thankful for all the help we had for our spring community cleanup this past Saturday. Havre Pride weekend started on Friday with a group of school kids (4- to 5-year-olds) wanting to get in to the act and help. Thanks to Jen Graham...

 
 By Candi Zion    Opinion    April 22, 2015

Shouldn't every day be Earth Day

The recycling community is well aware that April 22 is Earth Day. It is today that recycling businesses, organizations and savvy schools advertise their products and/or sponsor events to celebrate taking care of the earth and, hopefully, positively...

 
 Opinion    April 21, 2015

Letter to the Editor - Ir-Responsible Republicans make it a sad day

Editor: The following Republicans voted with Democrats consistently this legislative session: Reps. Rob Cook of Conrad, Christy Clark of Choteau, Roy Hollandsworth of Brady, Frank Garner of Kalispell, Geraldine Custer of Forsyth, Tom Berry of...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 17, 2015

View from the North 40: Flight of the Postman

If you don’t already know who 61-year-old Ruskin, Florida, mailman Doug Hughes is, you should make it your business to know. He’s just spent the last 2 1/2 years planning and executing a...

 
 Opinion    April 17, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — The Montana Legislature has given final approval to expansion of Medicaid that will allow about 70,000 people to benefit from health insurance. Our waitresses, taxi drivers and hundreds of other pink and blue collar workers will soon be...

 
 Opinion    April 17, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Dritshulas, Lotton praised for construction of new hotel

Editor: As a community we have to give full credit to Bill Dritshulas and Lotton Construction Co. for creating one of the most spectacular man-made views in north-central Montana. When you drive west on U.S. Highway 2 or 2nd Street in the early morni...

 
 Opinion    April 17, 2015

Bullock's free clinics certainly aren't cheap

In Montana, the Legislature is responsible for establishing the state programs to benefit the public, while the executive branch is charged with administering them. That structure has worked very well for decades, and is referred to as the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 16, 2015

Looking out my back door: The last mechanical clock in the whole USA

Just when life in my neighborhood returned to normal: 8,000 motorcycles roared out of town. 50,000 tourists followed. Lingering snowbirds flew north. An unexpected and welcome rain shower blessed,...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Letter to the Editor: You'll like 'Over the River and Through the Woods'

Editor: “Over the River and Through the Woods” is a play about family, food, fun and faith. I encourage everyone to come see our play. We have enjoyed our acting and all the fun we’ve had doing the play. We really want to have a huge crowd for...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Ends don't justify means in House rules panel votes

Many on the left and in the media are praising Senate Bill 405 as a “bipartisan” health care solution. However, one thing is clear to the conservative legislators I serve with: SB 405 is an all-or-nothing expansion of Obamacare for Montana....

 
 Opinion    April 14, 2015

Community Focus: Workload, tensions go up in the Capitol

Just before Easter, the Senate passed my Senate Bill 416, which is the only major infrastructure bill that might have a chance to pass. SB 416 passed the Senate on a 47 to 3 vote. Today SB 416 will...

 
 Opinion    April 10, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Congrats to the city of Havre and the Hill County Clerk and Recorder’s office for continuing the tradition of having mail-in elections for municipal offices. Voter turnout has increased sharply since mail-in voting was adopted. It is...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 10, 2015

View from the North 40: The duct tape whisperer

The three most importand tools in my barn are duct tape, bailing twine and WD-40. The first two on the list are in a constant battle for Top Tool, the primary go-to solution in any farming-ranching...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 9, 2015

Looking out my back door: Mexican-American Graffiti - during Holy Week

I never know. I never know what each day might bring. I think I do. I’m always wrong. Back when my children were youngsters, I used to pray, literally pray, for a boring day, just one boring day,...

 
 Opinion    April 8, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Reminder: Two Park Board seats up this year

Editor: To Hill County residents and to members of the Hill County Park Board whose terms will expire this spring. Existing rules designate that Park Board members terms are three years. Currently, there are no term limits for Park Board members,...

 
 By Mark Douglass    Opinion    April 7, 2015

CASA- where ordinary folks make a difference

It’s one of those priceless moments in film: In the saddle, crusty old Curly (Jack Palance) turns to wise-cracking Mitch (Billy Crystal) and asks: “Do you know what the secret of life is?” A wry grin on Curly’s weather-beaten face. “No. Wha...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 3, 2015

View from the North 40: Pamville News: It's nature

New Hampshire legislators prove it’s not just Montana senators who feel it’s their elected and sworn duty to crush children’s dreams. A group of Bozeman elementary kids and their learned...

 
 Opinion    April 3, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — A Montana Actors’ Theatre play opens, Easter Egg hunts are taking place all over town, special religious services are planned along with church social gatherings and many others events are being held this weekend to celebrate this...

 
 Opinion    April 3, 2015

Letter to the Editor: HHS pep band, cheerleaders, mascot praised

Editor: I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge our Havre High School pep band, cheerleaders and Blue Pony mascot. There is no doubt in my mind they all collectively are one of the best in the state. The enthusiasm and spirit they bring to...

 

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