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 Opinion    March 31, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Montana Developmental Center can be turned around

Editor: The Montana Senate last week voted to close Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, largely reacting to hysteria generated by Disability Rights Montana, the decision is wrong for several reasons, including the fact that a number of clients... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 31, 2015

Invest in America, not in more war

Jon Tester Seems like every time I turn on the TV, I see another pundit or politician calling for greater American military intervention in response to ISIS, or heading to war with Iran, or cleaning up after some other conflict around the world.... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 27, 2015

From the North 40: Doomed to domestic disaster

Despite my long, sordid history of being unable to snap out of my obsessive obsession with, well, random obsessive things, I had fully planned on writing this week about something besides my house... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 27, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Havre Police did a great job in capturing an escapee last week. Eric Bruce Fowler escaped from a Warm Springs drug and alcohol center for addicted inmates. He ended up in Havre. When local police tried to apprehend him, he took off in a... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 26, 2015

Se bilingue - I speak food in different languages

In the months I have been in Mazatlan, I have collected referrals for several ways to enhance my poor command of Spanish. But all seem to be formal classes. No thank you. If small children point and...

 
 Opinion    March 25, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Praise for bill that would ban attendance at animal fights

Editor: Dogfighting and cockfighting are despicable blood sporst, and unfortunately a loophole in Montana law is letting people get away with attending and participating in this illegal sport. Montanans have a long tradition of caring for animals,... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 20, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Helena lawmakers have it right on this one. There is a movement afoot to allocate $15 million to a fund that will be used to expand broadband service to rural Montana areas. Anyone who has tried to use a cellphone to communicate with... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 20, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Giveaway House board has done great work

Editor: I am writing in response to the story that appeared in the Havre Daily News regarding Sheila Forshee and the previous issues with the Giveaway House. It is important that everyone know how excited I am as the founder and president of My Neigh... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 20, 2015

From the North 40: My best laid, half-cracked plans

Today’s column is brought to you by anxiety, a wholly owned subsidiary of deep dilemma, which is on a mission to provide my every thought a bumpy ride on the worry bus to crazy town. The problem is... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 19, 2015

Crooning the homesick blues for Montana

I woke up homesick. I want real weather, I said to myself. I’ll take any distraction to keep myself from dealing with the deeper problem. Weather, indeed. Tip of my iceberg. Winter’s never been... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 19, 2015

Guest column: Gun lobby wants to promote fear, grab headlines

Lynn Hamilton Another litany of constitutional arguments from the gun lobby, Senate Bill 143, The “Higher Education Rights Restoration Act,” is designed to promote fear, grab headlines, undermine confidence in government institutions and public... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 18, 2015

Our View: Giveaway House has a long, tremendous history

For decades, the Giveaway House on Havre’s north side has been a godsend for people who need clothing, household items and more. In the 1970s, two concerned women, Ruth Nystrom and Ann Friesen, started the program. It has been a model charity.... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 18, 2015

Letter to the Editor: So you need help paying heating bills? LIEAP can help you

Editor: Havre Hi-Line’s home heating help program is still accepting applications until 5 p.m., Thursday, April 30. If you live in the counties of Hill, Blaine or Liberty counties, our office wants to help you. The program, LIEAP — pronounced LEE... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 18, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Reporters should report both sides of political issues

Editor: The Havre Daily News coverage of the legislative videos at noon on Tuesdays should include both sides of the discussion not just the speakers and pictures of the Democratic party. It shows a bias on the part of the Havre Daily News. With... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 16, 2015

Our View: Sunshine Week: Keep government open

This week is Sunshine Week, an annual time designed to encourage openness in governments around the United States. The Society of Professional Journalists and dozens of others groups take part in activities marking the week. Newspapers seem to be... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 16, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Stick to facts on Medicaid expansion

Editor: State Rep. Stephanie Hess, R-Havre, in her explanation of why she voted against the governor's plan to expand Medicaid to 70,000 deserving Montanans, cited several incorrect statistics. She claimed that in the first year the program would... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 13, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Leroy Keller should make us all proud. He donated blood this week, just as he has done frequently for almost 60 years. As of this week, he has donated 35 gallons of blood. That's a record for the Havre area, and we’d bet it’s close... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 13, 2015

From the North 40: It's the sounds of morningIt's classically, quizzically, me

Last week I explored, in part, the idea of who knows me better: the people doing the health screening who said I’m now short and fat, or my Chinese Zodiac which says I’m “vain and high... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 13, 2015

No last-minute safety net crunch

March is upon us and with the change of calendar comes the dawn of springtime and many decisions for Montana farmers. And this year, these decisions include several important choices on federal safety net programs that could make a big difference... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 12, 2015

Water compact agreement helps the Hi-Line

Editor: The decision that our legislators make on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe Water Compact could shape the future of our state for decades to come. While many would have you believe that the compact only impacts the Flathead and areas... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 6, 2015

Letter to the Editor:

Editor: It wasn't all that long ago I was walking door to door, campaigning for Havre City Council. I was greeted by many with a smile and a thank-you. Others were curious if I was a Democrat or Republican. The remaining concerned citizens asked... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 6, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel The Havre Police Department is handing out free gun locks. The locks were paid for through a grant. Police Chief Gabe Matosich said most new guns have locks with them, but people tend to own lots of older guns, many without locks. The locks...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 6, 2015

View from the North 40: Can you screen me now?

Health screenings are meant to tell you, and others, important things about yourself, but really, I’m more than just a list of numbers on a page. Why just this week I took a 12-question quiz and... Full story

 
 Opinion    March 6, 2015

Rocky Boy council has been black mark

Editor: The events of the past years have aided the Rocky Boy Business Committee in giving a black mark against the tribe, its members and Ken Blatt St. Marks. What has the current business committee done to prove anything against Mr. Blatt St Marks?... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    March 5, 2015

Looking Out My Backdoor: Saga of sexy sunglasses

Ai-yi-yi! I don’t know what to do. One minute I’m happily married, the next minute I’m headed for divorce court. You know how I’ve been purging drawers and cabinets, throwing away useless,... Full story

 

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