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 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 29, 2015 

Looking Out My Backdoor - A hip bionic woman is getting a tire change

Holy Smokies. I never know which way the ball will bounce when I get up in the morning. Hey, keeps me on my toes. When I saw my x-ray, I knew I’d soon have to go under the knife, become more bionic... Full story

 
 Opinion    January 27, 2015

'Je suis abusé' - Creating a world without 'Charlie'

Mark Douglas The radical attacks in Paris touched the world. In hopes of minimizing the pain, people around the world, in the streets, in parks, and in the virtual commons of Facebook, declared “Je suis Charlie” — “I AM Charlie.” Recently,... Full story

 
 Opinion    January 27, 2015

Pace picks up at Legislature

Sen. John Brenden Hello again from the Capitol. We are now starting our fourth week in Helena, and the pace is getting faster. Gov. Steve Bullock has a proposed two-year budget of almost $4.5 billion in the general fund. This is $359... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 23, 2015

Peace in gallons per minute

I recently took a trip to visit friends, “those” friends, the kind of married friends who get along — even while installing plumbing. It’s sick and a measure of my capacity for tolerance that... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 22, 2015

In Seattle, Harlem, Mexico: Getting to know you

When I moved from Montana to the Seattle area in 1984, not my first relocation by any means, I knew it would take a while to develop friendships. Two years later, coffee outings with a couple of women... Full story

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    January 19, 2015

Years later, guilt from bullying

I’m glad to see an increased effort on anti-bullying campaigns in area schools and youth organizations. It was a long time coming. Havre Public Schools and most schools in the area, the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, Scout groups and many... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 16, 2015

View from the North 40

It’s no secret. I’ve discussed this openly, even here in my column: One of the great ironies in the history of the world, or my own life — whichever is greater — is that I have to read the new... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 15, 2015

Longing for one of those rough Montana winters

Hi John, I understand the weather is a bit on the rough and tough up there. I’ll not talk about the weather down here. Hello Sondra, That’s what a little time in Mexico does to you. You’ve lost... Full story

 
 Opinion    January 9, 2015

View from the North 40

With Christmas and New Year celebrations behind us, we are now entering the dark days. Days with long, black nights and the freeze of winter settled into the cold, hard ground. And days upon weeks upon months in which time stretches out before me lik... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    January 8, 2015

Resolved: I will eat more chocolate in 2015

Against my better judgment, I made a New Year’s resolution. There’s a first time for everything. To me, New Year’s resolutions are nothing more than tongues flapping empty air. No matter how... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 2, 2015

View from the North 40

Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to love horses — sure, it sounds like a catchy country tune, but really, don’t. Just don’t. Horse people say things about loving horses — how they’re... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 31, 2014

Gifts of Christmas past: Traditions change with moves

For years I have had fun devising unusual “Charlie Brown” Christmas trees. My last several years in Washington, I used a gigantic Montana tumbleweed for my tree, carefully boxing it up for... Full story

 
 By Andy Carlson    Opinion    December 26, 2014

A great time for music in Havre Public Schools

This time of the year in Havre Public Schools the sets take center stage. From the first-graders singing up at the mall to the Hi-Liters touring around the community, Havre Public Schools’ “Tradition of Excellence” in the arts is at its... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 26, 2014

View from the North 40

The Universe will have its balance, if not through blood sacrifice, then through humiliation. A few weeks ago I wrote a column about how a friend from way back found me through the magic of the... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 24, 2014

Tidings of comfort and joy

For two weeks the words of that Christmas song floated through my mind. The chorus won’t leave me alone. Think about it. The whole thing is a strange set up. First angels show up. Then they say,... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 19, 2014

View from the North 40

You live with someone for a few decades and you know everything about them. You’re like “this,” and by “this” I mean the intertwined fingers of oneness — which looks a lot like the crossed... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 18, 2014

The process of finding my inner pole dancer

Dance is different things to different people. To some, dance is pure joy of movement. To someone else, it is forbidden sin. Dance is exercise, artistic expression, communication, a route to seduction... Full story

 
 By Michelle M. Hill    Opinion    December 16, 2014

Dealing with holiday stress and depression

’Tis the season to be jolly? Not likely! The holidays may make many of us feel more like the Grinch than like little Cindy Lou Who. This is understandable with drop-in guests, shopping demands, tight financial issues, cleaning, entertaining,... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke-Humor columnist    Opinion    December 12, 2014

View from the North 40: Column: sorry, thank you

Dear my column, I would like to apologize without sarcasm and thank you sincerely. I am sorry for not having more class and composure the first time someone recognized me in public as the writer of you. Yes, I know, my voice is even less attractive... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 11, 2014

Dear Miss Manners and other stories about Mexico

Know thyself. I am the first to tell you that I am selfish and self-centered to an uncomfortable degree. I would take a melon scooper and remove those traits if that were possible. I don’t have impe... Full story

 
 By Kris Hansen    Opinion    December 11, 2014

Students have a chance to become a legislative page

The Montana Legislature offers a unique opportunity for young people to participate in the legislative process through its Legislative Page Program.  Pages are young men and ladies who are juniors or seniors in high school, or the equivalent... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke Humor columnist    Opinion    December 5, 2014

View from the North 40: A snow job in clown shoes

I hate to say “I told you so.” Life’s too short to waste so many words on vindictiveness. It’s so much more uplifting to just point your finger and laugh, which is exactly my response every time someone says they’re going to try... Full story

 
 By G. Bruce Meyers    Opinion    December 4, 2014

Impose sanctions on this local despotic regime

In recent history, the United States has supported economic sanctions against authoritarian regimes around the world. However, in our own backyard there exists a tribal regime that has gone unnoticed for its undemocratic rule and repressive actions... Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    December 4, 2014

3-week Evelynda with lady from that other Harlem

We met in Mazatlan several years ago. Evelyn is also from Harlem — not Montana — the Harlem in that Big City eastern seaboard state. A world traveler, Evelyn takes trips every year to different...

 
 Opinion    December 2, 2014

Chamber glad people help out

Debbie Vandeberg Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff. That very special time of year is upon us and was officially kicked off Saturday with the lighting of the community tree at... Full story

 

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