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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 22, 2015 

From the North 40: A rarity: helpful newsy news

I think I can be honest here, so I'll just say right out: I should not be reading, watching, listening to, discussing, covering, or otherwise interacting with news, like the kind found on the other...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Looking out my back door: The soap operas and a day in my life

The Guiding Light: While weather in Havre continues to be erratic, after weeks of Mazatlan perfection, Summer arrived. Each day is hot. Mucho calor. My little apartment stays reasonable with a flow...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 15, 2015

View from the North 40: Rose-colored window glass

I haven’t written about the house project lately and, while I feel a little bad about that, I have to say it’s because I’m a little shy about expressing my deep feelings this early in the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Looking out my back door: We're back to normal - but what's normal?

After two weeks of active (not normal) social life (nonexistent) with friends from British Columbia and then with my cousin from Sedro Woolley, Washington, and following two nights of long sleeps, my...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 8, 2015

From the North 40: Peasantry without drudgery

I was born to be a peasant. Well, OK, not one of those indentured, do whatever the boss-man tells me to do kind of serfs. I have it on good authority from just about every one of my family members...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 7, 2015

Looking out my back door: This hodge-podge, crazy quilt life that I have

What is life but shifting tidbits of sensory experiences tossed into a basket of scraps? After weeks of stitching together metaphorical pastel scraps, when friends from British Columbia, who dropped...

 
 Opinion    May 7, 2015

Depression key risk for youth

Amber Spring Sara Bragg Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, with the entire month of May being Mental Health Awareness Month. There are many topics that can be identified when discussing children’s mental health. However it is...

 
 Opinion    May 6, 2015

2015 Legislature: Successes, disappointments

In the run-up to the 2015 legislative session, expectations were low. Montanans expected this session to be more about politics and less about performance. Four months later, I’m pleased to report that the 64th legislative session has been...

 
 Opinion    May 4, 2015

A win for grandma's cookies

My grandma made amazing cookies. They weren’t just the best on the Hi-Line. They were the best in Montana. I’m sure those are fighting words to anyone lucky enough to grow up with doting grandparents. However, if she were still here to bake...

 
 By John Kelleher    Opinion    May 4, 2015

Meyers' Capitol experience

G. Bruce Meyers said he was exhilarated and terrified when he took his seat in the Montana House. At 66, this political newcomer is the most unlikely of state lawmakers. A Native American Republican with no political experience, he was elected from...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 1, 2015

View from the North 40: No crystal ball required

A humor columnist and a spiritual guide walked into a coffee shop, and it wasn’t a joke. Really. It was, in fact, more like a blind date only, y’know, not as creepy as that sounds. OK, I’ll...

 
 Opinion    April 30, 2015

Politics won out over sense

I noticed with great interest that some of the Montana newspapers were criticizing the actions of Republican House members who voted against Senate Bill 416. As one of the guys in the room — trying to get the deal done — I have a few...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 30, 2015

Looking out my back door: Getting drunk on the great big everything

Holy Smokeroonies. Saturday late afternoon I sit with a book open in my lap, my eyes in the sky, watching the play of light on the cirrus clouds. Suddenly, an apparition. Kathy and Richard stand at...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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

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

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...

 
 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,...

 

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