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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...

 
 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,...

 
 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...

 
 By G. Bruce Meyers    Opinion    April 2, 2015

Right-to-know bill affects everybody

Montana residents assume that our state government supports the basic American goals of freedom, fairness and equal justice for all — the founding principles on which our nation and constitution were established. Yet some Yet many of our state...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    April 2, 2015

Looking out my back door: Upstairs, downstairs, balance on the bannister

Like anyone, I have my “up” days and my “down” days. But, really, it is all about keeping life in perspective and finding balance. Take today, for instance. I leave the house for my morning...

 
 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....

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

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