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 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...

 
 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 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...

 
 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    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...

 
 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....

 
 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...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Our View: Havre Trails starts off well

Havre Trails, a volunteer group of people who like to walk, and the city of Havre have come to an agreement that can lead to vast improvements to one local park and adjacent walking trails. It can be a model for the way to handle the problem the...

 
 Opinion    March 2, 2015

Our View: Montana should pay its lawmakers higher salaries

Here is a modest proposal: The Montana Legislature ought to give itself a raise. Legislators earn an average of about $10 an hour. Even though they enjoy some good health benefits with the pay, it‘s almost to the point that if Sen. Jonathan Windy...

 
 Opinion    February 27, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Jack Johnsrud won the 49th annual Hill County Spelling Bee this week. Havre Middle School should be proud. They say that spelling is out of date with all the spell-check equipment we have these days. That’s not true, and Jack has proven...

 
 Opinion    February 20, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Thousands of people are in Havre this week for the District 9-C basketball tournament. Small towns in Montana — and especially the Hi-Line — go crazy over basketball. The tourney is a social event as well as an athletic event. It is t...

 
 Opinion    February 16, 2015

Our View: Havre city officials face tough decisions ahead

In coming weeks, Havre city officials will be looking at the possibility of a major infrastructure renovation project. It calls for improvements for streets and perhaps sidewalks and stormwater systems. Over the next 20 years, city officials said,...

 
 Opinion    February 13, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel Business woman Renelle Braaten and Montana State University-Northern Interim Chancellor Greg Kegel are among the winners of the Montana Ambassadors award. The two have served the community in different ways, though they share in common that...

 
 Opinion    February 9, 2015

Our View: Drug testing of the poor will accomplish nothing

People who receive farm supports of any kind. County employees who plow our roads. City workers who keep our water and sewer systems working even on holidays. Contractors who build our state-owned buildings and highways in good shape. People who are...

 
 Opinion    February 6, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Dart — The Montana House’s State Administration Committee tabled a bill that would have allowed people to register to vote online. That would have made it easier for people, especially those in rural areas and those who are disabled, to...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

Our View: Tribal council has a lot to do for Rocky Boy people

The people of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation have undergone a lot of trauma in recent years. Many prominent residents have been charged with embezzlement and other felonies. With their off-reservation cohorts, they are alleged to have plundered mil...

 
 Opinion    February 3, 2015

Our View: Even in digital age, keep reporter sources confidential

Bravo to the Montana House for its approval of legislation that would further protect reporter sources. The House voted overwhelmingly — and the Judiciary Committee voted unanimously — to ban authorities from subpoenaing reporter notes kept...

 
 Opinion    January 26, 2015

Our View: Shun politics, help working Montanans get health care

Thousands of Montanans do not have enough money to give themselves proper health care. As a result, they decline preventative health care measures, and they put off doctor visits on minor problems until they get seriously ill. This should not happen...

 
 Opinion    January 23, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Hill County officials, headed by County Commissioner Mark Peterson, are fighting to get Helena’s attention on the problem of flooding along Beaver Creek Park. Attack the federal government all you want, but the Federal Emergency...

 
 Opinion    January 19, 2015

Our View: Ban cellphone use while driving on Montana roads

Despite hysterical fears that it would be the end of freedom and liberty as we know it, not much has changed since the city of Havre banned use of cellphones while driving in the city limits. Except perhaps there have been fewer accidents and near...

 
 Opinion    January 16, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Dart — Some fool thought it would be fun to call a bomb threat into Havre High School Wednesday. The threat caused all kinds of problems to the school district, disrupted the education and activities for students and caused undue alarm to parents....

 
 Opinion    January 12, 2015

Our View: Nix on term-limits idea

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., started his Senate career off exactly the wrong way last week when he signed on to the idea of term limits for the U.S. House and Senate. Term limits have been tried and failed in Montana, and we see no reason to extend...

 
 Opinion    January 9, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Dart — Montana prides itself in having a citizens’ government where everyday people make decisions that affect the common good. But for everyday people to be able to make decisions, they have to be trained in some of the complexities of local and...

 
 Opinion    January 2, 2015

Our View: Hi-Line darts and laurels

Laurel — Welcome to Missouri Valley offensive coordinator Aaron Christensen who will be Montana State University-Northern's head football coach. It's a great football town, coach. And few towns support the local college like we do. Best of luck....

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2014

Our View: Thumbs up, thumbs down

As we end 2014, we see so many things that people of Hill County and the Hi-Line have accomplished, and yet, so much that still needs to be done. New Year’s Day is always a good time to take stock of what we have done and what needs to be worked...

 

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