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 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

 
 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... Full story

 
 Opinion    January 26, 2015

Letter to the Editor: GOP had shabby performance at hearings

Editor: This past week we saw House Republicans attempting to control state agencies testimony at committee hearings. At our first committee meeting where we were to go through orientation the chair of the committee, Rep. Art Whittich, attempted to... Full story

 
 Opinion    January 26, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Havre has it – Sometimes it's just hidden

Editor: If you want to experience a little glimpse of Italy in your own backyard it can be found at 603 3rd Ave., at Nonna’s Coffee House. I called Leann after seeing an ad in the Havre Daily News to schedule a Christmas party for a small group of... 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

 
 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... 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

 
 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... 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

 
 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.... Full story

 
 Opinion    January 15, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Supports governor's pre-K program

Editor: I would never profess to know the ins and outs of politics, but I do know moms. I publish Mamalode Magazine (“America’s best parenting magazine” — Lisa Stone CEO of BlogHer — which is published in Missoula) and I know firsthand... 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 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... Full story

 
 Opinion    January 12, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Supports running controversial cartooons

Editor: Thank you for standing firm on your right to publish cartoons or anything else of that nature. Scott Peley of CBS Evening News made a great comment, " ... because there is no democracy without journalism." Myron Boyle Havr... Full story

 
 Opinion    January 12, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for helping me on 2nd Street

Editor: I would like to thank the men who helped me out Tuesday afternoon when my car got stuck in the snow on West 2nd Street. It took them a while to get me back on the road again, and I am grateful. Bless them all. Sorry I don't know any of... Full story

 
 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... 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

 
 Opinion    January 6, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Many helped to make New Year's Eve safe

Editor: The “Home Free” service provided on New Year’s Eve is a critically important part of our holiday Sober & Safe Campaign. This was our 19th year, and we are very grateful to those who make it all possible. This year, approximately 330 peo... Full story

 
 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.... 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

 
 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... Full story

 

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