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Coulda, shoulda, woulda ... advice for graduates

It’s been many moons since most of us at The Sanders County Ledger graduated high school, but the lessons learned still resonate. Fun fact: half of...

 

Our Viewpoint

At Monday’s Thompson Falls City Council meeting, the Sanders County Dog Training Club (SCDTC) approached the council about expanding the dog park...

 
 By Fiona Walker    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Other Viewpoints

I am one of those strange people who read newspapers cover to cover every week. Something about local newspapers just seem to be a hidden reflection o...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Montana Viewpoint

Last week was Public Service Recognition Week, an event that seems to have largely gone unnoticed...

 

Our Viewpoint

At the Sanders County Drug Awareness Seminar last week at the Rex Theatre, one thing was repeated over and over: the drug problem is a community...

 

Other Viewpoints

We can’t have a competitive workforce without a healthy workforce. And a healthy workforce depends on the individual health of each of its...

 

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National Kick Butt Day was in March. It’s a day, according to www.kickbuttsday.org, ”that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Montana Viewpoint

Buildings have a way of disappearing where I live. They rot, burn, atomize and move. I have an...

 

Our Viewpoint

In Sanders County, several organizations help residents. The Cancer Network of Sanders County provides funds to Sanders County residents undergoing...

 

Other Viewpoints

by Ed Levert Lincoln County Forester Many of you are aware of the collaborative group called the Kootenai Forest Stakeholder Coalition (KFSC), a...

 

Our Viewpoint

Over the weekend, dozens of volunteers in Thompson Falls came together for Beautification Days. The effort includes projects such as helping the...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    April 19, 2018

Montana Viewpoint

Often, when I sit down to write, I have to search for a topic. It’s common for me to write three...

 

Other Viewpoints

The importance of having access to high-speed broadband Internet has never been greater for Montana...

 

Our Viewpoint

Ainsworth Field Park has sat empty for years. You hear comments about what an eyesore it is, about how long it has taken to do anything with the...

 

Manage forests or they'll manage us

Snow may still be on the ground, but last year’s wildfire season isn’t too far from memory. We have good news for Montanans, though. After years...

 

Our Viewpoint: Agencies work to keep county safe

Area agencies are making an effort to share knowledge and strategies for keeping Sanders County safe. City and county law enforcement agencies are...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    April 5, 2018

Montana Viewpoint: A wink and a nod

Political wisdom; “Never put in writing what you can communicate by speaking, and never speak...

 

Our Viewpoint: Roosevelt made an impact on area

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark came through our area more than 200 years ago on the Corps of Discovery Expedition. They became famous for their...

 

Other Viewpoints: Delegation stepped up for Montana

With dysfunction in Washington DC near an all-time high, it’s nice to see the Montana delegation help lead the way to a badly needed deal to help...

 

Our Viewpoint: Be the person who reaches out to others

So, here we are. Again. Rehashing and rehashtagging an all too common issue. Unfortunately, the issue is being presented as cut and dry, black and...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    March 22, 2018

Montana Viewpoint: I can't figure it out

I have been giving some thought to the beliefs of some—such as the Bundy clan of the aptly named t...

 

Our Viewpoint: Montana shines when you step out

March can be hard to handle. While signs of Spring are making their way through the last of the snow mounds, it’s still cold and some of us are...

 

Other Viewpoints: Attempting to stand above political chaos

Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North, by Robert Ferguson, (Overlook Press, 2016) This is a good read on its titular topic, if you’re...

 

Our Viewpoint: Veterans deserve their own hashtag

There have been a lot of movements in Hollywood lately. Usually it comes with celebrities speaking out, raising money and hashtags such as #timesup...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    March 8, 2018

Harry Truman's load of hay

As a fourth grader, when the siren heralded the air raid drill I dutifully crawled under my desk...

 

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