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Investigation for the sake of investigation

The United States House of Representatives will be doing exhaustive (and exhausting) investigating into many things like Hunter Biden, Jill Biden, President Biden, and Major Biden (the Biden’s dog,...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    January 5, 2023

Democracy wears a sweatshirt

When Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed a joint session of the United States Congress, commentator Tucker Carlson was outraged, purely outraged. “As far as we know, no one’s ever...

 

Montana Viewpoint: Thanks

I started out to write about this being a good time of year to be helpful to others and that began to sound so preachy and goody-two-shoes that I thought that maybe I should just thank some people...

 

Montana Viewpoint: Middle-class politeness

There was a time that some look back at wistfully when politics was not so mean, and people of different parties mostly got along. That began changing in the late 1970s when a young candidate for...

 

Montana Viewpoint

This is the story — correct that — legend, of a man named Les Webber who ranched and caroused in and around the town of Plains, Montana. When you are leaving Plains, headed to Missoula, you might...

 

Here's to a fair and just election

I am writing this column before the election, and you are reading it after the election, and here’s my prediction; the losers will be unhappy, and the winners will be happy. I also predict that...

 

Montana Viewpoint

How would you feel if you found that you and your water rights were the victim of a “Fraudulently derived, overreaching, unconstitutional water compact”? Pretty heated, I would guess, and rightly...

 

Montana Viewpoint: I may not know much about laws, but I know what I like

I had a neighbor once who spent several days in the county jail because he wouldn’t make his mortgage payments. He felt he had a constitutional right to not pay them because the money wasn’t...

 

I pity the poor immigrant...

I’ve got to hand it to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for sharing the wealth of the immigrant crisis with Massachusetts, I’m just not sure what to hand him. A couple of weeks ago DeSantis had a cou...

 

Montana Viewpoint

Irate Americans are arming themselves and heading to library board meetings to defend children against evil by insisting that the library remove books that offend society. Notice I did not say trying...

 

Montana Viewpoint

The story of America is the story of the individual and the protection of the individual from government, from the powerful, from those who “know better” than we do. Our country was shaped by...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    August 18, 2022

Montana Viewpoint

Of all the horrors Republicans see in the Democrats’ grossly misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act,” the biggest bogeyman is that the Internal Revenue Service is going to get funding to hire new...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    August 4, 2022

Montana Viewpoint

On election day, assuming you can still bring yourself to vote, you go down to the polls, or more likely, the mailbox and look at the selection of candidates for various offices. Some are OK, some...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    July 21, 2022

Montana Viewpoint

Behold state Representative Brad Tschida bringing national attention to Montana by announcing that a woman’s uterus serves no real purpose for a woman, that it is a “sanctuary” for the...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Montana Viewpoint

Whenever I hear someone talk about how honest they are, I instinctively put my hands in my pockets to see that everything that should be there is still there. So, pardon me my skepticism when I read...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Montana Viewpoint

Inflation has settled in for the American consumer and it’s nowhere more obvious than at the gas pump. Not so coincidentally, the only ones who are able to stay ahead of inflation are those companie...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 12, 2022

Montana Viewpoint

As if Americans weren’t divided enough, the recent leak of the Supreme Court’s apparent decision on the fate of Roe v. Wade has added even more fuel to the fire, burning whatever political...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    April 28, 2022

Montana Viewpoint

In San Francisco and other cities there is a big homeless issue. It is due to many factors both economic and drug related, but in this most liberal city solutions such as building high density...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    April 14, 2022

Montana Viewpoint

In 1999 I traveled to China as a member of a bipartisan group of state legislators belonging to an international educational program. One of my most memorable moments was a visit to a school for the...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    March 3, 2022

Montana Viewpoint

I have been writing this article in my head for the past week, and now that Ukraine has been invaded and perhaps by now, conquered, my thoughts remain the same, and they are that the level of dissent...

 

Montana Viewpoint

Courage is a virtue that we Americans value in our culture. An act of courage transcends ideology, it is a personal characteristic that belongs to the individual or group and to call it bravery...

 

Montana Viewpoint

It is 10 a.m. on January 21, 1991, when Montana State Senator Eleanor Vaughn (D-Libby) calls the joint meeting of House and Senate State Administration Committees to order and Senator Harry Fritz...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    January 6, 2022

Montana Viewpoint

You can learn a lot by listening to what someone has to say, especially if you disagree with them. I’m not talking about learning only about what issue they might be talking about. I mean that you...

 

Montana Viewpoint

This is a story about a close friend who died and the wonderful message that he sent his dearest companion, Gael, with the help of some very caring, nameless people who took care of him alive, and...

 

Montana Viewpoint

Does the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was accused of murdering two men and wounding another at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, broaden the way for Americans to take the law into their own...

 

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