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Our Viewpoint

Last week, we asked “Are you ready for school to start?” in our Question of the Week. With the long days of summer, most kids aren't quite ready...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    August 22, 2019 

Montana Viewpoint

Years ago, when I was on the board of directors of my local hospital, I attended a seminar on the...

 

Our Viewpoint

Recently we were discussing the concept of thank-you notes. Now that we are middle aged, we definitely understand the appreciation of appreciation....

 

Street Smart

A friend and I were talking about this column and how a person’s political perspective/philosophy...

 

Our Viewpoint

Over the weekend we visited our favorite fishing spots and our favorite huckleberry picking spots. We love that there are places in Sanders County...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

A crowd chants “send her back” referring to a United States congresswoman. They reason that beca...

 

Our Viewpoint

The U.S. Constitution required that the population be counted every decennial (10 years). It was simply a count. Today, the U.S. Census has turned...

 

Street Smart

Napoleon said, “Never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake.” Recent events and behavior of the left are mistakes that will ensure a...

 

Our Viewpoint

Recently, we had the opportunity to visit the East Coast with a friend who is a native of New York. It was interesting to go back with her and see a d...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    July 11, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

Representative Justin Amash, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, may be the most principled man in American...

 

Our Viewpoint

'Tis the season for festivals, ATV runs and all those summer events we look forward to. Last month we had Plains Days, two Cabinet Ridge Riders poker...

 

Street Smart

This past February, I was on a plane from Los Angeles to Seattle. I was already seated in an aisle...

 

Our Viewpoint

Two days of yard saleing sounds a bit like heaven to us. Not just for the chance to find vintage Fiestaware or John Denver records, but for the...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

An inflammatory statement by an Oregon state senator has encouraged a militia organization to...

 

Our Viewpoint

When you think about history, Montana isn't that old. We've only been a state for 130 years. The Ledger has been around for 115 years. That's pretty...

 

Other Viewpoints

As the long days of summer get into full swing, Montanans and visitors alike have begun to reconnect with our state parks, our one-of-a-kind outdoor...

 

Street Smart

In his book the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey listed habit number six as, ...

 

Our Viewpoint

On Saturday, more than two tons of e-waste was gathered by the county for the annual recycling event. Shelly Mitchell and her crew from Oreo's Refinin...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

Ideological purity and consistency of opinion over time are two standards to which many Americans...

 

Our Viewpoint

Last month, the Plains community had a unique opportunity to be a part of history when the World War II Miss Montana airplane did a test flight from...

 

Street Smart

Memorial Day weekend is a particularly tough one for my older brother and sister. Their dad is...

 

Our Viewpoint

At the meeting regarding the county's new nuisance barking dog ordinance last week, residents provided feedback on how the county shares information....

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

There is concern among many conservatives about the “liberal bias” of the “mainstream...

 

Our Viewpoint

This weekend, Sanders County schools will start sending off their seniors into the real world as graduation ceremonies take place. We hope all the...

 

Street Smart

I had a completely different topic in mind for this week, but when there were calls to silence me I...

 

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