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Our Viewpoint

As we approach the Fourth of July, it's important to think about the principles this country was founded on. We are the United States of America and...

 
 By Sandy Compton    Opinion    June 30, 2022 

A Few Thoughts

In John Prine’s song “Way Back Then,” he sings, “I am out undoing all the good I’ve done.” That could be a theme for the past few years...

 

Our Viewpoint

Here we are nearing the end of June, with summer chugging along at a steady pace. Warmer weather, vacation plans and leisure time are all increasing....

 

Montana Viewpoint

On the same day that the 50th anniversary of the Montana Constitution was being celebrated in the chambers of the Montana House of Representatives as...

 

Our Viewpoint

Can one person change the world? The skeptic in me prevents me from giving a resounding “YES!” to this well-worn, oft-repeated saying, because...

 

Slice of Life

In college one of my favorite courses was entitled “Humans Being.” It was an interesting study...

 

Our Viewpoint

I had a friend visit from Tennessee a few years ago, and she couldn't believe the number of deer in Thompson Falls. She took a lot of pictures of...

 
 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 p...

 

Our Viewpoint

The community of Paradise needs a community sewer system. The sewer district board agrees. The county commissioners and sanitarian agree. The state...

 
 By Sandy Compton    Opinion    June 2, 2022

A Few Thoughts

My neighbor Aaron Harris showed up with his portable sawmill this week, and we proceeded to make rectangular pieces out round logs harvested from my...

 

Our Viewpoint

My whole family got COVID recently. Ironically, we were all gathered at a funeral for my uncle, who passed away last fall, from COVID. I'm proud to...

 

Montana Viewpoint

The Montana Primary election is coming up and I have been thinking about the choices I face in my rural Montana county. I don’t ask a lot of county...

 

Our Viewpoint

We sometimes take for granted that things that always seem to magically get done. Such is the case with the Sanders Saleing county-wide yard sale... Full story

 

Slice of Life

As I moved into adulthood it was a clear expectation by my parents that I would be an active...

 

Our Viewpoint

Last weekend I happened to watch "Field of Dreams" for the millionth time. What a great message of believing in yourself and persevering, even when...

 
 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...

 

Our Viewpoint

"Smile, it makes people wonder what you're up to." That's something my mom always says to me when I'm having a hard day. It's one of many things my...

 

A Few Thoughts

When my grandparents landed in Montana long, long, long ago, they brought with them some interesting sensibilities. They were of the pioneer type,...

 

Our Viewpoint

I love a good discussion. Let's talk about books, whether cats or dogs are better pets, or the latest episode of "The Bachelor." I bet we can be...

 
 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...

 

Our Viewpoint

At the dinner table last weekend, talk naturally turned to the topic of Ukraine. Since Russia’s February 24 full-scale invasion of its smaller...

 

Slice of Life

After a short drive down Highway 200 or through any neighborhood in Sanders County, it becomes...

 

Our Viewpoint

Trails of smoke rising in the sky across the county are a sure sign of the spring burning season. It’s also a little reminder of the wildfire...

 
 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...

 

Walking by Faith

Spring is here! The birds are chirping, the hillsides are a little greener, the skies are blue, the...

 

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