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Our Viewpoint

The hustle and bustle of the big city isn't that appealing to most people who live in rural Montana, including us. Last weekend, we got a little...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    April 18, 2019 

Montana Viewpoint

It was January 1991. I was a second term legislator who, for a reason I can’t remember, wanted to...

 

Our Viewpoint

We get a new governor every four years. A new president every four years. The reality is, it's unlikely you or someone you know will ever be governor...

 

Street Smart

I read an article a couple weeks ago about an “Active Shooter” training scenario that was...

 

Our Viewpoint

The days are getting longer, and we sure are happy about that. Last month we lost an hour of sleep (or so the legend goes) as daylight saving time...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

I was thinking this morning of the shrill sounds, threats and recriminations coming out of our...

 

Our Viewpoint

The dreaded tax season. We're down to the last few weeks where everyone is scrambling to remember where they put their W2s and bank statements, and...

 

Street Smart

I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about this week and then, voila, the Mueller Report was...

 

Our Viewpoint

Spring has sprung in western Montana…finally. The warmer temperatures and long-awaited sunshine have boosted energy levels in all of us...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

I am writing this on St. Patrick’s Day, the celebration of Irish culture enjoyed by all Americans...

 

Our Viewpoint

We welcome the signs of spring. The smell of skunks, the first sighting of robins and the bare ground peeking through the snow piles. You can also...

 

Street Smart

We have a front row seat to the greatest reality show ever! Who needs Survivor or The Bachelor when...

 

Our Viewpoint

At the Thompson Falls School Board meeting on Monday, High School Principal Rich Ferris addressed attendance, saying it’s probably the greatest...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

When does an Executive Order usurp the constitutional powers of Congress? Certainly when it directs...

 

Our Viewpoint

If you’ve watched the news recently, you’ve probably heard of the ridiculous petition circulating online that has a creative solution to the U.S....

 

Street Smart

When did we as a nation lose our sense of humor? It seems that we hear every day that someone has...

 

Our Viewpoint

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the MHSA all-class state wrestling tournament in Billings. I had not been there since high school,...

 

Street Smart

I’ve mentioned in prior columns my strongly held belief that we should all do the work of finding...

 

Our Viewpoint

Not quite as smart as I might look, I, John Hamilton, The Ledger’s sports guy, have decided to take a shot at editorial writing and offer my...

 

Montana Viewpoint

The Republican controlled Montana Legislature is changing its rules in order to forbid the posting...

 

Our Viewpoint

Medicaid Expansion in Montana has not only helped reduce the number of people who are uninsured, but a recent study also touted the economic impacts...

 

Street Smart

I first started writing this column after a discussion with The Ledger’s owner/editor. She felt that my opinions, based on my personal experiences,...

 

Our Viewpoint

The Local Advisory Council, Western Montana Mental Health Center, Flathead Valley Chemical Dependency Clinic, the Tobacco Prevention Specialist for...

 

Montana Viewpoint

When you were little, did you ever use a cuss word in front of your mother and get called on it, maybe even smacked? Maybe you defended yourself by...

 

Our Viewpoint

"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if you only try." If only Dr. Seuss were a member of...

 

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