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A few weeks ago I was cleaning out my car and pulled a handful of masks out of the consul. I kept one in there, but figured the rest I could pack...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    July 22, 2021 

Montana Viewpoint

Why do so many Americans get their medical advice from politicians? They don’t take their cars to...

 

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A friend recently reminded me about the Olympics coming up. He had been watching the Olympic Trials on television and was in awe of these athletes....

 

Street Smart

Early this year, I made some predictions regarding what I expected under a Biden presidency. I just...

 
 By Sandy Compton    Opinion    July 1, 2021

A few (last) thoughts about politics, at least for a while

We are all pretty much sick of politics, I think. At least I am, but I have been for quite some time, since Y2K, in fact. The shenanigans of those who...

 

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That old saying "turn that frown upside down" has been on my mind a lot lately. There are many ways to say it, including seeing the glass half full...

 

Street Smart

When I sat down tonight in front of the keyboard, I had no idea what I was going to write about....

 

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In last week’s Question of the Week, we asked what type of activities people would like to see in the area. Several said live music. A variety of...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    June 10, 2021

Montana Viewpoint

“That few in public affairs act from a mere view of the good of their country, whatever they may...

 

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Last weekend, we had a lot to celebrate in Sanders County. The remaining graduates received their diplomas. The weather was sunny and warm. Most...

 

Street Smart

I got a call from my buddy the other day that had me cracking up and provided the topic for this...

 

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This week, the first Sanders County seniors will become graduates of the Class of 2021. When we create our graduation supplement each year, it's...

 

Street Smart

In 2014, I opened a Facebook account. I was taking a job overseas, where I thought communication would be a problem. Although I’m kind of a “techn...

 

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Fairness is not a partisan issue. Fairness is the goal of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act currently being considered in the United...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Montana Viewpoint

Last week I read the transcript of a New York Times podcast with longtime Republican pollster Frank...

 

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A good rule of thumb in journalism is having three sources in an article. When our reporters go out to do interviews and get details for an article,...

 

Street Smart

I never know what I’m going to write about for this column until I actually sit down at my keyboar...

 

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When The Ledger first started publication, the owners would take the copy to Missoula on the train, and produce the articles and pages at The Missouli...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    April 29, 2021

Montana Viewpoint

Of late I have been watching wild turkeys mate. It’s not that I am particularly interested in...

 

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When I heard that Quinn's Hot Springs Resort was offering a bonus to employees as an incentive for them to get vaccinated, my initial response was "th...

 

Street Smart

I have to admit that I seriously underestimated the Biden/Harris administration. Shortly after the...

 

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This week, The Ledger is publishing profiles of candidates for local school board elections. You'll find these on pages 4 and 5. Local boards and...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    April 15, 2021

Montana Viewpoint

“Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” – Chico Marx Sometimes it seems to me...

 

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In the age where just about anything can be delivered to your doorstep in a couple of days, it's important to remember the importance of vital...

 

Montana Viewpoint

The controversy surrounding guns is in the news again. It seems to happen at least once a year and...

 

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