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Our Viewpoint

It's confession time. I grew up in Sanders County, moved away for a few years and then have been back about 12 years. In all that time, I never once...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 28, 2020 

Montana Viewpoint

Do you remember that day — March 30, 1981 — when President Ronald Reagan was shot? Do you...

 

Our Viewpoint

To graduating seniors, life does not get much better than the moment the classwork stops. Most people will say that it is the moment they walk across...

 

Street Smart

The past two weeks have been pretty crazy in Washington, D.C.! Previously classified documents were...

 

Our Viewpoint

“They say the first 50 years of marriage are always the hardest.” That's what someone told my parents, Gene and Barb, last weekend. They will...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 14, 2020

Montana Viewpoint

President Trump doesn’t like the Post Office. It isn’t because he doesn’t like standing in...

 

Personal connection vital to communication

We’ve never been in a situation like this. We’ve never had so many meetings over videoconference. Most of us had never heard of Zoom before COVID-...

 

Street Smart

I had many jobs in my career, but my favorite was being a K9 handler. I worked three different K9...

 

Our Viewpoint

Last week, President Trump said it is up to the states on when they want to remove restrictions due to COVID-19. In Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock has...

 

Street Smart

This week I’m going to try a different approach to this column. So many things have happened in the last two weeks that it’s impossible to pick...

 

Uniting communities

Being part of a small community definitely has large rewards. These communities are appealing because people tend to “look out” for one another...

 

Our Viewpoint

If there's one thing the last couple of weeks have taught us, it's how much we appreciate others. Not only the front-line workers in hospitals,...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    April 2, 2020

Montana Viewpoint

“A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.” ­— George W. Bush September 11,...

 

Our Viewpoint

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and federal governments are recommending the practice of social distancing to help...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Montana Viewpoint

I could write about coronavirus about which I know little, or politics about which I know too much,...

 

Our Viewpoint

Growing up, when we would start to annoy our parents, they'd tell us to go outside. Run off some energy, go do chores, go do something. The first...

 

Street Smart

I often hear politicians speak and just get angry at what I’m hearing. That happened last week whe...

 

Our Viewpoint

Last week, a reader stopped in with a bag of trash he collected between the two access ramps in Thompson Falls. It doesn't take long to get a pile if...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Montana Viewpoint

It was in 1991, I think, when I was a member of the Montana House of Representatives, there was a bi...

 

Our Viewpoint

If you've been in an airport recently, you've noticed people wearing masks as they walk through the terminals. Coronavirus, which started in China,...

 

Street Smart

A friend made a comment about this column the other day that really resonated with me. She said...

 

Our Viewpoint

"The truth is in the middle... progress is in the middle." Actor Harrison Ford made this comment on a recent episode of "CBS Sunday Morning" when...

 

Montana Viewpoint

The abuse of presidential power for personal gain or revenge is nothing new, but its use has always been kept from public scrutiny because it was...

 

Our Viewpoint

As Valentine's Day comes around Friday, we're already getting a little bit of a sugar headache and the local florists are beyond busy. These days, it...

 

Street Smart

After the Mueller report was released, I wrote a column where I expressed the opinion that D.C....

 

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