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Our Viewpoint

As August begins, thoughts naturally turn to reopening schools. We are not going to debate the decision to send students and staff back to school ...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    August 6, 2020 

Montana Viewpoint

As I read of the use of federal officers sent to Portland against the wishes of the Governor of...

 

Our Viewpoint

At a meeting we attended last week, some people were there in person social distancing and some were attending via Zoom video conference. Let's face i...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    July 23, 2020

Montana Viewpoint

Pretty soon it looks like we are going to have to add a new group of people to the increasingly...

 

Our Viewpoint

Last week, the Sanders County Board of Health decided to cancel the Sanders County Fair. The local 4-H clubs are still trying to decide how, or if, me...

 

Street Smart

Looking back, I’m often amazed at where and when I’ve learned some of my most valuable lessons i...

 

Our Viewpoint: Know the source of your information

It seems that some people are taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously, and others are fixated on conspiracy theories of the disease not being real,...

 

Our Viewpoint

With a nation in turmoil and crisis, people are beginning to stand up across the country. Even in Sanders County, people are exercising their first...

 

Street Smart

Several people have asked me my thoughts about the death of George Floyd from a law enforcement pers...

 

COVID-19 threat hits hard when it hits home

COVID-19 couldn’t happen here, to anyone we know; but then it does. As some of you may be aware, I have been moonlighting from my Ledger job as a sp...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Montana Viewpoint

We are at a good place in history, and we are at that good place because we are facing adversity...

 

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...

 

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