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This week our question of the week is "At what age should a child have a smartphone?" In rural Montana, we still have people with flip phones or, in r...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

I suppose I shouldn’t be any more surprised than most taxpaying Americans to discover that I paid...

 

Our Viewpoint

We've written before about how great our communities are at supporting each other. Fundraisers, donations for food banks or those who have been...

 

Our Viewpoint

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit with high school journalists from across the country to talk about journalism. It's inspiring to meet a new...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

In the early 1990s I was at a county fair when an elderly fellow — a WW II veteran and a Democrat...

 

Our Viewpoint

Recently, area schools have began implementing active shooter and lock down drills. The buzz around town has been interesting to listen to. Some take...

 

Street Smart

The Mueller investigation has been completed and his report submitted. By now, most Americans are aw...

 

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...

 

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