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Our Viewpoint

When you think about history, Montana isn't that old. We've only been a state for 130 years. The Ledger has been around for 115 years. That's pretty...

 

Other Viewpoints

As the long days of summer get into full swing, Montanans and visitors alike have begun to reconnect with our state parks, our one-of-a-kind outdoor...

 

Street Smart

In his book the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey listed habit number six as, ...

 

Our Viewpoint

On Saturday, more than two tons of e-waste was gathered by the county for the annual recycling event. Shelly Mitchell and her crew from Oreo's Refinin...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

Ideological purity and consistency of opinion over time are two standards to which many Americans...

 

Our Viewpoint

Last month, the Plains community had a unique opportunity to be a part of history when the World War II Miss Montana airplane did a test flight from...

 

Street Smart

Memorial Day weekend is a particularly tough one for my older brother and sister. Their dad is...

 

Our Viewpoint

At the meeting regarding the county's new nuisance barking dog ordinance last week, residents provided feedback on how the county shares information....

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Montana Viewpoint

There is concern among many conservatives about the “liberal bias” of the “mainstream...

 

Our Viewpoint

This weekend, Sanders County schools will start sending off their seniors into the real world as graduation ceremonies take place. We hope all the...

 

Street Smart

I had a completely different topic in mind for this week, but when there were calls to silence me I...

 

Our Viewpoint

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...

 

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