Jim Elliott

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Montana Viewpoint: A tip of the hat to public employees


Last week was Public Service Recognition Week, an event that seems to have largely gone unnoticed despite a proclamation from President Trump saying, in part:

“Members of our Federal, State, and local workforces bring incredible skills, tireless dedication, and selfless service to a broad range of career fields. Our Nation’s civil servants include teachers, mail carriers, first responders, transit workers, and law enforcement officers. Our Federal employees underpin nearly all the operations of our Government.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Much to ponder in ‘small history’


Often, when I sit down to write, I have to search for a topic. It’s common for me to write three or more articles and then decide which one I want to run that week. For the record, this is version four. I figure if I’m going to write something I at least ought to be interested in it. I write a lot about politics because I was involved in it for a long time, but today’s politics is not a joyous subject. Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Who ‘owns’ our politicians?


Political wisdom: “Never put in writing what you can communicate by speaking, and never speak when you can make your point with a wink and a nod.”

Which is worse, Russian interference in American elections or secret American special- interest groups doing the same? Well, of course it’s the Russians because the special interest groups are at least American, not to mention bread and butter to the politicians of one political party or another. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Trump could learn from Truman


As a fourth-grader, when the siren heralded the air raid drill I dutifully crawled under my desk and put my hands over my head and didn’t move until the all-clear sounded. During the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 I was as scared as anybody that the Russians were going to bomb us to oblivion and vice-versa. Now, with North Korea and Russia and the United States bragging about their nuclear capacity, I mostly just hope for the best because there’s not a thing I can do about it.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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