Jim Elliott

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Montana Viewpoint: Getting through a rough patch


This has nothing to do with Christmas (which I hope was wonderful) or the new year, (which I hope is great), but often at this time of year folks could stand a good laugh, which I hope this delivers. Whenever I am faced with a daunting task and wonder how I will get it done, I think back 35 or so years ago when I had to face what was then, and may still be, the most daunting task in my life. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: One-size fire suppression doesn’t work


“For every complex problem there is a simple solution … which is wrong.”

I learned long ago that there are as many expert opinions about an issue as there are people thinking about it. Every year, or every bad fire year, there are numerous opinions regarding what should be done to minimize the economic costs of fire, from loss of timber to loss of homes. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: The (first) war to end all wars


As sabers rattle over the Korean peninsula, remember that those who create wars seldom fight in them. That is left to the sons and daughters of less important people. The decisions to enter  what became known as World War I were made by men who believed it would be close to Armageddon. “If war breaks out,” said British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, “it will be the worst catastrophe the world has ever seen.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Lesson learned, ‘ya gotta be tough’


When I moved to Trout Creek in 1975 to set up in ranching, I shipped my farm equipment by rail: swather, baler, combine, three tractors—including the 1941 model H Farmall I had learned to drive on—plows, disks, the whole works. It had taken 20 days to load it all so it would get the car inspection’s OK, which meant that nothing should fall off on the way. (more…) Continue Reading →

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