Viewpoint: Putin’s legacy won’t be as he imagined it
Jim Elliott writes, "It has happened before and it will happen again. And just as it has happened before, the madman’s legacy will be not exactly what they have imagined it will be. For his part, Putin’s legacy has already been written."
Montana Viewpoint: Rosendale’s vote and a lesson from Heart Mountain
Jim Elliott writes, "The round up and incarceration of American citizens of Japanese descent is a blemish on our history and has been condemned by American leaders of both political parties."
Montana Viewpoint: Fearing the fear
Jim Elliott writes, "I know that some will point to the criminal charges against those who stormed the Capitol a little over a year ago as oppression and censorship of expression, but I do not feel that beating up police officers, breaking windows, and disrupting a government meeting is anything that should be tolerated in a sane and civil society."
Montana Viewpoint: United we win, divided we fail
Jim Elliott writes, "Putin and Xi are not waiting to see who will win, they are actively working to destroy America from within by helping to fan the flames of hate and anger that we have lit ourselves. And they are working together."
Montana Viewpoint: Political courage then and now
Jim Elliott writes, "Now there is Liz Cheney, reviled by most in her political party for standing up for what she believes in, which is getting to the bottom of the events of January 6, 2021, and for voting to impeach the president for what she believed was his responsibility in causing the insurrection.
Montana Viewpoint: The right to be left alone
Jim Elliott writes, "Those trying to destroy the Montana Constitution are not our friends and neighbors innocently trying to do what’s right. It is our state government officials acting in their official capacity, using the power of their office who are undermining the rights of Montana citizens."
Montana Viewpoint: A milepost on the road to justice
Jim Elliott writes, "This was, said Gov. Stan Stevens as quoted in the New York Times, “…not only a day honoring Dr. King, but his ideas and the ideas of others who've championed civil rights throughout the world."
Montana Viewpoint: The power of listening
Jim Elliot writes, "My awakening about the benefits of listening came around 1993 when I returned a phone call to an irate constituent. I had been in the Montana House of Representatives for a few years and the Legislature was in session when I got a message to call so-and-so."
Montana Viewpoint: The kindness of strangers
Jim Elliott writes, "This is a story about a close friend who died and the wonderful message that he sent his dearest companion, Gael, with the help of some very caring, nameless people who took care of him alive, and then not alive."
Montana Viewpoint: Infrastructure hard and soft
Jim Elliott writes, "The spending on soft infrastructure, which is in the yet to be passed Build Back Better Act is more controversial because it does address the social aspect of America’s needs, on which there is partisan disagreement."