Caught My Eye…

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. ― Ernest Hemingway

Welcome to the Big Show which is called “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include:

  • The Western Word Milestone
  • Montana Democrats & Montana Republicans
  • The Knudsen Tweet
  • Lee Newspapers
  • Fair Cops

The Western Word Milestone:

This is column/post number 2,550 here at The Western Word (TWW). It all started January 10, 2005.

Where it stops nobody knows…

Rest assured there’s still a burning desire each morning between 4:00-6:00 a.m. to write something that’s on my mind. This usually means I am writing about politics, sports, the media, or current events.

Often I am writing about something that has ticked me off, which is somewhat therapeutic.

One negative side to this, besides the pay, is with 2,550 columns under my (rather large) belt, I think I have managed to tick off just about everyone on the right-left-middle at one time or the other. At least readers know they will get an independent view of the issue that is not tainted by my employer (I am self-employed) or with whom I associate (I don’t have many friends) or political party (I don’t belong to any).

I started giving many of my opinions/commentaries on the issues because I was finding that most editorial boards were lacking the courage to call people out or take sides on an issue – at least very often. I remember the days when the Sunday editorial pages were the most talked about part of the paper – and talked about most of the week. That’s not the case today. Many small and medium-sized towns’ editorial boards are so engrained in the community (like many reporters) and are afraid they might tick off an advertiser or run into the subject of their editorial at church or in line at the grocery store. So they squelch their opinions and reporting.

You might not always get the greatest writing sprinkled with flowery $20 words here at TWW, but what you will get is my honest opinion about the issues that I (and hopefully you) care about.

Thanks for reading. Now buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the last Thursday Numbers of May! Are you ready for June?

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include drinking water, the Air Force is hiring, unwanted calls, IRS, unemployment, grizzly bears, Montana GOP convention, grandchildren, assisted suicide, reinventions in pop culture, seersucker suits, live anthrax spores, NHL game seven, a new poll about Republican presidential candidates, chimpanzees and lawyers, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday!

It’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

You won’t find any griping or complaining today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff that made TNT:

  • Memorial Day Services
  • The B-17 & Fort Benton
  • Scheels & Memorial Day
  • Spring Sports Season
  • Billings & Concerts
  • QuikTrip Safe Place
  • Ultimate Tom Brady Fan

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Memorial Day 2015

2008 Memorial Day Poster #2

It’s important to remember that Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor American men and women who died while serving our country.

We remember those who have given their lives in defense of our country. We will never forget you. We will always honor you and your sacrifice.


Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun
From the hills, from the lake, from the sky
All is well, safely rest;
God is nigh.

Then goodnight, peaceful night;
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright.
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, goodnight.


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The Sunday Message

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)

If you use social media very much then you probably saw that this past week the trending topic has been the Duggar family, especially the oldest son Josh Duggar.

In case you don’t know the Duggar family, they are on the television station TLC and the reality show “19 Kids and Counting” is about their lives. USA Today reported the following:

The family has now been thrust into further public spotlight with news that the oldest Duggar son, Josh, 27, admitted to having molested five girls when he was a teenager.

On the Duggar Family Official Facebook page Josh Duggar had this to say:

Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.

In my life I have seen many people who proclaim to be Christians fail. I have failed in my walk with God on several occasions. Some of these Christians were in the public spotlight when they made a bad mistake or sinned. For these people, it’s no longer a little family secret, it’s all over the news and with today’s social media it will always be there for people to see. Some people I respected and admired made terrible mistakes, and it hurt me personally to see them go down the wrong path.

When that happens, many Christians will pray for this person, like many have for Josh Duggar and his family.

It’s very important to pray for the victims who were molested, too. The victims should be front and center of our thoughts and prayers.

Non-Christians will attack Christians when they fail. To be honest, some Christians do act as though they are sitting on a lofty perch looking down on the world. These “holier than thou” Christians act as though they are more pure than most people.

When they fall, there’s just a bigger thud.

It’s very hard for non-Christians to understand the relationship Christians have with God. We disappoint God often, but he still loves us. Many Christians believe in the saying, “I am not perfect, just forgiven.” That does not mean that a person who commits a crime will not have to suffer the consequences from the authorities here on earth.

The events surrounding Josh Duggar’s actions and what happened when the authorities were contacted are kind of cloudy. I’m not sure they handled it well. I was happy to hear that those affected by his actions received counseling.

So today let’s pray for the victims and all those affected by his actions.

When they kept on questioning him, he (Jesus) straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”John 8:7 (NIV)

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Caught My Eye…

WARNING: Buckle up!

Welcome to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include the difference between Memorial Day & Veterans Day, Lee Newspapers State Bureau, Veterans Affairs Appropriations, Patriot Act – The Big Picture, Top 10 Candidates, Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” show. There’s a lot more so read on!

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