Trib Question: 64% Say Yes to PRTC

On Saturday the Great Falls Tribune asked readers this question: “Should the Air Force expand the Powder River Training Complex?”

Although the Air Force already approved the expansion and the final review now rests with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the results from the Tribune’s question of the day were interesting: 64% of those responding said “Yes” and 36% said “No.”

The Montana Congressional delegation should take notice.

I have been writing about PRTC since July 2008, and many Montanans support the expansion – especially those who have military experience and those who want the best for our military personnel.

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The Sunday Message

There are several variations of this story; here is one:

A man fell in the ocean and he couldn’t swim. When a boat came by, the captain yelled, “Do you need help, sir?” The man calmly said, “No, God will save me.” A little later, another boat came by and a fisherman asked, “Hey, do you need help?” The man replied again, “No God will save me.” Eventually the man drowned and went to heaven. The man asked God, “Why didn’t you save me?” God replied, “I sent you two boats!”

Sometimes in our walk with God, we don’t see the obvious answer or solution that is right in front of us.

Religious people over the years have tried to explain how we are supposed to know if what we think God wants us to do is actually what God wants us to do.

I think the best answer is to pray about it and read the Bible. If you still have doubts, seek counsel and guidance from a fellow Christian or leader in your church.

Plus, be on the lookout for boats.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.        Psalm 3:5-6

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Caught My Eye…

You’ve made it to Friday – and there’s only one week left in January – so congratulations!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when 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 – or maybe both.

Today I write about veterans, robo calls, optional orange, Wittich trial, falling off horses, end of an error, Conrad Burns, UFO files, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday. That means tomorrow is Friday.

“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 and sometimes sarcasm.

This week I write about the 2016 presidential election, abortions, networks/cable news and the State of the Union (SOTU) speech, Tweets during the SOTU, unemployment, jury duty in Aurora, Roe vs. Wade, public school dropout age, deflated footballs, minimum wage, lowest average gas prices, and much more!

Your weekly dose of knowledge awaits…

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State of the Union: Winning & Bread Bags

Even Obama-hating people will have to admit that President Barack Obama delivered a great State of the Union (SOTU) speech last night. It was by far the best SOTU speech from the President.

This was really the last SOTU speech that people will be paying attention to, because next year we will be in the midst of a Presidential election. Nobody will care that much what the President is saying because his time will be about over.

According to The American Presidency Project, the President’s speech was 6,718 words and it was 59 minutes and 57 seconds in length.

You can read the whole speech HERE. The Associated Press has a Fact Check article HERE.

Here are some of my thoughts about the whole SOTU.

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Montana’s Three Stooges

When I was young, I remember my dad and I watching the Three Stooges on a black and white TV. We’d laugh so hard we almost cried watching their shenanigans.

The stooges “soitenly” did silly things that made us shake our heads.

I was thinking of the Three Stooges the other day, and I think we may have the Three Stooges currently serving in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House representing Montana – I’m talking about U.S. Senators Jon Tester (Moe) and Steve Daines (Larry), and the new kid, U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (Curly).

All three are funny and frustrating in a Three Stooges sort of way.

The stooges have come out against the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) which, in case you have not heard, would extend into southeastern Montana an air training area that would be used by B-1 and B-52 airplanes from Minot and Ellsworth Air Force Bases in North and South Dakota. It would expand to about 28,000 square miles from the current 8,300 square miles that is used for training.

The PRTC has been in the planning stages with officials holding several open meetings and comment periods for the better part of the last decade. On Friday the U.S. Air Force approved it which was like an open-handed Three-Stooges-type slap across the face of the delegation, and then a pull on the nose! This was after several sessions listening to whining and whimpering of Tester and Daines and, before that, former Senator Max Baucus and former Rep. Denny Rehberg. None of those four ever served in the military.

Then along came Zinke – a highly-decorated retired Navy SEAL who based his whole campaign on his military service. Being a fellow veteran, I had high hopes for Zinke.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Happy Monday – and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Dr. King:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Great quotes from a great man!

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