Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the last “Caught My Eye” of August. Before you head out for your Labor Day weekend take a few moments to arm yourself with knowledge!

NOTICE: School is starting so be careful on the roads!

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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or both.

Today I write about Adam Sanchez Jr., Amanda Curtis and Steve Daines on education, Wittich & conspiracy, Mitt Romney, TWW on Facebook, a birthday, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to another pretty exciting edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

“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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about a mall for sale, the Keystone XL pipeline, free breakfast & lunch, gnomes, Montana’s sexual offender registry, Shaun the sheep, NFL, Shania, LeAnn, minimum wage, and a lot more!

Your free dose of knowledge awaits…

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VA: Investigating From Within

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (IG) has been investigating the VA hospital in Phoenix where veterans were waiting months for appointments and employees, as President Obama said, “cooked the books” to cover up delays in providing timely appointments.

The IG issued a draft report from their investigation this week. You can read the Associated Press story HERE.

The VA contends the VA’s IG is an “independent” part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Do you buy that? Most of us who have served in the military know all about the IG and their so-called independence.

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Campaign 2014: Potpourri

Happy Tuesday! It’s a potpourri of political news!

Today I write about the U.S. Senate and U.S House debates, the new campaign ad from John Lewis, Steve Daines/Ryan Zinke & Veterans, and a $500 per hour lawyer. There’s a lot more so read on.

By the way, The Western Word is once again on Facebook. Please “Like” The Western Word page HERE. I promise to make it enjoyable.

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Why? (Part II)

One week ago after Cascade County (MT) Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Dunn was killed in the line of duty during a high-speed chase, we found out that the suspect, Adam Sanchez Jr., had a very long criminal history.

Last Monday, I asked this question:

After reading about Sanchez’s long criminal history from several different sources, I was left wondering why Sanchez was even free to roam our streets. After reading some on-line comments, it appears I am not the only one wondering.

On Saturday and Sunday the Great Falls Tribune did follow-up stories asking basically the same question. You should read these stories HERE and HERE.

What I discovered from the Tribune’s reporting through these Saturday and Sunday stories is that the Cascade County Attorney’s office and a State District Court Judge basically dropped the ball by allowing Sanchez to be freed.

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The Sunday Message

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

I like to take walks to get away from it all. Sometimes the anxiety that comes from living is just too much, so I need to get away and walking helps me. I used to log mile after mile running, but the knees are almost worn out so it’s a mile or two by walking these days. I really miss running.

Of course, when I am “getting away from it all” I have earphones in listening to the radio – normally Air1 which plays contemporary Christian music. Then I need to know how far I walked, so I have an App on my Blackberry counting my steps and miles. I also have a timer on my phone to see how long it takes me to get where I am going.

Yes, I really am getting away from it all!

I have found that no matter what I use to get away from it all, God is there. We have some great talks while I am walking along enjoying my time away from it all.

Give it a try!

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

 

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to “Caught My Eye!”

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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or both.

Today I write about funeral processions, the Montana VA, out of state money, vacations, Rewarder.com, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud.

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