Post #2,600: Media Trackers & Tester

Today is the 2,600th column posted here at The Western Word.

Please, no parades.

It all started January 10, 2005, and when it will stop nobody knows. One day I envision TWW ending like Forrest Gump ended his run across the United States by saying, “I’m pretty tired…I think I’ll go home now.”

But TWW won’t end today…

What recently caught my attention was the story posted by the Montana branch of the Media Trackers about U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, and his schedule and fundraising. It was titled “Tester Omits $10K a Ticket NYC Fundraiser with Obama from Schedule.

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The Sunday Message

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well. – George R.R. Martin

We’re coming up on the last week of July. Saturday is the first of August and when we turn the page on the calendar to August, we’ll see “school starts” or “back to school” or “vacation ends” staring right at us at the end of the month.

When I was in my teens, summer was a great time for me. Besides hitting the lake or the river to cool off, there were parties, and concerts to attend. I usually had a summer job, too. I spent one summer on a crew bucking bales of hay. One summer I visited nine different counties and mapped every structure in towns with populations less than 1000. One other summer I painted crosswalks and curbs.

A couple weeks before school started, it was time for the two-a-day football practices that took up most of my time, which meant that my summer had officially ended.

So today’s message is kind of a warning – with the calendar turning to August this Saturday, the countdown officially begins to the end of summer (although autumn does not officially begin until September 23).

It also means it’s time to rack up some memories.

Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. Ecclesiastes 11:9 (NLT)

Have a great week!

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Caught My Eye…

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. – Margaret Mead

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye.” Unlike many newspapers, cable and network news shows, today’s column is free of any mention of Donald Trump.

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 snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include Fair Cops, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, Veterans Health Administration, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Thursday Numbers

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. – Leo Buscaglia

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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 USDA and the internet, Social Security disability benefits, Great Falls’ new bathroom, unemployment, Donald Trump, marijuana use, a bear and his beer, National Day of the American Cowboy, Bruce Springsteen, going to the movies, honey, and much more!

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Great Falls City Commission: Bloviating

Tuesday night the Great Falls City Commission started their commission meeting at 7:00 p.m. When they finally adjourned it was 12:15 a.m. and there were just a few diehards remaining in the audience.

It was not always pretty and professional during those five-plus hours.

As I have mentioned several times, Great Falls City Commission meetings can become very comical and circus-like. I watched most of the proceedings on television from the comfort of home. With an over-flow crowd attending the event, I believe they could outdraw some of the acts at the State Fair if they decided to take their commission meetings on the road.

With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees in Great Falls, I imagine some of the attendees smelled pretty ripe by the end of the evening.

Here are some of my observations and my opinions about the epic event.

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Terrific News Tuesday

Everyone needs a little good news once in awhile. That’s all you’ll find in this edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

There’s no griping or complaining today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Horse Racing
  • Montana Cash
  • Brett Favre
  • Becky Hammon
  • John Kasich
  • Keith Olbermann

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