The Best of 2013

Happy New Year! Thanks to you, 2013 was a great year here at The Western Word (TWW) world headquarters in Great Falls, Montana.

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It is always fun to see which columns are viewed the most and from where the columns are viewed. This past year people from 95 countries visited TWW. A special “shout-out” to one person in China who was able to stop by!

In 2013, there were 317 new posts, growing the total archive of TWW to 2,097 posts.

Listed below are the top five columns that received the most views in 2012 on TWW:

5. “Loss of Confidence”

Veterans and the military are two of my favorite subjects. In late August 2013, I wrote about Colonel David Lynch of Malmstrom AFB being relieved of his duties as commander of the 341st Security Forces Group. From a Malmstrom AFB news release, I pasted these two sentences into my column:

The 341st Security Forces Group commander was relieved of command Aug. 22.

341st Missile Wing commander, Col. Robert Stanley, relieved Col. David Lynch from command of the 341st SFG due to a loss of confidence in Lynch’s ability to lead his group.

4. Veterans Day 2011 – Thank you Veterans!

Some columns carry over year after year. The fourth most-viewed column of 2013 was written on November 11, 2011. All I wrote was, “To all my fellow Veterans – THANK YOU for your service!” and I posted a photo of this bumper sticker:

Thank a Veteran (2)

3. Johnson Trial: Playing Monday Morning Quarterback

This March 2013 column was the third-most viewed column. It was written after Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson was acquitted of charges that he raped a female acquaintance.

I closed out that column with these two sentences:

Jordan Johnson as well as his accuser may now be asking, “Which office do I go to get my reputation back?”
I am sure the Missoula County Attorney’s office and the Assistant Attorney General will get right on that…

2. MT GOP: Three Problems

That was the second-most-read column of 2013 about the fighting within the Montana Republican Party. The dirty laundry aired on a local Montana program called Face the State.

I wrote, “After watching the program a couple times, I came to the conclusion that the Montana GOP has at least three problems. These problems are state Senators Art Wittich, Jason Priest, and Jeff Essmann.

The most read column for 2013 is…

1. Stung by a Sting

This was the July 2013 column about the six morons who responded to a posting on some websites that stated:

Looking for a man who can teach my 12 year old niece to be a woman. Not looking for a pen pal. Contact me if interested.

Honorable Mention:

Back in April 2008, I wrote a column about a Montana man named Barry Beach after I watched a show on NBC called, “The Killing at Poplar River.” Every year since then that column has made the top 10. This year it was the sixth most-viewed column.

Still, Barry Beach deserves to be free.

Have a great 2014!

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