Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of September.

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 the dam sale, Bullock, Beach & clemency, Bob & Maureen McDonnell, Congress returns, Joan Rivers, TWW on Facebook, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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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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Ferguson

I was born in northern Missouri (a few hundred miles from Ferguson) and although I have not lived in Missouri for over 25 years, it troubles me to see what has been happening in Ferguson since the fatal police shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown.

I have learned a few things since the shooting. Overall the aftermath has been a mess on many fronts, although last night it seemed to get a little better.

Here are some observations.

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Why?

Last Thursday, Cascade County (MT) Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Dunn was killed in the line of duty during a high-speed chase.

Adam Sanchez Jr. is accused of killing Deputy Dunn. He is in custody, and his bond is set at $2 million dollars according to an article in today’s (Monday) Great Falls Tribune.

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.

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Montana Politics 2014: Judges

Be advised that today (July 23, 2014) is National Hot Dog Day – so throw down a couple dogs today in celebration!

In my mind judges and the term “hot dog” seem to go together. That is a good thing because judges are in the spotlight today at The Western Word. Today I write about Lawrence VanDyke who wants to be a judge and current judge G. Todd Baugh who, in my opinion, should not be a judge any longer.

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Montana: Drunk Driving Epidemic

Many years ago when I was a child living in the Midwest, my dad was working away from home on road construction one summer, so it was just me, my mom, and my 16 year old sister living at home. My sister was out late with her friends one night, so mom and I went to bed. Around 1:00 a.m. there was a very loud knock on our door. A family friend was at the door and told my mom that he was driving home and came upon a wreck – a wreck that involved my sister and her friends.

I heard my mom ask, “What happened?” The friend said a man was driving drunk and hit the car that my sister and her two friends were riding in head-on.

Just about every time I hear about a drunk driver having a wreck or getting arrested for DUI, I remember my sister and what she went through and what my mom and dad went through.

It seems that just about every day we read or hear about someone driving drunk and getting arrested or about a wreck that “speed and alcohol were both factors in the crash.” If you think DUIs are on the increase here in Montana, apparently they are.

Great Falls television station KRTV (CBS) aired a story on Tuesday about driving under the influence (DUI) arrests and fatalities increasing not only in Great Falls, but across Montana:

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SCOTUS Poll: A Nation Divided

Today would have been a good day to write about World Cup soccer because I watched (and dozed off) during the match between Germany and Argentina yesterday. I kind of like soccer the same way I like Olympic swimming and gymnastics. Once these events are over, I normally don’t pay too much attention to them until the next Olympics.

So thanks World Cup for killing some time for me this summer, but the World Cup column will have to wait – maybe forever.

Many people don’t pay too much attention to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) until June of each year when they release their decisions. Then we forget about them unless a high-profile case is heard.

Gallup recently released the results of their SCOTUS poll that was conducted the second week of July. Gallup reported, “Americans remain divided in their assessments of the U.S. Supreme Court, with 47% approving of the job it is doing, and 46% disapproving.”

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