Oh yes…this week is rolling by. Welcome to Thursday! Here’s a prediction – the weekend will get here so hang on!
My highly-read and cherished “Thursday Numbers” column is where I take a look at the numbers in the news and provide some commentary with them. The information can be used to amaze and astonish your friends, family, and co-workers.
Today I take a look at the numbers behind the State of the Union address, a big award, campaign money raised, a fine for stealing, winds, a couple birthdays, the Super Bowl, an accountability canvass, military planes in Great Falls, BRAC, and much more!
For the past four months or so, we’ve scanned the internet and looked at the local newspapers over the weekend for political stories that you need to know. Then on Mondays, we put them in one place for you to read. Of course, I do have to offer some commentary about each.
Today we take a look at the flavor of the month, Saturday Night Live, a Congress gone mad, priorities, Max, F-15s, and much much more! So take a few minutes and catch up on the political news from the past weekend! Continue reading →
Being one who has long supported the military missions around Great Falls and across Montana, as well as being one who has actually been in the military (that’s how I got here), I was somewhat alarmed after catching THIS STORY in today’s Great Falls Tribune.
Short version: It does not look good for military missions around Great Falls, Montana.
The people interviewed for the story did not present a very rosy picture for the Air Guard and the Active Duty military base. Starting with the headline “MANG’s mission change probable” and a 30% loss of personnel and ending with the missile bases losing another 30-50 missiles, the future does not look very bright at all. Continue reading →
As word from Congressman Denny Rehberg spread yesterday about the Montana Air National Guard losing its fighters (first reported here at The Western Word) and being the preferred location for only four C-27J transport aircraft, it appears some were quick to call it a win or a victory for Great Falls, Cascade County, and the state of Montana.
I heard from a source that pats on the back, champagne and sparkling cider were mentioned as celebratory drinks for all those who took part in this big “victory.”
I hate to bring the community leaders down to earth, especially those in the Chamber and Development Authority, but this announcement is far from a “victory.” About the only “victory” in this whole deal is that the Air Guard will still have four airplanes. It could have been none. Continue reading →