Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly helping of knowledge!

“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 veterans, Lewis & Zinke, Walsh & Daines, unemployment, unaccounted for military personnel, Affordable Care Act & Montana, pingpong balls, gay marriage, Hillary Clinton, cheerleading, Congressional approval ratings, drunk drivers, horse racing, and much more!

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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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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly serving of knowledge!

“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 fundraising, unemployment, Bieber, Rimrock Auto Group, Initiative 174, Andrew Tahmooressi, Mötley Crüe, Arlo Guthrie, Wyoming, Hobby Lobby legislation, Malmstrom AFB nuke officers, drunk driving, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of knowledge! The weekend is in sight – but I am not so sure about summer.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the 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 the NALC food drive, Hot Lotto, barrels of oil, John Walsh, Steve Daines, unemployment, Amazon Fire, Brian Schweitzer, polls and more polls, DUI, Lucy Li, jury duty, Kansas City Royals, Public Service Commissioners, U.S. Patent Office, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly fix of “Thursday Numbers.” The weekend is in sight!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the 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 unemployment, Missoula County, Rep. Eric Cantor, Healthy Montana Initiative, Montana GOP Convention sponsor packages, President Ronald Reagan, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Charter Cable, Barry Beach, AG Tim Fox, Rep. Steve Daines, Sen. John Walsh, President George H.W. Bush, veterans, DUI, and much more!

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Congrats Montana!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a report (with 2012 stats) that showed “in 2012, 10,322 people lost their lives in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.” These were people killed nation-wide.

That was an increase of 4.6% from 2011.

As for Montana, it leads the nation with 44% of the fatalities being alcohol-related. During 2012, there were 89 people killed in Montana in alcohol-related crashes, according to the report.

These 89 people left behind family and friends.

So congratulations Montana!

The NHTSA should make a traveling “Drunk Driving” trophy that has to be prominently displayed in the state capitol for the year after a state leads the nation in alcohol-related fatalities. Maybe state legislators, the governor, and the attorney general would work harder to deter drunk driving if they had to see that trophy.

The sad thing is there are people driving around right now who have multiple DUIs on their record. Hardly a month goes by that I don’t read about someone with more than five DUIs getting caught again.

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Augare: Rights & Wrongs

In case you missed the story, Montana State Senator and Blackfeet tribal leader Shannon Augare was pulled over by a Glacier County deputy sheriff who suspected him of drinking and driving. The stop occurred on the Blackfeet Reservation. Augare reportedly told the deputy that the deputy had no jurisdiction. The deputy attempted to take Augare’s keys, but Augare reportedly fled the scene. The deputy contacted Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services about Augare, and it’s in their hands.

There are many rights and wrongs about this situation.

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Thursday Numbers

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out that you spend your time reading blogs they may not be too impressed…

This week I write about Valentine’s Day facts, State of the Union, unemployment, Carol Brady, Saturday mail delivery, most religious and non-religious states, term limits, 14th DUI, MT Highway Patrol, Minimum wage, and much more!

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Monday Morning Politics

Welcome to Monday Morning Politics – this is the “circus” edition in honor of the 63rd Montana Legislature that starts today!

In case you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at some of the political stories that caught my attention from the past weekend and put them in one place for my readers to see. I also provide some commentary!

Today I write about the Circus beginning in Helena and some advice to those in the media covering it. I also chime in about the GOP Chairman’s views on voting, Daines’ disaster vote, Chuck Hagel, John Brennan, Crapo paying for his DUI, and a salute to Virginia for their DUI laws. There’s a lot more so read on…

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1.6 Years Per Life

Many folks in the Great Falls (Montana) community woke up Sunday morning September 25, 2011, and heard about a horrible accident that happened early in the morning at the Loading Zone bar.  As details emerged over the next few days, we found out that a driver plowed into the bar killing three people (Jeffrey Scott, Tony Hiatt, and Daigerrys Leon) and injuring two others.

With the case coming to a close and a sentence rendered last Friday, it’s time for me to offer my personal commentary.

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