Terrific News Tuesday

Welcome to September – it’s a new month and we get to start over!

There’s no better way to start off a new month than with another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

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

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

  • Ballots in the Mail
  • Montana’s Labor Day Report
  • Air Quality
  • 50 is the new 42
  • A Lucky Man

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Caught My Eye…

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. – W. Clement Stone

Welcome to Friday and the big show I call “Caught My Eye” (CME). If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular CME has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! 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 I write about Ashley Madison & Montana, helicopters & fires, Zinke, Gianforte, & Boehner, a new campaign complaint, MTN’s new political reporter, The Western Word lives on, and Donald, Roger, & Megyn make the big show!

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50 Shades of…Blue

I think the folks who work at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls do a pretty good job. A year or so ago I got to see up close how they work, and I think they did a fine job.

Yesterday the Great Falls Tribune published a story about Benefis Hospital requiring employees to wear “colors” specific to their department. Benefis hopes this will help prevent confusion from patients.

I guess some patients wondered if an employee was coming into their room to take their blood or clean their toilet. By the way, I am pretty sure the new colors don’t have anything to do with gangs.

When I first saw the illustration in the E-Newspaper version of the Tribune showing the different colored scrubs that are required to be worn, I thought they were showing the silks that jockeys would be wearing for a horse race. Giddy-up…

What was amusing to me and others who read the story is how many shades of blue scrubs the employees will be wearing at Benefis.

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Caught My Eye…

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. – Albert Einstein

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye” (CME). If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 I write about Boehner & Gianforte, Montana State AFL-CIO, Montana Democrats, McLaughlin Research Institute, toenails, Hillary’s server, Tom Brady, Jimmy Carter, and much more!

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“White Men Mansplain Racism”

Earlier this month the Great Falls Tribune Editorial Board found themselves in some hot water with readers because they ran an editorial cartoon by Gary McCoy about Planned Parenthood and its chief executive. You can see the cartoon HERE.

First of all, it is nice that the Tribune Editorial Board (I might start calling them “The Bored” or “The Boring”) created a little controversy in our sleepy little town of Great Falls, Montana. The weekly “free Barry Beach” letters are making me yawn.

I like it when the contents on the opinion page stir people in the community, but that does not happen enough in most Montana newspapers – they don’t like to make waves.

After the Tribune mentioned that the cartoon stirred some controversy from their readers, I had to go back and see it again to see what it was about. I did not particularly care for it. Some readers thought it was racist and I can see how they might interpret it that way.

Like most people, I wish there were fewer abortions, but abortions are legal. I also understand that abortions are a very small percentage of what Planned Parenthood does. They also provide valuable healthcare for women, men, and young people.

I wasn’t going to write about the cartoon or the Tribune Editorial Board, but yesterday I happened to catch the opinion in Sunday’s Tribune from three fellows who call themselves the “No Teams Team.” Read it HERE.

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