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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Campaign 2014: Potpourri

Happy Monday folks!

Today is “potpourri” day with my commentary about Ryan Zinke’s military records, the Great Falls Tribune’s editor’s note, and my perspective on Lee Newspapers’ “perspective.”

So grab your coffee and read on!

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MT Senate 2014: Ridin’ the Storm Out

What you’ve got to do when you’re in trouble is stick together, keep each other warm, and always keep ridin’ the storm out! -REO Speedwagon

That should be the motto for the John Walsh for senate campaign from here on out. Three major Montana newspapers (Great Falls Tribune, Billings Gazette, and the Missoulian) are calling on him to stop campaigning because he plagiarized a paper at the Army War College seven years ago. Here are my thoughts about the latest information.

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MT Senate 2014: Silence

When the New York Times published the story last Wednesday (July 23) about U.S. Senator John Walsh and plagiarism, the firestorm was pretty bad. On Friday I said Walsh should try to move this off the front page/evening news quickly, and move on with his regular schedule.

If he tried that, it’s not working.

After a couple of interviews on Friday I don’t know what Walsh did. It looks like he may have taken some time off for reflection and thought. Maybe he is just holed up in a bunker waiting for the storm to pass and will start his offensive this week. Heck, maybe he took the weekend off to rewrite his paper for the Army War College.

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of valuable knowledge!

PLEASE NOTE: I’ve tried to find a source for everything used in this column just in case a New York Times reporter reviews it seven years from now…

“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 the New York Times & John Walsh, Social Security Administration, Hot Lotto, unemployment, a big bottle of catsup, executions, a big flagpole, Obama fundraisers, Vietnam memorial, my book, cattle & lightning, football, the drinking age, and National Tequila Day.

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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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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to another (almost) award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye” coming to you from deep within a bunker somewhere Montana!

Disclaimer: Discontinue reading if nausea or dizziness occurs.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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 Brian Schweitzer, Steve Daines’ letter of recommendation, the Montana GOP convention, Medicaid expansion, John Walsh’s “Plywood” ad, confidence in news media, plus we have two winners who are making Montana Proud!

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