Caught My Eye…

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. – Margaret Mead

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye.” Unlike many newspapers, cable and network news shows, today’s column is free of any mention of Donald Trump.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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’s topics include Fair Cops, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, Veterans Health Administration, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Great Falls City Commission: Bloviating

Tuesday night the Great Falls City Commission started their commission meeting at 7:00 p.m. When they finally adjourned it was 12:15 a.m. and there were just a few diehards remaining in the audience.

It was not always pretty and professional during those five-plus hours.

As I have mentioned several times, Great Falls City Commission meetings can become very comical and circus-like. I watched most of the proceedings on television from the comfort of home. With an over-flow crowd attending the event, I believe they could outdraw some of the acts at the State Fair if they decided to take their commission meetings on the road.

With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees in Great Falls, I imagine some of the attendees smelled pretty ripe by the end of the evening.

Here are some of my observations and my opinions about the epic event.

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Great Falls: Owning a Home

On Friday in my weekly “Caught My Eye” column, I wrote about the Great Falls City Commission not approving one of the largest development projects (88 single family homes which is being called the Thaniel Addition) in Great Falls in 30 years. It failed on a 2-2 vote. The two votes against it were from Mayor Mike Winters and Commissioner Fred Burow.

The Great Falls Tribune reported that one of the concerns about the project was some residents were worried about the impact the self-help build homes would have on the property value of their homes.

I closed my commentary with, “Come on people, this is Great Falls, Montana – think about it.”

On Sunday the Tribune editorial board let their feelings about the project be known with an editorial titled, “Great Falls needs housing; commission should vote again” in which they called the project “well-thought-out.” They added that they were “disappointed in the votes by Winters and Burow, and in the not-in-my-backyard approach by some opponents.”

Amen to that.

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Caught My Eye…

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. – William Arthur Ward

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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’s topics include the OPM data breach, Great Falls northside development, Confederate Flag, Olbermann/Simmons & ESPN, plus we have two winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. – Herbert Hoover

It’s Friday and the day before Independence Day – so there’s probably not much of an appetite for blog reading – but here I am cranking out another edition of “Caught My Eye” so thanks for stopping by!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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’s topics include Montana autopsies, 125 errors, Americans for Prosperity – Montana, U.S. Air Force and volunteering, Donald Trump, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

Everyone can use a little good news and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

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

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

  • Billings Schools & Ben Steele
  • Military with PTSD
  • New York Manhunt
  • Top Gun
  • James “Whitey” Bulger

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Monday’s Potpourri

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. – William J. Clinton

Hello Monday! It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • New MT GOP Chairman
  • Fireworks
  • Presidential Candidates & Gay Marriage

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