Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Wednesday!

When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • Thad Cochran channels Max Baucus
  • $500K Campaign Donation
  • Glendive third-graders
  • Memorial Day Sales
  • ObamaCare
  • Shifting Left on Key Moral Issues
  • Immigration

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Memorial Day 2015

2008 Memorial Day Poster #2

It’s important to remember that Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor American men and women who died while serving our country.

We remember those who have given their lives in defense of our country. We will never forget you. We will always honor you and your sacrifice.


Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun
From the hills, from the lake, from the sky
All is well, safely rest;
God is nigh.

Then goodnight, peaceful night;
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright.
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, goodnight.


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Caught My Eye…

WARNING: Buckle up!

Welcome to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”

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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include the difference between Memorial Day & Veterans Day, Lee Newspapers State Bureau, Veterans Affairs Appropriations, Patriot Act – The Big Picture, Top 10 Candidates, Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” show. There’s a lot more so read on!

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Terrific News Tuesday!

You won’t find any griping or complaining today – just some terrific news – which for this week is being called Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

Here is some of the good stuff that made TNT:

  • Local Media & National Police Week
  • Higher Education in Montana
  • Crime in Montana
  • Rain, Rain, Rain
  • Pay Raises
  • Montana Veterans Memorial
  • Doubles Title
  • POTUS & Twitter

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Veterans: Good Stuff!

Happy Monday – May the fourth be with you!

In the past few weeks, there have been some good things done by the Montana Congressional delegation for veterans. They deserve some recognition for it.

With over 100,000 veterans in Montana, we are a force to be reckoned with.

I am a veteran and I believe that credit should be given when it’s due no matter what side of the political fence the member of Congress resides. The Western Word is independent and most importantly pro-veteran – a voice for Montana veterans on the web!

Here are some of the great things that U.S. Senator Jon Tester, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke are doing for veterans:

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Memorial Day: A Look Back

If you are an elected official, then it’s a must that you attend a Memorial Day ceremony in the state you represent. Although most of our elected officials these days did not serve in the military, they have a staffer put together a few lines for a speech, and they talk about a relative who served way back when.

Here in Montana, the place to be for the elected officials was Laurel where the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery was dedicated and renamed the Yellowstone National Cemetery. Congratulations to all those who made the Yellowstone National Cemetery possible.  The Billings Gazette has the story.

Senators Jon Tester, John Walsh, and Congressman Steve Daines all attended the event. I am sure all their speeches were carefully crafted with the next election in mind – with video trackers recording their every moment.

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The Sunday Message

I thank my God every time I remember you.Philippians 1:3 (NIV)

Around Memorial Day each year I always feel a touch of sadness. Memorial Day is when we remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. I am proud to have known some of these people.

I will have my Memorial Day column posted early Monday morning.

I remember as a child being loaded into a car with a bunch of flowers and heading out on “decoration day” which was what my parents called Memorial Day. We would spend the day visiting the graves of relatives – some who served in the military and some who did not. I was amazed that my parents knew where everyone was buried!

I remember seeing a few graves side by side where everyone died in the same year (mother, father, sons and daughters) and my dad said the family had contracted some disease and they all died in short time.

A whole family gone – just like that.

Human life is like grass; we grow like a flower in the field. After the wind blows, the flower is gone, and there is no sign of where it was.Psalm 103:15-16 (NCV)


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