Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the last “Caught My Eye” of August. Before you head out for your Labor Day weekend take a few moments to arm yourself with knowledge!

NOTICE: School is starting so be careful on the roads!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a 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 Adam Sanchez Jr., Amanda Curtis and Steve Daines on education, Wittich & conspiracy, Mitt Romney, TWW on Facebook, a birthday, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Adam Sanchez Jr.:

Adam Sanchez Jr. is charged with killing Cascade County Deputy Joe Dunn during a high-speed chase near Great Falls earlier this month. The Great Falls Tribune reported several times that Sanchez was free from jail “despite two pending felony cases.”

Right after I learned about Sanchez being free, I wrote a column called “Why?” Tribune reporter Eric Dietrich attempted to get answers from County Attorney John Parker. After more reporting from the Tribune, I wrote another column called “Why (Part II).

In that column I said:

I believe that Cascade County Attorney John Parker and Deputy County Attorney Kory Larsen and state district court Judge Kenneth Neill have lost the public’s trust. I voted for both Parker and Neill in the past, but never will I again. Although Parker is running unopposed in this November’s election, he still won’t get my vote.

I also added, “All three should resign.”

Thursday, readers of the Great Falls Tribune saw this headline, “Sanchez not only dangerous suspect released pending federal charges.” Read it HERE.

It’s time for others in Cascade County to call for the resignation of Parker, Larsen, and Neill.

Curtis on Education:

U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis, who is a teacher, released her six-point plan that she says will address issues important to Montana students. You can read her plan HERE.

It’s a good move to for Curtis to speak about an issue she is most comfortable with. The Missoulian covered the event. You can read their story HERE. One part of the Missoulian story made me a chuckle. Curtis’ opponent, Steve Daines, was asked to comment about some of the “criticisms” and his spokeswoman, Alee Lockman, told the Missoulian “Daines is a father of four who knows the importance of quality schooling, and he understands the rising cost of college makes it difficult for students to pursue higher education.”

In Jan. 2013, it was reported that Steve Daines has a net worth between $4,695,012 and $22,999,999. This is according to the Business Insider. Daines was ranked #40 richest member of Congress in Sept. 2013 with a net worth of $9.19 million (Source). There are 535 members of Congress.

So pardon me for laughing, but there is no freaking way that Steve Daines or his children understand much, if anything, about the cost of higher education.

Wittich & Conspiracy:

Just like that “A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader (Art Wittich) that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices conspired to drive him out of office.” (Source)

I did not hear all the claims from Wittich, but one has to wonder if he thought the governor and others were using black helicopters and chemtrails in an attempt to get him.

It is alleged “Wittich violated campaign laws by coordinating with and taking illegal corporate contributions from the secretive conservative group Western Tradition Partnership.”

Now we can get back to the regularly-scheduled court case…

Mitt Romney:

Please no – not Romney again.

According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released on Wednesday, Mitt Romney “has a big lead among potential Iowa Republican caucus attendees.” (Source)

I am very proud to say I never voted for Romney, and I won’t vote for him if he decides to run for a third time.

Romney has a big ego. It will be hard for him (and his family) to pass on this.

The Western Word is on Facebook:

Just look over to the right and click “Like” on The Western Word on Facebook box. Or you can go to the actual page HERE.

I post information throughout the day on the Facebook page, so you if want to be in the know follow it!

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the Associated Press and published in the Helena Independent Record (H/T to a reader for sending me the link): Around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday August 14 Roosevelt County Sheriff Freedom Crawford was found “asleep on a sidewalk in Wolf Point” by two police officers.

The officers believe Sheriff Crawford was “intoxicated and sleeping.”

If they would have given him a blanket, the Sheriff could have been “undercover.”

Roosevelt County Sheriff Freedom Crawford is an embarrassment to Montana.

Happy Birthday:

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) turns 78 today. Ironically, on this date in 2008 McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential running mate. (Source)

One More Thing:

Wear your seatbelts – they do save lives…


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  1. Curtis on Education:

    Just because Steve Daines has money doesn’t mean he doesn’t understand the impact with the rising costs of college? I have a 6 figure income and have never been on food stamps or welfare but I understand the challenges those people face in trying to elevate themselves. By the way, I’m only a father of two!


    • Barry, Thanks for the comments. I still feel that Daines has no idea what it’s like for those people who struggle to make it from paycheck to paycheck or about the rising cost of education. -JmB

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