Swearing-in/Swearing-at

“Enjoy your time in public service. It may well be one of the most interesting and challenging times of your life.” – Donald Rumsfeld

It’s that time of year when newly-elected officials take the oath of office with swearing-in ceremonies. There are various ceremonies all across the fruited plains from small city halls and courtrooms all the way to the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to serve. Your service is very much appreciated.

The 64th session of the Montana Legislature will convene on January 5 in Helena, which means January – April will probably be more exciting than it should be. Republicans control the state House and Senate, but the Governor is a Democrat.

Republicans Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke will be sworn in to the U.S. Senate and to the U.S. House of Representatives, respectively, on January 6 in Washington, D.C. Republicans will control the House and the Senate, but the President is a Democrat.

Ironically, after the elected officials are sworn-in, many will be sworn-at by those who elected them. That’s the way we roll.

In 2015 The Western Word (TWW) will continue to provide independent commentary about politics, sports, the media, and current events. Since most of my commentary is about politics, it’s important to note that I am not attached to any politician or political party or group – and I don’t have to worry about ticking off my advertisers.

In short, everyone and everything is fair game.

To get ready for 2015, I urge all politicians, political parties, and groups, to send your press releases to TWW via this e-mail: Western_Word@Yahoo.com. You can subscribe to this blog (on the right) and you will receive an e-mail when a new column is posted. You should follow TWW on Twitter @TheWesternWord and “Like” TWW’s Facebook page.

Have a great 2015!

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