Thursday Numbers

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

Welcome to Thursday Numbers and to your weekly dose of knowledge!

In case you’re new around here, “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 sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include CEO pay in Montana, Sprint and Verizon Wireless, unemployment, law enforcement officers, Amtrak, high school diploma, funniest women on Twitter, the Brady poll, Congressional job approval, Laramie Wyoming, Army War College, the Parental Bereavement Act, Christians, sage grouse and much more!

3,546,263

According to a press release from the Montana AFL-CIO, Stillwater Mining Company CEO Michael McMullen, the highest paid CEO in Montana, made $3,546,263 in 2014 – 97 times more than the average Montana worker.

Wowser…

306,563

That’s the amount ($306,563) that Montana will receive from Sprint and Verizon Wireless for “phony wireless phone charges.” (Source) The money will be deposited in the Montana Department of Justice’s (DOJ) general fund for consumer protection enforcement, plus they will have a huge pizza and ice cream party with balloons for DOJ employees.

I’m just kidding about the pizza/ice cream party with balloons…

264,000

That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. This is a decrease from the week before. (Source)

117

There were 117 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2014, including Cascade County (Montana) Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Dunn. (Source)

We must always honor them for their sacrifice.

106

The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia was traveling at 106 mph shortly before the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Wednesday. (Source)

82

Lora Lois LeMond White Hardy received her high school diploma 82 years after dropping out of school to support her family during the Great Depression. Lora will turn 100 years old later this month. (Source)

Congratulations to Lora!

48

Here are the “48 funniest women on Twitter” that was compiled by some of the funniest women on Twitter.

You can thank me later…

39

According to a poll here at The Western Word, 39% said the four-game suspension given to quarterback Tom Brady by the NFL was “Too Much,” with 28% saying it was “Just Right” and 22% saying it was “Not Enough.” Another 11% said “I Don’t Care.”

Thanks to all those who participated!

19

According to Gallup Polling, Congressional job approval is 19%. (Source)

No matter which party is in control, we pretty much think they stink…

17

It took the city of Laramie, Wyoming, 17 years after the death of Matthew Shepard to pass an anti-discrimination measure. (Source)

Welcome to 2015, Laramie…

17

Great Falls Tribune sports writer Mark D. Robertson (@GFTrib_MRob) tweeted this week, “In Carlisle, Pa., where The War College is located. Should I stop and write 17 pages real fast so I can get a masters degree?”

I think there’s a little more required for the Master’s Degree through the Army War College than a 17 page paper…

12

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and several other senators introduced the Parental Bereavement Act which would amend the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to give parents up to 12 weeks of unpaid, but job-protected, time off of work to cope with the death of a child. (Source)

This is a good thing – why wouldn’t every senator support this?

8

Pew Research Center finds that the percentage of adults (ages 18 and older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4% in a Pew Research survey in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014. (Source)

One problem is there are too many snobbish Christians…

5

According to the Associated Press (AP), state officials in Montana are planning to hire five full-time employees this summer (and spend about $500,000 annually on the salaries for these positions) for management of sage grouse. (Source)

The AP also reported the “team will be housed in the governor’s office.”

I’m hoping the beds are comfy…

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