Monday’s Potpourri

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:

  • Great Falls City Commission
  • Fox Farm Road & Cascade County Commission
  • Montana Republicans & Dead Rats
  • Donald Trump
  • The Moon Walk Anniversary

Great Falls City Commission:

The Great Falls Tribune editorial board devoted their “The Edge” column on Saturday to the upcoming Great Falls City Commission meeting on Tuesday where there will be further discussion about the Thaniel Addition. The Thaniel Addition plan includes 88 single family homes, but for some crazy reasons the commission voted against. The Tribune reported that some residents were worried about the impact the self-help build homes would have on the property value of their homes. I think it is a classic not-in-my-back-yard (NIMBY) moment.

Last Monday I wrote about this issue and it was my top column for the week.

Now the Tribune has uncovered that three of the five members of the City Commission may have conflicts of interest. The Tribune editorial board closed their editorial with this:

Tuesday night’s vote on the Thaniel Addition shouldn’t happen without some serious soul searching by members of the City Commission on whether it’s appropriate to vote.

Nonetheless, Tuesday’s meeting will probably be another circus. If you can’t attend in person, people who have cable in Great Falls can watch the meeting on their local government access channel. It’s must-see comedy.

Fox Farm Road:

The “Fox Farm” area in Great Falls in one of the better areas to live in the city. If you are moving to Great Falls, chances are your realtor told you this is the “good side” of town or the “upscale” part of town. But, if you get too far outside the city limits on the road, the road is dangerous. By the way, I don’t live in the Fox Farm area.

On Sunday the Great Falls Tribune published an editorial about the road titled, “Make Fox Farm Road a safer drive.” They were pretty nice. I don’t have to be.

The Cascade County Commission over the years ignored the need to upgrade the road. Now it’s scheduled for upgrade in 2018. The Tribune pointed out that several people have died in accidents on the road. Waiting until 2018 is too long. The commissioners and planners for Cascade County lack vision. Upgrades should have been done years ago. The commissioners should not get a pass or pat on the back because it is scheduled for an upgrade in 2018.

How many people will die on Fox Farm road between now and the summer of 2018 because of the Cascade County Commissioners’ lack of planning?

The “dead rat” Party:

The Montana Republican Party is still having problems stemming from the last legislative session that ended in late April. In case you missed it, Lee Newspapers had a story over the weekend about the mess. In the Helena Independent Record, they titled the story “Montana GOP leaders skewer colleagues, compare party to ‘dead rat.’”

The Montana Cowgirl Blog broke the story way back on June 17.

The fact is that moderates/independents are not really welcome in the Montana GOP.

Donald Trump:

Last Thursday I wrote the following about Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump:

Listening to Trump is like watching a NASCAR race at Daytona – maybe you don’t care for NASCAR too much, but you like to see a good crash so you just have to watch.

Trump crashed.

Trump was in Iowa and talked about U.S. Senator John McCain, saying McCain is “not a war hero,” and adding, “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

As almost everyone knows, McCain was a POW during the Vietnam war. It’s been reported that Donald Trump received student deferments and a medical deferment for his feet during the Vietnam war.

I think that last sentence pretty much tells who the real hero is.

Trump’s comments were cheap and uncalled for. One thing his comments did do is unite his opponents to come out against him. Before the comments about McCain they were afraid of Trump – which says a lot about the quality of candidates the GOP has in their presidential field.

The Moon Walk:

On this date in 1969 (July 20) astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. I was living in Mill Grove, Missouri, (Google it) where I watched the event with my parents on a black and white television. That was when Mill Grove had a post office, a one-pump gas station, and a general store and they were all in one building.

Right after they stepped on the moon, I remember that the sun went behind a cloud and it became darker. I thought for a few moments that Neil and Buzz had really screwed things up…


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