Terrific News Tuesday

You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. – Zig Ziglar

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Veterans Healthcare
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • All-Female Missile Crews
  • Montana Energy 2016
  • Obama in Cuba
  • NAIA Basketball

Veterans Healthcare:

It was good to see a poll from Gallup that found Americans overwhelmingly agree with proposals made by presidential candidate Donald Trump and others to allow veterans to get healthcare from any provider that accepts Medicare, not just Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

Gallup found in their poll that 91% approve of veterans getting healthcare at any healthcare provider that accepts Medicare.

I have long been a proponent of this for my fellow veterans. Veterans should be able to get their healthcare at their local clinic and hospital, and not have to travel hundreds of miles – or to other states for healthcare.

Presidential Medal of Freedom:

It was good to see U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) recommend Elouise Cobell for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cobell was a Blackfeet tribal member who filed the landmark lawsuit Cobell v. Salazar, which led to the compensation of $3.4 billion to hundreds of thousands of Native Americans for the mismanagement of Indian trust land.

President Barack Obama should quickly approve Tester’s request.

All-Female Missile Crews:

As part of Women’s History Month, the United States Air Force will have all-female missile alert crews at Malmstrom, Minot, and F.E. Warren Air Force Bases. This is a first for the Air Force. (KRTV)

This is great news – the Air Force has come a long way. Read on…

Back in 1986, the first all-female crew worked at one of the launch control centers at Whiteman AFB in Missouri. I was working in a place called Key and Code Control Center (KCCC) at Whiteman and issued the code material to that all-female crew that day. A few years later, the Air Force allowed male and female crew members to go on alert together.

Montana Energy 2016:

The good news is that the Montana Energy conference is being held in Billings next week (March 29-31) at the Radisson Convention Center 5500 Midland Road.

The conference is co-hosted by U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Montana Contractors’ Association, Montana Petroleum Association, Montana Coal Council, Montana Chamber of Commerce, Montana Chamber Foundation, and KLJ.

It’s always good to bring together energy professionals, policy and decision makers, contractors, and industry professionals to discuss our nation’s energy needs. I support an all-of-the-above energy approach.

Applause goes to Daines for his leadership in this area. More information about the conference can be found HERE.

Obama in Cuba:

It was good to see President Obama and the First Lady travel to Havana, Cuba, becoming the first First Family to set foot on the island in nearly 90 years.

This is a great step in normalizing relations with Cuba – and it’s also great to see that the Tampa Bay Rays will play Cuba in an exhibition baseball game today.

NAIA Basketball:

It was great to see the University of Great Falls women’s basketball team once again make it to the elite eight of the NAIA National basketball tournament. The UGF women are quickly becoming a powerhouse in NAIA basketball – and that’s good news for the University – and Great Falls.

Congrats also to the Carroll College men’s team for making it to the elite eight of NAIA National basketball tournament. (KRTV)

 

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