Terrific News Tuesday

A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. – Denis Waitley

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:

  • KFBB/KRTV
  • Montana Democrats
  • Senate Resolution 457
  • Invictus Games 2016
  • On the Road

KFBB/KRTV:

Thumbs up to Montana television stations (KFBB-ABC/Fox and KRTV- MTN/CBS here in Great Falls) for streaming the funeral of former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns from Billings, Montana, on Friday. There may have been other media outlets streaming it, too. Thanks.

One of Burns accomplishments as a U.S. Senator was to work to get internet access into rural areas, like many parts of Montana. Ironically, Burns’ funeral could be seen across the globe streaming via the internet.

Montana Democrats:

It was also good to see several Montana Democrats pay their respects at the funeral for Republican U.S. Senator Conrad Burns on Friday. I could see U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock in attendance, and I believe I saw a few other Democrats.

That was nice because in politics, things sometimes get pretty nasty.

One former staffer for a prominent Montana Democrat sent me a note about the death of Burns saying, in part:

Sen. Burns was always respectful to me and others on our staff. In all my time around him during his entire time in the Senate and beyond I never saw him treat anybody any different. He was always dignified and while at times humorous he always remembered names and faces and usually something about their family. I also think he taught us all a darn good lesson after he left the US Senate. He moved forward and he gave back to the community and state and was not at all looking for any atta boys. He did it because it was the right thing to do.

I guess the saying, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice” still means something…

Senate Resolution 457:

I’m sure U.S. Senator Conrad Burns would find some humor in the fact that the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution honoring him this week.

The senate passed Senate Resolution 457, “A resolution relative to the death of Conrad Ray Burns, former United States Senator for the State of Montana.”

That was a nice tribute.

Invictus Games 2016:

It’s great to see the see the Invictus Games getting some well-deserved publicity. This year they are being held in Orlando (May 8-12).

The Invictus Games are an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. (Source)

This year, the opening ceremony was attended by Prince Harry, First Lady Michelle Obama, and former President George W. Bush. More information can be found HERE.

On the Road:

Last week’s “On the Road” segment on the CBS Evening News was another heart-warming story.

A young man named Ibby Piracha is deaf, so ordering drinks from Starbucks is probably pretty tough. A barista at Starbucks named Krystal Payne went the extra mile for Piracha, who is a frequent customer. When he came in, she handed him a note that said, “I’ve been learning ASL, American Sign Language, just so you can have the same experience as everyone else.”

That is great customer service. You can read/watch the story HERE.

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