Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself. – Elbert Hubbard
Welcome to Monday! Here are some “Political Quick Hits” about some issues that caught my attention over the weekend:
- Daines & Law Enforcement
- Gianforte & Montana State
- Montana Veterans Memorial
- Montana Standard
Daines & Law Enforcement:
U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) sent an email Friday afternoon about honoring law enforcement during National Police Week. In his letter, Daines wrote:
During the summer of 2014, Cascade County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Dunn was struck and killed on Interstate 15 outside of Great Falls during a high speed pursuit. Now, travelers drive that stretch of I-15, renamed the Joseph Dunn Memorial Highway, and are reminded of Joseph’s selfless service to his community.
While it was nice of Daines to mention Deputy Dunn and his selfless service, the details were incorrect. Deputy Dunn was killed on U.S. Highway 89 between Great Falls and Belt, not on Interstate 15. The stretch of Interstate 15 named in honor of Dunn is between Great Falls and Ulm and which goes near the Cascade County Sheriff’s office.
Maybe Daines should spend a little less time on Snapchat and more time verifying the details in his newsletters.
Gianforte & Montana State:
In case you missed it, Montana State University has received a pledge of $8 million from Greg and Susan Gianforte. The funding will support MSU’s newly renamed Gianforte School of Computing and its South Campus initiative. Additionally, a large classroom in Norm Asbjornson Hall is expected to be named Gianforte Auditorium. (MSU News Service)
The Montana Board of Regents approved it last week. Greg Gianforte is a Republican gubernatorial candidate. (AP)
Hey Greg, old buddy, have I got a deal for you! For $200,000 I will name my house after you. I will put a sign on it. I’ll also designate a room in my house the “Gianforte Computer Room.” I’ll place my old Apple IIGS computer in the there and hang a photo of you and Susan on the wall. Contact me for details on where to send the check…
Montana Veterans Memorial:
In today’s Great Falls Tribune, Rich Ecke writes a very nice story about the upcoming 10th birthday of the Montana Veterans Memorial in Great Falls. Read it HERE.
If you’ve never visited the Memorial, you should. You can visit the website HERE.
One problem I have always been concerned about is the price of the tile to honor a veteran. The basic price for a tile is $225. That seems a little pricey to this veteran.
Thank you, Montana Standard, for publishing my column, “Republican Party deserves Trump” in your paper last week. You can read the column HERE.