Thursday Numbers

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! – Dr. Seuss

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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 Great Falls Public Schools bond measures, unemployment, refugees, the Trump painting, The Western Word columns, new jobs in Great Falls, health insurance rate increase, Election Day 2016, Johnson/Weld campaign, trust and confidence in the mass media, laundromat, skunks and raccoon, political donations, and much more!

98,800,000

On October 4, Great Falls voters will be asked to vote on two bond measures totaling $98.8 million to construct, renovate, and modernize public schools in Great Falls.

I will be posting my thoughts about the bond measures in the next few days – so check back often! You can find more information about the bond measures HERE.

260,000

That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)

110,000

The United States will strive to take in 110,000 refugees from around the world in the coming year, a senior Obama administration official said Wednesday, in what would be a nearly 30 percent increase from the 85,000 allowed in over the previous year. (CBS/AP)

The story also reiterated that potential refugees would continue to be subject to a rigorous screening process that typically lasts more than a year and involves both in-person interviews and examination of biographical and biometric information.

Psst… Don’t tell Republican candidate for Montana governor, Greg Gianforte, or the Montana GOP…

20,000

According to several reports, in 2007 Melania Trump spent $20,000 for a six-foot painting of Donald Trump – and the money supposedly came from the Trump Foundation. (WaPo)

I’d like to see Donald Trump’s taxes…

2,958

That’s how many columns have been posted here at The Western Word (TWW). It all started on January 10, 2005. Wow, 2005.

Since this blog is approaching 12 years old, this is to warn you to watch out for the upcoming teenage years…

325

A top executive of an Oregon-based company called First Call Resolution confirmed Tuesday that the company is leasing and remodeling a downtown Great Falls building and plans to hire the first 20 of what could be 325 workers call center employees early next year. (Great Falls Tribune)

That’s wonderful news.

58

State officials Wednesday released the final 2017 rates for health insurance on Montana’s individual market, with average increases ranging from 27 percent to 58 percent. (MTN)

If members of Congress were as eager to make the Affordable Care Act better for all as they are in firing off a press release when something is wrong with it, they might actually make changes to help it become a better program for all.

54

That’s how many days there are until Election Day 2016 (Nov. 8). If you need to register to vote, click HERE. If you live in Montana, click HERE.

Make sure you vote! 

50

The Johnson/Weld (L) 2016 campaign announced Tuesday that its ticket of Gov. Gary Johnson for President and Gov. Bill Weld for Vice-President has now achieved ballot access in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. (Press Release)

Being on the ballot in all the states and DC is a very important milestone.

32

Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year. (Gallup)

Ouch. You know you can always trust The Western Word – where I provide the independent commentary about politics, sports, the media, and current events that you love!

10

Congrats to the folks on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation – a new laundromat opened Wednesday on the reservation. They have not had one for almost 10 years. (Billings Gazette)

I would love to own/operate a laundromat. My dream laundromat would have several televisions and access to WiFi. A bar would be great, too. I would also provide some handy tips to get out those stubborn stains…

5

Authorities said a southern Indiana man passed over for an elementary school coaching and teaching position allegedly mailed four dead skunks and a dead raccoon to the successful applicant. One of the packages contained a note that stated, “Resign! It Will Not Stop.” (AP)

I wonder why he switched to the raccoon…

1

Since I’ve donated zero, I guess they think they might be able to squeeze at least $1 from me:

donation-history

No thanks. I’m independent.

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4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 10: You can call it “Suds and Suds”!

    1: I get at least 5 emails a day from The DCCC claiming the sky is falling and the Democrats are losing badly, Please send at least $! and we’ll triple match it…always a chuckle! While they Dems say it is the GOPer’s that use fear for fundraising, which they do. But the Democrats is pretty darn good at it too!

      • I think he meant Suds and Duds. That was the name of the first bar/laundry business some 20 years ago.

      • Doug – Yes I remember that name. Suds and Suds works, too. I would want lots of suds… – Thanks, – JmB

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