Monday’s Quick Hits

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. – Benjamin Franklin

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Cellphone Fines
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Easter Egg Roll
  • Saturday Night Live

Cellphone Fines:

The Great Falls Tribune recently reported about a bill advancing through the Montana Legislature that would cap the amount of money cities can fine people ticketed for driving while using their cellphones at $100 instead of the $400-$500 some communities such as Great Falls charge.

I support this bill (HB 562) and I hope it passes the Legislature. If it does, I encourage Governor Steve Bullock to sign it.

If you read this blog very much then you know I am against issuing tickets for using a cellphone while driving. Distracted driving can be caused by many things, like eating food while driving to adjusting your radio. Drivers should not do anything that distracts them while driving.

I also think the City of Great Falls is using their cellphone ban more as a fundraiser than as deterrence. Once they saw it was a moneymaker, they increased fines.

The state of Montana and cities, like Great Falls, would be better served to spend more time combating drunk driving.

Toilet Cleaner:

A Montana State University professor is suing Walmart for libel after he says an employee at the Bozeman store listed his occupation on a fishing license as a “toilet cleaner.”

The Associated Press story is being seen nationwide and was on the USA Today website this morning.

If proven correct, some Walmart employee just cost the company several million dollars.

Public Service Announcement:

This is your friendly public service announcement from The Western Word: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, is the deadline to file your 2016 tax returns.

If you need to file an extension, you can find out how by clicking HERE.

This has been a public service announcement from The Western Word.

Easter Egg Roll:

Today is the 139th Annual Easter Egg Roll at The White House. Around 21,000 people are scheduled to attend.(

This is also a good time to remind folks that Easter candy should be on sale today, so stock up!

Saturday Night Live:

In case you missed Saturday Night Live (SNL), White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) apologizes for his comments about Hitler:

SNL was live coast to coast. It is nice to be able to watch it about an hour earlier.