Caught My Eye…

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include Trump & Tester, Zinke & Monuments, local press failure, City Commission forum, the wall, One More Thing, and much more!

Trump & Tester:

Maybe it’s just me, but if it was not for bills that U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sponsored or co-sponsored, President Donald Trump would hardly have any real legislation to brag about signing into law.

President Trump recently signed into law the following five Tester-authored bills, which will improve health care and benefits for veterans:

  • VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act
  • Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act
  • VA Choice and Quality Employment Act
  • Forever GI Bill
  • Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act

I hope President Trump gave Senator Tester at least one signing pen…

Zinke & National Monuments:

It seemed that the whole National Monument review was a lot more smoke than fire, but it sure brought the folks who love the National Monuments out of the wilderness…

There were several groups running ads in Montana telling Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to leave the monuments alone. In case you don’t know, Zinke is from Montana.

It would have been nice if these groups would have donated some money to the fire fighting and drought effort in the west, instead of filling our television sets with ads.

After all the travel and meetings by Zinke and the hoopla, he announced that he will not ask the president to eliminate any of the 27 protected areas that were under review. The New York Times is reporting that Zinke plans to shrink the size of four monuments.

At least that will give the pro-monument groups something to fight for and raise some money about.

Local Media Failure:

It was almost three weeks ago (Aug. 7) when Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards appeared in front of the local media and read a statement in which he apologized for the actions that led to a misdemeanor assault charge. During the incident, it was reported that Edwards placed a gun in his mouth. This was confirmed by Helena Police Chief Troy McGee.

The charges have been deferred.

Edwards read his statement then left without taking questions. As far as I know, he still has not answered any questions about the incident.

In my humble opinion, the local media (Great Falls Tribune, KRTV, and KFBB) let Edwards slide. I am especially disappointed in the Tribune for not taking Edwards to task on their “Two Cents” (Editorial/Opinion) page. That page seems to only be published a few times per week now. I thought I might see something in a Saturday “The Edge” column, but no. The Edge is not that “edgy” these days.

Meanwhile, we can only hope that Edwards does not harm himself or someone else.

City Commission Forum:

The Great Falls Tribune and Great Falls College-MSU will hold a Great Falls City Commission forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 in Heritage Hall at Great Falls College, 2100 16th Ave. S. (GF Tribune)

About the Wall:

As the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake wrote, the White House isn’t even pretending that Mexico is going to pay for that wall anymore. (WaPo)

I guess that’s another broken campaign promise like repeal/replace Obamacare and getting out of Afghanistan.

Now Trump may force the Republican-controlled Senate, House, and White House to shut down the government if funding is not included to build that damned wall. (Reuters)

One More Thing:

It’s time for football! Most high schools are playing already or their first games are this weekend. College football kicks off this weekend. You can check college schedules HERE.

The NFL is a couple weeks away with Kansas City at New England kicking off the season on Thursday, September 7. (NFL Schedules)

Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. – Vince Lombardi



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