This is Good/This is Bad

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. – George Washington Carver

Today I take a little different look at some of the stories I’ve recently read – dividing them into “This is Good” and “This is Bad” categories.

The topics today are veterans, President Trump, healthcare, a Facebook post, the National Anthem, and fallen soldiers. You’ll have to read the column to see which is good or bad. Enjoy!

This is Good:

The Great Falls Transit District had to cancel a program that allowed disabled veterans to ride city buses for free. After the news got out that the program was canceled, several thousand dollars was donated to revive the program. (GF Tribune)

One of the many things I liked about Great Falls when I moved here many years ago was the support people and businesses showed for military and veterans. It’s still that way today.

I salute all those who donated. Click on the Tribune link to find out how you can donate.

This is Bad:

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) claims that President Donald Trump told the widow of one of the four soldiers killed in Niger this month that her husband “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway.”

Trump supposedly made the comment to U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, who is pregnant with her late husband’s third child. (Washington Examiner)

If this is true, that was not Presidential. It’s not even compassionate.

President Trump tweeted a response this morning, “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”

This is Good:

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander said he has reached an agreement with Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the panel’s ranking Democrat, on a limited deal to stabilize the individual health insurance markets. (Roll Call)

It’s good to see both sides working together on healthcare. Maybe it will become the norm.

This is Bad:

Someone named “Danny Smith” who lists on his Facebook Page that he is some sort of VP at Charter Communications and lives in Billings commented about the proposed cuts to the state budget:

Cut the Helena fat and stop playing games Governor. No program is going to make little disabled kids more intelligent. Cut the feel good nonsense and govern.

I’m sure his superiors at Charter will love the negative light this shines on the company.

He seems to have cleansed his Facebook page since the post…

This is Good:

Every day at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, the national anthem plays over the speaker system at 4:30 p.m. and the United States flag is lowered from its perch overlooking the base and the city. The Seibel Soccer Park, where the Great Falls High and CM Russell teams play the majority of their home games, is directly across the street from MAFB. And every day at practice, the Bison and Rustlers stop whatever they’re doing, face east with their hands over their hearts and stand at attention. (

Good job Great Falls High and CM Russell!

This is Bad:

President Donald Trump accused Barack Obama and other former presidents of insufficient outreach to fallen soldiers’ families saying, “The traditional way, you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls.” (PolitiFact)

Making calls to the family of a fallen soldier is probably one of the hardest things a President has to do. It should be a highly personal and private thing and not talked about in the press.



2 thoughts on “This is Good/This is Bad

  1. Remember how tRump intimated that he had tapes (proof) of some convos with Comey? Yeah, he didn’t have diddly. Typical lying bluster from a fraud.

    This thread is worth reading. From a combat officer.

    1. Let's talk for a minute about "he knew what he signed up for."— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) October 18, 2017


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