If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Today’s read deals with these important issues:
- The Laurel, Montana, Circus
- Trump & Airline Safety
- Trump’s Bigger Button
- Hatch & Romney
Laurel, Montana, Circus:
Laurel is a city in Yellowstone County, Montana, with a population of about 7,000. It’s a nice little city with great schools. It’s close to Billings.
Laurel has a circus going on in city hall.
According to coverage in the Billings Gazette, Laurel voters elected Dave Waggoner as their mayor. Waggoner is a city public works employee. The Gazette reported that with an opinion from City Attorney Sam Painter, the council previously said that Waggoner would have to quit his job at the city water treatment plant to take the mayoral position.
Then the Gazette reported today that as an alternative, the council passed a resolution nominating outgoing Ward 4 Councilman Tom Nelson to be mayor if Waggoner didn’t resign his city job to become mayor.
Nelson did not show up to be sworn in. Waggoner didn’t either. They will try again on January 16.
I think it’s a little crazy for the council (and a city attorney) to prevent Dave Waggoner from being the mayor of Laurel. He was the choice of the voters. He can recuse himself if there are votes that would impact him or his department. As a city public works employee, he might be the best person for the job.
I’m sure there are a few good attorneys who would take his case if asked.
Trump & Airline Safety:
I’ve come to realize in the past couple of years that just because Donald Trump tweets something or tells the world something, it might not be necessarily true.
For example, just yesterday Trump tweeted:
Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!
The facts don’t back up his claim. The facts show there were “Zero deaths” in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, too.
Reuters reported this:
Current and former aviation safety officials said Trump was not responsible for last year’s unblemished commercial passenger jet safety record, citing years-long improvements in safety and the fact that no U.S. passenger airliner has had a fatal crash since 2009.
I guess in 2018 we are still looking for some adult in the White House to stand up to Trump and tell him that what is saying is BS.
Trump’s Bigger Button:
Trump tweeted another gem late yesterday afternoon:
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
Maybe it’s just me, but when I read about Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump both having a “Nuclear Button” I started to worry that one or both might drop something on the button, like a can of Diet Coke, and start a nuclear war.
By the way, the “unofficial” motto in the Minuteman missile world goes something like this, “We will deliver anywhere in the world in 30 minutes or your next one is free.”
Hatch & Romney:
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced that he was retiring after this term in the U.S. Senate. At the end of this term, which ends in on January 3, 2019, Hatch will have served 42 years. To put that in perspective, Hatch started his career in 1977. Hatch is 83.
There’s speculation that Utah wants to go with someone who is more youthful – that is why Mitt Romney is a favorite among some. Romney is 70 years-old and will be 71 by election day 2018.
Maybe it’s just me, but if I were a very wealthy person and being 70 years old like Romney, the last thing I would want to do is run for U.S. Senate.
Romney is getting to the age where buying green bananas is living on the edge.