Tuesday Commentary: Helena Schools, DUI, FBI Raid, & Interior

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. – Robin Williams

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Helena Schools Lunch Debt
  • Billings Gazette DUI Editorial
  • The Great FBI Raid
  • Kevin Sabo, Interior Department Official

Helena Schools Lunch Debt:

The Associated Press reported that Helena Public Schools is warning families with school lunch debt that they plan to turn it over to a collection agency. Officials say the total debt tops $100,000, with 320 students having a balance above $100. The school district approved a policy last May allowing it to use collection agencies to recover school lunch debt, but officials had hoped not to use it.

The Helena School District should not use a collection agency. If a family can’t afford to pay a $100 lunch bill, they don’t need the jackasses from a collection agency calling them at home and work.

There must be at least a few charitable people in Helena who could write a check to pay off the $100,000 debt. How about a GoFundMe page?

Shame on the Helena School District.

Billings Gazette DUI Editorial:

The Billings Gazette Editorial Board published what seems to be their annual “DUI is bad” editorial the other day.

This one is titled, “Gazette opinion: Dealing with Montana’s worst DUI drivers

Spoiler Alert: The more DUIs you get in Montana, the more lenient the punishment:

A change in state law last year restricted courts and prosecutors from seeking lengthier sentences for offenders convicted of five or more DUIs. Present law requires the first felony conviction (which is actually the fourth DUI conviction) to include a six-month addiction and impaired driving treatment program. These WATcH programs are in Department of Corrections secure buildings at Warm Springs and Glendive. After that, the fourth-time DUI offender could be on probation for up to two years.

But if he fails to abstain from drunken driving and gets a fifth conviction, the potential penalties will be less than they were for the fourth conviction. 

Here’s a unique idea – treat each person convicted of drunken driving as someone who has attempted murder. That’s what a person does when they get behind the wheel when they are drunk.

Maybe the Gazette can chew on that for next year’s editorial…

The Great FBI Raid:

I almost had to spit my coffee out when I read the headline:

“FBI raids offices, home of Trump’s personal lawyer: sources”

Reuters reported:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday raided the offices and home of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, law enforcement sources said, in a dramatic new development in a series of probes involving close Trump associates.

I’m sure that President Trump is feeling the drip, drip, drip of the Mueller investigation getting closer to him.

He will probably end up firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If that happens, then Trump should be impeached.

Kevin Sabo, Interior Department Official:

It was reported that one of Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke’s employees named Kevin Sabo compared student survivors of the Parkland school shooting to Nazis on his personal Facebook page.

The Hill reported that Sabo shared an article from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro showing Parkland student David Hogg with a raised fist. He added the comment: “Is this child giving a nazi salute? What the hell is the left doing to these kids?”

As for a response about that from the Interior Department, The Hill reported:

A spokesperson for the Bureau said the agency has “no comment on the personal views expressed on his Facebook page,” adding that “civil servants are guaranteed First Amendment rights to communicate their own views on their own time on their own social media sites, even if some would find those views disagreeable or the primary sources erroneous.”

That was not the only right-wing conspiracy theories that he posted, according to The Hill.

Sabo seems to have an interesting past. The same article pointed out:

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and disbarred in D.C. after being convicted in 2000 in a Virginia court for attempting to maliciously wound a girlfriend by cutting the brakes to her car. The woman crashed her car into a fence, but there were no injuries.

Sabo, who maintained his innocence throughout the trial, lost an appeal of his conviction and served 12 months.

Talk about draining the swamp…

 

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5 Comments

  1. […] I wrote about the Helena School District wanting to use a collection agency to collect school lunch […]

  2. Kevin Sabo:
    Anyone should be able to post what they feel and believe on social media. Even if it doesn’t coincide with the work beliefs and policies. Saying that David Hogg raised his arm in a Hitler style is not a right wing conspiracy…

    It is my opinion that kids today are not taught civics or our history. David Hogg and his salutes and arm bands in favor of eliminating guns in America is very similar to Hitler’s Youth program, not saying it is, just similar. What I am surprised is Facebook not suspending his account as it certainly falls outside their beliefs…but that is a story for later today…

    • Anon – Thanks for your comments. – JmB

    • You know who else wears armbands? Red Cross workers, Military police, Shore Patrol, mourners, joggers for their iPads, team members, etc.

      Remember when Laura Ingraham raised her arm in what looked like a Nazi salute at the last Republican National Convention? Google it.

      Something people forget about with the 1st Amendment. It protects your right to say what you want, but it doesn’t protect you from the response and reaction of others to what you said.

      • Doug: Thanks. Good response. -JmB


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