Caught My Eye…

I’m not sure how many problems I have because math is one of them. – Unknown

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

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Democratic Debate
  • U.S. House Judiciary Committee
  • Tobacco-Free Campus
  • One More Thing


Ten Democratic candidates for President squared off in Houston Thursday night. I did not see all of the debate, but from what I gather from reading several reports and talking to people, Joe Biden held his own better in this debate than in the past two.

Here are four links to give you different points of view:

Democrats debate in Houston: Who came out on top? (The Hill)

Liberal, moderate divide on display in Democratic debate (AP)

Biden attacks Warren, Sanders over cost of healthcare plans in Democratic debate (Reuters)

Democratic debate: Who were the winners and losers? (USA Today)

The next Democratic debate is scheduled for October 15.


In case you missed it, the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to adopt a resolution intended to intensify its impeachment probe of Republican President Donald Trump. (Reuters)

In my opinion, the impeachment talk (and now action) is ridiculous. The Democrats in the House are going to piss away their majority and get Trump reelected. Over the years, I’ve seen both parties get majorities and then overreact and not handle being in charge.

Voters want to see action on immigration, mass shootings, and health care. Not impeachment.

The last thing the Democrats should do is make people feel sorry for Trump – and that’s what they will do if they continue down the impeachment path.


On my daily walks, I have noticed something new in the higher education arena!

Students returning to Great Falls College Montana State University for the fall semester were greeted with signs proclaiming the campus was “Tobacco-Free.”

I think they placed the signs near all the entrances.

In a press release the college proclaimed, “Great Falls College MSU has adopted a 100 percent tobacco free campus policy, effective July 1.”

The college once had a smoke shack that was used by smokers. The shack was near the parking lot and out of the way. The shack is gone now with just a slab of concrete left.

So where do the smokers go to feed their habit? I’ve seen some on the public sidewalks that surround the outer edge of the campus. That’s where their cigarette butts are located these days instead disposed of properly inside the smoke shack.

It seems in becoming a “tobacco-free” campus the leaders of GF-MSU have created more problems – like littering. By the way, I do not smoke.


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (OBJ) wore a watch while playing football last Sunday. The Browns lost the game against the Tennessee Titans 43-13.(ESPN)

I’ve seen reports that the watch is valued between $190,000 and $350,000.

My parents wouldn’t let me wear my school clothes outside to play in after school, so I don’t have any idea what it would be like to wear an expensive watch while playing football.

Beckham seems to suffer from not getting enough attention. This is just another one of his tricks to draw attention to himself.

Meanwhile, there’s no “I” in team. There’s no “W-A-T-C-H” either.

Have a great weekend – thanks for reading!