The Monday Memo

The Western Word is coming to you, STILL, I repeat STILL, coronavirus free, from deep inside an underground bunker in Montana. The bunker also serves as the worldwide headquarters for The Western Word blog!

Quote of the day…

Day 14 at home and the dog is looking at me like, “See? This is why I chew on the furniture.” – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Great Falls School Election
  • Hydroxychloroquine
  • Required Reading
  • One More Thing


Just about a month from now (May 5, 2020), we’ll know the results of the Great Falls School Election. There are three school board trustees to be elected and an Elementary Operational Levy to be voted on. The levy is for $1,750,000.

Like I have in the past, I will support the elementary levy. I support the schools. I support the children. With that support, I also am showing that I am willing to invest in Great Falls, Montana, which has been my home for 30+ years.

If a levy does not pass, it shows potential businesses that the community does not support schools. This is not a good thing.

Sadly, there is a vocal group of people in Great Falls who do not support the approval of the elementary levy. Some of their attacks stem from administrators making what these “anti-public school” people believe is too much money. Some of their reasons are based in false information being put forth. Some are just ignorant of the process and how money is allocated to the public schools. Some are jealous. Some are pissed at the public schools for other reasons.

With these “anti-public school” people being active on social media and spreading some false information, the supporters of the levy (Kids’ Education YES, trustees, GFPS Foundation, etc.) better step up their game or they will lose again.

They need to go where the “enemy” is (social media) and present the other side (facts) on every negative post put forth. This needs to be done 24/7.

Back in 2018, the levy lost by just 1,592 votes out of 17,704 votes cast. It’s time supporters of the levy get down and dirty in the trenches and fight for each vote.


President Donald Trump has been touting the use of hydroxychloroquine for the coronavirus although it has not received FDA approval to be used for that.

During Sunday’s briefing, Trump was promoting it so much it seemed like we were watching an infomercial, “If you call right now, we’ll double your order of hydroxychloroquine for the same low price of $19.95.”

As the New York Times put it, “Ignoring expert opinion, Trump again promotes the use of Hydroxychloroquine.”

This is the same Donald Trump who said the virus might disappear in April when warmer weather arrived.

The NY Times also reported that when a reporter at Sunday’s briefing asked Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to weigh in on the subject, Mr. Trump stopped him from answering.

Axios reported late Sunday afternoon that the White House coronavirus task force was having fights over hydroxychloroquine.

The way I look at it is the President has lied so much that no matter what he says about anything, I have a hard time believing him. He should leave all medical opinions to the real doctors on the task force.


The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the United States wasted months before preparing for the virus pandemic:

After the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.

Read the full AP report HERE.

The Washington Post is reporting about “70 Days of denial, delays and dysfunction” in THIS ARTICLE:

By the time Donald Trump proclaimed himself a wartime president — and the coronavirus the enemy — the United States was already on course to see more of its people die than in the wars of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

Of course, there are those devoted Trump supporters who believe this whole coronavirus deal is being made worse than it is by the left-wing media to create fear and to beat Trump. These are the Trump fans who still believe Obama was a Muslim, and that he was born in Kenya, and that Pizzagate was real.

One chart going around which some of the stats even made the Rush Limbaugh show tells readers that worldwide coronavirus deaths January through March 25 were less than abortions, seasonal flu, and several other things that kill people.

Abortion was listed on the chart and as far as I could tell it was the only thing that was elective. Suicide was listed and maybe it is elective. Like it or not, abortion is still legal in the USA and many places in the world.

Of all 11 things listed, coronavirus had the least deaths and abortion the most. Imagine that…


Happy 4/06 Day Montana!