The Wednesday Read

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. —Elbert Hubbard

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

  • Phase Two
  • Emily’s List
  • Montana State Fair
  • Roe vs. Wade

PHASE TWO:

Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that the state will move to Phase Two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan and will lift the 14-day out-of-state travel quarantine beginning June 1 as Montana continues to have the lowest number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per capita.

This is very good news. I think the Governor has done a fantastic job during this pandemic. Some partisans are not too happy because they think this pandemic is a hoax and that Montana should be wide open. I like to call those people morons.

Read the full press release from the Governor’s office by clicking HERE.

EMILY’S LIST:

MTN News is reporting that the Political Action Committee (PAC) Emily’s List is spending $687,000 to help Democratic gubernatorial candidate Whitney Williams in the primary against Mike Cooney.

The mission of Emily’s List is to elect pro-choice Democratic women to office.

That amount of money will go far in Montana. Someone once said, “Montana is a cheap date in the political ad world.”

It seems there have been a lot of ads already this primary season.

MONTANA STATE FAIR:

The Great Falls Tribune reported that the Cascade County Commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to cancel the 2020 Montana State Fair due to health and financial concerns tied to COVID-19. The fair is held in Great Falls, Montana.

The meeting about the fair was held via video conferencing and the Tribune said that 164 people were attending the meeting on-line. That’s a good thing.

One thing that surprised me about the Montana State Fair was that in 2019, gate attendance was 76,077. That attendance was higher than in 2017 and 2018. That does not seem like a lot of people attending the fair considering Cascade County has a population of about 82,000.

I have not attended the fair for several years. I enjoyed the free concerts they held a few years ago and spent time (and money) before and after the concerts.

I know it’s hard to please everyone, but having attendance in the 70-80 thousand range just seems like they are not providing a product people want to see.

ROE VS. WADE:

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that when Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in the landmark Roe vs. Wade case, came out against abortion in 1995, it stunned the world and represented a huge symbolic victory for abortion opponents.

But, it was all a lie, McCorvey says in a documentary filmed in the months before her death in 2017, claiming she only did it because she was paid by antiabortion groups including Operation Rescue.

If this is true about McCorvey, then it is quite a story.

Abortion is one of the issues that divide people. I’ve changed my mind about abortion over the years. I now try to see it from the angle of “walk a mile in her shoes.”

We are seeing fewer abortions in the United States and that is a good thing.

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