Quote for the day…
If you hate a person, you are defeated by them. – Confucius
Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:
- The Western Word Poll
- Military/Defense Clout
- State Sen. Anthony Bouchard
- Reading Assignments
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
There has been a ceasefire declared in the latest Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The dispute has been going on for decades. (Source)
This week’s poll question asks, “Do you support Israel or Palestine in this conflict?”
The results will be posted later this week.
Not since U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) was chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee and a member of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee has Montana had so much clout in the military/defense arena as it does now.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) has finally regained some of that clout for Montana. Tester is the new Chairman of the powerful Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. He recently toured Malmstrom Air Force Base, which is not that big a deal, but Tester was joined by General Charles Brown, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and General Timothy Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command.
When you can bring two four-star generals to Montana to tour Malmstrom, even Joe Biden would say that’s a big “effing” deal. The more these generals know about, Montana, Malmstrom, and the mission, the better it will be for the future of the military in Montana.
Maybe Tester with this new power can bring back some jets to the Air National Guard. That would be some icing on the cake. I think Tester likes cake. Maybe this new clout will energize the military supporters around the Great Falls area, who have done a poor job in promoting Malmstrom and the Guard in recent years.
The Electric covered the visit to Montana. Click HERE to read their report.
STATE SEN. ANTHONY BOUCHARD:
In case you missed it, Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, a Republican who has announced his intention to challenge Rep. Liz Cheney (R) for her House seat, acknowledged Thursday that he had impregnated a 14-year-old and had a relationship with her when he was 18, comparing the teen intimacy to Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet.” (WaPo)
As one of my readers pointed out on The Western Word Facebook page, “No, it’s like rape.”
Exactly. If Bouchard is ever elected again in Wyoming politics it will show how backward the voters of that state are. He should be removed from office now.
Read the full story from the Washington Post HERE.
Here are some articles that I think you will find interesting…
- Editorial: The Montana Board of Regents does the right thing
- Voting reform will save us from ‘sleeping over a volcano’
- Montana Legislature: Heavy hitters, whiffers, and utility players
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Military yes, but jets no. I moved back to Great Falls after spending four years on the Hi Line where it was absolute silence except for the trains passing through. It was so peaceful. It was extremely hard for me to get used to the jet noise here in GF. I was glad when they left. But I love the sound of those big C-130 engines rumbling overhead. Makes me nostalgic for a time gone by. I never get tired of hearing them. Reminds me of those antique WWII war birds that come through town occasionally.
Do you remember the air traffic noise from the base when we were kids? Sonic booms on a regular basis, and the whole town would rumble when they brought one of the big jet bombers in.
Plus all the dads just dumped their used motor oil on the alley gravel. Those were the days
Larry – Jets are sexy. Thanks, JmB