The Wednesday Read

Quote for the Day…

Don’t you hate it when someone answers their own questions? I do. – Unknown

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

  • Tracy Stone-Manning
  • Recreational Marijuana Sales
  • The Western Word Poll
  • One More Thing


The Associated Press (AP) reported that President Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee vast expanses of U.S. public lands was criticized Tuesday by Republicans over her past involvement in partisan politics as a longtime Democratic aide and environmentalist, underscoring the importance lawmakers assign to a relatively small agency with broad influence over energy development and agriculture in western states. Senate confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning to direct the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would mark a stark change from the government’s catering to oil and gas interests under former President Donald Trump.

I’ve always felt that winning a presidential election gives the winner, in this case, Joe Biden, the choice to pick whomever he wants to fill positions within his cabinet. Winning has perks; losing has consequences. By the time the person gets to a hearing in the U.S. Senate, the background checks are done. Unlike some of former President Trump’s picks, Stone-Manning is highly qualified for this position. Voting against her because she is a Democrat and does not believe the same way Republicans do is pure politics.

Stone-Manning should be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to head the BLM.

Read the AP report HERE. Read a report from MTN News by clicking HERE.


MTN News has an update on the implementation of recreational marijuana sales in Montana. It starts on January 1, 2022.

Click HERE to read the story.


Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the president. Fauci has been in the news recently after some of his emails were released through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

This week’s poll question asks, “Do you trust Dr. Anthony Fauci?”

Click HERE to participate. The results will be posted Thursday.


Idolizing a politician is like believing the stripper really likes you. – Unknown