Quote for the day…
My farmer friend used his stimulus to buy baby chickens. He got his money for nothing and his chicks for free. -Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:
- The Western Word Poll
- Reba & Kristi
- Reefer Madness
- Flag Day
- Reading Assignment
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
Late last month, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen issued an Attorney General’s Opinion (AGO), holding the use of “Critical Race Theory” (CRT) and so-called “antiracism” programming in many instances is discriminatory and violates federal and state law. The AGO, which carries the weight of law in Montana, was issued after a May 12 request from Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen.
Education Week reported that as of June 10, legislators in 20 states have introduced bills that would restrict teaching critical race theory or limit how teachers can discuss racism and sexism, according to an Education Week analysis. Four states have signed these bills into law.
This week’s poll question asks, “Do you believe Critical Race Theory (CRT) should be taught in public schools?”
The results will be posted later this week.
REBA & KRISTI:
The Black Hills Pioneer reported that a Montana fundraiser for Gov. Kristi Noem hit a sour note with a country music superstar. A promotional announcement for a Sunday barbecue for the South Dakota governor, with Reba McEntire, advertised as one of two country singers scheduled to appear. That was news for McEntire.
So, Reba took to Twitter:
Last night, an invitation to a political fundraiser with my name attached was sent out without my knowledge or permission. I had and have no plans to attend this event and had told the event organizers as such.
Throughout my career, I have stated that I do not get involved in politics and that remains true today.
Good for Reba.
It was reported that the fundraiser was hosted by Mike and Sheila Ingram and the published guest list includes several prominent Montana Republicans, including Gov. Greg Gianforte, Sen. Steve Daines, and Rep. Matt Rosendale.
The Black Hills Pioneer reported that a couple can be added to the Host Committee by donating or raising $8,000 to the Noem for Governor campaign. That will include photos at 4:30 p.m. before the barbecue is served at 5:30 p.m. There are “cheaper” tickets available — $500 per person, or $1,000 per couple.
If I were going I’d buy two of the $8,000 tickets because I might want seconds at the barbecue…
Check out the story in the Black Hills Pioneer HERE.
Lee Newspapers reported on Friday that an anti-marijuana group has filed a motion to dismiss its lawsuit to overturn the ballot initiative that legalized cannabis in Montana.
I think the anti-marijuana group should turn its attention to more important things that actually harm the state, like drunk driving.
Read the full report from Lee Newspapers HERE.
This is a friendly reminder that today (June 14) is Flag Day.
President Joe Biden has designated this week (June 13-19) as Flag week. (Source)
For more information about Flag Day, click HERE.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition.
It does not look like Netanyahu will be going too far. The AP reported that he said, “If it is destined for us to be in the opposition, we will do it with our backs straight until we topple this dangerous government and return to lead the country.”
I doubt we’ve heard the last of Netanyahu.
Here are some articles that I think you will find interesting…
- Opinion: The covid vaccine did change my DNA. It turned me into a Trump Republican.
- Montana had more deaths than births in 2020 for 1st time
- Montana, the sold-out state New Yorkers can’t get enough of