Quote for the Day…
There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. – Roger Staubach
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- Burow vs Kelly
- Great Falls Crime Task Force
- The Rosendale Newsletter
- One More Thing
BUROW VS KELLY:
The Great Falls Mayoral race between incumbent Bob Kelly and former city commissioner Fred Burow is very interesting to me.
The funny part is that both gentlemen received my vote in past elections. I’m an independent voter – I can do that!
For me, I think the deciding factor will be is if I can find out how the candidates voted in the last two presidential elections. It’s a simple question that they should answer. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently “The Electric” and other local media reported that City Commission meetings were going back to zoom meetings due to the rise in COVID cases. It was also reported that Mayor Kelly said, “I don’t feel safe, and “I don’t want to compromise my health and I don’t want to compromise yours.”
Burow said in a local blog that the motion to do remote meetings passed 4-1.
I guess others felt the same way since the motion passed. That darned democracy won again!
A day or two later the Burow supporters attacked Mayor Kelly for participating in an event with U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). Even Burow himself wrote about Kelly on a local blog:
Because I took Mayor Kelly at his word that he did not “feel safe” holding meetings in person, I was rather surprised to see him in public for a ribbon-cutting yesterday with Senator Jon Tester. The mayor was not wearing a mask.
The photo posted in Burow’s blog post showed Kelly outside without a mask, not inside where commission meetings are held. The photo appeared to show he was socially distancing.
These are some of the petty things that turn people off in politics, but petty things sometimes energize people with small minds. It seems that we’ll be seeing the mask issue played out in the Great Falls mayor race. Probably many others.
By the way, I wear a mask indoors, like when I am shopping.
If I had been a commissioner, when Kelly brought up holding meetings via zoom and not in person, I would have made a motion to hold the meetings outside. There’s the Gibson Park bandshell, local football fields with grandstands, the county fairgrounds with the grandstand – all with plenty of space and fresh Montana air.
That would have been a simple solution, but then we’d have no political jockeying.
GREAT FALLS CRIME TASK FORCE:
I was talking to a friend about the Great Falls Crime Task Force, and I said that I thought the results would be that they would need to raise taxes to fight crime.
I was right. They say they need more “personnel/resources” and, “Considering the City’s financial limitations’ effect on law enforcement, we recommend budget amendments and/or evaluate a public safety levy, identifying specific uses of funds if approved by electors.”
The Task Force did come up with a comprehensive list of recommendations.
If you are a resident of Great Falls, I highly suggest you read the recommendations and give the city your thoughts by September 13.
Click HERE for the recommendations.
The Great Falls Tribune covered the story HERE.
THE ROSENDALE NEWSLETTER:
Earlier this year I commended U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT/AL) and his team for his professionally done newsletter. I said that Rosendale publishes a very good newsletter to let his constituents learn about his travels and the issues that he is working on. Congrats to his staff for their work on it.
I also said I subscribe to it not because I am a supporter, but because I am interested in the issues affecting Montana. Every Montanan should subscribe. Sure, it has some propaganda, but that is normal these days.
I happened to catch his latest newsletter and it contained some gems. Here are a few:
Due to the questionable actions taken in Afghanistan, I recently joined my House Freedom Caucus colleagues in calling for President Biden, Secretary of Defense Austin, and General Mark Milley to resign after their disastrous handling of the withdrawal.
I don’t think that will happen.
I also asked Speaker Pelosi to call Congress back into session to vote on articles of impeachment against Secretary Blinken. I am continuing to look at options to make sure those who put American civilian and military lives at stake are held accountable.
This won’t happen, either.
One thing I would like to point out to Team Rosendale – it might be a good idea to list your Great Falls office in your newsletter. 😉
Read the latest newsletter by clicking HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
Girls who love football aren’t weird. They are a rare gift from God and deserve bigger diamonds. -Unknown