Quote for the Day…
Do you know you have the right to remain silent even when you’re not being arrested? – Unknown
Welcome to Caught My Eye (CME)!
CME is the once-a-week column that is posted every Friday morning. This is when I look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.
Here are some of the things that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Recreational Vehicle Parking
- Biden Draws Line
- One More Thing
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARKING:
The Great Falls City Commission held a meeting this week to discuss, as the Great Falls Tribune reported, the long-term parking and/or storage of recreational vehicles, utility trailers, or vessels in residential districts for longer than 36 hours in a seven-day period on city streets.
Exciting stuff – democracy in action!
After more than an hour of discussion, the commission punted the issue until their second meeting in October.
Several people made comments for and against the proposal. Some people had no idea what they were talking about.
One commissioner, who will go unnamed, sounded just like the cartoon character, Bullwinkle J. Moose, from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon. That made the online meeting a little more interesting.
As for the issue, I think the main issue must be safety. They might want to consider not allowing parking on city streets from October to May. During the other months, they could allow parking for only 48 hours at a time. As for enforcement, it appears that the city police were not too keen on enforcement of the ordinance. They might need to be briefed on the chain of command.
BIDEN DRAWS LINE:
Reuters reported that President Joe Biden took aim on Thursday at vaccine resistance in America, announcing policies requiring most federal employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations and pushing large employers to have their workers inoculated or tested weekly.
The anti-vaccine/mask folks and Biden haters went wild shortly after the announcement.
Biden said during his speech:
We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin.
And your refusal has cost all of us.
So, please, do the right thing.
But just don’t take it from me; listen to the voices of unvaccinated Americans who are lying in hospital beds, taking their final breaths, saying, “If only I had gotten vaccinated.” “If only.”
Biden also talked about schools:
The Department of Education has already begun to take legal action against states undermining protection that local school officials have ordered. Any teacher or school official whose pay is withheld for doing the right thing, we will have that pay restored by the federal government 100 percent. I promise you I will have your back.
Of course, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R) is against Biden’s plan, saying:
President Biden’s vaccination mandate is unlawful and un-American. We are committed to protecting Montanans’ freedoms and liberties against this gross federal overreach.
The fact is that Gianforte does not know if the vaccine mandate is unlawful.
I think Biden needed to draw a line in the sand. Due to people not getting vaccinated, and not masking, the pandemic is getting worse. He may face court challenges. We’ll see if his plan can withstand a challenge in court.
Read the President’s full speech HERE.
Read the Reuters report HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
This Saturday (September 11) is 20 years since the 9/11 attacks. A friend sent me this note:
I Miss 9/12
I would never ever want another 9/11, but I miss the America of 9/12.
Stores ran out of flags to sell because they were being flown everywhere.
People were Americans before they were upper or lower class, Jewish or Christian, Republican or Democrat.
We hugged people without caring if they ate at Chick-fil-A or wore Nikes.
On 9/12, what mattered more was what united us, than what divided us.