Quote for the Day…
The Beastie Boys didn’t “Fight for our Right to Party” so y’all could be drinking White Claw. – 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:
- Virtual Meetings
- Suspended Sentence
- Federal Lawsuit
- One More Thing
The Great Falls Tribune reported this week that Great Falls City Commissioner Rick Tryon asked City-County Health Officer Trisha Gardner during her COVID-19 update about whether the CCHD currently recommended that no indoor gatherings take place.
Great Falls City Commission meetings are currently held via zoom. People can also call in to voice their opinions.
According to the Tribune, Gardner responded this way:
“With the level of transmission that we are seeing in our community right now, it is very much our recommendation that individuals mask at those indoor meetings, distancing is adhered to as much as possible, and you continue to have good hygiene and sanitation practices in place,” Gardner said. “You know if you are ill, staying home, and we do encourage everybody to offer, such as you guys are with this Zoom meeting, an alternative for people to be able to attend those gatherings, virtually.”
That’s a good response from Gardner. It’s a commonsense deal. A Great Falls City commissioner is one of five people. Thankfully most of the commissioners are highly educated, believe in science, and will rely on healthcare professionals when making decisions about in-person meetings.
I hope when the municipal elections are over, the people of Great Falls will have elected people who believe in science and who listen to healthcare professionals instead of Fox News and politicians.
Read the complete story from the Tribune HERE.
In 2015, I criticized a local state district court judge in one of my columns and was invited to visit him in his chambers to discuss my criticism about one of his cases. I doubt he thought I would have the balls to show up, but I did. In my prior work, I’ve met many influential and well-known people, so a lowly state district court judge does not peg my “impression” meter. We discussed the case and others for about 90 minutes. You can read about our meeting HERE.
Anyway, here I am again. I’ve been reading since around January 2020 about a U.S. Air Force Captain, David Scott Coon, who admitted to strangling his wife until she nearly died.
According to the Great Falls Tribune, State District Court Judge John Kutzman sentenced Coon to five years in the Montana State Prison with all five suspended and ordered him to immediately complete a batterers intervention program.
The Tribune reported that the victim suffered ruptured blood vessels in both eyes, a black eye, bruising and neuropathy on her left side that lasted several months.
I was not in the courtroom and did not hear all the evidence, but I think this is a very weak sentence from Kutzman. Coon deserved to get some time in prison for his action. The state reportedly recommended a five-year sentence with four suspended.
I left some similar comments on Facebook, and some of the Facebook lawyers disagreed. I think some were actual lawyers or maybe a relative of Coon or the judge.
How will we ever stop crime if the judge slaps them on the wrist?
Final opinion – as a former member of the U.S. Air Force and with over 12 years of working on defense and military issues for a U.S. Senator, this is a stain on the Air Force. Coon should be discharged by the end of the week.
Read the Tribune article HERE.
The Associated Press reported this week medical providers and Montana residents with compromised immune systems are challenging the only law in the U.S. that prevents employers from mandating workers get vaccinated amid a surge of COVID-19 infections.
If the federal judge hearing the case listens to the facts, this law will be quickly flushed down the toilet where it belongs.
Read the complete AP story HERE.
The Hill is reporting that former President George W. Bush is scheduled to hold a fundraiser for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) next month as the third-term congresswoman fights to keep her seat amid a campaign to oust her by former President Trump and his allies.
That did not sit well with former President Donald J. Trump:
RINO former President George “Dubya” Bush and his flunky Karl Rove are endorsing warmongering and very low polling, Liz Cheney.
If you want, you can read Trump’s full statement HERE.
You can visit (and donate) to Cheney’s campaign by visiting her campaign website HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
If you don’t get “Showtime” you can still watch the first episode of this season’s “The Circus: Inside the Craziest Political Show on Earth” by clicking HERE.
This is one of the better shows on television about politics. They cover a lot in 30 minutes.