Quote for the Day…
Anyone who gets to know me either falls in love with me or wants to murder me. Sometimes both. -Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Friends in High Places
- Reefer Madness
- The Western Word Poll
- Reading Assignments
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES:
According to the Associated Press (AP), just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter’s application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency, the woman’s direct supervisor and the state labor secretary. Noem’s daughter attended too.
The AP has reported that Kassidy Peters, then 26, ultimately obtained the certification in November 2020, four months after the meeting at her mother’s office. A week after that, the labor secretary called the agency head, Sherry Bren, to demand her retirement, according to an age discrimination complaint Bren filed against the department. Bren, 70, ultimately left her job this past March after the state paid her $200,000 to withdraw the complaint.
Now the AP says that Noem has denied an interview request.
No matter how you slice it, this was an abuse of power. It mirrors something we would see with the Republicans in Montana and something that Donald Trump would do.
Read the complete AP report HERE.
The South Dakota Attorney General is reviewing the concerns. Read that story HERE.
ABC News reported that recreational pot has become legal for more Americans, but despite that ease of access, marijuana use hasn’t ignited, a study released Monday found. An article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found there was no increase in cannabis use among the general population or among previous users after their states legalized marijuana.
Maybe this will calm the fears for some of the “Reefer Madness” folks in Montana who still believe that Marijuana is “the burning weed with its roots in hell.”
Relax! Have a brownie…
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
This week’s poll question asks, “Do you think the Federal Government will shut down in October?”
Results will be posted Thursday.
Here are some articles that you need to read…
New report shows not fully vaccinated Montanans 3 times as likely to die from COVID-19
The math is easy; you have a better chance of dying if you are not vaccinated.
Capitol rioter’s weekly ‘Trump Train’ parades are embarrassing residents in his Montana town
Embarrassing Montanans one “Trump Train” at a time…
Trump’s Press Sec: He Called Me to Insist His Penis Wasn’t Toadstool-Shaped
Trump and his administration brought the USA to a new low in politics…