Quote for the Day…
Respect your haters. They are the ones who think you are better than them. – Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Montana Department of Justice
- Trump Statement
- University of Tennessee
- The Western Word Poll
MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE:
On Tuesday social media in Montana was all abuzz about a Lee Newspapers story which reported that St. Peter’s Health in Helena said three different public officials “threatened” hospital doctors last week over the care of a COVID-19 patient. It was also reported that the patient had requested to be treated with ivermectin, a drug not approved for use against the disease.
Further down in the story, it was reported that the hospital did not name the elected officials in its statement, but Republican Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office confirmed his participation in a conference call with hospital executives last week.
A Montana Highway Patrol officer was dispatched to the hospital. I wonder if the Montana DOJ does that for everyone or just “special” people?
My first thought was there must be a big-time Republican donor in the hospital or a family member and that compelled the elected officials to become involved.
We’ve come to a point in this country that elected officials are handing out medical advice or getting in the way of medical professionals. That was wrong from the beginning and will always be.
A lot of people have died by not following advice from medical professionals.
Read the complete Lee Newspapers report HERE.
MTN News is reporting on the incident HERE.
The Associated Press is reporting on the story HERE.
I have no problem when a public official dies telling the facts, however positive or negative, about his/her life in the final article or their obituary. I do have a problem with anyone getting one more shot in when the public official can’t respond. I saw that happen with a few reporters in Montana when my former boss, Conrad Burns, died. It was pure bullshit.
After the recent death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Donald J. Trump attacked him in the following statement:
Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media. Hope that happens to me someday. He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!
Trump’s statement was way below the belt. Powell was a patriot and served his country honorably both in and out of uniform. That’s something Trump has never done.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE:
ESPN reported that the Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced Monday that it was assessing Tennessee a $250,000 fine in the aftermath of fans throwing bottles and other debris onto the field last Saturday at Neyland Stadium near the end of Volunteers’ 31-26 loss to Ole Miss. With 54 seconds to play, the game was stopped for 20 minutes when fans began showering the Ole Miss sideline with bottles, cans, and other projectiles, including a golf ball that hit Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin. Tennessee had just been stopped on fourth down after a questionable spot by officials.
The $250,000 fine is a drop in a bucket to a big university.
I heard someone say the punishment should be that when Tennessee has their next home game, they should not be allowed to have any fans in attendance. I agree with that idea.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
Over the weekend, Lee Newspapers posted an interview with Montana Governor Greg Gianforte in which he “defended his administration’s policies toward the pandemic, which have included signing into law the nation’s only prohibition on private businesses requiring vaccines in the workplace, and several measures that limited the power of local health departments to implement measures to curb the virus’ spread.”
Please read the full interview HERE.
This week’s poll question asks, “What grade would you give Governor Greg Gianforte regarding his response to the pandemic?”
The results will be posted Thursday.