The Monday Memo

Hello November!

Quote for the day…

Food for thought – Wouldn’t it be ironic if Popeye’s Chicken was fried in Olive Oil? – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • Vote, Vote, Baby
  • Stapleton Announces
  • TWW Comments
  • Reading Assignments


This week’s poll question asks, “If a candidate receives most of their donations from out of state, how does that affect your vote?”

Results will be released later this week.


I am taking my Great Falls Municipal Election ballots to the election office today. Freedom baby, freedom!

By the way, voting by mail is safe and secure.

The choices were tough, so I kind of based my choices on who other people picked. Over the years, I have come to know a few folks in Great Falls and since they are outspoken on social media, I voted for the people they dislike.

It’s kind of a sign of the times, but in this municipal election season I’ve seen a few ads in the local paper, on the internet, on local television, local radio, and some billboards. There are several yard signs across the city.

I think it was 1998, I wrote my name in for Great Falls neighborhood council and my wife wrote my name in. I was elected with two votes. There were only three candidates and they needed five members on the council. I served the two years and did not run for reelection. It was fun. The neighborhood councils are important.

So yes, I’ve thrown my hat into the ring and was victorious. I am undefeated.

Thanks to everyone who put their name on the ballot to try and make your community better.


Last week I wrote about a forthcoming announcement from the former Republican Secretary of State for Montana, Corey Stapleton.

I think most people were thinking about the next campaign, but Stapleton “appears” to have thrown us political junkies a curveball.

On Friday, Stapleton posted the following message on Twitter:

Introducing Corey Stapleton & The Pretty Pirates. The first single “Western Son” will be out on November 12. Pre-save by heading to the link below!

You can visit the Facebook page HERE.

Good luck with that…


Thanks to everyone who provides comments on this page. The past several months have seen an increase in comments, so I thought it was a great time to revisit the rules.

Yes, there are some stinking rules!

On the “About Page” the following information is provided to people who want to comment about posts here at The Western Word:

I enjoy comments, but I don’t allow much vulgarity and I don’t allow nasty name-calling. These things will get your comment deleted. I screen and approve all comments to keep this site at least rated PG.

It’s been posted there for years. These are my rules.

Please keep the name-calling to a minimum. Please keep your comments about the actual post or in response to someone’s comments. We can have a great debate and/or maybe learn some things if we stick to the issues.

When debating an issue, I like sources. Remember the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How, if you can. Left and right-wing websites hold little credibility with me.

If you don’t see your comment, I may be editing it or I may have deleted it.

Most of all, thank you for participating.


Here are some things I read between watching football and baseball games this weekend:

Opposition to the National Heritage Area gets a new boogeyman: Biden’s 30 x 30 conservation plan
Some people are so paranoid…

Montana effort to craft two U.S. House Districts stalls Saturday
How about we flip a coin?

Daines pushes against Biden’s infrastructure bill in Bozeman
I read that only 50 people showed up…

Lincoln Project says it sent people with tiki torches to Youngkin event
Silly move by the Lincoln Project…

Trump Does Racist ‘Tomahawk Chop’ Gesture At World Series
I am not surprised…


4 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

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  2. I don’t like comments with nick names that slow me down because I have to try and figure out to whom they’re referring. I read your post first in the morning with coffee and have little patience before I get my fix.

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