Quote for the Day…
Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. – Benjamin Franklin
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- “Private” Event
- Anti-Vaccine Mandate Rallies
- Word of the Year
- Gianforte & Hanukkah
- The Western Word Poll
The Daily Montanan reported that Attorney General Austin Knudsen and Hamilton Sen. Theresa Manzella will be among those to speak at an event in Sidney on Monday night pushing back on the Sidney Health Center’s recent decision to follow a federal vaccine mandate that requires all hospitals receiving federal Medicaid or Medicare funds to vaccinate their employees.
The Daily Montanan reported the following:
Citing fears of retribution among employees, media is not explicitly allowed at the event, Hall said. The Montana Daily Gazette and RoundUp —a weekly paper covering eastern Montana — will be attending the event. Originally, the Sidney Herald was denied access by organizers, but that decision was reversed, Hall said.
The press is invited by invitation only and must sign legal docs that all attendees’ names and images be kept private in the press. Several press outlets tried to invite themselves via e-mail. This is a private meeting. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. We will absolutely turn away uninvited press at the door, especially biased news sources. – JD Hall,” read a post from the Facebook page Conservatives United for Richland County.
If Knudsen and Manzella are speaking to the group because of their positions and their travels are being paid by taxpayer funds, then the event is not private. They are attending to people’s business. The people have a right to participate and the press (all press) have a right to cover it. It’s bullshit to even try to claim otherwise.
As for the reason for the meeting to fight the federal vaccine mandate, in my opinion, the employees who do not want to abide by the mandate and who only want to fight it because they dislike the President, should quit.
Read the full story from the Daily Montanan HERE.
ANTI-VACCINE MANDATE RALLIES:
I guess there were some rallies across Montana on Sunday in opposition to a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers and employees of any company with more than 100 workers. (MTN News)
MTN reported that the rally organizers all agreed that if they were forced to have the COVID-19 vaccine, they would quit their jobs.
Good. Quit your jobs.
One person said she would wait tables instead of taking the vaccine. I hope she is not waiting tables at a place I frequent.
Read the complete story from MTN HERE.
WORD OF THE YEAR:
Hey, anti-vaxxers – the Merriam-Webster 2021 word of the year is “VACCINE.”
Go HERE to learn more.
GIANFORTE & HANUKKAH:
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and his wife Susan wished all Montanans celebrating Hanukkah a holiday of light, love, good health, and peace via Twitter.
He then posted a photo of a seven-lamp menorah on Twitter instead of the nine-lamp menorah. One person responded with, “Please put an accurate Menorah on your post. How insensitive! It’s a celebration of 8 nights plus the center candle.”
While I am not an expert about Hanukkah, I would have at least checked with an expert before posting. Maybe this advice will help for next time:
Maybe if the Governor and his staff memorized the Adam Sandler song about Hanukkah they would not have made this mistake.
Put on your yarmulke
Here comes Hanukkah
So much funukah
To celebrate Hanukkah
Hanukkah is the festival of lights
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
This week’s poll question asks, “Should we ‘throw out’ Montana’s Constitution and replace it?” (Background)
Results will be posted later this week.