Quote for the Day…
Just because I don’t attack, doesn’t mean I won’t defend. – Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Preliminary Injunction
- Real Sports – Jeff Ament
- The Western Word Poll
The Hill reported that a pair of rulings by separate federal judges Tuesday temporarily halted parts of the Biden administration’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for certain workers.
One ruling, issued by a Louisiana-based federal judge, effectively blocked a vaccine mandate for health workers across the country at hospitals that receive federal funding. A second ruling, by a Kentucky-based federal judge, paused the administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.
As for Montana, the Republicans crowed with delight about the temporary ruling. Montana AG Austin Knudsen posted a press release saying:
A U.S. District Court Judge granted Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s request for a preliminary injunction against the COVID-19 CMS vaccine mandate, which was set to take effect Monday, December 6, 2021. The vaccine mandate is now stayed in Montana and all other states.
I’ve been around the block a time or two and this issue is far from decided. I remember back when most Montanans were against “REAL ID” and even voted to not comply with the federal requirements. Now Montana is running silly commercials telling people how to obtain a “REAL ID” compliant driver’s license. The power of the purse will have a lot to do with the vaccine mandate whether the courts decide in favor of the Biden Administration or not.
At least this will give the healthcare workers and others ample time to find another job.
Rest assured, no matter the decision I won’t be afraid to write about it even if I agree or disagree. That’s what sets this blog apart from others.
Read the full story from “The Hill” by clicking HERE.
Read the press release from the Montana Department of Justice HERE.
REAL SPORTS – JEFF AMENT:
If you subscribe to HBO, then you should check out this month’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
One segment is about Pearl Jam bassist and Montana native Jeff Ament. He has built over two dozen skateparks across Montana, hoping to inspire kids and battle the state’s alarming suicide rate.
Check out a clip HERE. Good stuff!
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 Thursday.