Quote for the Day…
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ― Charles Dickens
Welcome to Caught My Eye (CME)!
CME is the once-a-week column that is posted every Friday morning. This is when I look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.
Here are some of the things that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Montana Fires
- Jury Duty
- Banning Books
My home burned to the ground when I was young. We were visiting family about 25 miles away when my parents received the call. As we drove home we could see the glow of the fire. I remember my mom crying. We lost everything.
It was tough on my parents starting over with nothing, but with the help of friends, family, and strangers they overcame the tragedy.
This week Montana was hit with several wildfires that destroyed 11 homes south of Great Falls and 24 homes in Denton, according to the Associated Press.
These people are hurting, so we need to help them.
KRTV has some links to places where you can help people in Denton. Click HERE.
KRTV also has some information on how to help the folks in the Gibson Flats fire that was south of Great Falls. Click HERE.
Some readers are probably thinking I am making this stuff up, but over the past 10-15 years, I have received jury notices almost every year, sometimes two. I have a file full of the letters and copies of the forms I have filled out.
I think someone said I should not get picked that often, but I do.
This year I am on the Great Falls Municipal Court list, and I am on the United States District Court (Federal) list.
I think it is because they have me listed under two different names, but with the correct address. They are not smart enough to catch it.
I tried to change it by re-registering to vote, but that did not change it.
So, I guess I need to write a strongly worded letter to the court and ask that since I have played their game for over a decade, that I am given lifetime immunity from ever appearing in their kangaroo courts.
By the way, I was notified this week that I need to be ready for a jury trial in municipal court later this month. Merry Christmas to me…
Here is an update to my November 18, 2021, column about the ImagineIF Libraries in Flathead County. The library received several formal requests to remove two books from its collection because of subject matter that deals with gender identity and sexual content.
NBC Montana is reporting the interim library director resigned Thursday due to the controversy and the job was offered to the senior librarian, Sean Anderson, who had this to say:
In a statement, Anderson told the board he “would not feel comfortable taking the position.”
“In the last six months, I’ve seen the actions of this board drive out two directors from this position,” said Anderson. “They’ve been driven out not because of the job being difficult or difficult positions faced from the public but by self-inflicted chaos that comes from this board.”
As I said in my other column, I guess those complaining want to prevent others from learning. I like the idea of letting “me” decide what to read and, if I have young children, I can decide for them, too. It’s kind of like television…
Read the complete article from NBC Montana HERE.
I have read just about everything I can get my hands on about the arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week dealing with Mississippi’s 15-week ban on abortions.
The fun part is how some people believe they know how the justices will vote because of the questions they asked.
Some people believe that the justices will go along with the 15-week ban. NPR is reporting that twenty-one states are poised to immediately ban or acutely curtail access to abortions if the Supreme Court chooses to overturn or weaken Roe v. Wade.
Some people think that it will be left up to the states.
There are a few who believe the court will do nothing and leave Roe v. Wade in place.
On Monday, I will post a poll about it, so check back.
For more information, check out the column from SCOTUSblog HERE.