Quote for the Day…
When one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison. – Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Saving Elsie
- Veterans’ Claims Backlog
- The Western Word Poll
The Montana Free Press (MTFP) is reporting that a letter penned by two school board trustees and signed by 500 citizens praises Superintendent Elsie Arntzen for her stance on parental rights.
The MTFP press is also reporting:
The letter, penned by Missoula County Public Schools Trustee Michael Gehl and Smith Valley District 89 Trustee Jim Riley, commended Arntzen, a Republican, for aiding parents in “resisting superintendent agendas of forced masking and equity policies” and for bringing parental concerns about critical race theory to the attention of Attorney General Austin Knudsen. The letter, first publicized by the website Missoula County Tyranny, was signed by 21 Republican state lawmakers, five local school board trustees, and more than 500 citizens from across Montana. Two in-state parental rights groups — Stand Up Montana and Montana Parents’ Rights in Education — were also listed as signatories.
Arntzen was elected with over 310,000 votes in 2020. It’s not a surprise that she has some supporters who want to help her out.
You can read the complete report from MTFP HERE.
VETERANS’ CLAIMS BACKLOG:
I happened to read the press release from Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). They are introducing bipartisan legislation to tackle the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) claims backlog and provide veterans with timelier access to their earned benefits.
There have been claims backlogs for as long as I can remember. I have never applied for VA disability because I don’t want to deal with the bullshit from the “mightier than thou” claims people working in the VA.
While it would be nice if Tester and company would correct this terrible problem; he has been on that committee since Moby Dick was a minnow. I’ve seen nothing accomplished that will change the system.
Meanwhile, veterans suffer from bureaucracy.
You can read the Tester/Moran press release HERE.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
This week’s poll question asks, “Have you or will you receive the COVID-19 booster shot?” (Background)
Results will be posted Thursday.