The Wednesday Read

Quote for the Day…

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence. -Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Madden & Reid
  • Cancel the Party
  • The Western Word Poll
  • Jury Duty
  • One More Thing


We lost two legends on Tuesday. Former Oakland Raiders coach and broadcaster John Madden and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) both died Tuesday. Madden was 85 and Reid was 82.

The Associated Press (AP) story about Madden can be found HERE.

The AP story about Reid can be found HERE.

May they rest in peace.


The Washington Post is reporting that leaders and public health experts across the country are urging Americans to scrap their New Year’s Eve plans and stay home for the second year in a row as new cases of the coronavirus spread at a record-setting pace.

According to Lee Newspapers, COVID cases are increasing in Montana, too.

Maybe we should get a box of wine and stay home? We can call it a cardboardeaux party!

Until we mandate vaccines and mask-wearing I doubt we get COVID under control. I don’t see that happening.

Someone the other day said that we need to look at vaccines like we look at seatbelts. A seatbelt won’t prevent you from getting in an accident, but it can prevent you from dying and/or being seriously injured.

That’s what a vaccine can do for you.

Freedom is not free.


A jury on Thursday convicted a former suburban Minneapolis police officer, Kimberly Potter, of first and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright during an April traffic stop. (WaPo)

This week’s poll question asks, “Do you agree with the verdict in the Kimberly Potter trial?”

The results will be posted Thursday.


Readers may remember me writing about being chosen for jury duty by the Great Falls Municipal Court and by the United States District Court (Federal).

Earlier this month, I was notified that I needed to call Municipal Court after 6:00 pm Tuesday to see if I was needed in court for a jury trial Wednesday morning. As a great patriotic American, I obeyed the instructions and called Tuesday night. It was canceled.

Is this a great country or what?


I can’t wait to smoke THIS.


4 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. Silver Bow Country has a vaccination rate of 67%. I’ve warned my wife to be careful driving – apparently 33% of the other drivers on the road are idiots who don’t give a damn about anyone else.

  2. If we’re using car-related law analogies for the vaccine, I think I would liken vaccines more to auto insurance or DUI or cell-phone laws. No one gives a crap if you kill yourself or wreck your own car, but these laws are there to protect other people you may encounter on the road from your carelessness and/or thoughtlessness.

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