Quote for the Day…
I’m a pretty nice person, but I also realize that if there was an a-hole championship, I would place respectively in my weight division. – Unknown
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:
- Vaccine Mandate
- Great Falls Homeless Issue
- Reading Assignments
On Wednesday the Associated Press (AP) reported that Montana’s governor and its two Republican members of Congress (Gov. Greg Gianforte, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale) asked the Biden administration to grant exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to federally funded health care facilities where losing unvaccinated staff might jeopardize access to medical care.
Unvaccinated people working in healthcare? No thanks.
I hope the Biden administration responds to the three stooges with, “Hell No!”
Meanwhile, COVID cases are spiking around the state with 2,978 new COVID cases reported in Montana on Thursday, with 18,090 total active cases in the state. (MTN News)
Montana was, once again, listed as one of the least-safest states during COVID-19. Montana was ranked #40. (Source)
In the MTN report, Benefis Health Systems in Great Falls had this to say:
“We are seeing a dramatic increase in hospitalized COVID-19 patients as cases continue to spike around the state. Please remain diligent during this time – wash your hands, wear a mask, and stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms.”
If only Montanans were smart enough to follow that expert advice.
Read the AP report HERE.
Read the MTN News report HERE.
GREAT FALLS HOMELESS ISSUE:
“The Electric” did a report this week about the homeless issue in Great Falls and what the United Methodist Church is trying to do to help with the problem.
The church is close to the downtown area.
“The Electric” reported:
Rev. Jeff Wakeley, pastor at the church, said that his church has always had lunch programs for the homeless but over the last year, he said he’s expanded that to allow them to sleep and gather on the property as long as they don’t drink alcohol.
Over the last year, the number of people on the property has significantly increased, as have concerns from residents and businesses in the area.
I’ve read many of the comments on social media about the issue and on accounts from some locally elected officials. All I can say is we have some cold-hearted bastards in the Great Falls community. I can understand some businesses and homeowners close to the area having concerns, but Rev. Wakeley and his church are doing what they are supposed to do.
Missoula is addressing its homeless problem by creating a sanctioned campsite (Source). That’s a good step.
Great Falls needs strong leadership and compassion to handle this issue. I have not seen that yet from our officials.
Read the full report from “The Electric” by clicking HERE.
I am a big Jeopardy fan. My wife and I watch it every night. We also record it.
Wednesday evening, I was watching the 5:30 news and I received alerts from the Washington Post and NBC News telling me that Amy Schneider’s winning streak on Jeopardy had ended at 40 games.
This was about 20 minutes before it aired in Great Falls. So, I was a little pissed.
I was impressed with Schneider. I was not impressed with some of the commentary on social media about Schneider being transgender.
Here is how the Washington Post described it:
Schneider is transgender, and the most monumental thing to note about this is that it wasn’t treated as monumental. There were no public hissy fits, no tedious pontificating from the Piers Morgans of the world. There was nobody fretting that the children might be seeing this (if your children are watching “Jeopardy!” of their own volition, then congratulations). There was only a middle-aged woman on a middle-aged show, correctly answering clues about the Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, or the British adventurer Robert Falcon Scott.
Unfortunately, there were a few people making comments who are still living in the 1950s. We are getting better at accepting ALL people, but we still have a long way to go.
Congratulations to Amy Schneider for the great run.
Here are some articles to read…
NBC- Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court, paving way for Biden appointment
Breyer is 83. Next is Clarence Thomas who is 73. Samuel Alito is 71. (Source)
White House – President Biden Announces Six New Nominees to Serve as U.S. Attorneys
I thought Biden would nominate Zeno Baucus for Montana…