Quote for the day…
Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you. ― Bethany Hamilton
Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:
- The Western Word Poll
- Great Falls Homelessness
- Reading Assignments
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
The Super Bowl is Sunday, February 13, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The kickoff is set for 4:30 pm (Montana time). It will be televised on NBC. (Source)
This week’s poll question asks, “Which team will win Super Bowl LVI?”
The results will be posted later this week.
GREAT FALLS HOMELESSNESS:
The Great Falls Tribune published a story on Friday that caught my attention.
Of course, since the Tribune is supposedly part of the “liberal media” the story will be attacked by the righties from that angle because that’s about the only argument they have. I found the story informative.
I also agree with the following comments from a local pastor:
Pastor Stephen Underwood of Central Christian Church spoke to the commission during the Petitions and Communications portion of the meeting about comments made by Commissioner Rick Tryon during the commission’s last meeting, calling them “morally repugnant” among other claims.
Underwood also added:
Underwood said Tuesday that Tryon’s suggestion to enforce the city’s criminal nuisance ordinance against the church was “morally repugnant, impractical and unconstitutional” and a “blatant attack on religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment.”
He also cited a federal court case to strengthen his argument.
Although some do not think it is the city’s job to help the homeless, it was revealed:
During Tuesday night’s meeting, the commission set the date for a public hearing surrounding the allocation of the city’s HOME-ARP funds, $1,026,477 to provide housing, services and shelter to people experiencing homelessness through the American Rescue Plan. This is on top of the city’s annual allocation of $283,494 of HOME funding.
Two weeks ago, I wrote that Great Falls needs strong leadership and compassion to handle this issue. I have not seen that yet from our officials.
Churches in the city are doing their part to help. God bless them! Churches should not be threatened with citations for violating the criminal nuisance ordinance just because someone wants to act tough.
One other thing, please support the churches that are helping these people. I am sure they could use some donations to help feed the homeless folks.
Read the complete report from the Great Falls Tribune HERE.
I have a TikTok account and enjoy learning about new things and watching people do dumb things.
One thing I have recently seen is people video recording public places, like police stations, and when the police show up to ask them what they are doing they claim it is their right. Many won’t give names.
I think people doing the videos are dumbasses. I’ve heard many stories of terrorists or want-to-be terrorists recording the activities around public places.
When a police officer asks for identification, you should give it. If there was someone outside your child’s school recording their moves, I think most people would want to police to identify the person for safety reasons.
Over the past several years the respect for authority in this country has gone into the toilet. It should not be that way.
Here are some articles/videos that I read/watched over the weekend that you might find interesting…
Montana Standard – Standard view: Don’t blame the messenger
A recent intramural spat within the Montana Republican Party has produced a mendacious but predictable consensus: It’s all the fault of the “leftist media.”
AP – Pence: Trump is ‘wrong’ to say election could be overturned
The GOP may be heading for a civil war…
Real Time (HBO) – New Rule: Apply Precision to the Pandemic
Bill Maher questions why the same people in medicine who, in private care, always say “get a second opinion” want to allow only one in the public debate.