The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. – Edgar J. Mohn

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • Great Falls Homeless Issue
  • Quinnipiac Poll
  • Reading Assignments


The men’s NCAA Basketball “Final Four” is set. This Saturday, Villanova takes on Kansas and then Duke takes on North Carolina. The winners will play for the national championship on Monday. (Source)

This week’s poll question asks, “Which two teams will play for the National Championship?”

The results will be posted later this week.


It was nice to see that officials and agencies in Great Falls are addressing the homeless issue that has spurned a lot of hate toward those who are less fortunate in the Great Falls community.

The Electric has a story posted at explains what the local officials are trying to do. Read it HERE.

The Electric reported that on March 25, the Great Falls Police Department, Alluvion Health and United Way of Cascade County representatives went to the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) property to speak to the people there and ask them what services they need in attempt to connect them with the appropriate services.

I applaud them for doing this.

One thing I noticed in the story was no mention of elected officials from the city/county being in attendance on March 25. Maybe they attended but did not get noticed by the press.

Or maybe it’s easier for them to sit back and spew hatred and sew discord to their followers on social media about the homeless than it is to roll up their sleeves and work on the problem.

Nevertheless, Great Falls needs leadership and compassion in dealing with the homeless issue.


I watched “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO over the weekend between sporting events. One of the guests was U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). Tester has been on the show several times.

One of the subjects was a Quinnipiac Poll that had the following information:

As the world witnesses what is happening to Ukraine, Americans were asked what they would do if they were in the same position as Ukrainians are now: stay and fight or leave the country? A majority (55 percent) say they would stay and fight, while 38 percent say they would leave the country. Republicans say 68 – 25 percent and independents say 57 – 36 percent they would stay and fight, while Democrats say 52 – 40 percent they would leave the country.

Here at the worldwide headquarters of The Western Word, we are prepared for that day. Ammo. Rations. Water. Medical supplies.

If someone wants to send me MREs that would be great! They are great to keep for a doomsday event or hand out to the homeless.

I am prepared to fight for my country until the end. It’s like when I signed my name on the enlistment document. I’m still serving. I may be old, but I still can give a few more ass-kickings.

I am angered at the statement, “…Democrats say 52 – 40 percent they would leave the country.” Are Democrats that chickenshit that they would leave rather than fight? Maybe some Democrats will provide an answer.

As for the poll, there were 1,374 U.S. adults nationwide surveyed from March 4th – 6th with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

Read the complete poll HERE.


Here are some articles you should read…

BOZEMAN DAILY CHRONICLE – Editorial: State hospital demands lawmakers’ attention
It’s more important than election fraud. Montana needs to stop giving the middle finger to those who suffer from mental health problems.

BILLINGS GAZETTE: Freedom Rally in Helena pushes back against COVID mandates
From different reports, I learned that either dozens, or 160, or 200 people attended the event…

DAILY MONTANAN – Rosendale votes against bill to preserve history of Japanese-American WWII internment camps
Rosendale was one of 16 members voting against it…

THE HILL – Supreme Court restores Pentagon’s authority over deployment of unvaccinated SEALs
This is the right thing to do…



10 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

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  2. Montana & Ukrainians. No, we’re not even in the top 5 states for Ukrainians. Didn’t think that sounded right. I’m from the Pittsburgh area and there are many of their distinctive churches. Is there a Ukrainian church in Montana?
    And, I haven’t seen any spewing of hate about the church property gatherings. Maybe there is something I’ve missed in the comments section.

  3. I read about Rosendale’s ‘nay’ vote on preserving the history of Japanese internment camps; my reaction was the by-now-normal cringe. When I read the names of his fellow Congressdregs, I cringed once more. Rosie is such an embarrassment!

    • I agree, but has he been too much of an embarrassment to get beaten. Thanks, JmB

      • I think embarrassment is the wrong term here. I think the anger will do him in. It’s not wrong to say at this particular time that we are all Ukrainians now, because especially here in Montana, a huge percentage of us are of Ukrainian descent. Literally. I graduated from EMC, and almost all my friends from eastern Montana and North Dakota are of Ukrainian descent. Good people, the kind that deserve our support. Our two states have probably the highest percentage of Ukrainians in the country. How could Rosie not know that? How could he casually assign their motherland to utter destruction and still expect to win their votes? And how can he, instead of apologizing, double down on his callousness and support of evil?

        True story. Just yesterday in Albertsons I ran into a guy from Ukraine. He had an interesting story. A church in Conrad had sponsored his family to come to this country after WWII. They have managed a good life here. He can’t believe what Rosendale is doing. He is furious. And I believe he’s not alone.

        I think this time Rosie went too far. His entire world view seems to be what he can see from the interior of trumps’s derrière.

  4. IIRC GF city commissioners Hinebauch and Wolff did attend an earlier event regardiing the homeless issue down at FUMC. So not all are merely spewing hate on social media.

    It was disappointing to have it confirmed by the Electric story that a number of the people hanging around down at FUMC had housing but only came to church property to party with their buddies. That’s not going to fly with the community and damages the cause of providing a space for the truly homeless.

    As for Rep Rosendale, I think we all know by now that if something is “The right thing to do” he’s going to vote nay. Judge him by the company he keeps, the other Reps voting nay, the dregs of American politics. The Billings Gazette had a pretty interesting guest opinion on behalf of Buchanan that nailed Matt for the ineffective partisan extremist he has demonstrated himself to be.

    • Terry – guess I missed the part about Wolff and Hinebauch quietly working on the issue. Good for them!
      As for the drinking in public, they need to be cited for that and it appears they were.
      Thanks for your comments and info! -JmB

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