Quote for the Day…
Discovering what you don’t want is just as important as figuring out what you do want. – Unknown
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- Zinke’s ‘Little Communist’ Remark
- Rainbow Day
- Emily Pennington
- Will Smith & Chris Rock
- The Western Word Poll
ZINKE’S ‘LITTLE COMMUNIST’ REMARK:
Montana Public Radio has a report about the Western congressional seat, and Republican candidate Ryan Zinke. Zinke did an interview this week with Peter Christian of KGVO Radio where he said the following:
“The government shouldn’t be in a role of telling an individual what he can or cannot do. Vaccinations is a perfect example of that. If you didn’t march in line like a little communist and you even dared to raise your hand and asked about the efficacy of natural immunity, of is this booster effective to the newest variant. If you asked the question, you were shamed, you know, canceled. Sometimes you, you’re your livelihood would be in jeopardy. You could lose your license in the cases of some of our physicians and nurse practitioners. So this is a direct assault on our freedom and constitutional freedoms.”
To tell you the truth, those comments from Zinke trouble me. Was Zinke a “little communist” when he marched in line as a member of the Navy and received several vaccinations? As a member of the Air Force, I was qualified to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, and I marched in line and received several vaccinations.
I consider those who did the same as patriots, not communists.
Shame on Zinke for referring to those of us who received the vaccinations as a “little communist.” That was a stupid remark for which he should apologize.
Read the complete article from Montana Public Radio HERE.
According to the Great Falls Tribune, the Great Falls Public Schools earlier this month pulled the recognition of “Rainbow Day” at elementary schools during “Spread the Word Inclusion Week,” citing criticism from parents.
I guess I missed the memo.
The Tribune reported this information:
Special Olympics partners with Unified Champion Schools nationwide for a weeklong effort each year to make a pledge to be inclusive of students of all backgrounds and abilities. Special Olympics suggests different themes for the week for the schools in the UCS program, but largely leaves creative freedom to the districts. Since GFPS is a part of UCS, they held their Spread the Word Inclusion Week Feb. 28-March 4, sending letters home to parents to encourage their children to participate in the dress-up days.
According to flyers sent home with students, March 1 was designated as Rainbow Day to “celebrate diversity.” Kids were encouraged to wear “Rainbow Colored clothes and celebrate inclusion of everyone.”
According to sources familiar with the incident and representatives from the LGBTQ Center, GFPS dropped Rainbow Day because parents had complained that it “pushed the gay agenda.”
Is this 2022?
Psst…I am sure that parents who complained about “Rainbow Day” have “gay” people in their lives already. It could be their teacher, their Sunday school teacher, their bus driver, their neighbor, etc.
I applaud East Middle School teacher Amy Sterling who had this to say:
“I have students who are LGBTQ. I have parents of students who are LGBTQ. I have colleagues and friends who are LGBTQ. Representation matters. We are a public school system and must treat ALL of our students, staff, and parents with respect and dignity. Changing the days after they had been decided, flyers sent out and posters made, is a slap in the face to our LGBTQ students, staff, and parents. We must do better.”
Yes, we must do better. Even in ass-backward Montana…
Read the complete story from the Tribune HERE.
In case you have not heard of the story, Emily Pennington is a Billings West High School junior, who has Down syndrome.
The Billings Gazette reported that Billings School District 2 policy 2050 states that schools don’t have to enroll students who have reached age 19 on or before Sept. 10 of the school year in question. Pennington turns 19 on July 11, 2022. She was held back in kindergarten and had several surgeries that delayed her education.
Pennington should be allowed to graduate with her class. She has had a tough life already and this is adding to her stress. Billings School District 2 should show some compassion in this situation. It’s her senior year!
Read the story from the Billings Gazette HERE.
WILL SMITH & CHRIS ROCK:
Just a short mention about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock after Rock told a joke about Smith’s wife.
Maybe U.S. Senator Ted Cruz could learn a thing or two from Smith when it comes to defending his wife…
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
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.