The Wednesday Read

Quote for the Day…

Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say. ― Mitch Albom

In today’s column, I take a look at these people/issues:

  • Rainbow Day
  • Biden Takes a Knee
  • Matt Gaetz
  • Oklahoma & Abortion
  • The Western Word Poll


Late last month the Great Falls Tribune reported that the Great Falls Public Schools pulled the recognition of “Rainbow Day” at elementary schools during “Spread the Word Inclusion Week,” citing criticism from parents.

Now, ABC/FOX Montana has the rest of the story. It seems the right-wingers were outraged about nothing. Special Olympics Montana and the Great Falls Public School District have been partnering together for 15 years with unified champion schools making a pledge to be inclusive to all students.

Rainbow Day is where kids were encouraged to wear rainbow colored clothing to celebrate the diversity of humanity as a part of the 2022 week of inclusion back at the end of February as a part of unified champion schools.

You can read the full report from ABC/FOX Montana HERE.

Some people should just calm down…


I saw some posts about this from some of the most gullible among us and wanted to ensure I posted the fact check.

USA Today reports:

Social media users have criticized President Joe Biden in the past for taking a knee and have linked him to a social justice movement started by now-former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick – kneeling during the national anthem.

Every time Biden has taken a knee, the fake posts about it have been debunked.

USA has debunked just about all the posts in one article HERE.

There are plenty of things we can slam Biden for and that is fine. We should make sure before we post it that it is true.


USA Today is reporting that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) justified his vote against a bill that would cap insulin at $35 a month for most Americans by suggesting people with diabetes should first lose weight before Congress steps in to help.

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT/AL) also voted against the bill. I have not seen his reason for his vote.

Read the complete report from USA Today HERE.


The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the Oklahoma House gave final legislative approval on Tuesday to a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The AP also reported that the Oklahoma bill, which passed the Senate last year, makes an exception only for an abortion performed to save the life of the mother.

I would expect the Montana Legislature to pass something like this.

Read the AP story HERE.


This week’s poll question asks, “Should political parties endorse candidates in nonpartisan elections?” (Background)

The results will be released on Thursday.