Happy 4/20 day. Celebrate accordingly!
Quote for the Day…
The best part of being the underdog is when people say you can’t win. -Unknown
In today’s column, I look at these people/issues:
- Russell Herring
- Emily Pennington
- The Western Word Poll
The E-City Beat blog in Great Falls posted a column written by Philip M. Faccenda that claims Great Falls Public School Board candidate Russ Herring posted a picture that appears to have offended him. Supposedly Herring wrote something about Black Lives Matter (BLM) that he apparently did not like. Due to those two issues (and probably others like he was endorsed by Great Falls Public School teachers), they won’t allow his candidate profile on their blog.
The horror…the horror…
Here at The Western Word, I could not independently verify the accuracy of the photo or the quote. Even if it is true, it does not bother me. I’ve seen stranger things on social media.
I do not personally know Russell Herring. I don’t think I have ever met him. But it seems that several folks have an opinion about him – and it looks as though they are from the extreme right-wing side of the fence.
It appears the E-City Beat folks are picking on the low-hanging fruit in the election because Herring is running for an open one-year seat and that’s probably the only chance their side has of gaining a seat.
I was happy that Faccenda put his name on the column. That’s a good thing as that is not always the case with his blog.
Some of the comments posted in connection with the story on the Facebook page of E-City Beat and on the Facebook page of Rick Tryon, who is a Great Falls city commissioner, show why Great Falls is looked down upon. Tryon is a contributor to the E-City Beat.
One person commented, “I’ll bet he endorses anal touching by kindergartners!!!!”
Another said, “Dudes probably a pedo.”
Someone commented, “so you really think it’s OK for a teacher to do that?”
By the way, Herring is not running to be a teacher. This person who posted that should probably not be voting…
Stay classy, Great Falls…
In an earlier column, I said I was voting for Herring. I still plan to. He is a USAF veteran like me. We need his expertise on the school board as many children in the Great Falls school system are from military families.
To get a better understanding of the career of Russell Herring, click HERE.
Don’t forget to vote in the May 3 election and let’s all try to be nice!
Back on March 28, I wrote about Emily Pennington 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.
The Gazette is now reporting that Pennington will get to stay another year at West High School in Billings and graduate with her class in 2023.
Common sense won here. Good for Emily.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
This week’s poll question asks, “Do you approve of Steve Daines’ visit to Ukraine?” (Background)
The results will be posted later this week.