Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Quote for the Day…

Don’t let anyone who hasn’t been in your shoes tell you how to tie your laces. -Anonymous

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

  • Election Day
  • On My Door
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • The Western Word Poll


Today (May 3) is Election Day in many places across Montana and the USA.

Here in Great Falls, there is a school board election. Last month I had this to say about that election:

“I will be voting for Mark Finnicum, Gordon Johnson, Nathan Reiff, and Russell Herring. If there was one more vacancy, I would vote for Amie Thompson.
These candidates are very well qualified.”

Please take the time to vote!


I found an interesting two-page letter in an envelope with a rubber band attaching it to my door Monday. It was (I think) about the City of Great Falls “rejected the state’s Marijuana Laws by citing federal classification.”

You can read the documents HERE and HERE.

The author wants me to sign the letter and send it to the city.

If anyone wants to break down the reason for the letter in a couple of sentences and share what you think it means or discuss if there is any merit to the author’s argument, go for it.


May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

The Western Word totally supports our public school teachers!

Thank you, Teachers! #ThankATeacher


This week’s poll question asks, “Do you approve of Elon Musk buying Twitter?” (Background)

The results will be posted later this week.

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2 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. The door letter you got is apparently in reference to the City’s refusal to allow recreational marijuana shops in City limits based on Federal law, as opposed to a current legal challenge that says they must because the City is a creature of State law.

    There was a whole special City Commission meeting about it on April 19 where even the City attorney seemed to agree that yes State law prevails. But the Commission decided to hold fast to their current position anyhow and punted to the voters this Fall.

    What the rest of that letter you got is all about – kinda hard to follow. Apparently the writer feels the City also allows other uses of land for activities that are illegal under Federal law.

    Hard to see this issue either way. It’s not like Great Falls is a giant city like Phoenix where it takes 2 hours to get out of city limits and into unincorporated county. Takes 15 minutes max to get from anywhere to anywhere. People who want to buy mostly have easy access, and “the children” everyone claims they to want to somehow protect by not allowing shops (for adults, not them) in City limits aren’t going to be the least bit better protected by that arbitrary 10-15 minute barrier.

    Special “reefer madness” edition of City Commission at the following link. If you put in the hour prepare to be thoroughly entertained by watching several commissioners publicly rationalize the decision they’ve already decided to make, claiming they’re truly opposed to violating [some high principle they allegedly hold or another] but yeah, in this case the voters really need to rethink this one … because commissioners know better than voters. Some excellent citizen comments too. My favorite was the lady who claimed we have no idea how Great Falls voted on the legal marijuana issue, just no idea, might have been Missoula that made it legal here. Green county status for Cascade is a mystery.


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