The Wednesday Read

Quote for the Day…

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. – Peter Marshall

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

  • Montana State Library
  • Confidence in U.S. Institutions
  • The Western Word Poll
  • Reading Assignments

MONTANA STATE LIBRARY:

Back on June 23, I wrote about the commissioners of the Montana State Library, which manages a variety of state records and information systems, considering scuttling a nearly $300,000 rebranding project because of what they regard as the new logo’s visual proximity to the LGBTQ Pride flag. (MTFP)

I said, “What a crock. Turn off Fox News and join the real world….”

On Tuesday afternoon, the Montana Free Press reported that Commissioners for the Montana State Library voted to reject a redesigned logo for the agency, weeks after some commissioners raised concerns that the logo’s color scheme resembled an LGBTQ Pride flag.

The 4-3 vote came after multiple library staffers and members of the public spoke in support of the proposed logo, which designers said was meant to signify a prism. No one who spoke during public comment at the meeting, which was held via a video call, voiced opposition to the new logo.

That last sentence deserves repeating, “No one who spoke during public comment at the meeting, which was held via a video call, voiced opposition to the new logo.”

This is why we can’t have nice things…

Read the complete report from MTFP HERE.

CONFIDENCE IN U.S. INSTITUTIONS:

Gallup is reporting that Americans are less confident in major U.S. institutions than they were a year ago, with significant declines for 11 of the 16 institutions tested and no improvements for any. The largest declines in confidence are 11 percentage points for the Supreme Court — as reported in late June before the court issued controversial rulings on gun laws and abortion — and 15 points for the presidency, matching the 15-point drop in President Joe Biden’s job approval rating since the last confidence survey in June 2021.

Have no fear, Congress is the bottom feeder here – beating out television news by three points!

Read the complete report from Gallup HERE.

THE WESTERN WORD POLL:

This week’s poll question asks, “Did you set off fireworks on the Fourth of July?”

The results will be posted later this week.

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

Here are some articles that you should read…

Lee NewspapersRecount coming in Public Service Commission primary
Does anyone think a recount will change anything…

The Blaze Whitlock: Highland Park massacre a reminder that only God can resurrect America
Jason Whitlock has always been one of my favorite columnists, but he has changed from sports to politics.

The HillKinzinger shares compilation of vulgar and threatening calls
The joys of answering the phones in a congressional office…

FactCheck.orgGasoline Prices Up Due to Global Supply-Demand Issues, Russian Invasion of Ukraine
A fact-check to end the column. Read and share to piss off the MAGA folks…

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