Quote for the Day…
This week has been longer than my last CVS receipt. – Unknown
Caught My Eye (CME) is the once-a-week column that is posted every Friday morning. This is when I look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.
Here are some of the things that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Reefer Madness in Great Falls
- Bullet-Riddled Books
- MAGA Threat to Democracy
REEFER MADNESS IN GREAT FALLS:
Tuesday evening, I watched the Great Falls City Commission meeting. That is two hours I won’t get back, but what the hay.
I was interested in what the city would do regarding where marijuana businesses could operate if the voters approve it in November, or if a judge makes the city allow recreational marijuana businesses inside the city limits.
People who support recreational marijuana in Montana have had to jump through several hoops all around the state although the voters approved it 57% – 43%.
Several people spoke during the hearing. Many did not understand what the hearing was about.
The Electric reported that commissioners voted 3-2 to amend the regulations to limit the allowance of marijuana operations in industrial districts.
So, I guess if it all works out, a person can buy a tractor and next door get a bag of pot.
I said long ago that the city should allow recreational marijuana businesses in the same locations they allow casinos and bars. That is fair.
Read the article from The Electric HERE.
Montana was embarrassed again…
The Daily Montanan reported that three library advisors have resigned from the Kalispell library after workers found books shot with what police believe was a .22 caliber rifle in a book donation bin, the library director said this week. The resignations of staff follow other recent high-profile controversies at the library, including one over books with LGBTQ themes, said Ashley Cummins, executive director of the Flathead County ImagineIF Library System.
It seems the incident is being downplayed by some. The Daily Montanan reported that police determined the books likely were used as target practice and then mistakenly donated,
This incident is shameful, but that’s not the first time Montana has been embarrassed by someone shooting something to get their point across.
Back in 2012, a person brought an outhouse to the Montana GOP convention in Missoula, and it was called the “Obama Presidential Library.” The outhouse contained several bullet holes. That was also a classless act.
By the way, “Banned Book Week” is coming up September 18-24. More information can be found HERE.
Read the Daily Montanan story HERE.
MAGA THREAT TO DEMOCRACY:
Reuters reported this week that days after Democratic President Joe Biden gave a fiery speech attacking former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies as an extremist threat, a Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Wednesday found a majority of Americans believe Trump’s movement is undermining democracy. Fifty-eight percent of respondents in the two-day poll – including one in four Republicans – said Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement is threatening America’s democratic foundations.
I believe the MAGA folks are undermining democracy right here in Montana. Several elected officials act like mini-Trumps when they give speeches and make posts on social media.
Read the complete article from Reuters HERE.