Quote for the Day…
There is no greater wealth in this world than peace of mind. – Unknown
In today’s column, I look at these people/issues:
- Graham’s Nationwide Abortion Ban
- Casinos in Great Falls
- Montana Referee Shortage
GRAHAM’S NATIONWIDE ABORTION BAN:
I am not sure which side was more ticked off, the Democrats or the Republicans, with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that Graham introduced a nationwide abortion ban Tuesday, sending shockwaves through both parties and igniting fresh debate on a fraught issue weeks before the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress.
The bill would ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape, incest, or risk to the physical health of the mother, but it would leave in place state laws that are more restrictive.
Democrat Adam Schiff fired off a press release from his campaign saying, Lindsey Graham and Senate Republicans are introducing an extreme 15-week national abortion ban in the Senate today. Schiff then asked for donations to expand the Senate majority.
Graham did not seem to get much support from his fellow Republicans.
The Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, was not too pleased with Graham’s bill about which Graham said he had not spoken to McConnell.
When asked about the bill, McConnell said:
“With regard to his bill, you’ll have to ask him about it. I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this will be dealt with at the state level.”
Graham did bring the abortion issue back to the forefront – which might not be what the Republicans needed.
You can read the press release from Graham HERE.
Read the AP story HERE.
Read the Yahoo story HERE.
CASINOS IN GREAT FALLS:
I got a chuckle out of the headline from The Electric:
PLANNING BOARD OKS PROPOSED CODE CHANGES FOR CASINOS
I thought, “Of course they did.”
I am almost 100% sure the commission will approve the code change, too.
I don’t know how many casinos there are in Great Falls, but many years ago when I first moved here, I thought there were a lot. After seeing them and thinking that Great Falls was a mini “Las Vegas.” I was shocked when I visited one. I was not impressed. I don’t think I have ever gambled in a casino in Great Falls since then.
Many people have commented about there being too many casinos in town. One of these days, I am going to count the ones that are on 10th Avenue South.
People are worried about recreational marijuana dispensaries in town. I think it’s the casinos and bars they should be worried about.
Read the complete report from The Electric HERE.
MONTANA REFEREE SHORTAGE:
You have probably seen fans attack sports officials in every level of sports – from elementary school through high school. It is a sad situation.
MTN News did a report about the shortage of referees in Montana which is causing cancellations and the rescheduling of some games.
One of the main reasons for the shortage of officials is because of fan abuse.
Many years ago, I did some officiating for a local flag football league. I really enjoyed volunteering to help the kids. Unfortunately, the abuse from the parents, fans, and coaches was happening then. Now we’re seeing fans attack officials, and some officials have been shot and/or stabbed.
It was not worth it for me, but I applaud those who are sticking it out.
Read the MTN News report HERE.