About Jackie M. (Mike) Brown

CONTACT: Western_Word@Yahoo.com I am a military veteran who honorably served my country in different parts of the world with the last stop being in Montana. I am a husband, a father, and I attend church regularly. I am also a college graduate, and I have worked and volunteered on several political campaigns (local, state, national). I have also been employed in various government positions (city, state and federal) as well as in the private sector. In my spare time, I enjoy sports, reading a good book, writing, and enjoying a fine glass of wine while visiting with friends around the fire.

Terrific News Tuesday

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Best/Worst Community Colleges
  • Summer Reading Program
  • No Homework Policy
  • Wedding Cake
  • Football Season

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Monday’s Quick Hits

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. – Stephen Hawking

Today’s quick hits include:

  • Get Lost Wisconsin
  • What’s Cooking at Our Place
  • Gianforte Miscues
  • Trump & Immigration
  • All of Them…

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The Sunday Message

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
― Emma Lazarus

When I was younger my family moved several times which, in turn, made me attend several different schools. It was tough being the new family in the neighborhood and it was tough being the new kid in school.

That was pretty easy compared to what refugees go through coming to the United States. Just imagine you and your family live in a country where it’s dangerous to live. For safety, you are moved to a refugee camp and after a few years you find out that you are being moved to the United States.

Since I am a big fan of the USA, I would think that it would be like hitting the jackpot to be selected to live in the USA. It would still be tough, though.

I happened to read a story in the Missoulian newspaper about a few refugees moving there:

Missoula’s latest wave of refugees has begun. A family of six Congolese arrived in town Thursday from East Africa, and the first five-person family mentor team trained by Soft Landing Missoula swung into action to ease the shock.

The Missoulian also reported that the family is made up of a mother, father and four children, three of whom have spent their whole lives in a refugee camp in Tanzania.

Imagine that. All some members of the family have ever known is living in a refugee camp.

It’s great to see that the people of Missoula are stepping up to help our new neighbors.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, Matthew 25:35 (NIV)

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Caught My Eye…

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. – Rabindranath Tagore

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include the new Montana Governor ads, the Great Falls GOP Field Office Manager, Zinke & Veterans & Montana Democrats, Montana Motor Vehicle Services, That Payment to Iran, thoughts on the Rio Olympics, and much more!

Buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Playboy Mansion, unemployment, Montana Shooting Sports Association, the anti-marijuana initiative, 100-meter hurdles, beach volleyball, Election Day 2016, military medals, congressional approval rating, solar power, and much more.

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Wednesday’s Read: Four Things…

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. – Colin Powell

Welcome to Wednesday!

Here are four things that caught my attention in the past 24 hours:

  • Montana & Bullying
  • Trump’s First Security Briefing
  • Wyoming’s U.S. House Race
  • Alaska’s U.S. Senate Primary

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Terrific News Tuesday

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Russell Wilson & GF Girl
  • Summer Lunch Program
  • New Skatepark
  • The Rescue
  • Camp Hometown Heroes

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