September 11

Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us. –U.S. Senator John Kerry

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The following column has been slightly edited from a previous column…

Today we take a moment to remember September 11, 2001. It seems just yesterday that our country was attacked – but it has been 17 years.

On that day I remember staring at the television in shock. When the second plane hit the World Trade Center, I hoped and prayed that it was a replay of the first plane hitting it. It wasn’t. I hoped like many folks that the whole thing was just a dream. It wasn’t.

At that time I worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns in Great Falls, Montana, and I was scheduled to attend a meeting the morning of September 11 at Malmstrom Air Force Base. As I showed my ID to at the base gate, a breaking news alert came on my car radio saying a plane had hit the Pentagon – my Pentagon – our Pentagon. My thoughts shifted to friends and former colleagues who worked there.

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The Wednesday Read: Montana Green Party, Cohen & Manafort

I don’t think inside the box. I don’t think outside the box either. I don’t even know where the box is. – Unknown

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Montana Green Party
  • Cohen/Manafort

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The Wednesday Read: Trump, Will, Comey, & Bullock

Americans elected a president who — this is a safe surmise — knew that he had more to fear from making his tax returns public than from keeping them secret. – George Will

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • President Trump Backtracks
  • James Comey’s Advice
  • George Will’s Opinion
  • Bullock Heading to Iowa

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The Wednesday Read: Family Separations, Zinke & Socks, & Sir Paul

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Family Separations
  • Zinke & Socks
  • Hey Beatles Fans

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DHS Secretary Nielsen: Crash & Burn

“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

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen appeared in front of the White House press corps yesterday in an attempt to defend the Trump Administration policy of separating children from their parents who enter the U.S. illegally.

Overall Nielsen came across as cold-hearted – very cold-hearted. She seemed to be in over her head when she tried to explain things.

About the only other member of Trump’s cabinet who has a colder heart is Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The funny part, if there is one, is that Nielsen contradicted many things that Sessions and other members of the President’s team said about the policy

Nielsen tried to blame Congress. I think she fails to realize that the President’s Republican Party has majorities in the Senate and House.

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Children in Cages

Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.

One teenager told an advocate who visited that she was helping care for a young child she didn’t know because the child’s aunt was somewhere else in the facility. She said she had to show others in her cell how to change the girl’s diaper.Associated Press

Today would be a great day for the Trump Administration to stop separating children from their families at the border.

Over the weekend, more and more people came out against this cruel act being administered by the Trump Administration.

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The Wednesday Read: Roseanne, MO Governor, & Jets

We believe in God for a brand new Falcon 7X so we can go anywhere in the world, one stop. – Televangelist Jesse Duplantis

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Roseanne
  • Missouri Governor
  • Televangelist & the Jet

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2018 Memorial Day Facts

2018 Memorial Day Facts from WalletHub:



Source: WalletHub

 

Published in: on May 28, 2018 at 2:00 am  Comments (2)  
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Reminder: Vote for Schools & Parks

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

If you live in Great Falls, there’s an election tomorrow (Tuesday, May 8) for schools and parks. If you have not returned your ballot, it’s too late to mail it. You should take it to the elections office at 325 2nd Ave N. in Great Falls or to the Exhibition Hall at the fairgrounds in Great Falls on election day (7am-8pm).

If you have questions about the elections call the elections office at (406) 454-6803.

Please vote for the schools and parks!

Here is some information on both if you are undecided (Click to enlarge):

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Tuesday Commentary: VA Secretary, Secretary of State, & Snow

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. – Doug Larson

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • VA Secretary Nominee
  • Tester a “No” on Pompeo
  • Billings & Snow
  • The Western Word

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