The Wednesday Read: Edwards, Salaries, Havre, & the Pope

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. – George Orwell

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Sheriff Bob Edwards
  • Superintendent Salaries
  • No Spanish in Havre
  • Pope Francis

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GREAT FALLS MT: For Parks; Against Kids

After finding out the Operational Levy for Great Falls Public Schools failed, someone posted on Facebook, “What rotten excuses for human beings would vote no on the levy?!?!? Seriously, who would actually vote against this?!”

It seems it’s pretty easy for some people to vote against the kids in Great Falls. Many vote “against the kids” because they are jealous or mad that some administrators make a decent living.

The school levy was defeated 9,648 – 8,056 or by 1,592 votes. On the bright side, the creation of a Park District was approved 8,279 – 7,738. Another bright spot was that two solid people were elected to the school board, Teresa Schreiner and Kim Skornogoski.

Great Falls has a population of 59,178 and only 17,704 people voted. Shameful.

One of the selling points for voting for the school levy was the fact that other Class AA schools in Montana: Billings, Missoula, Butte, Bozeman, Kalispell, and Helena all spend more per pupil than Great Falls. After the defeat of this levy, there will be even more of a difference in spending.

The people who vote against schools and children are what I like to call ignorant. They are part of a group of haters that whatever officials do, they are against it. Whether it be the school board, the school administrators, the city commission, city employees, county commissioners, county employees, these haters are mostly against what they do.

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Published in: on May 9, 2018 at 8:53 am  Comments Off on GREAT FALLS MT: For Parks; Against Kids  
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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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Published in: on May 7, 2018 at 8:18 am  Comments Off on Reminder: Vote for Schools & Parks  
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Monday’s Commentary: Vote for Schools and Parks

There’s a May 8 School election in Great Falls that will elect two school trustees and approve/disapprove a $1.35 million elementary levy. The Great Falls Tribune reports that voters will also find on the ballot a section asking them to consider the creation of Park District-1 with an assessment amount of $1.5 million annually for the first three years to address $12.6 million in deferred maintenance identified in the city’s parks and recreation sites.

The ballots are in the mail according to a recent article in the Trib. Below you will find my commentary about both.

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Published in: on April 23, 2018 at 6:11 am  Comments Off on Monday’s Commentary: Vote for Schools and Parks  
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The Wednesday Read: Tester, McCaskill, Helena Schools, & Paul Ryan

We need to stop spending money we don’t have. – Paul Ryan

Today’s topics are:

  • Most Vulnerable Senators
  • Helena School District
  • Speaker Paul Ryan

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Tuesday Commentary: Helena Schools, DUI, FBI Raid, & Interior

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. – Robin Williams

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Helena Schools Lunch Debt
  • Billings Gazette DUI Editorial
  • The Great FBI Raid
  • Kevin Sabo, Interior Department Official

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Monday’s Quick Hits

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • The House Debate
  • Great Falls School Election
  • The Western Word Polls
  • Federal Funding
  • Full Body Scanner

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Caught My Eye…

The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it. – Stephen Covey

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 that I am providing commentary on today include the University of Montana, Denise Juneau & UM, Sarah Palin & VA, Jon Tester & VA, TWW Christmas party, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. – Norman Vincent Peale

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:

  • Anita and Jason
  • High School Graduation Rate
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Last Presidential Debate
  • Lee Newspapers Polls
  • Register to Vote

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Published in: on October 18, 2016 at 6:30 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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Vote YES for Great Falls Kids!

Some might think of the upcoming bond measures for Great Falls Public Schools (GFPS) as the “go big or go home” plan to raise money for public schools. The two bond measures, if approved, will raise $98.8 million to construct, renovate, and modernize the public schools in Great Falls, Montana.

If approved it will cost someone with a $150k home just $8.59 per month. That’s really not that much of an investment to have nicer and safer schools for generations to come.

When I decided to leave the military over 24 years ago, one reason my family and I stayed in Great Falls was because of the outstanding public schools. I could have moved anywhere in the United States, but I picked Great Falls, Montana, to raise a family. Now my kids have graduated from GFPS and they received an excellent education. By the way, the music department in GFPS is second to none.

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