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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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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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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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

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. – Arnold H. Glasow

Hey kids – it’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

In case this is your first time reading Terrific News Tuesday (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 today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Great Falls Public Schools
  • Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks
  • Thank-You Party
  • Virginia McLaurin
  • Spring Training

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Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

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

Welcome to Wednesday! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into an “Odds & Ends” or “potpourri” column. Today is one of those days!

By the way, with the election season heating up you really need to follow The Western Word on Twitter and like The Western Word’s Facebook page! You can even subscribe to this blog (see the box on the right).

The “Political Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Cascade County Attorney John Parker
  • MT Republican Legislators & Education
  • Montanans for Community Development
  • Speaker of the House Paul Ryan?

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