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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Tuesday Commentary: Sheriff, Gianforte, Zinke, & Hannity

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. – Will Rogers

Happy Tax Day 2018!

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Cascade County Sheriff
  • Montana At-Large Race
  • Ryan Zinke
  • Sean Hannity

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Published in: on April 17, 2018 at 6:31 am  Comments Off on Tuesday Commentary: Sheriff, Gianforte, Zinke, & Hannity  
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Monday’s Quick Hits: Guns, Elections, Kimmel vs Hannity, & More

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. – H. L. Mencken

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban
  • 60 Minutes
  • Kimmel vs Hannity
  • Zuckerberg Heads to DC
  • One More Thing

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Published in: on April 9, 2018 at 6:25 am  Comments Off on Monday’s Quick Hits: Guns, Elections, Kimmel vs Hannity, & More  
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The Wednesday Read: PA 18, Edwards, & Gun Laws

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

Today’s topics are:

  • Pennsylvania Congressional District 18
  • Sheriff Bob Edwards
  • Stricter Gun Laws

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Tuesday Thoughts: Special Session, USAF, & Election Day

Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant. – Colin Powell

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Montana Legislature Special Session
  • U.S. Air Force & the Mass Shooting
  • Election Day 2017

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Tuesday Thoughts: 9th U.S. Circuit & Rosendale

Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection. – Neal Boortz

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals:

The Associated Press reported that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Montana’s limits on direct contributions to political campaigns are justified in trying to prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption while still allowing candidates to raise enough money to run a campaign.

I don’t think the decision will stand.

Basically, money is speech these days. We are already far down a path that allows the rich and powerful (big money) to influence elections.

It did give Governor Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) the opportunity to say, in part, that “Elections should be decided by ‘we the people’ — not by corporations, millionaires, or wealthy special interests buying more television ads.”

That’s a great line. The other side will say that corporations, millionaires, or wealthy special interests have rights, too.

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The Wednesday Read: Graham-Cassidy and Stapleton

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Graham-Cassidy
  • Corey, Corey, Corey

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Terrific News Tuesday

Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success. – Shiv Khera

Welcome to 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 are the stories that caught my attention for this week’s TNT column:

  • Primary Election Day
  • Rain, Rain, Snow?
  • Beth Mowins
  • Great Falls Voyagers
  • Griz Remain Positive

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Published in: on September 12, 2017 at 5:20 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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Caught My Eye…

Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy. – Robert Kennedy

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 Greg Gianforte, Rob Quist, Mark Wicks, Donald Trump, the Stanley Cup, the NBA Finals, and Memorial Day!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Quist Campaign Signs
  • Gianforte’s Loan
  • Pence on a Horse
  • Game 7

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