The Monday Memo

Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you. ― Anonymous

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • The Massage Parlor Sting
  • Ryan Zinke & the Grand Jury
  • Hold the Date

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The Monday Memo: Ryan Zinke, Obamacare, & Iowa Caucus

If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity. ― Albert Einstein

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Down goes Zinke
  • ACA/Obamacare
  • Iowa Caucus Poll: The Democrats

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Tuesday Commentary: Monuments, Moore, Opioids, & Heisman

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Utah Monuments
  • Roy Moore
  • Opioid Lawsuit
  • Heisman Trophy Finalists

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Tuesday Commentary: Stitt, The Zinkes, & Driving

The problem with pity parties is very few people come, and those who do don’t bring presents. – Zig Ziglar

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Bob Stitt
  • The Zinkes
  • Highway Deaths

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Tester to Zinke – Lifetime Pass for Veterans

It was nice to read a press release from U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) that said he was asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to support the creation of a lifetime national park pass allowing America’s veterans to enter all of the nation’s National Park Service sites for free.

Tester has introduced a bipartisan bill with Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) to allow veterans to purchase a lifetime pass good for all federal sites for a discounted, one-time fee.

I think this is a good idea. The bill, S- 521, makes the cost $80 for a lifetime pass. That seems like a Washington, D.C. amount. I was thinking $25 would be perfect – I mean if you want to make it a good thing for veterans.

Now to get picky – it’s not really free as Tester says in his press release “America’s veterans to enter all of the nation’s National Park Service sites for free.”

The cost is $80 according to the bill.

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Zinke: Troubling Times in the Kingdom

Being a cabinet official for the President of the United States means the spotlight shines just a little brighter on you than it did when you were just one of 435 members of the House of Representatives. The scrutiny is more intense. There are more members of the media to write stories and to do investigations. Of course, if you want to promote yourself, there’s someone in the media waiting to do that, too.

Former Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke is finding out that he is not in Montana anymore. Zinke is President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Interior. Many in Montana, this writer included, wished Zinke well in his new position. Zinke, who is a former Navy SEAL, has found the seas pretty rough during his first year as Secretary.

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