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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Wednesday Commentary: Government Travel

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. – Potter Stewart

You’ve probably heard about the members of the Trump Administration having problems with travel. Some are acting like a teenager with a new car and daddy’s credit card. So far, there are four who are under scrutiny for their travel.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned. There should be more resignations because the folks who are screwing up all know better.

The latest mess deals with the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin, who reportedly cruised the Thames, took in sight-seeing at Westminster Abbey, and watched a Wimbledon tennis match during a 10-day European trip with his wife. The trip was half business, half pleasure. (Fortune)

Montana’s own Ryan Zinke, who is now the Department of Interior Secretary, is one of the four cabinet members who are having some problems with travel.

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The Wednesday Read: MT Senate/House 2018, Primary, & Kilmeade

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. – Harry S Truman

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

  • MT Senate: Daines vs Zinke
  • Tester & Trump
  • Grant Kier – U.S. House
  • Moving On
  • Brian Kilmeade

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