The Wednesday Read

The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying. ― Roy T. Bennett

Today’s topics include:

  • Districting & Apportionment Commission
  • McConnell: “Case Closed”
  • Trump’s Taxes 1985 to 1994

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The Monday Memo: Tester, Legislature, Brown, Courts & Trump

The expert at anything was once a beginner. ― Helen Hayes

I’m back – I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Tester’s Next Term
  • Dome Lights
  • Bob Brown is Wise
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals & Trump
  • One More Thing

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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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The Wednesday Read: Gas Taxes, Morgue, Stormy, & America’s Harvest Box

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today’s topics are:

  • Montana Gas Taxes
  • The New Morgue
  • Stormy Daniels
  • America’s Harvest Box

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The Great Tax Gift

Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet
-Taxman (The Beatles)

The big news this week the tax bill will be voted on and most folks believe it will pass with little or no support from the Democrats.

President Donald Trump said, “This is going to be one of the great gifts to the middle-income people of this country that they’ve ever gotten for Christmas.”

Oh, holy night!

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Taxes, Flynn, and Football

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. – H. L. Mencken

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Senate Tax Bill
  • Down Goes Flynn
  • CFB Playoffs
  • Kansas City Chiefs

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Caught My Eye…

If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies. – Jon Stewart

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 about today include the Senate tax bill, Bobby Hauck, the Thunderbirds, Alabama Senate Race, and One More Thing!

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