Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the Big Show – which is also called “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I provide independent commentary about 348 jobs, Copper Commando & Montana Cowgirl, getting ready for 2016, tax relief bills, Jim Messina, Cleveland Cavaliers, the Worst Mother Selfies, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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564th Missile Squadron: Earth & Gravel

The story “ICBMs off the books under treaty” on the Great Falls Tribune’s website did not get much attention. In fact, I don’t know if it even made it into the hard-copy of the Tribune because I could not find it in my E-Newspaper this morning.

I thought it was worthy of front page coverage, or at least a place on the front page of the Montana section. I did not see coverage anywhere else. I guess losing 50 missiles and the associated jobs is not as big a deal as it used to be in Great Falls.

UPDATE 04/01/15:  Today I was notified by the Tribune’s Publisher and Editor Jim Strauss that the article had been in the print edition of the Tribune on Sunday, March 22.  It was right there on the front page, which means it’s time to get my eyes checked.  The Western Word regrets the error. 

Those of us who traveled in the missile “field” and worked on or around the missiles, or fought to maintain and increase the missions at the base probably have a different idea. At least I do.

The big news reported in the story by the Tribune’s military reporter is that the Air Force has eliminated 104 deactivated intercontinental ballistic missiles under budget and ahead of schedule. Those 104 include 50 at Malmstrom Air Force Base that were previously operated by the 564th Missile Squadron. The silos were filled with earth and gravel. The 564th was deactivated in 2008, which was due to the New START Treaty.

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read “Thursday Numbers.”

If you are a first-time visitor, this is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about valuable NBA teams, the New York Yankees, abortions, Roger Goodell, Verizon data, plowing streets, dissatisfaction with the government, missile launch facilities, Roe vs. Wade, the actual unemployment rate, new claims for unemployment, the Secretary of the Air Force, food stamps, Super Bowl, the McDonnells, Sean Hannity, the worst states in highway safety, plus a lot more so read on!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another great edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).

PLEASE NOTE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.

This week I write about debt, immigration reform, unemployment, Democratic and Republican Twitter followers, 564th missile squadron, Montana Democratic Party convention, Pioneer Baseball League, prescription drug use, F-15s, political party unfavorable ratings, Tony Soprano, Game 7, U.S. Army Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, and much more!

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