Tuesday’s Quick Hits

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key. –The Eagles (Already Gone)

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Face the Nation
  • Miss Montana
  • We Build The Wall
  • Memorial Day Thoughts…

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Terrific News Tuesday

In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact. – Les Brown

Hey kids…it’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

In case this is your first time reading Terrific News Tuesday (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 today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Tester & Military Academy Nominations
  • Zinke & Wreaths Across America
  • Tribune Thanks Mayor Winters
  • City of Great Falls’ Service
  • Tribune New E-Newspaper Format

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Terrific News Tuesday!

It’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

You won’t find any griping or complaining today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff that made TNT:

  • Memorial Day Services
  • The B-17 & Fort Benton
  • Scheels & Memorial Day
  • Spring Sports Season
  • Billings & Concerts
  • QuikTrip Safe Place
  • Ultimate Tom Brady Fan

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Memorial Day: A Look Back

If you are an elected official, then it’s a must that you attend a Memorial Day ceremony in the state you represent. Although most of our elected officials these days did not serve in the military, they have a staffer put together a few lines for a speech, and they talk about a relative who served way back when.

Here in Montana, the place to be for the elected officials was Laurel where the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery was dedicated and renamed the Yellowstone National Cemetery. Congratulations to all those who made the Yellowstone National Cemetery possible.  The Billings Gazette has the story.

Senators Jon Tester, John Walsh, and Congressman Steve Daines all attended the event. I am sure all their speeches were carefully crafted with the next election in mind – with video trackers recording their every moment.

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word – I hope you enjoy this week’s 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).

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

This week I write about highway money, lobbyists, Arlington National Cemetery, Twitter followers of Montana’s major newspapers, the evaluation of the Great Falls Airport Director, Montana Republican Convention, unemployment, Meadowlark, Barbara Eden, losing religion, a very live update, Michele Bachmann, a scooter, working mothers, Barry Beach, and much more!

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Caught My Eye….

Here are a few things this week that caught my eye that I did not have time to write about.


Frankly, I am pissed (excuse my language) at the leadership of Arlington National Cemetery for their mismanagement. There may be upwards of 6,600 unmarked or mismarked graves.

I caught some of the questioning yesterday from the Senate committee, but I was not impressed. I wanted to see some anger from the Senators. Heck, I’d like to see someone throw something in anger. This is a big deal to veterans and their families and since most in Congress never served, they just don’t understand. Get ticked off. Scare the hell out of anyone who works or will work at Arlington so much that they will not to screw up again.

Harvest/Listening Sessions:

I commented this week about the number of listening sessions that Congressman Denny Rehberg has held since January 2009 and that he has 15 more scheduled well into August.

Anyone who follows politics knows that August is recess time and members of Congress head home to visit their constituents.

So yesterday, I was somewhat surprised to receive a “campaign” e-mail from U.S. Senator Jon Tester telling me that I can join Senator Jon Tester for an update from Washington (via the phone),. The e-mail had this message: Continue reading