Caught My Eye…

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 on today include Ryan Zinke and the horse, Greg Gianforte and the House, GF Police Department and Coercion, the Committee to Defend the President, the Montana Legislature and Daylight Saving Time, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Montana, Comey, Trump, & Spicer

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. – Niccolo Machiavelli

These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • State of the State
  • FBI Director James Comey
  • Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims
  • White House Press Secretary

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Welcome to Wednesday! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into an “Odds & Ends” or “potpourri” column. Today is one of those days!

Before you start, buckle up. Here are today’s topics:

  • Denise Juneau’s DUIs
  • Syrian Refugees
  • MT Lawmakers’ Pay Raise
  • Seatbelts on School Buses

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Caught My Eye…

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. ― Ernest Hemingway

Welcome to the Big Show which is 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’s topics include:

  • The Western Word Milestone
  • Montana Democrats & Montana Republicans
  • The Knudsen Tweet
  • Lee Newspapers
  • Fair Cops

The Western Word Milestone:

This is column/post number 2,550 here at The Western Word (TWW). It all started January 10, 2005.

Where it stops nobody knows…

Rest assured there’s still a burning desire each morning between 4:00-6:00 a.m. to write something that’s on my mind. This usually means I am writing about politics, sports, the media, or current events.

Often I am writing about something that has ticked me off, which is somewhat therapeutic.

One negative side to this, besides the pay, is with 2,550 columns under my (rather large) belt, I think I have managed to tick off just about everyone on the right-left-middle at one time or the other. At least readers know they will get an independent view of the issue that is not tainted by my employer (I am self-employed) or with whom I associate (I don’t have many friends) or political party (I don’t belong to any).

I started giving many of my opinions/commentaries on the issues because I was finding that most editorial boards were lacking the courage to call people out or take sides on an issue – at least very often. I remember the days when the Sunday editorial pages were the most talked about part of the paper – and talked about most of the week. That’s not the case today. Many small and medium-sized towns’ editorial boards are so engrained in the community (like many reporters) and are afraid they might tick off an advertiser or run into the subject of their editorial at church or in line at the grocery store. So they squelch their opinions and reporting.

You might not always get the greatest writing sprinkled with flowery $20 words here at TWW, but what you will get is my honest opinion about the issues that I (and hopefully you) care about.

Thanks for reading. Now buckle up…

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MT Legislature: That’s a Wrap

Back in January at the start of the Montana legislature I wrote:

Many people head to Helena with the best intentions, but for some reason they end up drinking out of a “stupid fountain” that must be somewhere down a dark hall in the capitol. Many of these people end up making asses of themselves and embarrass Montana.

Wait and see…

Yes – it happened!

By now you’ve seen the spin being spewed by both sides and their supporters after the end of the 2015 Montana Legislature. Read on to get an independent view!

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Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Tuesday – time for another political potpourri edition! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column. Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word about:

  • Motl Confirmation Hearing
  • Governor Bullock & the Boston Marathon
  • Special Operations Speaks PAC

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Monday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Monday – it’s already time for another potpourri edition! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column. Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word about:

  • Flathead Water Compact
  • Montana Medicaid Expansion
  • Montana Wages & Salaries
  • Daines & Wildfire Disaster Funding
  • Hillary!
  • Thumbs Down to Utah

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