Caught My Eye…

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye” (CME). If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include Montana GOP vs Montana Attorney General, Tester & the Iran Nuclear Agreement, letters of apology, Hillary’s email server, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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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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Politics: Hires & Fires

With the election season over in Montana, it’s time for the winners to put staff in place and for those already in office to shuffle staff around so they are ready for the new congress and able to assist Montanans.

There are over a million people Montana and 147,164 sq miles to cover. U.S. Senator Jon Tester, U.S. Senator-elect Steve Daines, and U.S. Representative-elect Ryan Zinke can’t do it alone so they need staffers who will represent them at meetings and assist constituents.

As a member of the U.S. House, Zinke will have fewer staff and offices than Tester and Daines. It’s not fair to Montanans, but Zinke’s “district” is all of Montana whereas a Representative in New York City may have a “district” that’s just a few square miles.

Here are some of the hires that caught my attention. Congrats to them.  Plus, I think there’s a job opening in Tennessee for a Communications Director…

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