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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Thursday Numbers

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud. – Carl Sandburg

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Yellowstone River, Twitter & the NFL, Montana Governor TV ads, unemployment, the bar exam in Montana, cell phone violations, Steve Bullock is popular, trust in political leaders, liquor licenses, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. – Oscar Wilde

Today’s quick hits include:

  • Bumper Sticker Mania
  • Social Security
  • Great Falls flooding
  • Blog of the Week

There’s much more, so watch out…

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Thursday Numbers

Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town. – George Carlin

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Apple ConnectED technology, Montana State University, Montana Lottery, unemployment, Bernie in Missoula/Billings, Clinton & Trump, Great Falls & fireworks, Area 51, Max Scherzer, Congressional fundraising, shoes & power lines, Corvallis school, San Antonio Spurs, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

I wasn’t born here, but I blog here. –Jackie M. (Mike) Brown @TheWesternWord

Welcome to Wednesday! It’s just about time to start my Christmas shopping – so I will see you at the stores today and tomorrow!

Today is one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Here are today’s topics:

  • Best Montana Tweets of 2015
  • Gianforte is Exploring
  • Dark Money & the Wild West
  • Daines & the Red Kettle
  • Ice Ice Baby

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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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Thursday Numbers

The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them. – Lois McMaster Bujold

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of December! In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include climate change, Instagram winners of 2015, unemployment, livestock, City of Great Falls, Medicaid expansion, San Bernardino, Breaking News, Carolina Panthers, Golden State Warriors, and the 341st Missile Wing commander. There’s a lot more so read on!

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Monday’s Odds & Ends

Hello Monday! It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Montana Cowgirl Blog & Phil Drake
  • Montana’s Expert Political Scientist
  • City of Great Falls
  • Gun Laws & Gallup
  • Benghazi Circus
  • Saturday Night Live

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Caught My Eye…

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. – Margaret Mead

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye.” Unlike many newspapers, cable and network news shows, today’s column is free of any mention of Donald Trump.

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 snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include Fair Cops, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, Veterans Health Administration, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Terrific News Tuesday

Everyone can use a little good news and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

There’s no griping or complaining today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Great Falls election
  • World Cup
  • Navy’s Maternity Leave
  • South Carolina
  • World’s Oldest Person
  • ESPN Body Issue

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