Caught My Eye…

Almost every Friday since July 2010 I have posted a column called “Caught My Eye.” There are 228 of them.

This column is where I take a quick 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 just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little. Basically, nothing is off-limit – nothing!

Here are the top three “Caught My Eye” columns from 2014. Enjoy!

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The Best of 2014

Thanks to you, 2014 was another great year here at The Western Word (TWW)!

TWW has been an active blog since January 10, 2005, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

A special thanks to the 163 subscribers to TWW. By the way, you can be notified of new columns by subscribing – and it’s FREE.  You can do that by clicking on the +Follow tab in the bottom right corner and entering your e-mail address, or by going to the subscribe box on the right side of the page (under the Twitter feed box) and entering your e-mail address there.

It is always fun to see which columns are viewed the most and from where the columns are viewed. This past year people from 98 countries visited TWW. A special “shout-out” to the nine people in China who stopped by!

In 2014, there were 315 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,415 posts.

Listed below are the top five columns that received the most views in 2014:

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Great Falls: Common Sense Prevails

It was great to see the folks in Great Falls approve the $1.6 million levy request last night. The elementary levy was approved 54% – 45% and the high school levy was approved 54% – 46%.

I supported the levy. Congratulations to the pro-levy folks.

The levy will cost the average homeowner $14 per year. In my opinion, it’s a pretty easy way to show support for the kids in Great Falls – it’s an investment – and this time common sense won out.

Voters also elected Jan Cahill, Don Ryan, and Jason Brantley to three seats on the school board.

Candidate Cyndi Baker finished fourth out of seven candidates – 286 votes behind Brantley.

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” – the first one for May! Tighten your belts and let’s get started!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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.

Today I write about Political Practices and Cyndi Baker, Randy Vogel v. Ken Miller, the Missoula shooting, John Walsh – “Kennedy,” Elsie Arntzen – “We Can Do Better,” The Weather Channel, Sprint’s Framily plan, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Comment Cards, Tips, & Blogs

Unless you subscribe to the Great Falls Tribune, then you probably missed the article in Saturday’s paper titled, “Donovan denies claims in Baker’s blog.” It’s not online at this time.

To set this up, a few weeks ago (July 20) Great Falls Tea Party activist Cyndi Baker wrote in her personal blog about a customer at the restaurant (reported by the Great Falls Tribune as the Jakers restaurant) where she is employed leaving a note on the customer comment card that was mildly critical of her political views. Baker contends the note was left by Cascade County Democratic Central Committee Chairman Carl Donovan. You can read that post HERE.

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Monday Morning Politics

Happy Halloween to my faithful readers!  That’s a real scary mask you have on today!

Almost every Monday I take a look at some of the local, state, and national political stories that were in the news over the weekend and put them in one place for all to see.

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Caught My Eye…

Congratulations and welcome to Friday!  To help make your day go by just a little more quickly, here’s another “Caught My Eye” column to help you make it to your weekend.

If you are a new visitor, Caught My Eye is the weekly column that takes a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and sometimes I offer commentary – and sometimes it is sprinkled with just a pinch of sarcasm!

So buckle up for the ride – today we take look at nuclear missiles, Jesus on a Mountain, Rehberg on Fox, Wilmer on MSNBC, what landed in my political inbox, an ombudsman, flashback to October 2007, friends that desert you, a hollow life, a salute to a lady, a question to remember, and much more! Continue reading