Caught My Eye…

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses. – William Arthur Ward

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 Tester wants answers, new fees and taxes, the Senate health care bill, 60 pounds of stuff, and one more thing!

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Thursday Numbers

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. – Isaac Asimov

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 American Health Care Act and Montana, VA shortfall, Powerball, Glacier National Park, unemployment, Army, Mayweather/McGregor, Donald Trump, bank robber, Virginia shooting, LeBron James, Flint Michigan, Federal Reserve, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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 this week include Tschida vs. Motl, Bozeman Daily Chronicle & pay raises, Veterans Affairs & Whistleblowers & Tester, Montana’s suicide prevention program, Brawl of the Wild, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived. – Soren Kierkegaard

Welcome to Wednesday – It’s June 1 and we’re less than a week away from Primary Election day in Montana!

Today is another 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!

Today’s topics include:

  • Political Fundraising on Memorial Day
  • Memorial Day & Elected Officials
  • Popeyes & Rehberg
  • Circular Firing Squad
  • Veterans Administration
  • Trump & the Media

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for dropping by The Western Word for “Thursday Numbers.” Get prepared – your free dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” 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. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about federal employees, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Cascade County Detention Facility, the Montana VA, The Breakfast Club, the anti-bullying law vote, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jon Tester & Pinocchio, the Keystone Pipeline veto & Montana’s Congressional Delegation, gas prices, unemployment, and much more!

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Veterans Affairs: Falling Short

Sunday was an interesting day for Montana Veterans. One of the state’s major newspapers, the Missoulian, published an editorial about the Veterans Administration (VA) in Montana. Plus, U.S. Senator Jon Tester penned an opinion piece with his thoughts about the VA.

You can read Tester’s opinion piece HERE and the Missoulian Editorial HERE.

If you are thinking that things must really be screwed up if the VA is getting this much attention, then you are correct.

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VA: Investigating From Within

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (IG) has been investigating the VA hospital in Phoenix where veterans were waiting months for appointments and employees, as President Obama said, “cooked the books” to cover up delays in providing timely appointments.

The IG issued a draft report from their investigation this week. You can read the Associated Press story HERE.

The VA contends the VA’s IG is an “independent” part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Do you buy that? Most of us who have served in the military know all about the IG and their so-called independence.

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