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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The Rocket’s Red Glare…

If you’re reading this column then congratulations for surviving another Fourth of July holiday!

According to an article in Newsweek which cites data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an average 230 fireworks-related injuries near and on the 4th of July.

There was a death in Billings. The Billings Gazette reports that a 32 year-old man was hit by a mortar round and killed in what was called a “horrible” fireworks accident.

Probably the most publicized death this year was the 22-year-old man from Maine, who tried to fire a mortar off the top of his head and was killed when it ignited. Reports say he had been drinking…

Locally, the Great Falls Tribune reported that Great Falls firefighters responded to 51 fire calls in a 24-hour period beginning on the Fourth of July and ending at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Great Falls Battalion Chief Bob Shupe put it all in perspective when he told the Tribune that it’s only a matter of time before the misuse of fireworks in the city causes a major problem.

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Monday’s Potpourri

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. – William J. Clinton

Hello Monday! It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • New MT GOP Chairman
  • Fireworks
  • Presidential Candidates & Gay Marriage

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word to read this special Independence Day edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).

NOTE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.

This week I write about fireworks, the Statue of Liberty, our population past and present, unemployment, Freedom of Information Act, the Declaration of Independence, grilling, eating hot dogs, Jefferson and Adams, Liberty, Patriot, our Flag, Funniest 4th of July E-cards, beer consumption, a pot-bellied pig, and much more so read on!

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