Tuesday Commentary: The Top Problem is…

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want – and their kids pay for it. – Richard Lamm

Every December we see a lot of “year-end” lists. I’ve been known to publish a few here at The Western Word. Today I found one from Gallup.

According to Gallup polling, the nation’s top problem for 2017 is…wait for it…

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The Sunday Message

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. – Matthew 19:6 (NIV)

The Bible has a lot of information about divorce. For example, check out Matthew 19:9, Romans 7:2, and Mark 10:12.

I don’t think divorce should ever be a common thing or the first thing a couple does when they have an argument. In some situations, divorce is the only answer.

A recent poll from Gallup shows that 73% of Americans feel that divorce is morally acceptable. That is up 14 points since 2001. The other interesting news is that the divorce rate is declining in the United States.

Gallup also reported the following about religious individuals and divorce:

More than any other major subgroup, “very religious” Americans — defined as those who attend church or some place of worship at least once a week — have been and remain the most morally opposed to divorce. But even their views have fundamentally shifted, such that, for the first time, a majority of this group (51%) calls divorce morally acceptable.

Maybe the best thing to remember when a friend or family member is going through a divorce is this:

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV)

 

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Thursday Numbers

Journalism is what we need to make democracy work. – Walter Cronkite

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 Greg Gianforte, Bill O’Reilly, unemployment, Rob Quist, ACLU, Montana & rape kits, TWW on Twitter, Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Jon Tester, Steve Daines, World War I, news media favoritism, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward

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 defense spending, unemployment, Steve Daines, GOP healthcare bill, Rob Quist & Greg Gianforte poll results, Tim Fox & Jon Tester, Great Falls casinos, Trump tweets, Jon Huntsman, Illegal crossings, Tony Romo, Congressional job approval, drunk driving, electric vehicle charging stations, Tim Tebow, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose. – Donald Trump

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)! This is the 335th 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 Daines & Warren, Trump travel ban, Trump comprehends, Kellyanne sells, most important problem, and much more!

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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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Thursday Numbers

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! – Dr. Seuss

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 Great Falls Public Schools bond measures, unemployment, refugees, the Trump painting, The Western Word columns, new jobs in Great Falls, health insurance rate increase, Election Day 2016, Johnson/Weld campaign, trust and confidence in the mass media, laundromat, skunks and raccoon, political donations, and much more!

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