GREAT FALLS MT: For Parks; Against Kids

After finding out the Operational Levy for Great Falls Public Schools failed, someone posted on Facebook, “What rotten excuses for human beings would vote no on the levy?!?!? Seriously, who would actually vote against this?!”

It seems it’s pretty easy for some people to vote against the kids in Great Falls. Many vote “against the kids” because they are jealous or mad that some administrators make a decent living.

The school levy was defeated 9,648 – 8,056 or by 1,592 votes. On the bright side, the creation of a Park District was approved 8,279 – 7,738. Another bright spot was that two solid people were elected to the school board, Teresa Schreiner and Kim Skornogoski.

Great Falls has a population of 59,178 and only 17,704 people voted. Shameful.

One of the selling points for voting for the school levy was the fact that other Class AA schools in Montana: Billings, Missoula, Butte, Bozeman, Kalispell, and Helena all spend more per pupil than Great Falls. After the defeat of this levy, there will be even more of a difference in spending.

The people who vote against schools and children are what I like to call ignorant. They are part of a group of haters that whatever officials do, they are against it. Whether it be the school board, the school administrators, the city commission, city employees, county commissioners, county employees, these haters are mostly against what they do.

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The Sunday Message

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. – Psalm 95:2 (NIV)

Next Saturday (August 19) is the annual Downpour free Christian music festival in Great Falls, Montana, at the Montana ExpoPark.

The gates open at noon, and the first performance begins at 1:00. Here is the lineup:

1:00-2:00 // Dust Alive
2:30-3:30 // Tedashii
4:00-5:00 // Jamie Grace
5:30-6:30 // Colton Dixon
7:00-8:00 // Britt Nicole
8:15-9:15 // speaker Trip Lee
9:45-11:15 // Matt Maher

On Sunday (August 20) there is a church service that begins at 11:00 am.

It’s all FREE!!

More information can be found at the Downpour Music Festival website HERE.

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Terrific News Tuesday

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading 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 in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • River’s Edge Trail
  • Kids Count & Montana
  • USAF Academy Band
  • New Emojis
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater
  • U.S. Men’s Soccer

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Terrific News Tuesday

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. – Erma Bombeck

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading 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 in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Ice Breaker Road Race
  • Malmstrom DUI Program
  • 1600 Meter Run
  • Primary Day
  • 2016 NFL Draft

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Thursday Numbers

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

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 initiative/referendum signatures, a bag of air, robocalls, Republican nomination for President, high temperatures, Vietnam 50th anniversary commemorative lapel pins, Presidential job approval, greenest states, Jennifer Aniston, Harriet Tubman, Windows, Where is George, unemployment, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

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

  • School Christmas/Holiday Programs
  • Military Academy Nominations
  • MSU-Billings Poll
  • College Football Bowl Season
  • Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Great Falls City Commission: Bloviating

Tuesday night the Great Falls City Commission started their commission meeting at 7:00 p.m. When they finally adjourned it was 12:15 a.m. and there were just a few diehards remaining in the audience.

It was not always pretty and professional during those five-plus hours.

As I have mentioned several times, Great Falls City Commission meetings can become very comical and circus-like. I watched most of the proceedings on television from the comfort of home. With an over-flow crowd attending the event, I believe they could outdraw some of the acts at the State Fair if they decided to take their commission meetings on the road.

With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees in Great Falls, I imagine some of the attendees smelled pretty ripe by the end of the evening.

Here are some of my observations and my opinions about the epic event.

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Terrific News Tuesday

It’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

You won’t find any griping or complaining today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Veterans Memorial Ceremony
  • Abortions Decrease
  • American Pharoah
  • Summer Concerts
  • Sidewalks
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken

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Terrific News Tuesday

It’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

You won’t find any griping or complaining today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff that made TNT:

  • Missing in America Project
  • Spring Concerts
  • Policing for Profit
  • 81 Degrees
  • Harriette Thompson
  • Mike Sherman
  • Twitter Record

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Tuesday’s Potpourri

When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column. This is one of those days!

Today I write about the Montana Legislature and Larry’s bill, snowplowing in Montana, Mitt Romney Part III, College Football Playoff National Championship, the Denver Broncos, and much more!

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