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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Thursday Numbers

And just like that it’s Thursday – and your weekly dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you are a first-time visitor, “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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the national debt, the Bullock campaign, female lawmakers, veterans in Congress, Elvis, Montana Legislature, John Thune, unemployment, independent voters, coldest cities, John Boehner, Sarah Laszloffy, Charlie Hebdo, baseball Hall of Fame, and much more.

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read “Thursday Numbers.”

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

This week I write about valuable NBA teams, the New York Yankees, abortions, Roger Goodell, Verizon data, plowing streets, dissatisfaction with the government, missile launch facilities, Roe vs. Wade, the actual unemployment rate, new claims for unemployment, the Secretary of the Air Force, food stamps, Super Bowl, the McDonnells, Sean Hannity, the worst states in highway safety, plus a lot more so read on!

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do…

I almost snorted my Saturday morning coffee out my nose when I read in the Great Falls Tribune about Great Falls (MT) Mayor Michael Winters having his photo snapped as he was operating a motor vehicle while talking on his cellphone.

That is a violation of a city ordinance which Winters himself advocated and supported with his vote on the city commission.

Winters should have told the Tribune, “Busted! I was wrong and I shouldn’t have answered the phone until I pulled over.”

But as citizens of Great Falls have found out, that is not Mayor Winters’ method of operation.  Continue reading