Monday’s Commentary: Vote for Schools and Parks

There’s a May 8 School election in Great Falls that will elect two school trustees and approve/disapprove a $1.35 million elementary levy. The Great Falls Tribune reports that voters will also find on the ballot a section asking them to consider the creation of Park District-1 with an assessment amount of $1.5 million annually for the first three years to address $12.6 million in deferred maintenance identified in the city’s parks and recreation sites.

The ballots are in the mail according to a recent article in the Trib. Below you will find my commentary about both.

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Thursday Numbers

Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it. – Mark Twain

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 Powerball jackpot, unemployment, U.S. Army, Greg Gianforte, Great Falls Public Schools, safest states, president’s job approval rating, Steve Daines & Venmo, Bob Stoops, James Comey, Scooter Gennett & home runs, Warriors & Cavaliers, and much more!

Thanks for reading!

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The Wednesday Read: Elections, Ballot, Trump, Clinton, & Colbert

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. – Andrew Jackson

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Great Falls School Elections
  • Montana Special House Election
  • Trump Report on Andrew Jackson
  • Hillary Speaks
  • The Colbert Monologue

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Terrific News Tuesday

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry S Truman

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:

  • Great Falls Bond Levy
  • Malmstrom AFB Choir
  • Michigan K9
  • Mall of America
  • Classical Trumpet Players

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Published in: on October 11, 2016 at 6:21 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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The Wednesday Read: School Levy, Gianforte, Zinke, & VP Debate

We are all born mad. Some remain so. – Samuel Beckett

Today these items caught my attention:

  • GF School Levy Vote
  • Zinke’s Montana Home
  • Gianforte’s Money
  • Analysis of VP Debate

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Vote YES for Great Falls Kids!

Some might think of the upcoming bond measures for Great Falls Public Schools (GFPS) as the “go big or go home” plan to raise money for public schools. The two bond measures, if approved, will raise $98.8 million to construct, renovate, and modernize the public schools in Great Falls, Montana.

If approved it will cost someone with a $150k home just $8.59 per month. That’s really not that much of an investment to have nicer and safer schools for generations to come.

When I decided to leave the military over 24 years ago, one reason my family and I stayed in Great Falls was because of the outstanding public schools. I could have moved anywhere in the United States, but I picked Great Falls, Montana, to raise a family. Now my kids have graduated from GFPS and they received an excellent education. By the way, the music department in GFPS is second to none.

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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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Terrific News Tuesday

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln

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:

  • Best/Worst Community Colleges
  • Summer Reading Program
  • No Homework Policy
  • Wedding Cake
  • Football Season

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Terrific News Tuesday

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama

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:

  • Russell Wilson & GF Girl
  • Summer Lunch Program
  • New Skatepark
  • The Rescue
  • Camp Hometown Heroes

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Published in: on August 16, 2016 at 5:11 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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Terrific News Tuesday

And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring? –Chuck Noland (Cast Away)

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:

  • Stuff the Bus
  • GFPS Facilities Tour
  • 10th Street Bridge
  • Decision America Tour 2016
  • The Heart Story

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