Thursday Numbers

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and 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 St. Patrick’s Day & Guinness, unemployment, Missouri Presidential Primary, Marco Rubio & Florida, Supreme Court nominee poll, Western Art Week, Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner, State offices for Tester & Daines, NCAA brackets, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to “Caught My Eye!”

Here at The Western Word, we’re always looking out for you, so here’s a friendly reminder to set your clocks ahead this Sunday morning! I found out the other day that you don’t have to get up at 2:00 a.m. to do it either!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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 just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Ryan Zinke and the complaint, John Lewis, Mansfield-Metcalf dinner, the Daines family, the 564th Missile Squadron, C-130s, Pryor/Cotton senate race, the Book to Buy, Stillwater Mining Company, upskirting, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner

I happened to get an invitation via e-mail from U.S. Senator Jon Tester to the annual Mansfield-Metcalf dinner on Saturday, March 12 in Helena.

Most of the time I take these invites and place them in the trash folder, but this one caught my attention.

Yes, it is a fundraiser for the Democrats ($50 per ticket) and there will probably be a lot of talk about how great they are for America and how terrible the Republicans are for America at this event. That’s what political parties are designed to do and the “meat and potato” members attend these events.

The real reason for this column is not to talk about Democrats or Republicans and their theories on how one side is better than the other, but it’s to talk about one of the speakers for this event. Continue reading