Caught My Eye…

Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social disaster. – Jim Wallis

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (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 about today include Trump & Democrats, Daines & Tester, L-O-L-A Lola & Troy Downing, Tester & single-payer, Montana State Fair, Chiefs & Patriots, Marcus Peters & the national anthem, One More Thing, and lots more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

The road to success is always under construction. – Arnold Palmer

Welcome to 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:

  • U.S. Senator John McCain
  • Miracle Treat Day
  • Montana State Fair
  • NFL Training Camps

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Terrific News Tuesday

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever. – Shane Falco (The Replacements)

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:

  • Juneau/Zinke Debates
  • Recycle for State Fair tickets
  • Malmstrom AFB Commissary
  • Choir! Choir! Choir!
  • Obama’s Speech to the DAV

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Terrific News Tuesday

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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:

  • Christina Aragon is fast
  • Montana State Fair
  • Uber in Montana
  • Missoula & Billings
  • Powerball
  • NFL Training Camps

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Published in: on July 26, 2016 at 6:45 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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“Fair” Thoughts

The 84th edition of the Montana State Fair concluded Saturday in Great Falls (MT). The fair started on July 24 and ended August 1.

I did not attend the State Fair, but here are my “Fair” thoughts…

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Caught My Eye…

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. – Margaret Mead

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye.” Unlike many newspapers, cable and network news shows, today’s column is free of any mention of Donald Trump.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include Fair Cops, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, Veterans Health Administration, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. ― Ernest Hemingway

Welcome to the Big Show which is called “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include:

  • The Western Word Milestone
  • Montana Democrats & Montana Republicans
  • The Knudsen Tweet
  • Lee Newspapers
  • Fair Cops

The Western Word Milestone:

This is column/post number 2,550 here at The Western Word (TWW). It all started January 10, 2005.

Where it stops nobody knows…

Rest assured there’s still a burning desire each morning between 4:00-6:00 a.m. to write something that’s on my mind. This usually means I am writing about politics, sports, the media, or current events.

Often I am writing about something that has ticked me off, which is somewhat therapeutic.

One negative side to this, besides the pay, is with 2,550 columns under my (rather large) belt, I think I have managed to tick off just about everyone on the right-left-middle at one time or the other. At least readers know they will get an independent view of the issue that is not tainted by my employer (I am self-employed) or with whom I associate (I don’t have many friends) or political party (I don’t belong to any).

I started giving many of my opinions/commentaries on the issues because I was finding that most editorial boards were lacking the courage to call people out or take sides on an issue – at least very often. I remember the days when the Sunday editorial pages were the most talked about part of the paper – and talked about most of the week. That’s not the case today. Many small and medium-sized towns’ editorial boards are so engrained in the community (like many reporters) and are afraid they might tick off an advertiser or run into the subject of their editorial at church or in line at the grocery store. So they squelch their opinions and reporting.

You might not always get the greatest writing sprinkled with flowery $20 words here at TWW, but what you will get is my honest opinion about the issues that I (and hopefully you) care about.

Thanks for reading. Now buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. – Albert Einstein

In case you’re new around here, “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 sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include heroin use, country music, unemployment, eating steaks, Willie’s Reserve, Total Clout Index, Cascade County & Gonorrhea, Krakauer’s new book, MSNBC & taxes, utility bill increases, and the NFL’s first regular season game is scheduled!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of August! Your free dose of knowledge awaits you.

“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 Shelter Island Estate, Montana State Fair, Sir Paul McCartney, unemployment, Jake Owen, Max Baucus, rats, Malmstrom AFB, Ryan Zinke & John Lewis, gay marriage, Steve Daines & John Walsh, Montana lawmakers & the Affordable Care Act, NFL preseason games, Jason Priest, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” 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 Medicare payments to doctors, John Walsh, unemployment, Montana State Fair, Champ Edmunds, Titanic, ESPN’s Bracket Challenge, stolen explosives, armed agents from the BLM and FBI, quality of education, Minuteman III missiles, Archie Andrews RIP, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tax Day, approval ratings for congress, election performance rankings, UConn women, seven astronauts, and much more!

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