Thursday Numbers

Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. – Unknown

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 unemployment, Montana, 2020 Elections, U.S. House, women/veterans in Congress, campaign material, Jeff Sessions, voter turnout, Cascade County Sheriff, Trump vs Tester, and much more!

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TWW Poll: Initiative No. 186

On the ballot this November in Montana is Initiative 186 (I-186).

Here is the ballot language for I-186:

I-186 requires the Department of Environmental Quality to deny a permit for any new hardrock mines in Montana unless the reclamation plan provides clear and convincing evidence that the mine will not require perpetual treatment of water polluted by acid mine drainage or other contaminants. The terms “perpetual treatment,” “perpetual leaching,” and “contaminants” within I-186 are not fully defined and would require further definition from the Montana Legislature or through Department of Environmental Quality rulemaking.

I-186 will cost $115,360 in its first fiscal year, increasing to $118,767 by fiscal year 2021. These costs are associated with more staff for environmental review for mining permit applications and anticipated litigation.

You can visit a Pro-I-186 website HERE.
You can visit a Con-I-186 website HERE.

Today’s poll asks, “How will you vote on I-186?”

If you do not see the poll, click on “More.”

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Published in: on September 24, 2018 at 5:27 am  Comments (2)  
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Don’t Forget to Vote!

Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world. – Sharon Salzberg

The ballots for my family have been completed. I am taking them to the Elections Office this morning.

I feel powerful when I vote!

Tomorrow (June 5) is Primary Election Day in Montana. Besides Montana, there are primaries in California, New Jersey, Iowa, and New Mexico.

Don’t forget to vote! You can still register to vote in Montana! Click HERE for more information.

Thanks to all those who are running for public office. Good luck!

Follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord) for updates throughout election night.

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Published in: on June 4, 2018 at 8:07 am  Comments Off on Don’t Forget to Vote!  
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Terrific News Tuesday

I had a friend who was a clown. When he died, all his friends went to the funeral in one car. – Steven Wright

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:

  • Russell Live Auction
  • Montana’s Farms & Ranches
  • My Neighbor In Need
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Sweet 16
  • Tom Brady’s Jersey

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Published in: on March 21, 2017 at 6:23 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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Terrific News Tuesday

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford

Happy New Year and 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:

  • Montana Legislature
  • Refugees
  • Yellowstone County
  • Montana Highway Deaths
  • Montana Millionaire

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Published in: on January 3, 2017 at 6:27 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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Thursday Numbers

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. – Alexander the Great

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 city commission, unemployment, Berkeley Pit, Jeff Choate & the MSU Bobcats, Klay Thompson, healthcare, Montana road projects, College Football Playoffs, Fort Harrison VA Medical Center, and much more!

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Montana Monday: Nukes, Healthcare, Bathrooms, Picnics, & Slurpees

Some of the major issues I will be writing about today include Malmstrom’s nuclear security, health insurance rate increases, the bathroom lawsuit, the topless picnic, and Slurpee Day 2016!

Malmstrom Nuclear Security:

The Great Falls Tribune has a story posted this morning about Malmstrom Air Force Base and the security of nuclear weapons. As of 6:00 a.m. this morning the Tribune story on the website began with these two paragraphs:

Many of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missile sites across 13,800 square miles in Montana are in remote areas, farmer’s fields, or may otherwise appear to be unprotected.

But a complex security network ensures each of the nuclear weapons in the care of airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base are secure at all times.

First, there are not “450 intercontinental ballistic missile sites across 13,800 square miles in Montana.” There are 150 missile sites in Montana. There once were 200, but in 2007 the congressional delegation (Sens. Baucus, Tester, and Rep. Rehberg) allowed the Air Force to start the process of removing 50 missiles.

Maybe the Tribune “military” reporter should take a road trip to count the missile sites?

U.S. Senator Steve Daines told his constituents in a May 2016 press release “Right now, our world’s most powerful weapons are sitting unsecured in Americans’ backyards.”

I called Daines’ statement “pure BS” and I’ve been proven correct many times since then. The article from the Tribune once again proves Daines is a failure at understanding defense issues.

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Monday’s Odds & Ends

Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn

Happy Monday! Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • Anti-Refugee Rally
  • Two-Party Political System
  • U.S. Senate Freshman
  • Jeb Bush
  • Social Security Misinformation

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Terrific News Tuesday

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest. – Unknown

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. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Patches
  • Homeless Students
  • Retirement
  • Happily Ever After
  • X-Files
  • The Panda

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

I grew tired of using “potpourri” so I am using “odds and ends” today. Who knows, I may move up to hodgepodge or miscellany next time there are several stories to write about.

The “Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Sage Grouse
  • Brad Johnson
  • The Abortion Vote
  • Hillary & Keystone & the Pope
  • Scott Walker
  • Yogi Berra
  • TWW’s New Look

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