Tuesday Commentary: Fees, Shooting, & Cheaters

I fully support @realDonaldTrump’s interest in space travel to Mars, and I wish him the absolute best in his travels. – John Dingell (@JohnDingell) Former U.S. Rep. from Michigan.

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Sticking it to the Man
  • Shooting in Great Falls
  • Montana Democrats – Cheaters

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The Wednesday Read: Protests, Jerusalem, and #MeToo

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official. ― Theodore Roosevelt

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Great Falls Rising Protest
  • Jerusalem & Trump
  • Time Person of the Year 2017

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Gianforte: Anger Management, Community Service, & No Jail

Monday was not a good day for Greg Gianforte, for Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West, or for Montana.

Lee Newspapers reported that Gianforte was sentenced to 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a deferred six-month jail sentence. If he does not violate the conditions of his sentence, the charge could be dismissed. Gianforte was also fined $385 and paid $4,600 in restitution.

This was for his conviction of misdemeanor assault for which he pleaded guilty.

It took a long time for the sentence to be handed out because Judge Rick West tried to give Gianforte four days in jail (with two of those being work days) but as was reported, someone pointed out that “work days” cannot be given in an assault case.

MTN New reported it like this:

West initially sentenced Gianforte to four days in jail and said he could offset the jail time through participating in a county work program.

But when the judge was informed by other court personnel that someone guilty of assault is ineligible for the work program, West decided to defer Gianforte’s entire six-month sentence and impose the community service and anger-management classes instead.

So Judge West had to recalculate. It was embarrassing. The audio was terrible listening to the proceedings on-line. The local press and the court were not ready for their 15 minutes of fame.

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The Wednesday Read: House Race, Trump, Comey, & Images

Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end. – William Shakespeare

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

  • Deputy Mason Moore
  • Big Money in House Race
  • Trump & Classified Material
  • The Comey Memo
  • The Image

Deputy Mason Moore:

My condolences and prayers go to the family, friends, and co-workers of Broadwater (Montana) County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Moore. Moore was killed while on duty early Tuesday morning. Moore is survived by his wife and three children. He was 38.

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace.

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Monday’s Quick Hits

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • The House Debate
  • Great Falls School Election
  • The Western Word Polls
  • Federal Funding
  • Full Body Scanner

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