Tuesday Commentary: Monuments, Moore, Opioids, & Heisman

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Utah Monuments
  • Roy Moore
  • Opioid Lawsuit
  • Heisman Trophy Finalists

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Zinke: Troubling Times in the Kingdom

Being a cabinet official for the President of the United States means the spotlight shines just a little brighter on you than it did when you were just one of 435 members of the House of Representatives. The scrutiny is more intense. There are more members of the media to write stories and to do investigations. Of course, if you want to promote yourself, there’s someone in the media waiting to do that, too.

Former Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke is finding out that he is not in Montana anymore. Zinke is President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Interior. Many in Montana, this writer included, wished Zinke well in his new position. Zinke, who is a former Navy SEAL, has found the seas pretty rough during his first year as Secretary.

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Caught My Eye…

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw

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 & Tester, Zinke & Monuments, local press failure, City Commission forum, the wall, One More Thing, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure. – John C. Maxwell

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 suicide prevention, unemployment, Dennis Hastert, classified briefings, NFL draft, ESPN, Montana AFL-CIO Convention, U.S. House poll, Presidential poll, national monuments, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Rob Quist & Greg Gianforte, Kansas City Royals, Trump’s tax plan, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. – Melody Beattie

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 debt, Montana lottery, unemployment, Betty White, Sprint, Montana GOP, Debbie Reynolds, Obama & Trump, Montana Women’s Prison inmates, FBS College Football championship, national monuments, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by for “Caught My Eye!”

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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Everyone and everything is fair game!

Today I write about Col. Robert Stanley, the Air Force’s “Bloody Thursday,” Shrimp Peel, Powder River Training Complex, National Monuments, Zombie Apocalypse, plus I have declared TWO winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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Montana Land Sovereignty Act

Yesterday Congressman Denny Rehberg introduced the Montana Land Sovereignty Act in the U.S. House. The bill “requires congressional approval before the White House or the Department of Interior (DOI) can designate any new National Monuments or “Wild Lands” in Montana.”

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