Tuesday Commentary: The Top Problem is…

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want – and their kids pay for it. – Richard Lamm

Every December we see a lot of “year-end” lists. I’ve been known to publish a few here at The Western Word. Today I found one from Gallup.

According to Gallup polling, the nation’s top problem for 2017 is…wait for it…


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Monday’s Quick Hits

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. – Benjamin Franklin

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Cellphone Fines
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Easter Egg Roll
  • Saturday Night Live


The Wednesday Read: Trump, Sales, & Parker

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. – Thomas Jefferson

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

  • Trump’s Tax Return
  • Scott Sales & Cyclists
  • John Parker – District Court Judge


Thursday Numbers

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. – Benjamin Franklin

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 Obama & Bullock’s taxes, unemployment, the Republican National Committee, the Tax Code, the school board election, AmeriCorps, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, The Western Word’s Facebook page, Jon Tester & his sidekick, a talking horse, the Flathead Water Compact & amendments, the United States Air Force, Aaron Hernandez, Atlanta public school educators, a math problem, and much more!

Your weekly dose of knowledge awaits…


Thursday Numbers

Hello Thursday!  If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers mentioned in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes with a little sarcasm).

REMINDER:  By reading this column you will probably gain a great deal of knowledge not found on other websites!  You can use this information to impress your family, friends and co-workers, and it might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about a surplus, a jackpot, Facebook, bonuses, unemployment, taxes on medals, equal pay, bunker time, fundraiser, Post Office names, women with curves, a bikini parade, not paying taxes, the last August recess, and much more! (more…)

Published in: on August 2, 2012 at 7:42 am  Comments (2)  
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Thursday Numbers

Congratulations!  You’ve almost got another week under your belt and to help you make it through another Thursday I bring you my “Thursday Numbers” column!

Rest easy – Friday is only a day away…

In case you are a new visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is a look at some of the numbers in the news recently – which are often presented with commentary or sarcasm or both!

This week I take a look at food stamps, views of YouTube videos, unemployment, income taxes, book purchases, jobs being eliminated, NASCAR, Baseball, the Governor’s trip, a “deadly” gas drive-off, and much more!  So to be in the know, please read on… (more…)

Published in: on November 3, 2011 at 8:43 am  Comments Off on Thursday Numbers  
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Spiking the Ball

Faithful readers – pardon me while I give my personal commentary about a local issue…

When the local Great Falls (Montana) school levy was defeated, I wrote a commentary about it and figured that would be about all I’d have to say about it. I had written a column before that expressing my support for the levy request, which would cost me a little more than $15.71 per year.

The levy was defeated and life goes on…

But then I happened to read an advertisement in the local newspaper from a group called Citizens Against Higher Taxes (CAHT). In my opinion they kind of had the “spike the ball” attitude toward those who supported the levy. So I must offer my commentary about this advertisement:

It seems the group purchased some advertisements called “An Open letter to the GFPS Administration, Board of Trustees and Teachers Union” in which they claim the school district “is implementing a new bullying program and is now acting like the bully.” They contend “Anyone who opposes their viewpoint is a target of retaliation.” They also say they “expect a new attitude from the Board of Trustees and top administrators…” (more…)

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Local governments are always looking for ways to “stick it to the little guy or gal” it seems.

If you look at your utility or tax bills, you’ll see all sorts of taxes and fees just to live where you live. By the way, politicians like to use the term “fees” as this keeps them from saying the “tax” word and angering voters.

It was not really a surprise when I recently read that the City of Philadelphia is charging bloggers $300 per year for a “business privilege license” because they believe blogging is a business.

They consider blogging a business because some bloggers receive a little money for advertisements that run on their blogs. The bloggers reported this as income on their taxes and “BAM” here comes the local government bloodsuckers to get their share. (more…)

Published in: on August 23, 2010 at 8:46 am  Comments Off on Bloodsuckers  
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