Thursday Numbers

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. – Elbert Hubbard

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 Hot Lotto jackpot, dark money, Montana Cash jackpot, unemployment, Decision America Tour, fighter pilots, Zinke fundraiser, Paul Ryan, Trump Towers, NFL preseason, rain, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. – Herbert Hoover

It’s Friday and the day before Independence Day – so there’s probably not much of an appetite for blog reading – but here I am cranking out another edition of “Caught My Eye” so thanks for stopping by!

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 Montana autopsies, 125 errors, Americans for Prosperity – Montana, U.S. Air Force and volunteering, Donald Trump, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the last Thursday Numbers of May! Are you ready for June?

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 drinking water, the Air Force is hiring, unwanted calls, IRS, unemployment, grizzly bears, Montana GOP convention, grandchildren, assisted suicide, reinventions in pop culture, seersucker suits, live anthrax spores, NHL game seven, a new poll about Republican presidential candidates, chimpanzees and lawyers, and much more!

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Trib Question: 64% Say Yes to PRTC

On Saturday the Great Falls Tribune asked readers this question: “Should the Air Force expand the Powder River Training Complex?”

Although the Air Force already approved the expansion and the final review now rests with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the results from the Tribune’s question of the day were interesting: 64% of those responding said “Yes” and 36% said “No.”

The Montana Congressional delegation should take notice.

I have been writing about PRTC since July 2008, and many Montanans support the expansion – especially those who have military experience and those who want the best for our military personnel.

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Caught My Eye…

All aboard! Hahaha…

There are only 32 days until Election Day 2014. Here in Montana, ballots are being mailed to absentee voters on Monday!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 – or maybe both.

Today I write about Zinke & Hill, the Montana Judicial Standards Commission, Voting & Ballots, Special Nuke Pay, birthdays, O.J., plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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Campaign 2014: Honor Veterans

It’s becoming evident that anything and everything will be fair game during the 2014 campaign season.

That means nothing is sacred – not even a candidate’s honorable service in the military.

Most readers know that I am a veteran. My 11 years, seven months and 28 days of active-duty service in the U.S. Air Force was one of the greatest times in my life. I hold my fellow veterans in high regard – no matter on which side of the political fence they reside.

Some of my beliefs may seem odd, but I believe we could do better with more veterans serving in elected office. By the way, we could do better if people who wrote or reported about military issues had actually served in the military, too.

Recently the conservative group called American Crossroads hit the airwaves with an ad about Senator (and Democratic candidate) John Walsh, who served in the U.S. Army. Those on the left have been going after U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke, a Republican, who served in the U.S. Navy, almost daily.

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to your Friday favorite – “Caught My Eye!” Thank you for stopping by.

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word the “Caught My Eye” column is posted 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 just to make you smile – or maybe to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Real Conservatives, ObamaCare, Impeachment, a Google Search, Preparing for the Race, plus there’s a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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