Caught My Eye…

We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Welcome to the big column to end the week, “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Whistleblower
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Favorite Sitcom Theme Song
  • Top Searches
  • One More Thing

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The Monday Memo: Thoughts on Veterans Day

As a veteran, it has always been pretty interesting to me to watch and read what people say and do on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day.

I was amused watching the events surrounding Veterans Day this year. Here are some of my thoughts.

This past week leading up to Veterans Day we are inundated with Veterans Day sales. It seems mattresses are all the rage this year. For some reason, I don’t think I would spend Veterans Day shopping for a mattress, but that’s just me.

Of course, as a veteran, we can get a “great deal” on the car this week! Can’t we always get a “great deal” on a car, somewhere?

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The Sunday Message

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. -Elmer Davis

Here’s a reminder that Veterans Day will be observed on Saturday (Nov. 11) to honor all U.S. military veterans. So please take a few moments to say thanks to a veteran – and pray for our veterans, too.

There will also be Veterans Day sales for cars, furniture, mattresses, etc. Some people or businesses just don’t understand what Veterans Day is. They seldom get my business.

For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do so we can safely do what we’re free to do. –Unknown


Terrific News Tuesday

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. – John Quincy Adams

Welcome to another edition of 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:

  • Last Day/Vote
  • On the Road
  • Unlikely Friendship
  • Thank You Veterans
  • Free Newspaper Access

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Caught My Eye…

WARNING: Buckle up!

Welcome to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”

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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include the difference between Memorial Day & Veterans Day, Lee Newspapers State Bureau, Veterans Affairs Appropriations, Patriot Act – The Big Picture, Top 10 Candidates, Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” show. There’s a lot more so read on!

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The Best of 2013

Happy New Year! Thanks to you, 2013 was a great year here at The Western Word (TWW) world headquarters in Great Falls, Montana.

TWW has been an active blog since January 2005. By the way, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

A special thanks to the 124 subscribers to TWW. By the way, you can be notified of new columns by subscribing. You can do that by clicking on the +Follow tab in the bottom right corner and entering your e-mail address, or by going to the subscribe box on the right side of the page (under the Twitter feed box) and entering your e-mail address there.

It is always fun to see which columns are viewed the most and from where the columns are viewed. This past year people from 95 countries visited TWW. A special “shout-out” to one person in China who was able to stop by!

In 2013, there were 317 new posts, growing the total archive of TWW to 2,097 posts.

Listed below are the top five columns that received the most views in 2012 on TWW:

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Memorial Day & Veterans Day: There’s a Difference

Memorial Day is now past and today (Tuesday) feels like a Monday. Some schools are out for the summer and others are winding down. Personally, I believe public schools should start after Labor Day and end on the Friday before Memorial Day. Maybe that’s a column for another day.

It has always been pretty interesting to me to watch and read what people say and do on Memorial Day, and I’m not talking about what the folks do or say after they have been drinking beer and eating barbecue all day on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day and it was held on May 30 of each year. It was a time set aside for the nation “to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.” Notice they said, “war dead.” According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website, “In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May” (Congress loves three-day weekends).

You can read more about the history of Memorial Day HERE.

When I was a child, my parents would load me and a bunch of flowers (some real flowers and some plastic flowers) in the car and head off for a day of decorating graves across northern Missouri and southern Iowa. Some of the graves were for veterans and others were not. My parents and my grandmother decorated the graves and told story after story about the uncle, aunt, grandparent, or cousin’s life whose grave we were visiting. Looking back, I am amazed that my parents remembered where everyone was buried. It was an all-day trip. Continue reading

Thursday Numbers – Honoring Veterans

Almost every Thursday I present “Thursday Numbers” where I take a look at some of the numbers behind the news.

Since Friday (November 11) is Veterans Day, today’s “Thursday Numbers” will talk about numbers as they pertain to veterans.  Today, and every day, you should thank a veteran…

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs website devoted to Veterans Day:

Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.

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