Caught My Eye…

Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it. – Samuel Butler

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 Roy Moore, Steve Daines, Joseph & Mary, the tax plan, ObamaCare, Ryan Zinke, and One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

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 Montana’s budget, Papa John’s, unemployment, lifetime pass, walking alone at night, U.S. coal production, family members on campaign payroll, teams that have not won a World Series, Marsy’s Law, Houston Astros, fall back, and much more!

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Tester to Zinke – Lifetime Pass for Veterans

It was nice to read a press release from U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) that said he was asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to support the creation of a lifetime national park pass allowing America’s veterans to enter all of the nation’s National Park Service sites for free.

Tester has introduced a bipartisan bill with Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) to allow veterans to purchase a lifetime pass good for all federal sites for a discounted, one-time fee.

I think this is a good idea. The bill, S- 521, makes the cost $80 for a lifetime pass. That seems like a Washington, D.C. amount. I was thinking $25 would be perfect – I mean if you want to make it a good thing for veterans.

Now to get picky – it’s not really free as Tester says in his press release “America’s veterans to enter all of the nation’s National Park Service sites for free.”

The cost is $80 according to the bill.

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This is Good/This is Bad

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. – George Washington Carver

Today I take a little different look at some of the stories I’ve recently read – dividing them into “This is Good” and “This is Bad” categories.

The topics today are veterans, President Trump, healthcare, a Facebook post, the National Anthem, and fallen soldiers. You’ll have to read the column to see which is good or bad. Enjoy!

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Wednesday Commentary: Government Travel

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. – Potter Stewart

You’ve probably heard about the members of the Trump Administration having problems with travel. Some are acting like a teenager with a new car and daddy’s credit card. So far, there are four who are under scrutiny for their travel.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned. There should be more resignations because the folks who are screwing up all know better.

The latest mess deals with the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin, who reportedly cruised the Thames, took in sight-seeing at Westminster Abbey, and watched a Wimbledon tennis match during a 10-day European trip with his wife. The trip was half business, half pleasure. (Fortune)

Montana’s own Ryan Zinke, who is now the Department of Interior Secretary, is one of the four cabinet members who are having some problems with travel.

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Thursday Numbers

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. – Katharine Hepburn

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 campaign ads, unemployment, Stapleton, Minnesota Twins, Hugh M. Hefner, the total solar eclipse, Trump’s tweets, a third political party, job approval, kneeling during the national anthem, University of Montana enrollment, the Montana VA Health Care System, and much more!

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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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