Terrific News Tuesday

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford

Happy New Year and welcome to 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:

  • Montana Legislature
  • Refugees
  • Yellowstone County
  • Montana Highway Deaths
  • Montana Millionaire

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Monday’s Odd & Ends

Hello Monday! It’s back to the grind after the Thanksgiving feast!

It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Tax Credits for Religious Schools
  • Making Montana Proud
  • Planned Parenthood Attack
  • Oh Christmas Tree
  • Be Vigilant
  • Charlie Brown Christmas

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The Fourth Estate Lives!

Hooray for the Great Falls Tribune’s willingness to go to court to obtain the release of documents surrounding the firing of general manager Lisa Bracco of the Montana ExpoPark. You can read the story HERE.

It’s good to see the fourth estate has a heartbeat, at least in Great Falls, Montana.

The last ten years or so have been pretty tough on newspapers – especially those in smaller markets. Face it folks, besides a few gadflies who frequent the announced public meetings, newspaper reporters are in the best position to hold our elected officials accountable – by asking questions and demanding that their meetings be open.

It appears to be a lot like herding cats – at least in this part of the country.

The Tribune says that Cascade County (MT) government “has closed several meetings during the last two years” and the Tribune publisher says, “Since early March the public has been kept in the dark about the nature of the ongoing investigation of ExpoPark.”

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Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to Friday!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here!  Today is the 120th “Caught My Eye!”  This is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about the Montana Legislature, Malmstrom AFB, Yellowstone County, Montana OPI recount, Public Service Commission, Daines takes DC, Cat/Griz game, Proctology, Benghazi, Ding Dongs, and much more…

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Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Here comes summer – so get out there and enjoy it!

Today I am writing this column from my basement (using only a flashlight for light) hoping that the unmanned drones flying overhead don’t spot me.  I hear they are spying on people and the land we own.  Although summer starts today, I may not venture outside much with all this spying going on by the Obama Administration…

The good news is that I live just outside the 100 mile zone around the border.  Yes that zone – the zone that gives the Feds “operational control” over everything and everybody – so I may be safe.  Check out the map I recently discovered on the top-secret website run by the government…

I just hope they don’t send their agents disguised as aliens to probe me (again).  We can only pray that the Patriot Act protects us from all this mayhem…

It’s time to get (a little more) serious…here at The Western Word today I write about a new poll, drones, securing the border, the Miller campaign, a cellphone ban, and much more… Continue reading