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“Rick Perry Dazzles Republicans by Walking Upright, Using Simple Tool”

That headline from New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz has nothing to do with what follows but I couldn’t resist.

The Columbia Journalism Review has a long column about Montana newspapers, inspired by the recent closure of The Lee Newspapers State Bureau in Helena. It begins with the firing of five Lee employees in 1979 and takes us to the current state of affairs in Montana journalism. The fired employees were dreaming about starting their own statewide weekly.   After being dismissed, they went on to work on Pulitzer Prize-winning news teams or were editors at the Washington Post or were embedded in U.S. military units during the Iraq War, among other things. Lee’s loss was other newspapers’ gain. They were some of the best who came out of University of Montana School of Journalism during my years there in the late 70’s.

This is usually Don Pogreba’s domain but Rep. Byan Zinke’s SEAL Team 6 is in the news again. The New York Times and Washington Post have mixed praise for the SEALs and also question the oversight of this branch of the U.S. Navy.  Zinke is quoted in the Times article.

Zinke also took some heat from a Missoula Hellgate High School parent. On Facebook, the graduate’s dad had this to say about the commencement speech:

I don’t know who chose the speaker for Hellgate’s commencement ceremony, but they could not have picked a more inappropriate and less inspiring person than Ryan Zinke. After a lengthy account of his long military career during his introduction, he wasted no time in referring to his status as a Navy Seal. Then he proceeded to tell the graduates how their generation has no ambition and no accountability. Why couldn’t they have asked Amanda Curtis to speak? The graduating seniors deserved better. Montana deserves better.

A guest column written by three state legislators — Reps. Art Wittich (R-Belgrade), Nancy Ballance (R-Stevensville) and Carl Glimm (R-Whitefish) — supposedly absolved their voting record on the unfunded infrastructure bill last session.  There’s excellent rebuttal that appeared in Friday’s Bozeman Chronicle, penned by Rep. Christopher Pope (D-Bozeman).

I’m shocked that Greg Gianforte announced his bid for governor on the heels of his “Bring Our Families Back” tour.  He was touting telecommuting at a dozen locations around the state as Montana’s next economic panacea, reported the Missoulian.  An unscientific survey of my kids in Oregon and friends’ kids scattered around the country was telecommuting might help a few but not them.  They need more than that from a Gianforte economic plan.

I’m stepping on Pogreba’s ICYMI turf but I’m sure he’ll have more to add.  Now back to your regular programming …

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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.

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  • Ditto Don. Very nice post. Ever since the cowturd site went to shit, THIS is the only site worth reading. And really, why won’t cowgirl allow any rebuttal to the reeetards? Hell, EVERY site out there allows a vigorous give and take ex CEPT the cowturd site! Why is that? And that makes for a very, very, extremely boring site! Sad, so sad, that cgirl went wussy on us! Why? I don’t get it. It doesn’t make any sense at all. That’s ALL we need is another wussy lefty site!

    • Come on Larry, Really? Man I would think you would want to post without interruption….

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