Gregg Smith

CDBG Records
City Commission

CDBG Records

In an earlier piece, we pointed out that City Commissioner, Tracy Houck, complained about an alleged conflict of interest by a member of the Community Development Council, which allocates CDBG funds among various local government entities, charities, and other groups. Houck had gotten wind of the fact that a particular individual had down voted the…

Comment Of The Day
City Commission, Great Falls Tribune

Comment Of The Day

The Tribune finally caught up to the Tracy Houck, CDBG funding story, but the reporter didn’t have nuthin’ on this commenter: Robert Tyler Great Falls, Montana How can Houck claim to be personally handling this issue because of concern about the privacy protections of a male employee while in tandem exposing the sexual harassment complaint…

Of Smoke…And Fire
City Commission

Of Smoke…And Fire

On May 15, 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with City Manager, Greg Doyon, City Attorney, Sara Sexe, and City Planning Director, Craig Raymond, to discuss City Commissioner Tracy Houck’s involvement in the allocation of CDBG funds to the Paris Gibson Square where she serves as the Executive Director. Some takeaways: The March…

Oh the Humanities…
1st Amendment, Liberty

Oh the Humanities…

One of my biggest concerns about the SJW craziness on college campuses is the current trend to conflate speech, even offensive speech, with violence. Mahler Mali does a great job describing this trend and its sources in this piece. He argues that the humanities, and especially the English majors, lack academic rigor and instead spend…

Too Many Casinos
City Commission, Gaming, Great Falls

Too Many Casinos

Many people say the City must do something about too many casinos in this town. The first thing I ask an anti-casino person who drinks alcohol is this: have you ever protested a new bar? No? Oh, so it’s the other guy’s vice you aren’t comfortable with. Because I can make an argument that alcohol…

ICYMI
City Commission

ICYMI

I thought the following comment on the City Commission post, below, was worth elevating: Don I would agree with you. I was there last night, I’ve been researching this and I think the city’s got something up their sleeves. Ordinance 4138 is far too inclusive. So is Ordinance 3149. There’s more to come too, with…

On Anonymity
Blogging

On Anonymity

A number of people, including the target of the piece, Tammy Lacey, took issue with the fact that a contributor to this blog posted anonymously about Tammy Lacey in a piece about her comments toward the OPI Superintendent, Elsie Arntzen. In short: Get over it. Here’s something from the first iteration of Electric City Weblog…

Lock Her Up?
National Politics

Lock Her Up?

President Trump should direct the FBI to immediately refer all of its currently held evidence to the Department of Justice for consideration of the prosecution of criminal charges related to her private email server and any, related obstruction of justice allegations. Further, he should direct his law enforcement agencies to renew their investigation of this…

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