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Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Philadelphia's new soda tax bears watching (02/23/17)
Lawmakers wrangling with fiscal issues and public health might be keeping an eye on the Philadelphia situation. That's especially true in the Obamacare era, with the government involved in health care to an unprecedented degree, but President Trump's election throws that into question as well...
Compare college costs, career goals (02/22/17)
Faced with potential state funding cuts, Mid-Plains governors will discuss raising tuition and fees at their meeting today, but regardless of their decision, the local community college will remain a bargain. In-state tuition is $84 per credit hour for the 2016-17 year, and that includes the adjoining states of Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming as well...
Powerball jackpot $403 million; we all can dream (02/21/17)
The largest Powerball jackpot in history was drawn more than a year ago, Jan. 13, 2016, with a number worth $1.6 billion was split three ways. Two of the winners came forward almost immediately, but the third, a Chino Hills, Calif., couple, claimed their prize six months later, after they had assembled a team of advisers...
New benefits are discovered for Mediterranean diet (02/20/17)
A particular diet has been enjoying some popularity over the past few years, but there's new information that may extend the cuisine beyond fad status. It's long been believed that the Mediterranean diet can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, joint diseases and cancer, but a new study found that it can also help prevent brain decline in elderly people...
New benefit found from Mediterranean diet (02/20/17)
A particular diet has been enjoying some popularity over the past few years, but there's new information that may extend the cuisine beyond fad status. It's long been believed that the Mediterranean diet can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, joint diseases and cancer, but a new study found that it can also help prevent brain decline in elderly people...
Taking a que from scandals in Korea (02/17/17)
Opponents of President Trump have long been critical of his continuing ties to the family business, most recently adviser Kellyanne Conway's endorsement of Ivanka Trump's line of clothes. For a look at what can happen when business and government mix, check out recent events in South Korea...
Let's see transcripts of all calls to, from Russian ambassador (02/16/17)
On the surface, national security adviser Michael T. Flynn's resignation seems cut and dried. In the cold war years, any hint of collusion with Russia, then the Soviet Union, would have resulted in the immediate death of an American political career, if not a prison sentence or worse...
Let's see transcripts of all calls to, from Russian ambassador (02/16/17)
On the surface, national security adviser Michael T. Flynn's resignation seems cut-and-dried. In the cold war years, any hint of collusion with Russia, then the Soviet Union, would have resulted in the immediate death of an American political career, if not a prison sentence or worse...
Should we leave the tough decisions to computers? (02/15/17)
When the going gets tough, the tough tend to look out for number one. Experience seems to confirm that twist on an old adage when it comes to people. We've noticed that crimes like embezzlement and Ponzi schemes like Bernie Madoff's seem to turn up when the economy turns down...
McCook breakfast program welcome exception to trend (02/14/17)
The old adage that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" used the "Iowa Breakfast Study" of the 1950s as supporting evidence. The saying lost some credibility when it was noted in the 1980s that the study covered only a small number of students -- and was financed by the Cereal Institute and included only 50 people, age 12 to 83...
Dams, infrastructure require long-term maintenance (02/13/17)
California officials have their fingers crossed as they keep an eye on the nation's highest dam, where erosion damaged one spillway and threatened to wash out an emergency spillway, sending a 30-foot wall of water toward the homes of at least 188,000 people...
Subtle sky show on tap for U.S. this weekend (02/10/17)
It won't be anything spectacular, but sky watchers are in for a treat as today's spring-like weather is followed up with a chance for some astronomical observations. Tonight's full moon will rise under a "penumbral eclipse," when it passes through a partial shadow from the earth...
Valentine's Day choices may mean more than you think (02/09/17)
It's the time of year when those of us in a relationship, be it long- or short-term, can find ourselves in a struggle -- is a card enough for a long-term spouse? Is jewelry too much for a new crush? Judging from the numbers, more of us seem to be giving up rather than risking a wrong move...
Accidents, other factors make dog park idea attractive (02/08/17)
Lucas Kotschwar is to be commended for his effort to turn a close call for himself and the tragic loss of his dog into something positive. Kotschwar risked his own life to try to save his dog after it fell through thin ice in Barnett Park. The McCook Fire Department used a ladder truck to try to rescue the dog, but it was too late...
A classic clash between freedom, safety (02/07/17)
Motorcyclists love the feeling of freedom they get when they take to the open road, and naturally resist anything that takes away from it. There are stories about helmets littering the roadsides every summer, when riders no longer need their headgear when leaving the Cornhusker state on their way to the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally...
U.S., Mexican trade illustrates complicated issue (02/03/17)
One of President Trump's first executive orders was to begin construction of a border wall with Mexico, but exactly how the relationship between the two countries plays out is anybody's guess. There's a near 100 percent consensus when it comes to one commodity from Mexico -- illegal drugs -- but a trade war with our neighbor to the south would affect all of us in ways we wouldn't like...
Mom gave good advice about playing outside (02/01/17)
"Go outside and play!" Your mom's advice was good when you were a kid, and there's even more evidence it is good today. That comes from a study at King's College in London, which found that the more time young people spend outside, the less likely they are to develop nearsightedness...
New reminders of the wisdom of an old truth (01/31/17)
It's a tired old adage, but as true as ever: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. The latest to learn the hard way are customers of Creative Creations, which got a little too creative with travel packages back in 2014 and 2015. PatriciaUrbanovsky of Omaha, 31, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $4.7 million in restitution...
Transportation tech could make all the difference for those with disabilities (01/30/17)
We've been complaining "It's 20_ _ (fill in the blank with the current year) where's my jet pack?" for at least 17 years, and the unfulfilled dream of a practical flying car has been around almost as long as airplanes themselves. A nexus of technological advances promises to make the dream a reality -- for those who can afford the luxury, at least...
Scammers finding new route to theft of taxpayer identity (01/27/17)
A "phishing" scam reportedly played a part in this year's election by exposing thousands of internal Democratic National Committee emails to public scrutiny. The actual results are debatable, but there is no question that identity theft will be devastating to individuals. Even after you find out your identity has been compromised and take the proper steps, "you have a new hobby," according to one famous financial adviser...
Public will play important part in college's future (01/26/17)
You should always have a plan in mind, even when you can't immediately see a way to accomplish it. Gov. Pete Ricketts has proposed a 3 percent cut in funding to community colleges, but that doesn't mean officials and the communities they serve should stop planning for the future...
Legal marijuana, drug testing laws far from settled (01/25/17)
A bill that would prevent known drug users from collecting welfare payments has been proposed in the Legislature, and regardless of whether it becomes law, we're going to be dealing with the drug testing issue for a long time. Living near Colorado, Southwest Nebraskans should be concerned about the topic, especially if we are subject to drug testing at our place of employment, as many of us are...
Feeling down? Consider giving social media a break (01/24/17)
We mentioned Madonna's admonition to get more involved in the political process, but we didn't include another of her statements at an anti-Trump rally. She said she had thought about blowing up the White House, which has reportedly piqued the interest of the Secret Service...
Unusual weather creates danger around the world (01/23/17)
Not to contradict Bob Dylan, but you might need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. If the weather service issues a warning, it's a good idea to pay attention. We received several tragic reminders of that this weekend. On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons won a chance to play in the Super Bowl, but while that game was going on, four people were killed at Albany, Ga., bringing to 19 the number of people who died in two days of tornadoes across the South -- 15 in south Georgia alone...
'Stay involved' good advice for Inauguration Day (01/20/17)
You won't find many Red State voters agreeing with Madonna much, but we've found a point in common. Dressed in black with a shirt reading "Feminist," the Material Girl told an anti-Trump audience they should read the Constitution and get more involved in the political process...
Perhaps this is a good year to end daylight saving time (01/19/17)
A day before the first African American president leaves office and Donald Trump checks into the White House, there are few things less important than daylight saving time. That's especially true in Nebraska's capital, where Gov. Pete Ricketts, in response to projected budget shortfalls, is proposing sweeping changes to the state's property tax system as well as agency reform and spending cuts finding opposition in from many quarters...
Before condemning richest, check out your own lifestyle (01/18/17)
Perhaps we should be outraged by the Oxfam report that the six richest people on earth own as much combined wealth as the poorest half of the earth's population. Outraged, but not surprised. According to a 2014 World Bank study, while poverty is on the decline globally, two-thirds of the world's poorest people live in India, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo...
Regaining our momentum in space (01/17/17)
The weekend brought a couple of reminders of how our attitudes have changed about space exploration. One prompted images of just how much history we are losing as the prior generation of explorers leaves the earth. The other shows possibilities for the future...
Better safe than sorry when it comes to storms (01/17/17)
Winter Storm Jupiter (the Weather Channel's name) turned out to be somewhat of a bust in McCook, but there were scattered power outages in the area and a few non-injury accidents reported around McCook. The latter is probably true because many businesses, including the Gazette, chose to close their doors Monday rather than risk the safety of their employees and customers on the icy streets and highways. ...
Successful or not, Ricketts plan worthwhile effort (01/13/17)
Gov. Pete Ricketts' budget proposals were just as predictable as the response. Faced with a projected $267 million shortfall in the current budget and the potential for a $900 million gap through 2019, Ricketts did what most of us do when our paychecks won't make it to the end of the month...
'One Book' choice offers old insight into current issues (01/12/17)
Protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline picked up, with gusto where the Keystone XL protests left off, only backing off slightly when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a construction easement under the Missouri River in the final months of the Obama Administration...
Determined, brave reporter broke new of World War II (01/11/17)
There was a day when you couldn't post pictures of your breakfast to hundreds of friends, share a Tweet from the president-elect or berate officiating in front of thousands of football championship game viewers. In those days, one had to be a professional journalist, dedicated to getting the story first, getting it right, and getting it past your editor before anyone could read a single word of your report...
Graff Events Center continues growing into its full potential (01/10/17)
McCook has been an area trade center since before the time the Newsboy plied the skies of Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas delivering the Gazette. Generations of area high school students have traveled to Nebraska's oldest two-year college for events like Band Days and Inter-High Day, many of them returning after high school graduation once they got a taste for the quality education it could offer on one of the most attractive campuses around...
Radon testing, remediation worth expense (01/09/17)
We've know or have heard of people who have contracted lung cancer, "but have never smoked a day in their lives." We've also heard anecdotal evidence, and some empirical as well, of high cancer rates in Nebraska. The answer could lie with radon, which health experts know is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers...
Singer's woes not high on list of worries (01/04/17)
If you were still awake, or not too busy celebrating, you might have caught Mariah Carey's botched performance in front of a billion people on New Year's Eve. We tend to believe her producer's story, that she repeatedly complained about faulty earpieces before ever going on stage. Her dancers, however, didn't seem to have any trouble following the music...
For 2017, less may be more (01/03/17)
If you're like most of us, you've gained a few pounds over the holiday season, and taking them off may be a high priority. When it comes to our bank account, however, excess probably isn't the problem. Like many things in life, less is more where finances are involved...
Trump's judicial appointments to have long-term consequences (12/30/16)
The supply of ammunition seems to have improved and not everyone was clamoring to buy guns following the November election, thanks to the perception that Trump was less likely than Hillary Clinton to push for gun control. That's not the case in California, where sporting goods stores have been struggling to supply semi-automatic rifles ahead of a new law which bans certain features...
Don't let your celebrating ruin New Years Day (12/29/16)
It's been quite a year if you follow celebrity deaths, and 2017 promises to be even more "interesting" as the Trump administration takes power. It's always best to practice moderation when marking the end of one year and beginning of a new one with celebration and/or dread, but if you've succumbed to temptation, there are some steps you can take to make New Year's Day a little more tolerable...
'What's Up' column offered more than celestial information (12/28/16)
Montana's motto may be "Big Sky Country," but there's plenty of "big sky" in our neck of the woods as well. We've always enjoyed stargazing, especially in the countryside away from the city lights, and we were pleased when Vernon Whetstone, then of Benkelman, offered to add us to the list of papers carrying his "What's Up?" column...
Celebrity heart news reinforces holiday stress idea (12/27/16)
We wrote about a study linking heart attacks and the holidays in Friday's weekend edition and almost on cue, three celebrities died of heart attacks, one despite the quick actions of passengers and crew of the airliner on which she was a passenger. The first was Alan Thicke, who died from a ruptured aorta three hours after suffering a heart attack, according to his death certificate...
Study links heart attacks, holiday (12/23/16)
If you have a heart attack at Christmastime, it might not be because of shoveling snow in the cold weather. With temperatures expected to be in the 40s and 50s over the holiday weekend, we're not likely to have much of a white Christmas. It's the holiday itself that stresses the heart, not the weather, Australian researchers have concluded...
Now is best time to plan for next Christmas (12/22/16)
Many of us are basking in the pre-holiday glow, feeling comfortable and charitable, watching "It's A Wonderful Life" and attending children's Christmas programs. The stock market is ready to top 20,000, an all-time high, unemployment is at a nine-year low, and consumers are spending like it's 2007 -- just before the 2008 meltdown...
Make sure a gun would be a safe Christmas present (12/21/16)
It's always fun to try to figure out what's hiding under the Christmas tree, but there are some gifts that shouldn't be a surprise. One of those is a firearm, and that's a popular category of gift, according to FBI statistics. More gun background checks were conducted on Black Friday than any other day in history, the federal agency said...
TSA-style system impractical for trucks (12/20/16)
If you've flown recently, you know the drill; take off your shoes, pack all your liquids over 3.5 ounces in your check-in luggage, take off your shoes and subject yourself to a full-body scan. All because of the 9-11 terrorists, and others, who sometimes choose to use loaded airliners to make a political point...
Godspeed, John Glenn (12/09/16)
John Glenn was an inspiration to the generation of Baby Boomers now moving into their retirement years, from his initial exploits as America's first astronaut in orbit, to his political career in the U.S. Senate, to his return to orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery at the age of 77...
February program will celebrate town's political traditions (12/08/16)
The late Gov. Frank Morrison once mused that there was something in the water that caused so many residents to seek political office. Storyteller Garrison Keillor once observed that the nearby Republican River was shallow, winding to and fro, "following the most expedient path."...
Presidential travel issues in the news (12/07/16)
It's always big news when the president travels, but the subject has drawn more than it's share of attention this week. President-elect Trump, Time Magazine's Man of the Year, found time to tweet about the price of a couple of new Air Force Ones. "Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump" tweeted...
Pentagon could save $125 billion; so why doesn't it? (12/06/16)
The U.S. military has 1.3 million troops on active duty, the fewest since before the Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago Wednesday. Yet it has more full-time employees involved in logistics or supply chain jobs than the entire United Parcel Service workforce, and its purchasing bureaucracy would rank among the top 30 private employers in the United States...
Don't let winter weather take you by surprise this year (12/02/16)
Technically, it's nearly three weeks until winter arrives, but we've already found our heavy coats now that "meteorological" winter arrived with Dec. 1. Cold winds can be dangerous out here on the Plains, but they're nothing like conditions thousands of feet above our heads, where jet streams can bring in snow, ice and whiteout conditions at 200 mph...
Racket sports best activities to boost your heart health (12/01/16)
We've got a few weeks until the end of the holiday overindulgence season, but it's not too early to think about burning off those extra calories stored as body mass. The popularity of racquetball ebbs and flows, less demanding pickleball is gaining popularity and tennis seems to hold steady...
Whooping cough latest old disease to make comeback (11/30/16)
We've made great strides in modern public health, but it's easy to take it for granted. Unfortunately, old diseases like measles and polio are still around, decades after they should have been wiped out -- perhaps we mean centuries -- bubonic plague bacteria is still being detected in squirrels in the California mountains...
Ohio State attack reopens guns-on-campus debate (11/29/16)
Schools should be a safe place, but they can also be a "soft target" for someone with evil intent. One side thinks there are already too many guns in circulation, while the other is fond of the quote "the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."...
Online shopping adds danger as well as convenience (11/28/16)
Will you dread opening your credit card bills come January? If you're concerned, you might want to turn off your "one-click" purchase button on your favorite online shopping account. If it really gets out of hand, say you're considering a consolidation loan to clean up last year's Christmas credit card bills, you might want to get professional help...
For maximum safety, experts list toys to avoid (11/25/16)
If you survived your Black Friday shopping excursion (that started Thursday afternoon) you and your family may not be in the clear yet. If you already bought toys for the kids on your shopping list, you might want to check with the safety experts before putting them under the tree...
Good news just in time for Small Business Saturday (11/23/16)
During the presidential campaign, President Obama voiced concern about his legacy -- unless Hillary Clinton won, his achievements would be lost to posterity. He probably didn't expect it to begin before he even left office. Businesses across the country were struggling to comply with a regulation going into effect Dec. 1, that would require them to pay overtime for salaried administrative or professional workers who make less than about $47,500 a year...
Recruiting rural lawyers important for region's future (11/22/16)
They say one lawyer will starve to death in a small town, but two lawyers will each be able to make a living. There are better lawyer jokes, but it's true that lawyers are becoming a rare commodity in many rural Nebraska communities. That puts rural residents at a disadvantage, should they need legal help...
Add volunteers to your thankful list this Thursday (11/21/16)
A neighbor in trouble seems to bring out the best in small-town Nebraska, and Sunday morning's fire in Cambridge was no exception. Someone who stopped at a convenience store about 5:30 a.m. turned in the fire, and volunteers from at least seven neighboring towns were on scene or on the way within a few minutes to help out Cambridge volunteers...
Thanksgiving made easier with this advice (11/18/16)
Many a stand-up routine and more than one movie have created around the personal interactions that accompany the Thanksgiving holiday. Traveling on a tight schedule, as demanded by a Thursday holiday, dining with relatives who may have differing political views (horrors!) and seasonal illnesses can take their toll on what should be an enjoyable day off...
Fewer smokers today, but threat to health remains (11/17/16)
We recently saw an Internet meme about all the things a high school graduate should know how to do, like drive a stick shift and balance a check book. Good luck finding a stick shift; only 10 percent or fewer of American cars are sold with a clutch pedal these days...
Canada too cold? Try Hungary (11/16/16)
If the election didn't go your way, and you decided Canada is too cold and you couldn't get the immigration website to work anyway, there's another place you might consider moving. A Hungarian parliament committee has given initial approval for the country to remain on daylight saving time all year around...
Buffalo Jones Festival has potential to be among largest of the year (11/16/16)
Kudos to the groups organizing the Buffalo Jones Outdoor Festival, set for next June in Barnett Park. Inspired by this year's HEAR Nebraska event, The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce, McCook Economic Development and McCook/Red Willow Visitors Bureau got together to plan a festival honoring the bison conservationist while filling out a busy Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival weekend...
Supply, demand and the changing energy picture (11/14/16)
Health insurance and immigration are the first things to come to mind when the subject of Donald Trump's election comes up, but no issue is off the table when it comes time for the new administration to take over the reins of power. The Dakota Access pipeline was the current flash point, drawing protests before and after the presidential election...
When it comes to opinions, some carry more weight (11/11/16)
Demonstrators are protesting the election of Donald Trump and some schools, where teachers have been seen crying, are offering counseling for students who are afraid how the results of the election will affect them. You won't see much of that in Nebraska, especially in our end of the state, but that doesn't mean we're immune to effects from changes in Washington leadership...
Voters spoke forcefully on death penalty (11/10/16)
The voters have spoken. They wanted the death penalty back, and they were willing to go over the heads of the Legislature to do so. Perhaps turnabout's fair play, since the Legislature went over the head of a veto by Gov. Pete Ricketts to abolish capital punishment in the state...
Time to heal wounds, move nation forward (11/09/16)
We were little surprised when a mock election at Central Elementary this week went for Donald Trump. Such votes have been very accurate over the years, in our recollection, and all the polls indicated that Hillary Trump would win. Score another one for the kids...
Is it time to rethink our voting system? (11/08/16)
There's an Internet meme going around that would be funny if it weren't so true. Me: I don't like Trump. Everyone: "So you support a liar like Hillary? She should be in jail!" Me: I don't like Hillary Everyone: "So you support a racist like Trump!? He doesn't stand for American values!"...
Clinton, Trump will both carry heavy baggage (11/07/16)
Most of us need all the friends we can get, but how strong is "friendship" in this day of social media? The 2016 election has provided an answer: Not very. Facebook says the election has generated over 5.3 billion posts, likes, comments and shares, with nearly 110 million Americans taking part in the online debate between January and October this year...
Extra hour of sleep sounds great, but don't fall for it (11/04/16)
Looking forward to an extra hour of sleep this Sunday? You might want to rethink that strategy. Sleeping in seems nice, but the abrupt change can throw off your body's internal biological clock, or circadian rhythm. That can lead to sleepiness in the day, accidents, depression, migraine headaches and other health problems, according to some studies...
Sober reflection not necessarily election tradition (11/03/16)
Cynics see U.S. elections as a contest between politicians to see who can bribe the most voters with handouts and other goodies. They are not without a certain amount of justification in their beliefs -- although some Republicans might be shocked to learn that the promise of "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage" originated with one of their own, Herbert Hoover, in 1928...
Somebody should do something? Now you can! (11/02/16)
Somebody should do something about that. How many times have you thought that after you saw someone suffering through an injustice, abuse or neglect? Someone in need or with a potential unrealized? Many are quick to act on their own, and we're grateful people like them...
Despite political intrigue, voter turnout is low (11/01/16)
It's almost boring to watch television shows about fictional political intrigue -- it can't hold a candle to the real thing this election year. Despite the controversy over both candidates' character issues, way too many of us don't care enough to vote...
Edible marijuana creates new cautions for a safe Halloween (10/31/16)
We all remember the true-life Halloween scares over the years of children finding razor blades and other objects in the treats they going door-to-door. Fortunately, most of the stories turn out to be false and dental cavities and obesity are more realistic Halloween hazards...
Enforcing fashion at polling places goes too far (10/28/16)
Are the PC police fashion police as well? Apparently they are, in the tiny town of Bulverde, Texas, 30 minutes north of San Antonio. Brett Bartlett Mauthe arrived to vote wearing a hat supporting Donald Trump and a "basket of deplorables" T-shirt -- a reference to Hillary Clinton's remarks that half of Trump's supporters were "a basket of deplorables" such as racists, sexists, homophobes or xenophobes, a generalization she later said she regretted...
Station has right reaction to being part of the story (10/27/16)
It's every reporter's nightmare. No, not making a mistake in a story, that's a serious issue, but something that can usually be corrected in the next news cycle, if not sooner. This is something worse: Becoming part of the story. That's the situation NTV News found itself in this week, when a mistrial was declared after the Kearney television station inadvertently aired video footage of potential jurors in a Norton County murder trial...
Big Give Day chance to prove our thankfulness (10/26/16)
"Spooky" season will soon be over and we'll be on the slippery slope toward Christmas, with only a brief pause -- for Thanksgiving. We'll get together the last Thursday in November, but just how thankful are we? It feels good to give to a worthy cause, not only for the affluent but for those who may have received help from a charity in the past, who are often among the most generous...
Veterans should not be forced to repay costs of war (10/25/16)
Despite America being involved in foreign conflicts for decades, the war protests that marked the 1960s are absent for the most part in the 21st century. What's the difference? We'll leave it to sociologists, psychologists and other academics to answer that question, but the obvious answer is the simplest:...
Plan to take a ballot selfie? Check local laws before you do (10/24/16)
If you're one of those who can't resist posting a picture of your lunch on Facebook or your cat on YouTube, you might be surprised to learn you might be subject to a fine for taking a selfie during a patriotic activity. Until this year, you could have been fined $100 for sharing a photo of your market ballot in Nebraska...
Make sure our homes are safe for cold weather (10/21/16)
It's impossible to read the story of a family of six, including four little girls, killed in a farmhouse fire in southeast Nebraska without shedding a tear. We can only imagine how the friends, family, neighbors and firefighters who responded to the scene in rural Nehawka early Thursday...
Worried about the news? Open up a good book (10/20/16)
Major outlets seized on Donald Trump's offhand remark that he would cross the concession bridge when he came to it, leading nearly every story this morning with speculation over a possible coupe. We're involved in a land war in Iraq to retake Mosul from ISIS forces, and Turkey just killed 200 of our Syrian Kurdish allies north of Aleppo...
Journalistic ethics and campaign contributions (10/19/16)
Journalists often hear charges that their stories are biased, but if they're doing their job, what the critics are more likely saying is that the story isn't slanted in the direction they would like it to be. Occasionally, they hear complaints from both sides of an issue, which many writers wear as a badge of honor...
Changing market makes multiple jobs more common (10/18/16)
Spend time talking to the servers or clerks in a resort town and you'll probably hear stories about one or two of their other jobs. It's expensive to live in a ski resort town, so it takes several streams of income to make ends meet. More and more, however, holders of multiple jobs are living in everyday American communities...
Changing market makes multiple jobs more common (10/18/16)
Spend time talking to the servers or clerks in a resort town and you'll probably hear stories about one or two of their other jobs. It's expensive to live in a ski resort town, so it takes several streams of income to make ends meet. More and more, however, holders of multiple jobs are living in everyday American communities...
How to be a good passenger for a teenage driver (10/17/16)
Officials have been hammering drivers of all ages with the message for years. Be sober, rested and pay attention to your driving. Mobile devices have added to the distractions, with more restrictions put in place to deal with them, especially on younger drivers...
New synthetic drugs proving deadly (10/12/16)
Not that many years ago, it wasn't that unusual to read on these pages stories about "meth labs" being broken up around our area. Laws were passed to make it more difficult to obtain the cold medicine necessary to manufacture methamphetamine -- be prepared to spend extra time at the pharmacy counter and have your ID handy if you're looking for effective relief from sniffles and coughing of the common cold...
Too late for an October Surprise? (10/11/16)
Too late for an October Surprise? Politicos often talk about incidents like the release of Donald Trump's "locker room talk" video as "October Surprises," but any campaign counting on just such a game change may be in for a shock. It's already too late...
Smartphone woes highlight dangers of modern batteries (10/11/16)
Think you have problems? You could be the CEO of Samsung Electronics. The South Korean company has halted entirely production of its best smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, after a number of battery fires were reported in the phones, as well as fires in the supposedly safe replacement phones sent to consumers...
Clash of cultures difficult to navigate (10/10/16)
The issue of immigration came up in Sunday night's presidential debate, as it has throughout the campaign and as it no doubt will in the administration of the next president. It's also a topic of discussion this week, with governmental offices observing Columbus Day today while the traditional holiday was Wednesday, Oct. 12...
Options available for young women in crisis pregnancies (10/06/16)
Few issues are more divisive or generate more controversy than abortion, legalized on a 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 1973. "Pro-choice" women and men took to the streets in Poland Monday to derail a complete ban on abortion that was making its way through the national legislature...
Uncashed checks and false economy at DHHS? (10/05/16)
Check out almost any governmental budget, and you'll see the largest line item is salaries. Paying people is the most expensive part of almost any enterprise, and it's the obvious choice when budget cuts are needed. What happens, however, when you don't have people to do important jobs like deposit checks and reconcile accounts?...
Bass Pro, Cabela's purchase offers lessons for towns (10/04/16)
In 1961, Dick Cabela started selling fishing flies by mail from his kitchen table in Sidney, Neb., with the help of his wife, Mary and brother, Jim. Today, the company he founded has 85 retail stores, primarily in the western United States and Canada...
Drivers have no control over some hazards (10/03/16)
We've mentioned a greeting before that might be called the Nebraska "aloha." "Watch out for deer!" We've heard of many collisions and near-misses with deer and other animals recently, thanks to a combination of the time of year, human and animal travel habits and longer nights that come along with the fall and winter seasons...
Mentoring program offers chance to make a difference (09/29/16)
News outlets like ours are proud to report on the achievements of our youth on the school and sports pages, but too many young people, unfortunately, appear in the crime and court reports. We have a choice to make. Will we just wring our hands and lament the direction the next generation is headed?...
Ballot rejection not sign voters don't support Hillcrest (09/28/16)
One hundred sixty more people opposed than favored giving Red Willow County power to levy taxes for Hillcrest Nursing Home, according to unofficial results from the mail-in ballot. The ballot question, which would have raised Red Willow County's tax levy slightly to target the nursing home's roof repair needs, was rejected by 1,292-1,136, according to Tuesday night's count...
Protesting athletes should make their points on their own time (09/27/16)
Cornhusker senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey says he's criticizing America because he loves it more than any other country in the world. Rose-Ivey should receive credit for informing his coaches of his intention to kneel for the National Anthem before Saturday's football game...
Will Americans hear real issues or will circus continue? (09/26/16)
The chances of anyone "winning" tonight's presidential campaign are extremely thin, according to an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. At best, performances by Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will make most of their supporters feel less negative about their candidate...
Highway expansion welcome announcement for Southwest Nebraska (09/23/16)
Announcements Thursday in Lincoln and Friday in North Platte illustrate just how long major public works projects can take and how many people need to be involved. Benefits of the highway projects announced will be felt for multiples of years by millions people more, however...
Highway expansion welcome announcement for Southwest Nebraska (09/23/16)
Announcements Thursday in Lincoln and Friday in North Platte illustrate just how long major public works projects can take and how many people need to be involved. Benefits of the highway projects announced will be felt for multiples of years by millions of people more, however...
Marine recalls wartime kindness at McCook depot (09/22/16)
On the eve of the annual Heritage Days celebration, McCook Mayor Mike Gonzales received a reminder of a key part of his community's history. Besides being home to a major air base, McCook did its best to make thousands of troops feel at home, if only for a few minutes, when troop trains stopped here during World War II...
Lincoln's example shows how hard budget cuts can be (09/21/16)
Local governmental bodies have been taken to task on this page many times over the years, including recent weeks when budgets for the coming years have all seemed to include levy hikes as well as the usual real spending increases. Speaking in McCook this morning, Jamie Karl of the state chamber of commerce made a good point, that it does little good to complain to state legislators about property taxes which are levied by local governments, mostly in support of schools...
Mosquitoes pose new threat to area residents (09/20/16)
Summer officially ends Thursday, and it seems to be hanging on to the very end with temperatures in the 80s and 90s this week. Some local health officials, however, wouldn't be disappointed to have an early freeze. Not that they want crops or gardens to be ruined, but they are concerned about the human population of Southwest Nebraska...
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