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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
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Successful or not, Ricketts plan worthwhile effort
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...
A winter storm for the weekend
After a pretty dry winter so far, it looks like that's about to change this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for McCook, all of southwest Nebraska, northwest Kansas and South Central Nebraska for a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow beginning during the day on Saturday and continuing through Monday. ...
'One Book' choice offers old insight into current issues
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
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...
A difficult proposition
For all my childhood memory my folks kept a small herd of milk cows. The milk produced, most often separated into cream, was sold to local dairies to provide most of the grocery money that fed our family. One bright day, probably when I was about grade school age, I noted seeing a small embryo still enclosed in a placental sac lying in the corral. ...
Native American immigration issues
Maps provide us with valuable information. A map of Connecticut shows the Connecticut River cutting through the center of that state. It flows from the Long Island Sound to an outlet in the Atlantic Ocean. My Hancock ancestors lived in Farmington, Connecticut, on land they purchased from the Tunxis Indians in 1645. They were Puritans who lived near Weathersfield...
Send your old Christmas trees to Afghanistan
Christmas is over and it is time to take down all your cheap phony decorations. You know, all those plastic santy-clauses, candy canes, colored bulbs and etcetera. No problem. You just put them inter boxes and consign them to the attic or basement till next year...
Graff Events Center continues growing into its full potential
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
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...
Lawmakers back at work
By the time you read this, the Legislature will have begun its One Hundred and Fifth Session. In the first few days, committee chairs will be elected, rules will be proposed and adopted, and bills will begin being introduced. Senators will have until the tenth day, which this year is January 18th, to introduce new bills. ...
My Arkansas visit
Things didn't start well. When I pulled out of McCook around nine in the morning on Friday, December 16th, the temperature was in the mid 20's and we had freezing fog. As I headed south, things got worse instead of better. By the time I got into Kansas, the freezing fog had turned to freezing drizzle and the roads had turned icy. ...
2016 landmark year for infrastructure
2016 was a landmark year for infrastructure investment in Nebraska. Concerned Nebraskans advocating on behalf of finishing the Nebraska Expressway System helped make it so. To honor that decades-old promise and position our state for new growth in this new year and beyond, the successes of 2016 should be viewed as a launching pad, not a finish line...
Singer's woes not high on list of worries
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...
Utilize airport terminal
We have much-improved air travel service since Boutique Air began serving McCook. However, one thing is sadly missing! That is the terminal is not being utilized, or services, for the benefit of the travelers or for us people meeting planes, to pick up their incoming passengers...
For 2017, less may be more
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...
President-elect
Ah, the wonders of modern medicine. Or maybe is the wonder of the human body to heal itself. Probably both but the ultimate result is the most important person in this old columnist's life is returned to a normal state of health and we are back home again...
Trump's judicial appointments to have long-term consequences
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...
Reimplementing Nebraska's death pealty
In the November election, along with voting for candidates, the people of Nebraska voted with a substantial majority- to support the return of the death penalty to our legal system. Since that time, the Governor's office, Attorney General, and the Department of Corrections have started in motion some steps to streamline the process. ...
Don't let your celebrating ruin New Years Day
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...
Report: Nebraskans overpaying for electricity by $250 million per year
OMAHA, Neb. -- An economic study of Nebraska's public power and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) determined that the high cost of production at some power plants in Nebraska has not allowed Nebraska ratepayers to benefit from the more than $1 billion saved since 2014 by lower electricity prices from the SPP Integrated Market (IM). ...
'What's Up' column offered more than celestial information
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...
The year that was
It is just about to an end. Thank goodness. It has been a year of non-stop campaigning. Tiresome after awhile. Enough is enough. Obviously your writer is happy with the result of the election even though Donald Trump was not my first choice of the candidates who stepped forward. The real test of President Trump's ability to be president will come with time. We can only wait and watch and see. Judging from his cabinet picks however he is off to a good start...
Celebrity heart news reinforces holiday stress idea
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...
The Kaiser Wilhelm Church Christmas Market
(Note: In December 2016 the Kaiser Wilhelm Church Christmarkt has been much in the news because of the terrorist act of driving a truck into the crowd of holiday shoppers and revelers, killing at least 12 persons and injuring dozens of others. This grim report harkened back a time for me -- a much happier time -- when I was privileged to visit the Berlin Christmarkt during Advent, in 1985.)...
Escape from Eastern Europe
Sometimes Americans take their political rights and religious freedom for granted. The following is a true story: Eva Walburger of Idaho remembers stories told by her parents and maternal grandmother, who lived in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). Her mother was born in Propardo, Czechoslovakia. During World War II, her grandfather served in the Czech army. Czech military families fled into a wooded area to hide from Germans who had invaded their country...