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Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015
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Tradition
One of the really fun times in my childhood came at Easter. Long descended from pagan times of antiquity to celebrate the passing of the hard times of Winter into a refreshing warmth of Spring Christians adopted the rite and called it Easter. The blooming of Easter Lilies and the egg as a symbol of new life has become tradition...
How prepared are you to weather a financial storm?
Last week was Severe Weather Awareness Week, and we hope you thought about protecting yourself and your family in case a tornado or other destructive storm strikes. You can even read about a business designed to help you out in that regard elsewhere in this issue...
Surgical patients should be thankful for Doctor's Day
Today's National Doctor's Day, and if you see yours, wish him or her a happy holiday. More than likely, he or she will be on the job, not giving National Doctor's Day a second thought in the course of caring for patients with everything from minor maladies to life-threatening conditions...
Gen. MacArthur
Not everyone agreed with President Harry Truman's decision to relieve Douglas MacArthur of his Far Eastern Command in April of 1951. There was a rumor that he made statements against a policy of the United Nations. Some people were convinced that the general was past his prime at age 71. Others were afraid that his military actions in North Korea would start a ground war with China...
Airline crash puts mental heal issues back in spotlight
If you're planning any airline trips soon, we've got a little advice. Don't spend all your spare time watching air crash investigation videos on YouTube. And, don't read the rest of this editorial. Authorities were shocked to learn that a plane flown by Lufthansa's budget airline, Germanwings, had dove into the French Alps shortly after reaching cruising altitude...
Distracted teen driving: It's worse than we thought
We knew distracted driving was a problem, especially among teenagers, but it's worse than we thought, according to a study of "flight recorders" in 1,700 wrecks. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed videos from those teen crashes and found that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied, including 89 percent where the vehicles ran off the road and 76 percent of rear-end crashes...
Inspiration a-plenty at home, builder show
It's getting to be that time of year. The lawn and garden products are out, spring fever is setting in -- will there be enough time to do all the home improvements we have planned and still have time for kids' sports, time at the lake, golf course and that trip to the mountains?...
A better idea
Just thinking. Rather than voting to continue McCook's sales tax at 1.5 percent why not raise it to 4.5 percent? That would make for any purchases in the city limits an add on easy to figure 10 percent. The rate of 4.5 percent would generate a cool $2.4 Million into the city coffers...
What if a twister were on its way
It seems like yesterday we were getting used to driving on icy winter streets, but now it's time to think about another weather hazard -- summer storms. This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska, and the Goodland, Kansas, National Weather Service office will issue a test tornado warning for our area at 10:40 a.m. CDT Wednesday...
Another winning performance for community theater
With the addition of Netflix, Hulu and many other Internet streaming systems in addition to traditional cable, satellite and broadcast channels, Americans have more choices than ever when it comes to home entertainment. Thankfully, McCook residents know a good thing when they see it, turning off the TV and turning out to see five performances of the Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association production of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun."...
Everything old is new again
My father was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Arkansas as well as a varsity baseball player so when I decided to attend the University as well, dad wrote a letter of recommendation for me to the fraternity. The typical way of pledging a fraternity is to go through formal rush, an event that happens before the fall semester begins, when everyone desiring to join a fraternity comes to campus and goes through the rush process. ...
State headed right way when it comes to transparency
Follow the money. Deep Throat's advice in "All the President's Men" has been appropriate in American politics from the days of the Boston Tea Party through state budget wranglings and even the upcoming local option sales tax vote. State Treasurer Don Stenberg's office is touting the B+ grade its transparency website, StateSpending.Nebraska.gov received in the U.S. Public Interest Research Group 2015 Follow the Money report issued Wednesday. Yes, they call it that...
Toddler's survival illustrates car seats' vital importance
You've probably heard the story. Eighteen-month old Lily was rescued 14 hours after a crash that killed her mother and left her hanging upside down in her car seat in a car partially submerged in Utah's Spanish Fork River. Several rescuers reported hearing an adult voice saying "help me" coming from the car, discovered by a fisherman that Saturday morning...
Former military
Stop. Wait. If you haven't seen "Annie Get Your Gun" don't let next weekend go by without attending Irving Berlin's wonderful musical at the Fox. Great costuming and the stage scenery is brilliant but Annie played by Tyler Rambali is superbly done. The young lady obviously has great talent and in my opinion, should she choose, will be a national star in theatre. Guaranteed you will enjoy the evening...
Celebrating Irish contributions to our way of life
We've sometimes lamented the stripping of the "German" label from McCook's annual Heritage Days celebration, feeling that it would be better to focus on our community's predominant ancestry, German, would be better than conducting some sort of generic activity...
Surprising links between Fox Theatre shows, Southwest Nebraska
It's surprising how many young people have never heard of him, but if any of them have ever watched a movie about World War II, they've heard the music of Glenn Miller in the sound track. If you're younger, say, than a baby boomer, you may not be able to name that tune when "Tuxedo Junction," Moonlight Serenade" or "Chattanooga Choo Choo" comes on the radio (or is it Sirius or Pandora?), but you will probably recognize the tune...
No, the IRS really didn't telephone you
If you have a refund coming, you've probably already got it. If you have to pay the IRS, you may not have filed your tax return yet. But if you get a call from the IRS, hang up, because it's certainly a scammer. More than 3,000 people didn't hang up, and they've paid at least $15.5 million to crooks posing as IRS agents...
Audobon: Recovering from disaster
John James Audubon (1783-1851) made his living drawing portraits and teachIng music. His wife was a governess and a teacher. At an early age, he was taken by ship from Los Cayes, Domingo (now Haiti) to France by his father. His mother was a creole and his father was a French sea captain. His mother died when he was young...
A great place to eat
I'm always looking for new places to eat that offer something besides fast food. Several faculty members from the college have been eating every Wednesday at El Puerto since it opened and we are never disappointed. The service is almost always friendly, although our waiter was a little grumpy this past week; the food is served quickly and is always hot and tasty. ...
Justifying beliefs
Alright, suppose I have to do this again. I mean, at this point, the gazette should just get me to do a weekly letter replying article called "Dear Andy" where people try to justify their beliefs and I offer counter arguments. Could be interesting. Anyways, on to the issues...
Immigration issues
On public television I viewed a segment about the struggle of the Italian immigrants when they first arrived on our shores. They came here to escape incredible economic hardship and the crushing political cruelty they faced in their country. When they came here, no one offered them anything for free. If they were able to find a job, it paid very little and often was dangerous...
Gas taxes still best way to pay for infrastructure
Most Nebraska lawmakers and residents aren't in favor of raising taxes of any type, but there are times when we have to bite the bullet. Efforts should continue to find efficiencies, and no one, especially McCook residents, wants to pay more for gasoline, but that looks like the fairest way to pay for repair of bridges and roads...
Who remembers to coal slurry pipeline debate?
Pipelines, eminent domain, federal intervention. If you think all of these topics are newcomers to the Nebraska landscape in the wake of the Keystone XL debate, join me as we roll the legislative time machine back to March 1976. Yes, it was 39 years ago that lawmakers in several states seriously considered building a 1,302-mile pipeline from Wyoming to Arkansas to carry coal-slurry...
Is English most important class of all?
Self-effacing storyteller Garrison Keillor enjoys poking fun at himself, with stories in which the English major gets the girl, and sponsoring segments of his radio show with the Professional Organization of English Majors -- POEM. We've often decried the damage done to great literature by requiring it to be read in high school English classes instead of discovered on one's own, but there's new evidence studying literature in the classroom has benefits beyond fulfilling a graduation requirement...
Too much money
socialism definition. An economic system in which the production and distribution of goods are controlled substantially by the government rather than by private enterprise, and in which cooperation rather than competition guides economic activity. (Google)...
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