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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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Election year shapes up as strangest since '68
Despite the Republican Party's selection of a sometimes belligerent nominee and Cleveland residents open-carrying assault-type weapons -- or perhaps because they were -- the GOP convention came off relatively smoothly. This week's Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia is shaping up to be entirely different...
We're at a crossroads
During the just concluded Republican National Convention, I decided to share a comment on Facebook to gauge the reaction of my friends and I was neither shocked nor surprised when I tallied the responses up. The statement simply said: "I wonder why we are so obsessed with trying to find intelligent life on other planets when we can't even find intelligent life here?"...
Local troopers deserve credit for traffic safety
Troopers would be the first to say they didn't deserve all the credit, but local troopers certainly deserve their share for helping prevent needless traffic fatalities last year. The McCook Sergeant Area was the only Nebraska State Patrol work area in the state to record zero fatality accidents during the 2015 calendar year...
President's job no picnic
In 2016, fierce competition between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is heating up to a boiling point. Their goals is to an occupation they both dreamed of in addition to their other successful achievements. They want to be our U.S. president. "The years of Lyndon Johnson -- Means of Ascent" by Robert A. Caro, published by Alfred Knopf in 1990 reveals all the political tricks used by Johnson, a former president...
Two messages, one goal: Healthier lives for children
"Team Henry" rolled through McCook this week with the message that kids can overcome obesity with an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits. You can read about Dr. Pierre Rouzier's cross-country bicycle trip on mccookgazette.com or in Wednesday's Gazette, where a story and pictures about his visit to the McCook Public Library were printed on page 7...
FEMA offers smartphone app to deal with heat
If you were around in 1936, this weather may feel familiar. Nebraska's all-time highest recorded temperature was 118 F on July 24, 1936 in Minden. That was just one of many days and weeks of weather over several years that led to vast dust storms, crop failures and depopulation of parts of the Plains and migration to California during the Depression...
Guard mission to remain relatively the same
I read the recent commentary by Dick Trail ("Helping our neighbor," July 12, 2016) with interest and offer the following in response: First, he is correct that our Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve volunteers play an extremely important role in helping us educate our National Guard and Reserve members' employers and helping address any issues or concerns when they arise. ...
A sure sign
Birthdays come and go and each marks changes in our lives. I have to share a bit about Grannie Annie the lady that I've been privileged to share a long happy marriage. Grannie has been praying about whether or not she should continue her Adopt-A-Chaplain Ministry. ...
No great artists among Mrs. Trump's speech writers
The quote "good artists imitate; great artists steal" has been widely attributed to Pablo Picasso. It's also been credited to everyone from Steve Jobs to T.S. Eliot and Igor Stravinsky. When it comes to speech writing, however, Melania Trump's scribes are not being praised as great artists following her speech Monday night to the Republican National Convention...
Report lays out plans to help sex trafficking victims
We read about prostitution stings each year in Nebraska - usually around major events such as the College World Series when law enforcement conducts stings, but most of us like to think "The Good Life" doesn't include "great" opportunities like that, especially in rural Nebraska...
Thanks, Barb!
We would like to thank Barb Ostrum for the Mobile Pantry truckload of food on Saturday, June 25 and all her special helpers who were so helpful and friendly and the Christian Church for the use of their facility. It was so well planned and organized as Barb always takes care of her people providing us with food, keeping us warm with clothes from the Coat Closet, finding us furniture to make our homes nice, toys for our children from the Toy Box...
New religion
Centuries ago, a new and brash religion appeared, antithetical to the pagan religion of Greece and Rome that was dominant at the time. Over a period of decades, the pagan religion and pagan culture was overwhelmed by this new religion that came to be known as the new Judeo-Christian religion and culture which spread through Europe and eventually came to our own United States through the early settlers who arrived here and began the early organization of the "body-politic" which has been handed down to us. ...
The west will have to admit it's at war
Internet wags were quick to call on authorities to ban trucks following Thursday's terrorism in France, but the truck attack shows just how difficult it is to fight an enemy that will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who disagrees with their religion and are only too happy to kill themselves in the process...
Choosing a life partner isn't easy
Last week I wrote about all the forks in the road we face in living our lives and all the choices we have to make when we get to those forks, not knowing ahead of time which will be good choices and which will be bad ones. Finding a life partner is another fork in the road because we have so many to choose from...
Butterflies of Love
When I was a child I collected butterflies. They were so beautiful as they flitted among the flowers. They tended to visit a flower for a few seconds and then they floated here and they until they flew over the garden fence and beyond the trees, disappearing into the sky...
ISIS SISIs
Of all the troubles in the world, the one that troubles me the most is ISIS. Put as simply and as straight-forward as I know how, the ISIS murderers and maimers are nothing but a bunch of chicken livers. Because I'm an old guy who peddles his words to the public through newspapers and books, they won't heed my voice...
Road rage possible, even in sparsely populated regions
Southwest Nebraskans joke about traffic jams, but dangerous conflicts arising from road disputes are not unheard of, even in our sparsely populated corner of the state. Wait at the corner of West Fifth and J on a busy school morning, and you'll agree that road rage is possible anytime motor vehicles and time schedules are in use...
Thinking outside the box on road repair, construction
We haven't made a study of it, but a couple of innovative ideas have caught our eye in recent days when it comes to streets and highways. A television report Tuesday how injected foam was being used to repair a major traffic artery in Grand Island, which apparently was improperly constructed in the first place...
Helping our neighbor
Anyone who has been in the military knows about change. Most times it seems to be arbitrary change. "The only thing constant is change" so says the wag. Of course change takes place for well thought out reasons. It is just that the military is not very good about explaining change to the troops down the line...
Lobbying is strictly regulated
Recently, a number of news outlets reported that over $15.6 million was spent in the state of Nebraska on lobbying in 2015. Many sources responsibly explained how that money was spent, and detailed the compensation of lobbyists. However, some comments could be construed to imply that this figure represents money that in some way is going into the pockets of senators. ...
New GMO rules should tell whole story
Rather than let Vermont dictate GMO food standards for the country, the Senate passed a labeling law last week and the House will take up the issue in short order. There's no guarantee the House will go along with the requirement. While humans have been modifying their foods for centuries through selective breeding, it's only been a few years that they've been able to manipulate DNA directly, by inserting a gene from one plant or animal into another...
Latest electronic game gets players off Mom's couch
On one hand, the newest video game craze encourages exercise. On the other, it can have dangerous consequences. If you see someone staring at their screen and walking down the street, they may be playing a new "augmented reality" game. The game, Pokemon Go, has exploded in popularity since it was released Wednesday, sending players out into the real world to find online "pocket monsters" -- Pokemon. ...
Sacrificial fish
So the fish died off because of lack of oxygen! OK! Why was there a lack of oxygen? Because of too much algae there? Why is there so much algae there? Was it because a shallow, warm, almost stagnant body of water, nurtured by tons of goose poop, is supplied to it, along with hot weather to spurt plant growth, the algae?...
So many forks in the road
It begins shortly after birth and continues throughout our lives. Every decision we make that leads to a choice alters the direction our lives take. At any point in our lives, we are the result of the choices we've made. So the responsibility for who we are, what we believe, and where we're going from here isn't anyone else's responsibility, it's our own. ...
Officers deserve support, even after honest mistakes
Many have dangerous jobs, and we're wise not to take our loved ones for granted when they head off to work. Even so, it's shocking and outrageous to hear that five police officers lost their lives Thursday night as they were working to protect the rights and lives of peaceful protesters only a few blocks from where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963...