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Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
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Go Betsy DeVos
I read with great amusement an "opinion" piece in the Gazette last Tuesday by someone who is obviously another "Hillary worshiper" who is on and joined the bandwagon of those who are still sorely wounded by Hillary's "unbelievable loss" in the November election...
The first month
Regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump, no one from any political persuasion can accuse him of not doing what he said he was going to do on the campaign trail. He's writing Executive Orders as fast as he can write them and there has been some sort of crisis at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since the day he took office. ...
Taking a que from scandals in Korea
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
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
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?
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...
School choice
It has been interesting watching the U.S. Senate debate the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to become Secretary of Education. It seemed to be that a large number of the Senators that opposed the confirmation were also the same Senators who took large amounts of teacher's union money in their campaigns for office...
A new Nero?
President Donald Trump is receiving opposition to the candidacy of Betsy DeVos, a wealthy GOP donor who promotes charter schools and private schools. She never attended public school herself and did not send her children to a public school. It is not surprising that there is so much opposition to her being confirmed education secretary. Obviously we need someone as the education secretary who is knowledgeable and sees all sides of our country's educational challenges...
McCook breakfast program welcome exception to trend
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
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...
A world at war
Throughout recorded history, there have been very few occasions when the whole world was at peace and the same thing holds for the United States. Infowars.com states that America has been at war 93 percent of the time since 1776; 222 out of 239 years. The only time we went 5 years without war was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression. So we are not unlike other cultures and societies; in fact we are just like them...
McCook's birthday
This is the year of Nebraska's 150th birthday and McCook's 135th and plans are already going strong for several special celebrations during the year to acknowledge these two landmarks! SWNGS is no exception when it comes to wanting to provide the public with both entertainment and enlightenment covering the early years of our state and hometown...
Subtle sky show on tap for U.S. this weekend
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...
A world at war
Throughout recorded history, there have been very few occasions when the whole world was at peace and the same thing holds for the United States. Infowars.com states that America has been at war 93 percent of the time since 1776; 222 out of 239 years. The only time we went 5 years without war was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression. So we are not unlike other cultures and societies; in fact we are just like them...
The true cost of refugee resettlement
We are all busy working hard to pay our taxes and make a living, but please take time to hear who is dipping into your pocket now: the refugee resettlement program! LB505, recently introduced in the Nebraska Legislature, seeks to make the financial price of refugee resettlement "transparent" to citizens and those governing our State...
Valentine's Day choices may mean more than you think
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
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...
Out of sight, out of mind
Yes it was out of sight and out of my mind until ... The septic system for my hangar was working fine until the big mess backed up and over ran the stool. The septic tank with leach field was installed as there is no city sewer system connecting to our airport. My system is shared with the local air ambulance group for the crew lounge building when they, thankfully, located at our airport. It is what it is...
A classic clash between freedom, safety
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...
Arrest employers who hire illegals
Instead of our spending billions of dollars on a wall, why don't we arrest and prosecute those who hire undocumented immigrants? That would stem the flow and solve the problem without adding unnecessarily to our already huge debt. Sincerely, Wauneta, Nebraska...
Activity picking up around statehouse
As you would expect activity is picking up in the Legislature. This past week we passed LB 22 from the first round of debate, which is General File on to the second round which is Select File. Hopefully by the time you are reading this we will have passed it from Select File on to Final Reading. LB 22 is the budget bill that we need to pass in order to close the revenue short fall that must be met between now and June 30th, 2017...
U.S., Mexican trade illustrates complicated issue
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...
Stereotypes of racial prejudice
Imagine yourself as a young black teenage boy living on the south side of Chicago. There has never been a dad in the family that you can remember. Your mom is a decent caring person but she started having babies when she herself was a child and is now working two or three low-paying jobs just to put food on the table and clothes on the backs of her three children because you have a younger sister and an older brother. ...
American appetite for bacon nearly outstrips supply
People have been keeping and eating pigs for at least 9,000 years, but the modern American pork industry began at the behest of Queen Isabella of Spain, who persuaded Christopher Columbus to load a few onto his ship. Later explorer Hernando de Soto was famous for expanding a baker's dozen of animals into a herd of more than 700 in just three years, but swine producers had a problem...
Mom gave good advice about playing outside
"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...