[mccookgazette.com] Overcast and Windy ~ 50°F  
High: 59°F ~ Low: 32°F
Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015
Thumbs Up to Business Stories
The thin blue line
Most of us have seen the chilling video of the white police officer in Charleston, South Carolina who drew his gun, assumed a shooter's stance, and fired eight shots at a black man who was fleeing due to an outstanding warrant on him for failure to pay child support. Four of the shots hit the man in the back and one or more of the shots killed him...
New program offers chance to put screen time to work for you
You probably have a Facebook account, you probably use email and you might even use Twitter. But have you ever wondered what happens behind the screen? Our local community college is offering an opportunity to find out. And, you can earn an informtion technology certificate while keeping your regular job...
Mail-in ballots popular, may be good compromise
Sworn government officials make contact with nearly every voter six days a week in Nebraska, so why not put them to work when it comes to making our democracy function? Why not indeed, according to the latest information from the Nebraska Secretary of State...
A city worker's price
Metamorphosis. A seventy-five cent word that we wordsmiths use to emote creation of a beautiful butterfly. From ugly worms of green or gray that crawl on their belly, God majestically transforms that very same creature into one possessing brilliantly colored wings bold as the rainbow. Ah the beauty to our eyes as they flutter about their summertime business of laying eggs to begin a new generation...
Police agencies buckle to clever cyber criminals
Never negotiate with terrorists. It's an oft-repeated mantra, in movies and television shows at least, if not among actual law enforcement officials. When faced with their own "hostage situation," however, a group of Lincoln County, Maine, law enforcement agencies gave in and paid the ransom...
Candidate's surprising past
She was a Brownie and Girl Scout, on the student council, wrote for the school newspaper and was named to the National Honor Society. At 13, she helped canvass Chicago's South Side, where she found evidence of electoral fraud against Richard Nixon in the 1960 election -- an election so close that might have put "Tricky Dick" in the white house eight years sooner than he was actually sworn in...
War service information at fold3.com
If it sometimes feels as if I am repeating myself in these columns, it's a pretty good clue as to how my research seems to twist and turn like Nebraska weather. I say this because I am going to delve back into the website: www.fold3.com. Most of my research on fold3 has been dealing with the Civil, Spanish American and first World War since those years were just "history" to me, having never really known any of my ancestors that served in them. ...
Obama penalty finally gets real
"Why should I pay for something I don't need," one young worker was heard to remark when she found out the Affordable Care Act requires her to purchase health insurance. That's the whole idea of Obamacare -- if everyone has to buy it, the cost of health care will be spread out among more people, theoretically making it "affordible" for everyone...
That's what friends are for
A couple of days ago I received my invitation to The Gala from the Rape/Domestic Abuse Program of North Platte. It will be held at the Quality Inn and Suites in North Platte at 6:30 pm on Thursday May 7 and will feature a presentation by former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur Atler...
Why a special election?
It has been stated that City of McCook must have this sales tax vote now because they need enough time to present the vote a second time should it fail and to know if they have the extra revenue until 2033. That, in and of itself, should be an indicator that the City of McCook local sales tax, which was promoted for special projects, has now become a permanent revenue stream to the city budgets. ...
Experts: Tax day extra stressful
Are you ready for Wednesday? Perhaps you've already got your tax refund back, or you've already bitten the bullet and sent in your check. Or maybe you're one of those last-minute filers who hits the post office at the last minute. Regardless, don't underestimate the stress associated with paying your dues to Uncle Sam...
Medicaid expansion all about who pays the cost
It's all about who pays. Some of the facts in the debate over Medicaid expansion under Obamacare are easy to quantify. Others take a little research. Ricketts opposes LB472, being debated today, which would expand Medicaid to about 79,000 more Nebraskans, most of whom work, but in jobs that do not provide health insurance...
Good news
Observed while walking -- good exercise for this old guy. Adjacent to the new paved walking trail just north of the new Peter & Delores Graff Event Center, I have long noted an odd concrete structure. Obviously the crumbling concrete was an anchor for something below as there is a hefty steel rod attached. What in the world could it be?...
Marijuana could be wild card in 2016 election
Malcolm Gladwell's 2000 book, "The Tipping Point" explored, among other things, how small things can make a big difference -- a few Manhattan hipsters began wearing Hush Puppies shoes to clubs, saving the brand from extinction in 1990. Although other social scientists question some of Gladwell's conclusions, it's true that relatively small factors can have big consequences down the road. ...
Electronic alternatives to incarceration
Getting tough on crime is a popular campaign issue, drawing votes from people who have been victimized, or who don't like the way they see the country going. The "War on Drugs," plus mandatory minimums and other resulting laws have helped put more Americans per capita behind bars than any other developed nation...
Are Barnett Park ponds safe?
Does anyone know about the quality of the pond water in Barnett Park? Is it safe to get on your hands and face? Are the fish taken from those waters safe to eat? Because those ponds are heavily laden with goose manure and built close to an old city dump, it is of concern...
Eclipse illustrates state's underutilized natural resource
Don't know if you were up in time to enjoy the setting full moon this morning, but if you were, you know it was a beautiful sight. Weather permitting, you'll have a chance for an even more spectacular sight Saturday, as the moon goes into eclipse just as it is setting...
The truth will set you free
I have friends who spread every rumor they hear like it's the absolute truth. They never verify or fact-check their stories and they can't wait to tell somebody else about them. It's not a new phenomenon at all; in fact we've been doing it forever. When somebody hears a piece of juicy gossip about someone, they just can't wait to tell somebody else. ...
Local, state control question raised again
Local control is good. Local control is bad. We've been wrangling with the issue since before the United States was a country, but we're still trying to find the balance. The latest example is a bill to simplify the permit process for establishing or expanding large feedlots...
Uber, Lyft should get chance to compete for drivers
Time was, when you needed a hot meal and a place to sleep, you took your chances at the roadside inn. There were no Hiatts, Holiday Inns or other franchise hotels and motels. The same went for transportation; you shared the road with a walking companion, or paid a good part of your savings to a wagon master, a la Ward Bond, and you and your family braved the Plains as your wagon train headed to Oregon...
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...
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...
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...
sw ne playbook