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Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
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Honey Bunches of Mess
Declan made it through his first week of fourth grade recently and our daily schedule is beginning to settle down after a whirlwind of a summer. He is as much a joy to be around as ever and continues to find new ways set morning-madness standards. Earlier this week he spilled his cereal in what I believe was a mad rush to sneak in some early morning YouTube viewing. ...
On-air killing, death penalty and gun control
Wednesday's on-air murder of a reporter and camera man hit close to home for journalists of all stripes, television reporters specifically. It was an especially tough broadcast for the anchorwoman of the area ABC affiliate, NTV's Colleen Williams, who also had to report the death of Doyle Denny, her co-anchor's beloved father and a former McCook High School basketball coach, who went on to be a high school principal in Grand Island and was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other organizations.. ...
Donors' selfless acts mean life for others
Blood donations drop off during the summer, so it was good to see the donors who turned out for Tuesday's Red Cross collection at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds, and we hope today's turnout, ending at 5 p.m., helps boost the supply as well. The next drive in McCook will be Oct. 6 at McCook Community College, but keep your ears open for other opportunities as well...
Music and taxes
I have to poke a little fun at friend Mike Hendricks and sympathize a bit at the damage to his pride and joy bright yellow Mustang. It will never be the same yet probably came out better than the poor wet deer that hit him. In his latest column From the Penthouse to the Outhouse Mike proudly tells of spending time and a large amount of treasure to enjoy a few hours of a concert in Kansas City. ...
Marie Curie
Life for Manya Sklodavska or Marie Curie (1867-1934) included many trials and cruel blows. The Russians ruled her native Poland made life difficult. Her father Vladislav-Skiodavska was an underpaid physics professor. Her mother, Mine Sklodavska, died from T.B. 6 months before Manya's 11th birthday...
Are wind, solar tax credits early enough to make a difference?
If your summer vacation took you through a neighboring state this summer, there's a good chance you encountered a glaring example of one way Nebraska is lagging behind. It's possible to see working wind turbines in north-central and northeast Nebraska, but you're more likely to see their components being hauled over our highways on the way to somewhere else...
Brain drain hurts Russian space program, U.S. in turn
It's probably hard for today's teenagers to relate to the the excitement space nerds who grew up in the 1960s feel when they see the latest photos posted on the NASA website. We're still checking out the photos of Pluto snapped by the New Horizons probe that took so long to reach the planet that it was no longer a planet by the time it arrived...
From the Penthouse to the Outhouse
In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' wrote in his opening line that "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." That was the way it was for me last weekend. First, the best of times. I picked up my son Will in Seward, the home town of his wife Erica, and then let him drive us to Kansas City. ...
Sunday College offers chance to grow
We've always contended that anyone living in the McCook area who did not have a college degree was missing an important opportunity if they didn't take advantage of our local community college. Mid-Plains Community College is making it even easier this year, offering Sunday College starting Aug. 30...
Getting away from work, being nice can improve health
The traditional time for summer vacations is past, but Labor Day is approaching, and if you're lucky, a chance to get away from the day-to-day stress on the job. That can be important for your health, according to a study published in The Lancet on Wednesday...
Caution urged as rabies cases continue in area
Most of us don't think about rabies unless it's time to take the family pet in for vaccinations, but with less than a handful of documented cases of people surviving rabies, and with cases continuing to be reported in Southwest Nebraska and the rest of the state, now is a good time for a reminder...
The Mormon War
Bulletin: Grannie Annie came through her hip joint replacement surgery splendidly. A big thanks to all you prayer warriors and other good people who express well wishes. It is you that make this such a great place to live. Recent travels from across Nebraska from west to east have shown this old farmer that this is an exceptionally fine year for crop production. ...
Water treatment plant confirmed as our best option
Talk about unexpected consequences. We've been dealing with the consequences of over-fertilization and cattle waste runoff for decades, but now there's a new study linking high-nitrate water with increased uranium contamination in groundwater. It was disappointing to us at the time that a clean, safe source of untreated groundwater couldn't be arranged for the City of McCook as we searched for low-nitrate water back in the 1980s and 1990s, but it turns out our modern water treatment plant was the best choice after all.. ...
Trump forces others to face difficult issues
Love him or hate him, there are a couple of things about Donald Trump most of us can agree on. For one, he's not conventional candidate. Anyone who says they'll spend a billion dollars to win the nomination -- and who has the money to do it -- doesn't seem likely to be beholden to special interests, other than himself...
Bad customer service
It was a quiet evening at home a month or so ago and I was kicked back on the couch listening to the R&B channel on my television from DirecTV when a song was played by Boz Scaggs and my mind shot back to the '70s when his Lowdown album was one of the biggest sellers of that decade. ...
Assessor responds
Assessor responds Dear Editor, As an elected official, I took an oath of office to uphold the laws of the State of Nebraska and to fulfill the duties of the office to which I was elected. A large part of those laws are to value all property within market value each and every year. ...
Make sure kids get safely to and from school
So you and the kids have made it through the summer with no more than a few skinned knees and a sunburn -- now's not the time to let down your guard. The same goes for the rest of us, who drive through school zones on our way to work in the morning or to afternoon appointments -- flashing lights and an extended stop sign mean stop and wait for kids to get on or off the bus safely!...
Value of water?
I have been wondering if there is a legal means of retrieving the value of the water being taken out of Lincoln County by N-CORP? They have taken out about 60,000 acre feet of water. About 4 times the amount used for irrigation on N-CORP land in one year. ...
New study shows link in safe driving, drivers education
Thanks to the Internet smartphones and social media, obtaining a drivers license isn't the milestone it once was. "Dragging main" is no longer the only way to find out what your friends are doing or catching the attention of that boy or girl you have a crush on...
Efficiency comes in many forms
The responsibilities entrusted to a county attorney are some of the most vital to a law-abiding community and, like many things, may be in need of updating. The Red Willow County attorney probably receives a fair amount of feedback stemming from court and police activity reports generated by the Gazette. ...
Meteor shower tonight
Do you have your dark-sky place picked out to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower starting tonight, Wednesday, August 12, into Thursday morning, August 13? At present the weather for the Denver area does not look promising for clear skies Wednesday evening. However, the forecast-at present-for southwest Nebraska and Missouri is looking very good with clear skies for both locations. You might want to check out your local forecast for Wednesday evening just in case...
Cecil is dead and human lives are threatened every day
Don't get me wrong. I'm a cat person. My wife and I have two longhair domestic felines with whom I would not part. I support Ernie Chambers' proposed ban on hunting Mountain Lions. My high school mascot was the mythical Bearcat. But people, let's get over this killing of Cecil the black-maned and well-loved lion (read that tourist attraction) in Zimbabwe...
Hearing from you this month
The dog days of summer are upon us. Families in Nebraska are enjoying the final few days of vacation before children head back to school and the crisp fall air rolls in. This time of year is always exciting for me because I am able to travel across Nebraska and visit with you. Your voice guides my work in the U.S. Senate, and is my most important source of information...
Payback
Little acts of kindness. People are good. Recently Grannie Annie was driving through the mail dropoff at the McCook Post Office. Low car, short arms and the letter dropped on the ground. With a bum hip Grannie struggled to open the door and reach for it. Out of nowhere a slim young lady appeared, offered condolences and fetched the letter off the pavement for her. Cheerfully the angel commented that she had the same problem herself and that it was okay...
Legal troubles in the 1920's
Note: In a recent story of McCook's early lawyers it was mentioned that W.S. Morlan had mentored a number of outstanding attorneys who rose to prominence in McCook. One of these fellows was Charles David Ritchie, who in turn mentored another distinguished McCook attorney, Wade Stevens. This story covers a celebrated case in Furnas County, on which those two collaborated...

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