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Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015
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FCC action cements Internet's role as de facto public utility
The issue probably won't be settled for years, but the Federal Communications Commission came down on the side of "net neutrality" Thursday, voting 3-2 along party lines to prevent Internet service providers from giving some customers faster data speeds than others...
Nebraska info
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Wartime heroes
Amazing stories of heroism during World War II have surfaced. Miep Gies is a heroine who put her own life in danger to protect Otto Frank, his wife, Edith, and their daughters, Margot and Anne and four other Jews hiding from the Nazis. They were hidden in an attic of a building in Amsterdam in the Netherlands...
Melting pot vs. cultural diversity
I remember, as a boy growing up in Arkansas, the wonderful smell of food that would wake me up every morning, even on those mornings I wanted to sleep late. I grew up back then in a traditional extended family, living until I graduated from high school with my mom, dad, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and uncle. ...
'Who are you to deny them happiness?'
"They love each other; who are you to deny them happiness?" So goes the mantra of the humanist mind ... Human feelings are subjectively relevant, but hardly sound rationale for making decisions. In the matter of "same-sex marriage" ontological truth is the sole judge of facts, and these principles must guide our response. ...
Should school buses have seat belts?
Seatbelts have been required in American cars since the early 1960s, but not in school buses. Why not? That's what Dawn Prescott of Fremont wants to know, urging Nebraska lawmakers to adopt LB373, offered by Sen. Robert Hilkeman of Omaha, which would require public school buses purchased after Jan. 1, 2016 to come equipped with lap-shoulder belts. Schools would have to demonstrate twice a year how to properly wear the belts...
The long-running Planet Show continues
The Planet Show featuring Venus and other planets continues in the west after sunset for the next few months through the end of July. In the coming weeks Uranus and Jupiter will get involved and the moon will pay a few more visits. Tonight -- Wednesday, Feb. 25 -- the moon has moved on to scooch up close to the star Aldebaran in Taurus, the Bull...
Red Tape shouldn't divide consumers from producers
We've seen popular Facebook posts promoting the idea of teaching gardening in public schools as a way of letting children find out where food comes from, and even how to grow it for themselves. McCook has been home to a couple of community gardens, with varying involvement and success, and gardeners suffered a blow when one of the local nurseries went out of business just when seedlings should have been planted for this spring...
Vote NO on sales tax extension
It is the season to increase taxes -- yet another time. The McCook City Council is holding meetings to justify the renewal of McCook's local option sales tax. In a related, but sinister move, they also want to extend the sunset period from 10 to 15 years. Evidently it is inconvenient to have to keep justifying what I see as an unnecessary burdensome tax...
Sales tax scrooge?
I read the story in the McCook Gazette concerning renewing the one and one-half-cent sales tax. City manager Nate Schneider stated that if we don't approve the sales tax, he would probably have to raise property taxes to the maximum allowed by law. Let's be honest, those who own homes and other real estate can afford a property tax hike. Its the working poor who supplement our property tax by paying the sales tax. They are the ones who do not benefit from this sales tax...
Can we be too careful when it comes to allergies?
Cleanliness is next to godliness, right? They say plumbers have probably done as much as doctors to extend modern life spans, but can cleanliness go too far? According to the so-called hygiene hypotheses, allergies and autoimmune disorders are caused by the ultra-sterile environment made possible by antibacterial soap, disinfectants and other common cleansers...
'Eat yourself thin' idea may not be so far-fetched after all
Sure, there's still snow on the ground, but the garden supplies are starting to appear in the stores and listen closely and you'll already hear a stray flock of Sandhill cranes on their way north. The YMCA's annual team weight-loss challenge is in full swing, and while many of us aren't all that concerned about how we'll appear in a bathing suit, it would be nice to shed a few pounds before we shed our heavy winter camouflage -- er, clothing...
Should you judge a man by his ratio?
Beyonce's advice to men, "if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it" could apply to women as well, and they should check out the length of the finger, if a McGill University study is to be believed. If his index finger is shorter and his ring finger longer, he may make a better husband, according to the study...
If loving you is wrong
Today's column topic are the beginning words to a classic soul song from Luther Ingram in 1972; "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want to be Right". Adultery was a debatable topic 43 years ago as it is today and this song made waves on both sides of the aisle. It ended with the words, "I don't want to be right if it means living without you."...
Less-lethal weapons offer more options
The Ferguson, Missouri, officer who left his job because of last year's killing of Michael Brown probably won't be sued by the federal government, but the Justice Department may sue the entire police department if it doesn't change tactics Washington sees as "racially discriminatory."...
ID bill will negatively affect 300,000 voters
In response regarding LB 111, I must point out that what seems to be a reasonable way to protect voters' rights, will instead negatively impact around 300,000 voters across Nebraska. LB 111 would require a voter to show a driver's license or state-issued photo ID with current address at the polls. This will cause significant problems for minorities, the elderly, college students and low-income groups found in urban areas, small towns, and rural settings...
More than one side to road rage story
It was a horrible story. Tammy Meyers, a 44-year-old mother of four, was giving her 15-year-old daughter a driving lesson last week when they had an encounter with another driver. One thing led to another and she wound up with a bullet wound to the head, dying on Valentine's Day when she was taken off life support...
Pipeline, trucks, trains or boats all spill crude oil
We notice developments every day in alternative means of transportation, from hybrid to plug-in hybrids to straight electric cars (Apple most recently mentioned) to hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. While alternative energy for transportation is showing promise, better batteries and breakthrough technology announced on a regular basis, most of us are going to be dependent on oil for many years to come...
Constitution under attack
A very dangerous move is underfoot in the Nebraska Legislature. Newly-elected Senator Ebke introduced LR 35 calling for an Article V convention "limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress". A hearing is scheduled February 25th at 1:30 p.m. at the State Capitol building...
Radical Islam
Americans believe that their faith and religion are a personal choice. The U.S. Constitution and laws protect our religious freedom. People living in the shadow of radical Islam don't have the freedom to choose their religious faith. They are at the mercy of radical Islamic factions and are like seeds blown into the wind...
Prostate group plans to form
Our prostate cancer discussion group had its first meeting on Jan. 22, 2015. The seven guys in attendance expressed a willingness to meet again on a Thursday noon. We have reserved the meeting room at the Pizza Hut for Thursday, Feb. 19. Perhaps we can plan on the third Thursday of every month for as long as folks are interested. There were a couple of guys who had conflicts last month that we hope to see this time...
Upset in flight
First I want to say a big thank you to the many readers that have offered congratulations for my honor of being installed in the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame. I am humbled yet proud of being so honored by my peers. Bless you all and it is time to change the subject...
How about parental control on commercials?
I just don't know what to think of our TV viewing. I have notice that there are so many ways of having parental control on your television. There is parental control on some of the remotes with a password and most of your cable companies offer a parent control for certain shows and channels that you do not want your child to view and most of the satellite companies have parental control as well...
Authorities show fear of free speech, free enterprise
There are a lot of scary things in the world today, ISIS or ISIL or Daesh (the latter a derogatory term favored by opponents), Russia and the conflict in Ukraine, global warming, stray asteroids, cancer -- but there seems to be one common fear in the news, at least among some of those in power: Freedom...
A solution to football withdrawal
Last weekend was the first weekend since last August to be completely without football and it wasn't very much fun at all. In fact, it was downright boring, a sentiment shared by many of my friends as well. We're all football junkies who can never get enough. ...
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