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Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Most important test has nothing to do with material
Emphasis on educational test results always bring about objections to instructors "teaching to the test," but along with pressure to improve test results comes the increasing possibility that teachers will fail a test of their own -- ethics and morality...
Hacks create high-paying jobs in cybersecurity
One major car company is distributing a software patch for its new cars after Wired magazine published a video about two hackers taking control -- through the radio, nonetheless -- of a coworker's car while he was driving it. The video shows the steering wheel spinning on its own, him pleading with the hackers to give him back control of the accelerator pedal so he isn't struck by a semi, and ends with the vehicle, left without brakes, swerving over a bank into the ditch...
Immigration dustup
In the political news of late there has been considerable angst concerning porous borders and illegal immigration. Yet we as a country are a nation of immigrants. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my light beside the golden door." -- Emma Lazarus. So it says right there on the base of the Statue-of-Liberty in New York Harbor. What happened?...
Don't let eye troubles hinder student learning
First, a disclaimer: No advertiser has influenced the choice of a topic for today's editorial. That doesn't mean the Gazette doesn't have a vested interest in the subject, however. That's because we depend on our readers being able to -- well, read -- our product, whether it's the version that's printed on paper or published online...
That old horn can make new dreams come true
McCook Public and St. Patrick schools have a problem, but it's a good one. Music, such as MNB's upcoming Hot Summer Nights concert Thursday with the Silver Creek Band and Aug. 13 with Jimmy Dee and the Fabulous Destinations, adds a lot to our community culture, as does the McCook Concert Association series and much of the entertainment presented by the Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association and McCook Arts Council...
Not everybody's worthy
I've always loved sports and played most of them when I was younger. I was a three-sport letterman in high school and made the police Olympics team in tennis while serving on the Tulsa Police Department. The one sport I didn't excel in was track and field...
ADA turns out to be reasonable
We remember hearing lots of talk about the difficulty of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act when it was first passed into law July 26, 1999. It wasn't needed, it was more government intrusion and it would be a gold mine for lawyers, we were warned...
Don't let 'dad-bod' syndrome cut short your time as a dad
Fair time is fun-time, and it's not just the talent show, rodeo or tractor pull. For a lot of us, it's those high-fat, low-nutrition, sugar-laden junk food treats that appear only at the county fair. If you're a dad thinking about buying a funnel cake to enjoy while watching your tot ride the carousel, think about this: a "dad bod" is a real thing...
Lawmaker hopes to offer alternative for doctors, patients
Medical care has been in turmoil in recent years, first with increasing costs, then with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and subsequent court challenges culminating with the recent Supreme Court decision approving subsidies in states which have not established health insurance exchanges...
Requiem for a hangar
I was headed north on Highway 83. To the northwest I noted a huge column of ugly brown-grey smoke rising to form a familiar mushroom shape. "Gee I hope it is not one of the hangars at the old McCook Army Airbase" I told myself. In a few miles I topped a hill and suspicions confirmed it was the south hangar, the one built to service B-29s during World War II. ...
Arming National Guard a no-brainer
Gov. Pete Ricketts is authorizing the Nebraska National Guard to allow additional National Guard personnel to be armed. In light of last week's shooting that killed four Marines and a sailor, it makes sense. The order includes recruiting offices like one of the targets last week...
More evidence of McCook's role in historical events
Where were you 46 years ago today? If you were old enough to know what was going on, you were probably glued to the television or listening to the radio to hear the latest from NASA, first that the astronauts had landed safely, and then to watch fuzzy video of Neil Armstrong climbing down the ladder of his lunar module...
The Supreme Court
Our forefathers and the initiators of democracy in the United States created three branches of government in the belief they should be separate but equal with no one branch having more power than the others. So they established the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial branches with each acting as a check and balance to the other two. ...
Rural moods improve with rain, other factors
We've heard farmers talk about a "million-dollar rain," but you don't have to be a farmer to appreciate moisture in Southwest Nebraska, where we're just now coming out of a drought. Rural Nebraskans' moods are better than they have been in years, according to the latest University of Nebraska-Lincoln poll, and part of it can be credited to Mother Nature...
Other towns putting pressure on McCook to improve city pool
If Facebook postings are to be believed, a lot of area residents are making the trip to Oberlin to enjoy that city's new swimming pool facilities, described as "very kid friendly" and with free admission for this summer, its first. One visitor noted it provides free life jackets and pool noodles, and while locker rooms had yet to be built, porta-potties were available for the time being...
Bank closing hardship
Bank hardships Dear Editor, I am writing to protest the planned closing of The Bank / Herndon, located in Herndon, Kansas. On June 23, we received a letter from The Bank, stating that The Bank in Herndon and Norcatur are to be closing as of September 25, 2015 giving no specific reason for the closing...
New building opens just in time for fair
Red Willow County residents are proud of their community, and it shows. People, from infants to the elderly, are our most important asset, of course, but our pride is most easily demonstrated by the investment we make in new facilities, from schools to churches, municipal buildings and other facilities...
Sixty years and counting
Grannie Annie and your humble columnist participated in celebrating a momentous historical event (at least for the two of us) this past Saturday, July 11th. That day in 1955 was Day One of the United States Air Force Academy. We both were present that hot afternoon on the flight line of Lowry AFB, near Denver. ...
A new threat from the other side of the world
We're hearing a lot about the deal to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and it's a serious concern. It's been called everything from "lighting the fuse" on a new Mideast nuclear arms race, to a "dramatic break from decades of animosity between the United States and Iran."...
For many, mobile Internet access is only access
There were cell phones before June 29, 2007, but they haven't been the same since. That was the day Apple introduced its first iPhone, and it's becoming more and more unusual to see someone answer a mobile call with the Star Trek-like flip phones that were the standard at the turn of the 21st century...
Eureka moments can become eureka events
Most people have had a Eureka moment; the moment of a sudden unexpected discovery. It might be a relationship, a job, a health issue or any number of things but whatever it is, it changes our life and sometimes it changes the lives of others too. And it makes sense to me that Eureka moments can evolve into Eureka events that have such a powerful effect on us that our lives are changed forever...
Don't let heat become old hat
We hope people have heard the message about not leaving kids and dogs in hot cars; recent national news stories have concerned deaths of both, such as a dog that died after police finally broke into a parked car, and an infant who died after parents forgot him in the car following a shopping trip...
Bill may have put the criminal in Cosby
Say it isn't so, Bill. The time for disbelief is long past, however, and it appears increasingly likely that, yes, America's favorite dad was a sexual predator, drugging and raping young women as a matter of habit, silencing his accusers for years through legal maneuvering made possible by his successful entertainment career...
Crazy season, great memories
Well, we just wrapped up a dual softball season with my two younger girls both playing travel ball. Whew! What a roller coaster that was! Hubby was head coaching one team while assisting the other and I was in charge of everything else that goes along with two kids playing ball at the same time. ...
While all eyes are on Greece, another crisis close to home
"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender," Prov. 22:7., KJV. Sound familiar? Some 61 percent of the "poor," citizens of Greece, voted Sunday against becoming slaves to their countries international lenders, but we doubt the writer of Proverbs had a democracy even as old as Greece's in mind...

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