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Good care
I would like to inform everyone about what a wonderful nursing home we have in McCook. I have heard people say before, "If I ever have to go to a nursing home, I want to go to Hillcrest." We got to experience the love and wonderful care that is given when my mother, Leanna Young, had to be placed in Hillcrest last March...
Perhaps this is a good year to end daylight saving time
A day before the first African American president leaves office and Donald Trump checks into the White House, there are few things less important than daylight saving time. That's especially true in Nebraska's capital, where Gov. Pete Ricketts, in response to projected budget shortfalls, is proposing sweeping changes to the state's property tax system as well as agency reform and spending cuts finding opposition in from many quarters...
Things picking up in the Legislature
Things are beginning to pick up here in the legislature. There has been a lot of discussion regarding changes to the rules, appointment of senators to special committees, and additional bill introductions. As of last Friday, 430 bills and three legislative resolutions have been introduced by senators. I am anticipating many additional bills will be introduced during the last two days of bill introduction. Committee hearings will begin next week...
Before condemning richest, check out your own lifestyle
Perhaps we should be outraged by the Oxfam report that the six richest people on earth own as much combined wealth as the poorest half of the earth's population. Outraged, but not surprised. According to a 2014 World Bank study, while poverty is on the decline globally, two-thirds of the world's poorest people live in India, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo...
A positive experience
Grannie Annie and this old guy were traveling. Grannie was experiencing symptoms of what she thought might be flu. Time to go to an emergency room. Our daughter in Omaha recommended the Women's Hospital and so we walked in. Thanks to medical insurance, a treasured benefit of prior military service, check in was a nonevent. ...
Regaining our momentum in space
The weekend brought a couple of reminders of how our attitudes have changed about space exploration. One prompted images of just how much history we are losing as the prior generation of explorers leaves the earth. The other shows possibilities for the future...
Better safe than sorry when it comes to storms
Winter Storm Jupiter (the Weather Channel's name) turned out to be somewhat of a bust in McCook, but there were scattered power outages in the area and a few non-injury accidents reported around McCook. The latter is probably true because many businesses, including the Gazette, chose to close their doors Monday rather than risk the safety of their employees and customers on the icy streets and highways. ...
Successful or not, Ricketts plan worthwhile effort
Gov. Pete Ricketts' budget proposals were just as predictable as the response. Faced with a projected $267 million shortfall in the current budget and the potential for a $900 million gap through 2019, Ricketts did what most of us do when our paychecks won't make it to the end of the month...
A winter storm for the weekend
After a pretty dry winter so far, it looks like that's about to change this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for McCook, all of southwest Nebraska, northwest Kansas and South Central Nebraska for a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow beginning during the day on Saturday and continuing through Monday. ...
'One Book' choice offers old insight into current issues
Protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline picked up, with gusto where the Keystone XL protests left off, only backing off slightly when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a construction easement under the Missouri River in the final months of the Obama Administration...
Determined, brave reporter broke new of World War II
There was a day when you couldn't post pictures of your breakfast to hundreds of friends, share a Tweet from the president-elect or berate officiating in front of thousands of football championship game viewers. In those days, one had to be a professional journalist, dedicated to getting the story first, getting it right, and getting it past your editor before anyone could read a single word of your report...
A difficult proposition
For all my childhood memory my folks kept a small herd of milk cows. The milk produced, most often separated into cream, was sold to local dairies to provide most of the grocery money that fed our family. One bright day, probably when I was about grade school age, I noted seeing a small embryo still enclosed in a placental sac lying in the corral. ...
Native American immigration issues
Maps provide us with valuable information. A map of Connecticut shows the Connecticut River cutting through the center of that state. It flows from the Long Island Sound to an outlet in the Atlantic Ocean. My Hancock ancestors lived in Farmington, Connecticut, on land they purchased from the Tunxis Indians in 1645. They were Puritans who lived near Weathersfield...
Send your old Christmas trees to Afghanistan
Christmas is over and it is time to take down all your cheap phony decorations. You know, all those plastic santy-clauses, candy canes, colored bulbs and etcetera. No problem. You just put them inter boxes and consign them to the attic or basement till next year...
Graff Events Center continues growing into its full potential
McCook has been an area trade center since before the time the Newsboy plied the skies of Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas delivering the Gazette. Generations of area high school students have traveled to Nebraska's oldest two-year college for events like Band Days and Inter-High Day, many of them returning after high school graduation once they got a taste for the quality education it could offer on one of the most attractive campuses around...
Radon testing, remediation worth expense
We've know or have heard of people who have contracted lung cancer, "but have never smoked a day in their lives." We've also heard anecdotal evidence, and some empirical as well, of high cancer rates in Nebraska. The answer could lie with radon, which health experts know is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers...
Lawmakers back at work
By the time you read this, the Legislature will have begun its One Hundred and Fifth Session. In the first few days, committee chairs will be elected, rules will be proposed and adopted, and bills will begin being introduced. Senators will have until the tenth day, which this year is January 18th, to introduce new bills. ...
My Arkansas visit
Things didn't start well. When I pulled out of McCook around nine in the morning on Friday, December 16th, the temperature was in the mid 20's and we had freezing fog. As I headed south, things got worse instead of better. By the time I got into Kansas, the freezing fog had turned to freezing drizzle and the roads had turned icy. ...
2016 landmark year for infrastructure
2016 was a landmark year for infrastructure investment in Nebraska. Concerned Nebraskans advocating on behalf of finishing the Nebraska Expressway System helped make it so. To honor that decades-old promise and position our state for new growth in this new year and beyond, the successes of 2016 should be viewed as a launching pad, not a finish line...
Singer's woes not high on list of worries
If you were still awake, or not too busy celebrating, you might have caught Mariah Carey's botched performance in front of a billion people on New Year's Eve. We tend to believe her producer's story, that she repeatedly complained about faulty earpieces before ever going on stage. Her dancers, however, didn't seem to have any trouble following the music...
Utilize airport terminal
We have much-improved air travel service since Boutique Air began serving McCook. However, one thing is sadly missing! That is the terminal is not being utilized, or services, for the benefit of the travelers or for us people meeting planes, to pick up their incoming passengers...
For 2017, less may be more
If you're like most of us, you've gained a few pounds over the holiday season, and taking them off may be a high priority. When it comes to our bank account, however, excess probably isn't the problem. Like many things in life, less is more where finances are involved...
President-elect
Ah, the wonders of modern medicine. Or maybe is the wonder of the human body to heal itself. Probably both but the ultimate result is the most important person in this old columnist's life is returned to a normal state of health and we are back home again...
Trump's judicial appointments to have long-term consequences
The supply of ammunition seems to have improved and not everyone was clamoring to buy guns following the November election, thanks to the perception that Trump was less likely than Hillary Clinton to push for gun control. That's not the case in California, where sporting goods stores have been struggling to supply semi-automatic rifles ahead of a new law which bans certain features...
Reimplementing Nebraska's death pealty
In the November election, along with voting for candidates, the people of Nebraska voted with a substantial majority- to support the return of the death penalty to our legal system. Since that time, the Governor's office, Attorney General, and the Department of Corrections have started in motion some steps to streamline the process. ...