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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
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'Tis the season for inappropriate costumes, toys
Free enterprise keeps our country running, but it also keeps commentators on the job as it pushes the boundaries of good taste. Halloween has turned into one of the year's biggest holidays when it comes to retail sales, so it's not surprising when companies go a little overboard to try to land their piece of the pie...
Cellular phones no longer a luxury to be taxed as such
Remember the "luxury tax"? The idea is understandable -- anyone who can afford luxury items like furs, cars, yachts, private jets and jewelry probably won't bat an eye at a few extra dollars. Congress bought the argument, enacting such a tax in 1991, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush...
Finish what you start
We've developed a malady in this country that involves quitting before we're finished and it's especially bad among young people. They're so accustomed to instant gratification that when something tends to be tedious or too detail oriented, they quit and go on to something more fun and exciting. The thrilling element partly explains the interest young people have in playing video games. They don't get bored while they're doing it because every game is different...
Of this and that
Received a little insight into the ongoing, so-called Ebola crisis and our President Obama. Remember one of the first things he did after becoming president was to wage a big liberal campaign against "big pharma," the large U.S. drug manufacturing companies...
A thank-you letter to farmers
As I push my cart down the aisles of the local store, rows of shiny cucumbers, golden oranges, glossy red tomatoes and yellow corn greet me. I stop before an endless variety of cheeses, creamy yogurts and milk products before moving on to the meats. Reaching for a lean, reasonably priced steak or a package of pork chops to tempt my family, I think of you, who help make this part of my life so easy...
Best defense?
A Sept. 14 news item was titled State Policies Muddy Water Regulation. I tend to agree with the headline but found much to disagree with in the article. Dean Edson, who has the title of Executive Director of Nebraska Association of Resource Districts was quoted as saying the local NRDs have significant legal authority. The article continues on saying in contrast to Nebraska's local level system other states water laws are controlled at state level...
News events undermine CDC confidence
We're told repeatedly that Americans don't have anything to fear from Ebola, but recent events haven't done anything to engender public confidence. Because she took a flight, at last 100 airline passengers are now at risk of contracting Ebola. While space-suited workers prepared to load the latest patient onto a private plane bound for Atlanda, an unidentified man walking with the group, carrying a clip board and dressed in shirt sleeves, handling a container and hazmat trash bag from one of the workers in full-protective gear and later boarding the flight.. ...
Minden may bring sales tax to bear on water repair issues
Minden residents sometimes can't tell whether they've flushed the toilet or not. Tests show the water is safe to drink, but city officials are getting tired of people bringing in photos and samples of water ranging from yellow, to red and brown. It stains clothes and, in parts of town, barely dribbles out of the faucet...
One year later
On this day a year ago, I was in the cardiac care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney after an emergency stent had saved my life the day before. For several years, October 9th had caused good feelings to well up in my heart but last year there was nothing good about October 9th and no one was more surprised than me...
Native Americans, rock legends and the pipeline saga
Help me get my head around something here friends. There are nearly 21,000 miles of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines in Nebraska already. So what makes the battle over the latest one proposed -- the Keystone XL -- so special? Just asking. Nearly 8,000 people gathered on an Antelope County farm on a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon to listen to music legends Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform. ...
New Events Center name is fitting tribute to generous family
The MCC Events Center is a clean, no-nonsense modern facility that quietly goes about the business of supporting McCook Community College and the students it prepares for the future. It's only fitting that it now bears the name of Peter and Dolores Graff, who have quietly gone about the business of improving the community they and their family call home...
Even green energy can have its costs
Not everybody is completely sold on green energy, judging by comments made by neighbors to a proposed wind farm in Southwest Nebraska. "I think it's going to negatively impact our property values," neighbor Larry Chapman said at a Hallam Village Board meeting Monday. "I don't oppose the project, but I don't want one (wind turbine) that's close to my house. Nobody's going to want to buy that acreage."...

Bountiful harvest left to rot
America is so bless with bounty but way to many think food has to come from giant grocery stores. Past generations must roll over in their graves for the waste and seeing no one willing to do the work of harvesting locally. So much Bounty just left to rot...
Help needed
McCook Concert Association wishes to thank the Fox Theatre for donating the venue rental for the Sept. 27 concert. We also wish to thank those individuals who donated cash in honor the late Cindy Kohmetscher, a long-time concert association volunteer. We also want to acknowledge the 220 adults and 30 families who purchased season tickets to support the concert series this year...
Fifty years and counting
A wise man said that "You can't go back" and he was right because things change. Change they did because we did go back and in the 49 years since we last left Cape Cod, it was a little hard to recognize our old haunts. Some 50+ years ago Uncle Sam saw fit to assign Grannie and me plus one baby to duty at Otis AFB on Cape Cod. ...
Electricity shares blame, credit in household fires
Too often, when authorities make a news report following a fire, "electrical" is listed as a suspected cause. It's true that electricity can cause destruction when it's not confined to the proper circuits -- or occurs in the wild, such as the bolt of lightning that ripped the bark from a tree on West 10th Street Sunday evening...
Casting votes best way to honor forebears
It's popular to be patriotic on the Fourth of July, Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and to honor those who have served and are serving in the military, but too many of us don't take advantage of the most appropriate way to honor those who have won us our freedoms...
Who's the enemy?
We're at war once again without boots on the ground or without an affirmation by Congress. Obama didn't send it to Congress because they didn't want it. That way if it fails, they can blame the President, if it succeeds they can say they were behind him. That's the state of politics in our country today...
Are lifestyle changes key to victory over Alzheimer's?
It's too early to say they've found a cure, but there's reason to hope scientists are on to something when it comes to Alzheimer's disease. At the very least, research begun by UCLA scientists should be expanded to many more test subjects. The California team subjected 10 Alzheimer's patients to a personized regimen including a comprehensive diet change, brain stimulation, exercise, sleep optimization, specific drugs and vitamins and other steps affecting brain chemistry...
Was it for the money?
With the Ray Rice fiasco, everyone is searching for answers as to why she married the guy a month after he socked her. Last Friday's paper had a very in-depth mulling about abusers and controllers. So far, nobody has mentioned the $35 million contract Ray Rice had to play football...
It takes reliable workers at all levels to keep things humming
For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail...
We should stay vigilant against threats
The world has enjoyed instantaneous electronic communication since the invention of the Internet, but worldwide air travel has put physical "communication" close behind. In the old days, crossing the ocean took days or weeks, meaning many diseases would have run their course by the time the carriers reached shore. Airline travel has cut transit time to the point that travelers may as well be beamed by Star Trek transporters...
Include and integrate
What do we stand for? What is the essence of what we Americans really believe is the true red white and blue? In an attempt to get a well rounded understanding of current world events this old guy looks to several sources. Traditionally it has been the printed word that I turned to for well rounded reporting. ...
Remembering Norman Rockwell
Early in 1943 I was living in Denver and was 10 going on 11. My coin purse had some money in it that I had earned. I hurried to the corner drugstore 11⁄2 blocks from my parents home. This business had a soda fountain and a well-stocked magazine stand. I ignored the temptations of the soda fountain. I wanted to buy a Superman comic book...
Let's work to reverse rural accident trends
School consolidation has been a fact of life in rural Nebraska for decades, and while there are budgetary advantages, families pay the price through increased travel, whether by school bus or private car. Unfortunately, that travel can be dangerous and is getting worse in rural Nebraska, according to AAA Nebraska...