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Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
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Back home again
For Grannie Annie it was a heartfelt thank you for a job well done. As she says "I am only the hands and feet, it is the community that should receive the thanks!" Nathan Witt, Pastor of the Cambridge Calvary Baptist Church, does double duty as a Chaplain in a Kansas National Guard unit. ...
Bill would link welfare, clean drug tests
On March 2, I will introduce LB 537 in front of the Health and Human Services Committee. LB 537 would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to screen any applicant for and recipient of cash assistance benefits if they have reasonable suspicion that a person is using illegal drugs...
State offering great ideas for summer travel
We got a letter from the lawn service the other day and you can see the bags of garden soil and mulch piling up outside the garden departments -- can spring be far away? While we're getting soil ready to plant some tomatoes, we'll also want to think about where we want to spend our summer vacation...
Trooper in a Truck may help save lives
Never mind the "bear in the air," watch out for the "seat cover" in that truck behind you. In case you weren't around in the in days when CB radios were the fad, the first refers to state troopers catching speeders and the second to the person in the truck driver's passenger seat...
The necktie of the city
It has been said, "A well-groomed beautiful park is the 'Necktie" of a city." We have several parks in McCook, mostly well groomed and beautiful. There is an opportunity to add Barnett Park to such a category. This park already ha a wonderful sodded playing field, modern clean toilet, two multi-use picnic shelters, four individual adjoined ponds equipped with wonderful fountains, large grassed and wooded areas and on the south border, the great...
Honeymoon is over
Recent writer to the "Opinion" section of the Gazette used quotes from Crazy Horse and Chief Sitting Bull to show how difficult it is to expect the truth from the white man. Considering the circumstances and treaties made by our government with Indians, the quotes perfectly fit the times of 150 years ago...
No unwanted babies
"I have an idea for you pro-lifers out there. Instead of protesting outside of a legal abortion clinic, why don't you go inside the clinic? Each young lady that walks in the clinic, with the intention of having an abortion, I want you to tell her that it's not necessary. ...
A science guy
I've always lived my life head-on; not shying away or backing away from anything, and I intend to keep doing that. That's how I was raised. My mother was a 17-year-old small town girl when I was born but went on to beat all odds and become a nationally known fashion model because she lived her life the same way she was teaching me to live mine...
Philadelphia's new soda tax bears watching
Lawmakers wrangling with fiscal issues and public health might be keeping an eye on the Philadelphia situation. That's especially true in the Obamacare era, with the government involved in health care to an unprecedented degree, but President Trump's election throws that into question as well...
Compare college costs, career goals
Faced with potential state funding cuts, Mid-Plains governors will discuss raising tuition and fees at their meeting today, but regardless of their decision, the local community college will remain a bargain. In-state tuition is $84 per credit hour for the 2016-17 year, and that includes the adjoining states of Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming as well...
Water legislation would open Pandora's Box
Last week Sen. Groene of North Platte introduced LB 218 and LB 488 in the Natural Resources Committee. LB 218 would change the way N-CORPE, the "Nebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement," project operates going forward. It would separate the groundwater rights from the surface rights and require those acres to be sold in order to pay down the bond debts. ...
Politically incorrect nonsense
This morning in church the song leader choose one of my long time favorites from a new hymnal. "Lord I Want To Be A Christian." This version was written in four-part harmony and listed as an "American Folk Song." Baloney! According to Wikipedia this song was written in the 1750s Virginia by African-American slaves exposed to the teaching of evangelist Samuel Davies...
Powerball jackpot $403 million; we all can dream
The largest Powerball jackpot in history was drawn more than a year ago, Jan. 13, 2016, with a number worth $1.6 billion was split three ways. Two of the winners came forward almost immediately, but the third, a Chino Hills, Calif., couple, claimed their prize six months later, after they had assembled a team of advisers...
New benefits are discovered for Mediterranean diet
A particular diet has been enjoying some popularity over the past few years, but there's new information that may extend the cuisine beyond fad status. It's long been believed that the Mediterranean diet can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, joint diseases and cancer, but a new study found that it can also help prevent brain decline in elderly people...
Alternative facts and Native American wisdom
Over 150 years ago, an American Indian named Worm shared some Sioux wisdom with his teenage son Crazy Horse. " One does not go to a hill top for water or to a white man for the truth". This quote comes from the book (Crazy Horse) written by Mari Sandoz in 1942. From another source, I remember a quote attributed to Chief Sitting Bull...
New benefit found from Mediterranean diet
A particular diet has been enjoying some popularity over the past few years, but there's new information that may extend the cuisine beyond fad status. It's long been believed that the Mediterranean diet can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, joint diseases and cancer, but a new study found that it can also help prevent brain decline in elderly people...
Go Betsy DeVos
I read with great amusement an "opinion" piece in the Gazette last Tuesday by someone who is obviously another "Hillary worshiper" who is on and joined the bandwagon of those who are still sorely wounded by Hillary's "unbelievable loss" in the November election...
The first month
Regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump, no one from any political persuasion can accuse him of not doing what he said he was going to do on the campaign trail. He's writing Executive Orders as fast as he can write them and there has been some sort of crisis at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since the day he took office. ...
Taking a que from scandals in Korea
Opponents of President Trump have long been critical of his continuing ties to the family business, most recently adviser Kellyanne Conway's endorsement of Ivanka Trump's line of clothes. For a look at what can happen when business and government mix, check out recent events in South Korea...
Let's see transcripts of all calls to, from Russian ambassador
On the surface, national security adviser Michael T. Flynn's resignation seems cut and dried. In the cold war years, any hint of collusion with Russia, then the Soviet Union, would have resulted in the immediate death of an American political career, if not a prison sentence or worse...
Let's see transcripts of all calls to, from Russian ambassador
On the surface, national security adviser Michael T. Flynn's resignation seems cut-and-dried. In the cold war years, any hint of collusion with Russia, then the Soviet Union, would have resulted in the immediate death of an American political career, if not a prison sentence or worse...
Should we leave the tough decisions to computers?
When the going gets tough, the tough tend to look out for number one. Experience seems to confirm that twist on an old adage when it comes to people. We've noticed that crimes like embezzlement and Ponzi schemes like Bernie Madoff's seem to turn up when the economy turns down...
School choice
It has been interesting watching the U.S. Senate debate the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to become Secretary of Education. It seemed to be that a large number of the Senators that opposed the confirmation were also the same Senators who took large amounts of teacher's union money in their campaigns for office...
A new Nero?
President Donald Trump is receiving opposition to the candidacy of Betsy DeVos, a wealthy GOP donor who promotes charter schools and private schools. She never attended public school herself and did not send her children to a public school. It is not surprising that there is so much opposition to her being confirmed education secretary. Obviously we need someone as the education secretary who is knowledgeable and sees all sides of our country's educational challenges...
McCook breakfast program welcome exception to trend
The old adage that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" used the "Iowa Breakfast Study" of the 1950s as supporting evidence. The saying lost some credibility when it was noted in the 1980s that the study covered only a small number of students -- and was financed by the Cereal Institute and included only 50 people, age 12 to 83...