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Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Impacting on crime
America had statistically high crime rates for a thirty year period from the 1960s into the 1990s. During that time, the emphasis was on what was called the due process model, a liberal perspective, rather than the crime control model which was a conservative perspective. ...
Farewell, old friends
Like a number of circus fans and people who enjoy seeing elephants perform or visit zoos that have them, I am sad. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is phasing them out after 200 years. For me it is like saying farewell to some old friends...
Remembering local sacrifices to win World War II
President Obama's visit to Hiroshima today was no simple undertaking. Critics call the visit itself an apology for the atomic bombing 71 years ago, but the president took special pains avoid appearing to apologize for an act that ended the war Japan started with a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor...
If state's death penalty is broken, it can still be fixed
Death penalty opponents offer some valid reasons Nebraskans should vote against reinstating capital punishment. Nebraska's death penalty is broken, State Sen. Colby Coash said during a stop in McCook on Tuesday, and the state has been unable to execute anyone in 20 years...
Don't let insects ruin your holiday
We may have to deal with rain, but most of us are looking forward to a Memorial Day holiday Monday. We hope you'll attend ceremonies nearest to you as part of your holiday as well as getting outdoors to enjoy a day off. When you do get ready to head to the park or lake, be sure to grab the insect repellent...
Sacrificin' grandmas
Grannie Annie and I had the pleasure of dining with one of McCook's treasures last week. The lady was Linda Aldrich, Col. USAF Retired. Linda's dad Ray worked as an engineer at the Bureau of Reclamation. Her mother, Gladys, a stay-at-home mom, raised Linda and her sister as they were educated in the McCook Schools. Good people...
Recycled sewer gas to power buses
The city of Lincoln is planning on putting its sanitary sewer system to work hauling residents around town. Actually, methane gas from sewers is at work in Lincoln, running generators to produce 40 to 60 percent of a digester plant's electric power...
Flags to be set out on veterans' graves
Dear Editor; Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching us once again. The McCook American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts and a number of community volunteers will be setting out flags on our veterns' gravesites at Calvary, Memorial Park and Riverview cemeteries in McCook 9 a.m. Saturday, May 28...
Film offers insight into 'good old days' in Washington
Depending on how many elections you've lived through, the HBO film "All The Way" will bring back memories or add to your knowledge of political history. It also draws an important distinction between today's congressional gridlock and change by "executive order" instead of the old-fashioned glad-handing, arm-twisting and horse trading that resulted in landmark legislation like the Civil Rights Act of 1964...
Ensuring summertime safety takes special precautions
Summer's supposed to be a fun time as kids and families take advantage of free time to get outdoors to vacation, play organized and improvised sports and enjoy the warm weather. But it can also be a dangerous time for unsupervised kids and adults who overdo it or indulge in risky behavior...
The hidden killer
Most people don't like doctors and hospitals. It's really an indirect effect instead of a direct one because when we have to go to one or the other, it means something is wrong with us and that's the part we don't like. But I also know people who say they don't want to go to the doctor for fear of finding out something's wrong with them they didn't already know about. ...
Conservative voters face choice of lesser of two evils
Franklin Graham offered some good advice to Nebraskans during the Lincoln stop on his Decision America Tour Wednesday. Get involved, he said, don't be afraid to apply Christian values to government and participate in this year's election, even if they have to vote "for the lesser of two evils."...
Cash case throws spotlight on clash between states
We concluded a recent editorial with the statement that "occasionally allowing guilty people to go unpunished is the price for preserving freedom for the rest of us." It didn't take long to reinforce that idea. Monday, a Nebraska judge threw out a case against a Minnesota man who admitted he was taking $65,000 in cash to Colorado to buy pot that he intended to sell back home...
You voted for LB840
It was happy birthday for the old guy and Grannie Annie honored me by buying a new gas grill for our patio. My choice. Now I ask dear reader, "Have you priced a grill lately?" Some are more expensive than the full time stoves for a new kitchen. I chose a small two-burner model with a five-year warranty. ...
Many graduates lack some desired skills
So you've got that college diploma, now it's time to make the big bucks, right? If you're fluent in Scala and GO computer programming, or an expert in mergers and acquisitions or equity management, you can expect 17 to 20 percent more than the average college graduate...
Many helped make Seventh Grade Heritage Day tour a success
On behalf of the Hometown Competitiveness Youth Task Force, I would like to thank everyone who made our second Seventh Grade Heritage Day tour a success. Two years ago, our group hoped to create an event that gave our middle school youth an opportunity to appreciate and understand their McCook roots and an event which complimented the ag tour our eighth graders experience...
Man's best friend may help make air travel safer
A new air carrier is slated to take over service to McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport this summer, and while "lines" are next to nonexistent going through security here, that's not the case at larger airports. Passengers are told to arrive as much as three hours early because of tightened security measures and tight TSA budgets...
Nuke plant shutdown foreshadows coming changes in energy mix
Nuclear power was hailed as a miracle when it was first implemented back in the 1950s, and still shows promise in the form of nuclear fusion, which has been "just a few years away" for many decades. We agree with the view that the most practical course is a cocktail of energy sources -- coal, oil, wind, solar, hydro and nuclear -- but in the end, simple economics will be the deciding factor...
Ann Romney's determination
Ann Romney's determination Dear Editor, In 1998 when Ann Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis she thought she was at the end of her rope However, she was determined to deal with her situation in a positive way. "In This Together," published by St. Martin's Press in 2015, is a book she wrote about her dealing with M.S. and other challenges...
Facism and Donald Trump
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." We have all heard a variation of that phrase since it was written by George Santayana in Life of Reason in 1905. There are several meanings and interpretations attached to it but the most enduring and popular one is that we need to learn from our mistakes. In fact, one interpretation says that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome...
Foster parents make a difference, one child at a time
We're sure you've heard the story about the old man walking along the beach, who spotted a boy in the distance. Every so often, the young man would bend over, pick something up and throw it into the water. Drawing closer, the old man discovered the object of the boy's activities. Starfish...
Now that plan is approved, public must stay involved
Congratulations to the McCook Economic Development Corp., executive director Kirk Dixon, board members and the community in general for approving and extending McCook's economic development plan. New on the job, Dixon isn't likely to accept much credit for the wide margin of approval, but he and the MEDC leadership that put him in place deserve recognition for the positive vote...
Play good odds to stay safe in tornado season
Lincoln commuters on the way home from work Monday had to deal with more than traffic as a storm pounded the area, dropping snowdrifts of hail up to football size, as much as 6 inches of rain and spawning at least one tornado. Red Willow and Frontier counties were spared serious damage when two or three tornadoes twisted through the area Sunday, but summer 2016 seems to be shaping up as a stormy season...
Vote and vote again
Today is primary day in Nebraska. The really big election comes in November. I hope you cast your ballot because your voice is important. This old political junkie will be eager to see the results tomorrow morning. No doubt the voter turnout will be dismal as the presidential delegates are already named and we being few in Nebraska receive little national media attention anyway. ...
After speeches, consider cold economic facts
Speakers gave this weekends' graduates a lot of advice, but dropping out of school wasn't among it. We've all heard the stories about college dropouts doing well -- Time has a Top 10 list in fact: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, James Cameron, Mark Zuckerberg, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Lady Gaga and Tiger Woods...