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Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
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Addicted to scripture
How often do you read the Bible? Once a day? Seldom? Never? Many years ago I was dignosed with scriptomania: Constantly ready and quoting the Bible. Even one small scripture made me tipsy. Then it became a vile habit. I began hiding Bibles int he attic and cellar so as not to run short...
Pentagon could save $125 billion; so why doesn't it?
The U.S. military has 1.3 million troops on active duty, the fewest since before the Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago Wednesday. Yet it has more full-time employees involved in logistics or supply chain jobs than the entire United Parcel Service workforce, and its purchasing bureaucracy would rank among the top 30 private employers in the United States...
Big anniversary
Tomorrow marks the 75th Anniversary of the day the world changed! "A day that will live in infamy". It was a bright early Sunday morning and the Pacific was at peace. Then out of nowhere a whole fleet of Japanese torpedo, fighter and dive bombers rained down steel on the US Navy. Chaos. Never again the same...
Is honesty the best policy
Most people give lip service to the value of honesty but don't practice what they preach. How many stories have you heard lately that turned out to be blatantly, one hundred percent false? You hear something at the coffee shop or the bar or at a group function that sounds right because it supports your built-in biases so you repeat it to as many people as possible as the absolutely truth because you want it to be true. ...
Don't let winter weather take you by surprise this year
Technically, it's nearly three weeks until winter arrives, but we've already found our heavy coats now that "meteorological" winter arrived with Dec. 1. Cold winds can be dangerous out here on the Plains, but they're nothing like conditions thousands of feet above our heads, where jet streams can bring in snow, ice and whiteout conditions at 200 mph...
Racket sports best activities to boost your heart health
We've got a few weeks until the end of the holiday overindulgence season, but it's not too early to think about burning off those extra calories stored as body mass. The popularity of racquetball ebbs and flows, less demanding pickleball is gaining popularity and tennis seems to hold steady...
Whooping cough latest old disease to make comeback
We've made great strides in modern public health, but it's easy to take it for granted. Unfortunately, old diseases like measles and polio are still around, decades after they should have been wiped out -- perhaps we mean centuries -- bubonic plague bacteria is still being detected in squirrels in the California mountains...
Legislative Council performs important function
Two weeks ago, the Legislative Council met in Omaha. Many people have not heard of this body of the Nebraska Legislature, but it serves an important function. The Legislative Council consists of all members of the Legislature, and serves as an investigative body during the interim. ...
A failed invasion and a call to duty
You know there are advantages to growing old. One is the memory of events that took place that changed our world. The recent death of one evil man by the name of Fidel Castro jarred this old guy's memory of events long gone. Events that greatly affected our country and sadly turned our island neighbor Cuba into a real hell hole...
Ohio State attack reopens guns-on-campus debate
Schools should be a safe place, but they can also be a "soft target" for someone with evil intent. One side thinks there are already too many guns in circulation, while the other is fond of the quote "the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."...
'Grannie Annie,' Chaplains say thanks to area
Dear Southwest Nebraska friends, Thank you once again for the great output of items, money and help packing the 200 boxes we sent to our 4 Chaplains (50 boxes to each one) I am humbled by the support I received by so many. The first boxes have arrived and receiving chaplain who was somewhere in Iraq, was happy and pleased with the items. This is the note he sent to me...
Online shopping adds danger as well as convenience
Will you dread opening your credit card bills come January? If you're concerned, you might want to turn off your "one-click" purchase button on your favorite online shopping account. If it really gets out of hand, say you're considering a consolidation loan to clean up last year's Christmas credit card bills, you might want to get professional help...
Time to move on
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! For heaven's sake the election has been over for two weeks now. It is time that we stop the negative remarks about the two candidates and move on and just drop the subject. We had a election and Donald Trump is our new president whether you like it or not...
Winning and losing
I tend not to cry over spilled milk and I'm not going to this time either. Even though the Democrats have lost two presidential elections since 2000 when they won the popular vote, the popular vote isn't what gets you elected, even though in a democracy, I've always thought it should be the only way to get elected. The will of the people vs. the state's congressional representation does away with the concept of one man, one vote which our nation was founded on...
For maximum safety, experts list toys to avoid
If you survived your Black Friday shopping excursion (that started Thursday afternoon) you and your family may not be in the clear yet. If you already bought toys for the kids on your shopping list, you might want to check with the safety experts before putting them under the tree...
Good news just in time for Small Business Saturday
During the presidential campaign, President Obama voiced concern about his legacy -- unless Hillary Clinton won, his achievements would be lost to posterity. He probably didn't expect it to begin before he even left office. Businesses across the country were struggling to comply with a regulation going into effect Dec. 1, that would require them to pay overtime for salaried administrative or professional workers who make less than about $47,500 a year...
The Bushes and the Saudis
"House of Bush, House of Saud" published in 2004 by Scribner and written by Craig Unger clarifies the problems of international terrorism. It is a lot like a John Grisham or a James Bond mystery story, only the long relationship between the Bush family and Saudi royal family is true...
Blessed by OUR community
Good weather smiled on McCook's annual Farm and Ranch Expo. The many superb facilities of our Fairgrounds were chock-full of vendors. Attendance appeared to be excellent judging by every parking space filled with pickups. Vehicle licenses in most part boasted of Nebraska residence but Kansas, Colorado and other states far and near were in evidence...
Recruiting rural lawyers important for region's future
They say one lawyer will starve to death in a small town, but two lawyers will each be able to make a living. There are better lawyer jokes, but it's true that lawyers are becoming a rare commodity in many rural Nebraska communities. That puts rural residents at a disadvantage, should they need legal help...
Add volunteers to your thankful list this Thursday
A neighbor in trouble seems to bring out the best in small-town Nebraska, and Sunday morning's fire in Cambridge was no exception. Someone who stopped at a convenience store about 5:30 a.m. turned in the fire, and volunteers from at least seven neighboring towns were on scene or on the way within a few minutes to help out Cambridge volunteers...
It's over before it starts
I was asked by more than one person why the Gazette allows personal attacks of one columnist by another to be printed. My answer was the same to all of them: I don't have any idea about the decision-making process of what gets printed and what doesn't. I'm sure the editor expects its contributors to be fair, even-handed and as objective as possible but we've never been given specific guidelines as to what we can write about and what we can't...
Thanksgiving made easier with this advice
Many a stand-up routine and more than one movie have created around the personal interactions that accompany the Thanksgiving holiday. Traveling on a tight schedule, as demanded by a Thursday holiday, dining with relatives who may have differing political views (horrors!) and seasonal illnesses can take their toll on what should be an enjoyable day off...
Missing the Y
Having been a member of the YMCA in McCook and recently moving to Iowa, We are fortunate to have three YMCA facilities within 30 miles. However, I want to express that none of the facilities measure up to the facilities available in McCook. I urge everyone to truly appreciate the resource available in McCook as it is exceptional in the size, diversity of facilities and personnel trainers...
Fewer smokers today, but threat to health remains
We recently saw an Internet meme about all the things a high school graduate should know how to do, like drive a stick shift and balance a check book. Good luck finding a stick shift; only 10 percent or fewer of American cars are sold with a clutch pedal these days...
Canada too cold? Try Hungary
If the election didn't go your way, and you decided Canada is too cold and you couldn't get the immigration website to work anyway, there's another place you might consider moving. A Hungarian parliament committee has given initial approval for the country to remain on daylight saving time all year around...