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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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When hobos found a welcoming home in Southwest Nebraska
The onlyinyourstate.com website cited some history about Oxford, Neb., that is shared by many towns along the railroad and contrasts with today's conditions. Once a division point for the old CB&Q Railroad, Oxford had a large roundhouse and, nearby, a high river bank that quickly became a "hobo haven" for men who were down on their luck...
What does Brexit mean for the next presidential election?
In Scotland to visit one of his money-losing golf courses, Donald Trump congratulated Britain on its vote to leave the European Union, saying he was happy to see people take their countries back. Stock markets weren't so sure about the Brexit vote. The U.S stock market dropped about 2 percent on open but was coming back at press time...
With a little help from my friends
I appreciated the story in last night's Gazette about Boutique Air's passenger counts climbing but I think prospective passengers need a lot more information than that in order to make an informed decision on whether to fly with them or not so I had decided to write this column several days ago. I would like to do a full column next week on the pros and cons of flying out of and into McCook and that can only be done with help from the readers of this column...
Travelers get ground-level view of our flyover state
Nebraska is sometimes derided as a "flyover state" for politicians seeking votes from the major population centers on the coasts, but it hasn't always been that way. Summertime brings reminders of earlier times when trappers, "49-ers," longhorn drovers and travelers on the Mormon and Oregon trails spent long days traversing our loess hills on the way to their final destination...
Voters to decide
I am writing in response to Sen. Colby Coash's letter, "Too late to fix the death penalty," it made me decide to share some facts about the death penalty debate. Sen. Coash is on record for saying that the people should have the right to vote on the death penalty, but what most people don't know is that there was an amendment to the death penalty bill that would have placed the decision on the ballot in 2016 and would have eliminated the need for the petition drive...
Fantasy, reality
It appears that the sponsors and the participants at McCook's Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival (World-Herald June 10) are whistling their way through the graveyard of disappearing communities. McCook is the county seat of Red Willow County. Of Nebraska's 93 counties, Red Willow county shares a distinction with 72 others...
Labor strikes?
If the socialists win this fall, it's time to take a play out of Poland's playbook. Massive labor strikes targeting the transportation industry. That's not to say the leaders of such a movement wouldn't need to be tough SOBs because I'm sure this fine government of ours would lock them up, which would bring more labor strikes. I think we could bring them to their knees and never fire a shot...
Political capital, not gun violence, main Senate target
One measure would ban gun sales to suspected terrorists. Another would deny gun sales to known or suspected terrorists as long as a judge agrees within three days. A third would expand background checks to private gun sales and a fourth would encourage states to share more information on suspected terrorists with the FBI...
Uncle Charlie
The year was 1955 and your columnist was about to depart to a new life in the Air Force. Dad took me on a special trip to St. Joseph, Missouri to meet and visit with his Uncle Charlie Trail. Now understand that the Trail clan hadn't been close as I grew up and to that time I had only met one of my father's aunts. My father's father had died from the infection of an abscessed tooth when dad was six years old...
Time to revive ignition interlock for teen drivers?
Remember ignition interlocks? For one year, 1974, American cars were equipped with a gizmo that prevented cars from starting if the driver's seat belt wasn't buckled. You may be familiar with another modern-day ignition interlock if you've run afoul of laws against driving while intoxicated...
Big cats not unheard of in Southwest Nebraska
Many dads were recognized on Sunday's Fathers Day for all they do, but we have to pay tribute as well to the Colorado mom who saved her 5-year-old son's life by pulling his head from the jaws of a mountain lion. The Pitkin County police said the child was playing outside Friday with his brother when the mother heard the sound of screaming...
Church members: Mind the money
As Church members, we trust the people who are appointed to the boards of our churches and expect them to do their jobs as secretary, treasurer, president, board member or pastor. Have you ever thought about your church being a victim of misappropriation of funds or embezzlement?...
Las Vegas, then and now
The implosion of the Riviera hotel in Las Vegas this past week brought back a lot of fond memories for me as I'm sure it did for some of the readers of this column. The last time Coach Bonow and I went to Vegas, we stayed at the Riviera. And although it was worn and showing its age, you were reminded of the class it and others like it exuded in their prime. ...
Encounter with terror
March 22, 2016 is a day that Fanny Clain will remember forever. At age 20, she was leaving her home on Reunion Island of the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. She had filled out her papers to become a Mormon missionary and traveled to Brussels, Belgium...
Vacation no time to let down your guard
Our hearts go out to the Nebraska family who suffered the unspeakable horror of seeing their toddler snatched away by an alligator while they were visiting a Disney World resort Tuesday night. Although the manmade lake had "no swimming" signs posted, the boy was playing in about a foot of water in a beach area when he was grabbed by the reptile, four to seven feet in length. The boy's body was discovered nearby about 16 hours after he was taken...
Credit where credit is due
I wish to thank Connie Jo dor the nice article about our Bartley History book. I really appreciated her kind words. But I wish to give "credit where credit is due." I'm definitely not into this century, with computers, hard drives, flash drive, scanning, etc.! I have Parkinson's and the symptoms are not conducive to handling the mouse or the keyboard. ...
Court sides with public in net neutrality ruling
The internet was invented with a grant from the Department of Defense in the 1960s, was popularized by invention of the World Wide Web protocols in the 1980s, and wasn't completely opened to commercial activity until 1995. Originally carried by copper phone lines, it's increasingly transmitted wirelessly and through fiberoptic lines...
Public input on budgets welcome
This is the time of year in which school boards, cities, and counties are working on their budgets. They all have public hearings, which you can attend and provide input on where money is being spent, and voice your concerns. As a former school board member myself, I can assure you that the input of taxpayers and voters carries great weight in the budget-making process. ...
Into each life some rain must fall
As many of you fine readers of this column know your wordsmith went directly from the farm, high school, into the Air Force Academy. There many friendships were made and one of the most unlikely has endured over 56 years now and counting. J.T. Smith was as different in background from this farm raised kid as possible. ...
Farmer's Market will open July 6
I am excited to get the Farmer's Market up and running again this year. The Market will be located in the Sears parking lot at the Westview Plaza again this year. It was a very successful location last year. Harold Pierson will be sponsoring us. As in the past, there is no charge to bring your product to set up and sell to the public...
Flying American flag at half-staff too often loses meaning
If you're like many of us, you'll feel the hair stand up on the back of your neck when you see an online video of a protester standing on an American flag. That's especially true for those of us who grew up hearing stories of wars fought to preserve all it stands for...
Warped view of reality common denominator in terror
Both sides of the gun debate scrambled to find the "right" side of the issue, especially politicians hoping to translate the tragedy into votes. The left naturally funneled the issue into the need for gun control, blaming the instrument of mass murder, while downplaying the ideology behind the Orlando attack in the name of tolerance...
Make your voice heard
This is the time of year in which school boards, cities, and counties are working on their budgets. They all have public hearings, which you can attend and provide input on where money is being spent, and voice your concerns. As a former school board member myself, I can assure you that the input of taxpayers and voters carries great weight in the budget-making process. ...
Fewer teens choose, have chance for employment
Want your teens to learn accountability, grit and the ability to handle adversity? Get them summer jobs. They'll learn how to manage things they don't necessarily like and experience that may last them a lifetime. They'll also have a leg up on the competition...
How to have a great marriage (or not)
Magazines and the internet just keep doing it. They keep coming up with lists and ways to be successful at something when there are no lists and ways that work for all the people all the time. But because it attracts people's attention, they do it anyway. ...