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. ...
What does domestic violence look like?
A push? A grab? A slap? What do you think domestic abuse is? I don't know if many of you knew what it was in the past but I'm sure most of you do now because of the Ray Rice video. Rice, a professional football player with the Baltimore Ravens, was with his girlfriend Janay in an elevator in Las Vegas when he punched her in the face so hard he knocked her unconscious and then drug her out of the elevator, moving her body with his foot to clear the door. ...
Political developments unbelievable, aw, come on, really?
Stop me if you've heard some of this before, but the pending gubernatorial race has taken some strange, almost unbelievable turns in the last few days. Aw, come on, really? The short time lieutenant governor -- picked a little more than a year ago to replace a lieutenant governor who resigned after news broke that he was misusing a state phone to call women who weren't his wife -- has himself resigned after it became public that his sister was granted a protection order against him in a lingering family dispute over farm land. ...
To swear or not to swear
This week I was sorely disappointed in my brothers in arms, the U.S. Air Force. Actually it was some lawyer in the Department of Defense that made a politically correct judgment. "The resulting opinion concluded that an individual may strike or omit the words 'So help me God' from an enlistment or appointment oath if preferred." Tradition be damned!...
A competitive governor's race?
I was sitting in Ben Nelson's childhood home which had been moved to Norris Avenue on the Saturday morning of the Heritage Days celebration 8 years ago speaking with him about an upcoming rally to garner support and campaign contributions for his re-election race against Pete Ricketts. Three of his aides were standing against walls in the living room and they were all on their cell phones...
Fall TV coverage: ABC's vets will have to carry the load
The fall TV season is here, and that means it's time for a look into the future -- the near, near future, that is -- to identify the good, the bad and the rest on broadcast television. Over the next few weeks, I'll provide an overview of the fall offerings, and give my take on what will work, what won't, and where everyone will be standing at the midseason mark. This week, it's ABC's turn under the microscope...
Our newest second lieutenant
Meet Second Lieutenant Asher Brooks United States Air Force one of McCook's finest. As your columnist alluded in last week's column Grannie Annie and I were privileged to travel to Maxwell AFB, Alabama to "swear him in" or more properly to administer the oath of office and commit him to commissioned officer duty in the Nebraska Air National Guard and the US Air Force. ...
Goodbye, my friend
I was sitting at the computer in my apartment next to my deck when I heard the sirens. I looked out the sliding glass door like I usually do and saw an ambulance followed by a police car zipping up the street. I live across the street from the hospital so I thought that's where they were going but they weren's. ...
Enjoying a slice of the South
Cajun Cuisine Yep that is what the ad on Grannie's iPad read! Cruising southbound on I-55 just north of Cape Girardeau, Missouri the clock said it was time for supper (that is rural Nebraskaneze for "dinner" the more sophisticated appalachian for the evening meal). ...
Something for nothing
It has been interesting to follow the trials of the residents in Calabria. The residents' concern appears to be the upkeep of the streets leading to their homes within the City-of-McCook-approved subdivision. Their plight points to a flaw in the way we do local government. ...