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Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
Bite the other side of the apple (08/23/16)
Last week the McCook City Manager presented next year's budget to the Council and gave them the heads up that revenues might be a little short. His solution was to increase the property tax levy by 3 cents or so. Whoa that is biting off the wrong side of the apple. ...
Dealing with the 'Kintner Issue' (08/22/16)
The thing that has captured the most attention in Lincoln lately is the "Kintner Issue." As I am sure most of you are aware Senator Kintner has been fined $1000 by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission for using his state-owned laptop computer to have cybersex with a woman he friended on Facebook. ...
Keeping government accessible (08/19/16)
Visiting with Nebraskans gives me the opportunity to hear their questions, concerns, feedback, and ideas. During my travels across the Third District this August, it has been refreshing to see how well-informed our fellow citizens are on the pressing issues facing our country, which is vital to strengthening our republic...
Good flight out, not so good back (08/19/16)
After writing a pretty glowing column about Boutique Airlines six weeks ago, I got to try them out over the weekend and the results were mixed. The flight from McCook to Denver was pretty perfect. The co-pilot took time to explain everything to us and snacks and drinks were also available if we decided to partake. ...
A question for Sasse (08/16/16)
To review a bit. Retired Senator Ben Nelson had a distinguished political career in Nebraska. In college young Ben worked for then governor Frank Morrison. Then on to a successful career in the insurance business. Eventually Ben ran for the Nebraska Legislature and was elected from a majority Republican district even though he was an unshakable Democrat. ...
The legacy of unions (08/12/16)
The emerging power and influence of unions during the mid-twentieth century was a boon for workers and allowed them to finally work their way up to the middle class. Unions had the power to negotiate contracts with management and, because of the strength of numbers in unions, many obviously spoke much louder than one. Before unions, individuals had to negotiate themselves with management and management usually held most of the cards...
The legacy of unions (08/12/16)
The emerging power and influence of unions during the mid-twentieth century was a boon for workers and allowed them to finally work their way up to the middle class. Unions had the power to negotiate contracts with management and, because of the strength of numbers in unions, many obviously spoke much louder than one. Before unions, individuals had to negotiate themselves with management and management usually held most of the cards...
A family reunion and other observations (08/09/16)
Ah ha the Trail clan did a bit for the local economy this past weekend. Motel rooms rented 13. Meals out a bunch. Ordered lots of fried chicken, roasting ears, snacks, and even made a late evening run on the ice-cream emporium. Good time. Your columnist got chided a bit by an "easterner" who spied the sign on the outskirts of the city pointing to "Ben Nelson McCook Regional Airport". "Isn't that embarrassing? asked Pete. "How did that happen?"...
Our faulty memories (08/05/16)
It's been said that we are a story our brain tells itself. And our brains are habitual liars. We feel like the most compelling thing we can tell someone else is that we know what we saw. And those who are experts on the functioning of the brain say no you don't. You have a distorted and constructed memory of a distorted and constructed perception, both of which are subservient to whatever narrative your brain is operating under...
Bull buffalo and Oshkosh (08/02/16)
Okay, guys (gals? I hate unsigned criticisms) you took this old boy to the woodshed for last week's column. Had you read a little closer you might have noticed that I was only relaying the opinion of longtime friend Don. Then I noted that Dr. Wayne had the correct response. We need to honor and advertise all our assets the agriculture related and the tourist attractions. Yes, we are all in this together...
What was he thinking? (07/29/16)
The more outrageous things are, the more outrageous they become. On Wednesday, Donald Trump called on Russian premier Putin to hack into the private files of Americans to discover the emails that Secretary of State Clinton deleted. Sources have said that the only files she deleted were personal but, based on the results of the FBI investigation, who knows?...