Inmates must learn marketable skills in prison
Issues relating to Nebraska's correctional systems are showing up in the news more frequently this year than ever before. Whether it is assaults on guards, riots, assaults on other inmates, or another problem, it can almost all be traced back to overcrowding and understaffing...
Strangers among us
We think we know people pretty well, especially our loved ones and best friends, but we really don't know them very well at all. The best way to wrap your head around this concept is to think about how much you hold back from the people that are near and dear to you. ...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Happiness is hope
Well, the election is over, finally! This old guy is happy with the results. Hard to believe that 638 voted for Hillary but they were mightily overruled by the 4212 votes for Trump in Red Willow County. Now we will have to wait and see if our beloved country improves as President-Elect Trump promised during the contentious campaign...
A crazy end to a crazy election cycle
The most bizarre presidential campaign in American history ended Tuesday with the most unlikely result. Donald Trump garnered enough electoral votes to win the presidency. Everyone I talked to, Democrats AND Republicans, were shocked and surprised at the outcome because no one saw it coming. ...
Dust is settled, is the smoke cleared?
As you read this, the election is over. Hopefully, the dust has settled, although I doubt the smoke has cleared. We now have an idea of what the future may hold for our government, be it at the national or state level. Whether your candidate won or lost, it won't be as good as you hoped nor as bad as you feared. ...