Elks lodge property, looking for a few great ideas
To begin today's column, I would like to extend my thanks -- and that of the McCook community and the Mid-Plains region -- to Perry and Vicky Case for their wonderful gift of the former McCook Elks lodge and surrounding grounds to the McCook Community College Campus of the Mid-Plains Area...
Your columnist received an urgent phone call last week. It was from a loooong time friend one of the foremost agri-business cheerleaders in Southwestern Nebraska. My friend was upset over the action of a small committee of folk who recently decided to brand McCook as "Capital of the Buffalo Commons.""...
We're at a crossroads
During the just concluded Republican National Convention, I decided to share a comment on Facebook to gauge the reaction of my friends and I was neither shocked nor surprised when I tallied the responses up. The statement simply said: "I wonder why we are so obsessed with trying to find intelligent life on other planets when we can't even find intelligent life here?"...
A sure sign
Birthdays come and go and each marks changes in our lives. I have to share a bit about Grannie Annie the lady that I've been privileged to share a long happy marriage. Grannie has been praying about whether or not she should continue her Adopt-A-Chaplain Ministry. ...
Choosing a life partner isn't easy
Last week I wrote about all the forks in the road we face in living our lives and all the choices we have to make when we get to those forks, not knowing ahead of time which will be good choices and which will be bad ones. Finding a life partner is another fork in the road because we have so many to choose from...
Helping our neighbor
Anyone who has been in the military knows about change. Most times it seems to be arbitrary change. "The only thing constant is change" so says the wag. Of course change takes place for well thought out reasons. It is just that the military is not very good about explaining change to the troops down the line...
Lobbying is strictly regulated
Recently, a number of news outlets reported that over $15.6 million was spent in the state of Nebraska on lobbying in 2015. Many sources responsibly explained how that money was spent, and detailed the compensation of lobbyists. However, some comments could be construed to imply that this figure represents money that in some way is going into the pockets of senators. ...
So many forks in the road
It begins shortly after birth and continues throughout our lives. Every decision we make that leads to a choice alters the direction our lives take. At any point in our lives, we are the result of the choices we've made. So the responsibility for who we are, what we believe, and where we're going from here isn't anyone else's responsibility, it's our own. ...
Independence and the EPA
Independence Day and a good one it was. So 240 years and counting. Grannie Annie and I drove our 1925 Model T through the parade and enjoyed lunch and activities after. Culbertson knows how to celebrate the 4th. Culbertson, at least a major manufacturing company located there, received some unwanted attention lately in the form of a $101,808 fine. ...
Any day is a great day to fly Boutique
I was amazed by the number of replies I got in regards to Boutique Airlines since they only began air service in McCook on June 1st. And just as amazing, almost all the comments were good if not great. I'll paraphrase them here in this column and then conclude with a conversation I had with employees of Boutique Air at the airport...
The matriarch of the family
It is summer and time for family reunions. A bunch named Trail, well maybe related to someone named Trail, has been for years gathering to celebrate mostly each other. Of note four of the ladies had a maiden name of Call, the "call girls", qualify because their mother's maiden name was Trail. ...