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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
A winter storm for the weekend (01/13/17)
After a pretty dry winter so far, it looks like that's about to change this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for McCook, all of southwest Nebraska, northwest Kansas and South Central Nebraska for a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow beginning during the day on Saturday and continuing through Monday. ...
A difficult proposition (01/10/17)
For all my childhood memory my folks kept a small herd of milk cows. The milk produced, most often separated into cream, was sold to local dairies to provide most of the grocery money that fed our family. One bright day, probably when I was about grade school age, I noted seeing a small embryo still enclosed in a placental sac lying in the corral. ...
Lawmakers back at work (01/06/17)
By the time you read this, the Legislature will have begun its One Hundred and Fifth Session. In the first few days, committee chairs will be elected, rules will be proposed and adopted, and bills will begin being introduced. Senators will have until the tenth day, which this year is January 18th, to introduce new bills. ...
My Arkansas visit (01/06/17)
Things didn't start well. When I pulled out of McCook around nine in the morning on Friday, December 16th, the temperature was in the mid 20's and we had freezing fog. As I headed south, things got worse instead of better. By the time I got into Kansas, the freezing fog had turned to freezing drizzle and the roads had turned icy. ...
President-elect (01/03/17)
Ah, the wonders of modern medicine. Or maybe is the wonder of the human body to heal itself. Probably both but the ultimate result is the most important person in this old columnist's life is returned to a normal state of health and we are back home again...
Reimplementing Nebraska's death pealty (12/30/16)
In the November election, along with voting for candidates, the people of Nebraska voted with a substantial majority- to support the return of the death penalty to our legal system. Since that time, the Governor's office, Attorney General, and the Department of Corrections have started in motion some steps to streamline the process. ...
The year that was (12/27/16)
It is just about to an end. Thank goodness. It has been a year of non-stop campaigning. Tiresome after awhile. Enough is enough. Obviously your writer is happy with the result of the election even though Donald Trump was not my first choice of the candidates who stepped forward. The real test of President Trump's ability to be president will come with time. We can only wait and watch and see. Judging from his cabinet picks however he is off to a good start...
The Kaiser Wilhelm Church Christmas Market (12/26/16)
(Note: In December 2016 the Kaiser Wilhelm Church Christmarkt has been much in the news because of the terrorist act of driving a truck into the crowd of holiday shoppers and revelers, killing at least 12 persons and injuring dozens of others. This grim report harkened back a time for me -- a much happier time -- when I was privileged to visit the Berlin Christmarkt during Advent, in 1985.)...
Late Christmas gift ideas (12/23/16)
This is the time of year that brings panic to the hearts of many, especially men, because we've postponed and procrastinated buying our Christmas presents until we can't wait any longer. I have some ideas that are unconventional and won't warm the hearts of everyone that reads this but in terms of the true spirit of giving, it's the most rewarding...
Unpacking the Legislature's structure (12/22/16)
Since the election, we have been looking at the internal workings of the Legislature, and there are important discussions regarding committee chairmanships and committee assignments taking place. The Legislature is divided into three caucuses, each consisting of 16 or 17 senators and roughly following the geographic lines of the state's congressional districts, and it is within the caucus that the makeup of committees are determined...
Hometown Christmas (12/20/16)
Our town is festive. For a good feeling and to get into the spirit of Christmas drive the streets in the early darkness of an evening and enjoy the lights. Some people do little or nothing to decorate the outside of their residence but that only adds brilliant contrast for their neighbors who do...
The men behind McCook's Santa Claus Lane (12/19/16)
Note: Recently, in a discussion about McCook's Christmas Heritage, there were questions about just who was responsible for Santa Claus Lane. Today we'll look at two of those fellows. From Gazette Archives. Carl Orrin of McCook never considered himself a creative artist, or a trailblazer in the field of commercial art, yet he was a fellow who was able to blend art with new technology to produce some stunning artistic displays, greatly appreciated by the people of our area...