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Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016
This, that and meth (09/27/16)
What a difference the past two weeks have made in Southwestern Nebraska. The soybean fields have mostly matured, dropped their leaves and many have a combine in harvesting. The corn stalks are still standing green with brown shucks marking matured ears pointing down. ...
Problems in Tulsa (09/23/16)
A former home town of mine and a city where I joined law enforcement as a police officer is in the national news this week because of a shooting incident involving a black citizen and a white, female police officer. Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old black male, was shot and killed by Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer Betty Jo Shelby after she stopped to investigate a vehicle left in the middle of the road with its engine running. ...
Problems in Tulsa (09/23/16)
A former hometown of mine and a city where I joined law enforcement as a police officer is in the national news this week because of a shooting incident involving a black citizen and a white, female police officer. Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old black male, was shot and killed by Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer Betty Jo Shelby after she stopped to investigate a vehicle left in the middle of the road with its engine running. ...
Into the lion's den (09/20/16)
Whew! This old guy got a taste of how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego must have felt like when cast into the lion's den. City Council meeting Tuesday the 6th. It was for the last reading and adoption of McCook's budget for next year. At least Daniel had two buddies for reinforcement. Your columnist had but one...
Kneeling during the national anthem (09/16/16)
Colin Kaepernick, the back-up quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers pro football team, created a flashpoint of support and criticism last week by kneeling during the playing of our National Anthem as a protest against the continued oppression of blacks in this country and police brutality against that same group of people. ...
A crown for Hillcrest (09/13/16)
Flat roofs should be criminal, so says an astute friend of ours. Here we have it though with McCook's Hillcrest Nursing Home built forty some years ago. State-of-the art then, a covering of beaver board, then a nice layer of tar to waterproof it and then a layer of coarse gravel on top to counter pounding droplets of rain or hail. ...
Our family background shapes us (09/09/16)
When I analyze my life from birth until now, there's no doubt that I was happiest during my childhood. I grew up in an extended family in which I was the only child so I was loved and protected from the day I was born and that gave me the courage and the integrity to pursue my dreams...
Water, water everywhere (09/06/16)
Now on the third day, the Lord looked over the land He had created and pronounced it "GOOD". Well, maybe it wasn't the third day but actually it was Sunday after church when Grannie Annie and I toured the city to see the results of the rapidly arriving six-inch rain (my gauge showed 5.9 inches) the night before...
Sometimes losing is winning (09/02/16)
Most of us don't like to lose. We don't like to lose at anything. It's called being competitive and we're taught that attitude from the crib. Everything in life seems to be about winning and we learn at an early age that people like and respect winners a lot more than losers. But, contrary to the popular notion, losing isn't always bad and it can be good...
The continuing budget saga (08/30/16)
Sure they do. According to an August 26 article by Bruce Baker, the City Editor of the McCook Daily Gazette, City Leadership (whoever that might be) prefers a "levy bump" over cuts in reserves. Sure they do. It is the easy way out. I love the "levy bump" verbiage. ...