Heads up. Thursday is this year's National Day of Prayer. You probably have your own venue but a group of us are gathering at Hillside Perks that day for a morning of coffee, breakfast, and prayer. Good combination. Your columnist has been "volunteered" to do the appellation to God on behalf of the media and the military. Fertile ground that for sowing the seeds of hope...
Did you notice? McCook, at the Fairground's Kiplinger Arena, was privileged to host some 400+ entries for a Nebraska High School Rodeo event this last weekend. Hundreds of high school age boys and girl from across the state plus horses, parents, grandparents and fans converged on our good facilities...
High court decision could make LB947 irrelevant
The offices of every senator in the State Capitol received more letters, emails, and phone calls about LB 947 than on almost any other bill this session. After it was vetoed by Governor Ricketts on the 15th, it was debated once more on the legislative floor on April 20th. The bill was advanced on a vote of 31 to 13 with five not voting. I was "present, not voting" on the override of the governor's veto...
Red Willow County court records in the 1800s
Well, it's good to be home again and on solid ground, not climbing over 3000' in a RZR up the Moab rocks. Personal opinion: The area around Moab, Utah, is breathtakingly beautiful, with huge canyons (hence the name "Canyonlands"), stunning rock formations and winding expanses of the Colorado River. Riding an UTV up the rocks is one of the "glad I did it; don't need to do it again" experiences of my life...
The MCC honors convocation
On Thursday, April 21st, McCook Community College held its annual Honors Convocation which was started six years ago. It is designed to honor students at our college who have excelled academically, in service to the college or the community or both. ...
Wednesday saved for vetoes
Wednesday saved for vetoes Last week was the beginning of the end of the 104th session of the Nebraska Legislature. Tuesday and Wednesday were the 58th and 59th days of this 60 day session, and Wednesday the 20th is the 60th day -- reserved for voting on veto overrides after the office of the governor is given the required 5 days, excluding Sundays. Several bills had a lot of attention on them in that short week...
Guardians of 'correct'
Shakespeare's exact line "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers,'" was stated by Dick the Butcher in "Henry VI," Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73." Every once in awhile, I get reminded that Shakespeare was right on. The bard was commenting about an unscrupulous leader, Henry the 6th of his time, but it still may ring true for the politicians of today...
Beauty among us
Heads up. Don't miss it. Check out the planted and tended beauty spot on the east end of Hillcrest as you head down West 5th street. The green of spring has arrived as the bulbed flowers, tulips and jonquils, show their welcome colors. The thinned and manicured lilac bushes are leafing out and will be showing their fragrant flowers in short order. It is worth the drive past and next time you see Don Harpst tell him thanks...
Bill assures workers, taxpayers can continue to do so
One of the most hotly-debated bills of the past week was LB 947. LB 947 would allow those who were brought to this country illegally as children to obtain certifications, and to work to earn money for themselves. Many have framed this bill as "amnesty" or as special treatment for illegal immigrants. ...
The Police Olympics
I was perusing the Internet the other day when I came across an article about the Police Olympics that brought back fond memories. I had no idea they were still being held and, in reading the article, found out that they're bigger and better than ever, hosting teams from all over the world with the number of participants in the thousands. In addition, fire departments have been included and it's now called the Police-Fire Olympics...