There was an interesting letter to the editor this past week from a lady who bravely signed her name Dixie Kofler. She suggested, possibly tongue in cheek, that this newspaper run a "gossip page" for all the different businesses/agencies in the community. Other than what comes to us on TV, the radio-Rich's show is great- and best of all the printed word; I'd like to point out a couple other sources where one can find out all the local scoop. How about the numerous spots where people congregate to "coffee" and discuss the news of the world?
Obviously nothing but truth is spoken in those klatches! By the way where are the several coffee groups meeting now that the MacDonald's building has been leveled? Still one of my best sources of information remains the barbershop.
This week in my preferred tonsorial parlor I heard an astute local businessman suggest a name for the new a-building MCC Events Center. He is pushing hard, with a twinkle in his eye, to name it "Senator E. Benjamin Nelson Event Center" in honor of all the things that the good Senator has brought to this community in the form of federal governmental pork.
In ancient times, back when I attended McCook High School, I recall that the boulevard that runs north and south in the center of town was simply called Main Street. Sometime in history the community chose to honor Senator George W. Norris by renaming it Norris Avenue. Maybe we could update a bit and rename the street Nelson Avenue. Then again after Sen. Norris lost his last bid for reelection in 1942 he came back and retired in McCook. He and his wife Ellie lived out the rest of their lives in a residence located right there on the main street.
Speaking of Senator Nelson I still haven't heard anything about him ponying up the funds to pay the city's share of the Senator Ben Nelson Regional Airport wildlife fence. The bulk of the funds for the fence will come from gas taxes collected from those of us who fly. Airport improvements are financed in much the same way that our roads and streets are paid for, taxes collected from the sales of fuel, which in my opinion is a fair way to go. It is the local share that tends to be a problem and local government has the option of saying no to the project if paying their share would be too burdensome. It didn't happen for our local airport "wildlife fence" which in my opinion is completely unnecessary. Oh well.
So the City Council has a couple of new faces to replace the two councilmen that were forced to resign. There has been considerable discussion about the state law that directed the resignations; most tending to opine that the whole matter seems a bit trite.
In my opinion the state law is right on and I hate to see it changed.
Local ordinances are enacted by local councils. The ordinances are therefore rules, enforceable by fines, which we ordinary people are supposed to abide by. Why then should council members be given a pass?
Yes the two gentlemen probably paid their fines but why should they not have to live by the rules that they themselves have made? I have a suggestion for the new council members. It would be a good idea to look over all those local ordinances that are already on the books.
Then throw out the outdated, unnecessary, plus all the ones that you don't want to live by. I strongly agree with columnist John Stossel and others that suggest for every new ordinance/law that is enacted two old ones should be eliminated. Note that Red Willow County operates just fine with no local ordinances, except for zoning, on the books. Incidentally I voted against adopting zoning in favor of personal property rights when I was a commissioner.
By the time you read this I will have had a chance to undergo the screening process of TSA for everyone brave enough to ride the commercial airlines. I'll be boarding the shuttle to fly to Denver, Washington D.C. and on to Greensboro, N.C. There I'll meet the new owner of a single-engine Cessna which we will fly together to his home airport at Imperial. A single guy buying a one-way ticket promises to be a red flag for TSA and I'm sure to receive the works. Typically corporate pilots avoid, at all cost, riding the airlines just because of the TSA hassle involved. No wonder corporate aviation is booming; we treat our passengers better. It is a different world.
My trip east promises to consume just over 12 hours from reporting for screening at the departure airport to arrival and picking up checked bags. My intention is to beat that time back in our little single-engine Cessna by flying direct from Greensboro to Imperial. For sure, I won't be flying to out- of-the-way places such as Denver and Washington DC as the airlines choose to do. Next week, I will report back on the time and money saved by using a capable general aviation verses the airlines.
That is the way I saw it.