Government grants: It is what it is

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I don’t know about you but I’m certainly getting tired about all the news on TV talking about Comey. So the guy, the head of the FBI, got himself fired.

Right or wrong elections have consequences. Donald Trump won the presidential election. Deal with it. I’d much rather receive reports of what our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa and around the world are doing, laying their lives on the line, in order to make our world safe for the democracy that we enjoy here back home.

We had an interesting experience in Omaha this weekend. Driving down a four lane highway in traffic I detected the rumble of a flat tire. Haven’t had one in years and years. Slowed, sorted through traffic and found a safe place to change it. Now figuring how to run the barely adequate jack that comes with a new car, figuring how to lower the spare tire, working with the awkward tools that come with the package is a challenge but we got ‘er done. No tire shop open in Omaha on Sunday, so we drove back to McCook and my favorite tire store made the fix first thing Monday morning. Good to go.

The Gazette carried an article about diverting some $75,000 from Motor Vehicle Tax funds for construction in McCook’s “Industrial Park.” The $75,000 is the carrot to attract a $500,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Roads. No mention of using the funds to construct paved streets which would/may be a boon in attracting new industry to the area. Economic development.

This sometimes-politician has a distrust of grants in the first place mainly for the strings attached to get the money. Then, too, grants come from tax money, yours and mine.

Tax money that is extorted from us and over which we most times have no say in how it is spent. In my mind, gas tax, motor vehicle tax and the ilk should go to those things that enhance the tasks that we use our automobiles and trucks to accomplish.

Using gas tax money to build walking trails just doesn’t seem right.

Grant money to be handed out is attractive to politicians who when running for re-election are happy to point out to prospective voters, “Look I got you $$$$ to build an ILS for your airport (Ben Nelson)” or “Here is $$$$ to pave your walking trail.”

Giving out grants is unfortunately much easier than having to justify a proposed bond to pay for some needed project and then letting the public, those who get to pay the taxes to pay off that bond, decide if that project is worthy in an election. Realistically, though grants are the political climate at present and if we want to build for a better future we must consider getting government grants to fulfill our dreams. It is what it is.

Then on page one of that same Gazette, May 12-14, 2017 there is a comment by our own local Department of Roads District Engineer Kurt Vosburg, man of good sense, commenting “We’ll get by with what we get.” Refreshing! A realistic spender of tax money stating the obvious that we have to live within our means.

No different than what you and I have to do with our own personal budget. Good on ya Kurt.

Incidentally the Department of Roads will soon be part of the Nebraska Department of Transportation NDOT. Roads and the Department of Aeronautics were combined as of the first of May. We will see how NDOT works out but it is actually the same practice as the Federal DOT.

That is how I saw it.

Dick Trail

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    My,my,my,Mr. Trail, Comey didn't get himself fired, your boy fired him, after asking him to kill the investigation into Flynn, and Comey refused to break the law. I think you took the same oath that all of us that have served our country and there is not one word about blind loyalty to the president. Especially to the point of breaking the law. Comey refused the Trumpster and got fired for having ethics, something Trump does not have.

    Then Trump goes and leaks classified information that was once above Top Secret, to our enemy! Come on, Trump is in way over his head, hopefully for the good of the country that he claims he wants to make great again, he will resign. I sure hope the spy that gave us that information does not lose his life over the stupidity of our so called president. You say the election has consequences, yep it sure does, like breaking laws even when you are the president does have consequences!! I was going to ask you what you would have to say if the same thing had been done by our previous president, but I already know the answer to that. You would be pounding the impeachment war drums a long time ago, not telling us you are getting sick of hearing about it.........

    Yep, we all know how you feel about grants. This one that the city is going after, would pave streets that need to be done in order to attract industry that is badly needed in this town. I know for a fact that money will go somewhere in this state, if the city does not apply for it, some other city will gladly take it off the states hands. Cut your nose off to spite your face comes to mind. By golly I will show the state, we won't apply for that money, just give it to some progressive thinking city that will use it to attract a business to their town.......by golly that will show 'em.

    You call yourself a sometime politician. In my humble opinion we need some younger blood in the commissioner position you have applied for, someone that looks into the future and not into the past. That's the way I see it.......

    -- Posted by fit2btied on Tue, May 16, 2017, at 9:59 PM
  • I don't know what it is but I'm tired of "career politicians". Let someone knew get their feet wet with new perspectives for a bright future for our County. Step aside Dick.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 8:16 AM
  • None of the Trump/Russia, Trump/Comey stories have been verified. They remain unconfirmed from anonymous sources.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 7:28 PM
  • OK hashtag, AKA Gurn Blanston, you offered no counter argument. You linked Washington journalists who proved they are offended by the mere presence of President Trump. And they brought nothing to the table that proves their premise.

    But please hashtag, entertain us more.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 9:01 PM
  • Yeah hashtag, thanks for the entertainment. Another dead end story. I'm actually laughing out loud! One of my doctor's is Russian, do you suppose I'll come under investigation too? Lol.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 10:01 PM
  • Good one hashtag! Lol

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, May 20, 2017, at 8:22 AM
  • I'll probably have to blame myself. I inadvertently gave my doctor all my medical information which may or may not reveal my political allience. Also I know things.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, May 20, 2017, at 2:47 PM
  • Ok, if not me, then it won't happen. The Comey angle is degrading rapidly. The Russian angle is all but a Washington media joke. I don't know, maybe it will come down to me. Lol

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, May 20, 2017, at 3:29 PM
  • I saw him stoop, he is 6'4", to allow the prince place a necklace on him. But he did not beta-male himself like the previous pansy masquerading as a president did.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, May 21, 2017, at 8:54 PM
  • Lol

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Mon, May 22, 2017, at 7:26 AM
  • LOL!

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Mon, May 22, 2017, at 10:24 PM
  • Haha hashtag! Washington Post=fake news.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, May 23, 2017, at 7:25 AM
  • Smh!

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, May 23, 2017, at 7:40 PM
  • Oops hashtag, fake news!

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, May 24, 2017, at 8:17 AM
  • Yup, all fake news hashtag.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 7:24 AM
  • As in all fake news stories, just scroll down about 2/3 to 3/4 down and you'll the such words as; "There is no corroborating evidence", or "Anonymous sources say". When you see these quotes, give it about a day and see the news organizations run from there own stories. That's fake news.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 12:11 PM
  • Sad. 😟

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 3:48 PM
  • At least you're consistent hashtag, more fake news.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 6:59 PM
  • There's five on your list that are solid. The other five are Washington media fairy tales.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 26, 2017, at 6:25 AM
  • 1. Yes

    2. No

    3. Yes

    4. Yes

    5. No

    6. No

    7. No

    8. No

    9. Yes

    10. Yes

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 26, 2017, at 4:41 PM
  • I want to wish all who served in our military a wonderful Memorial Day extended weekend. Best wishes to all.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 26, 2017, at 5:18 PM
  • While most Americans were spending a few days reflecting and being thankful to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, it appears good ol' hashtag spent his time being a jerk.

    I stand by my answers to you list.

    What proof do you have the terrorist from Oregon was a follower of Christ? None of his actions are those of Jesus. What would Mohammed do?

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, May 30, 2017, at 7:16 AM
  • Oh, and once again, your sources, all fake news.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, May 30, 2017, at 10:52 AM
  • And oh, better yet. With time on my side, time being the enemy of fake news, the Oregon slasher is a Bernie supporter.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, May 30, 2017, at 7:24 PM
  • Lol

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, May 31, 2017, at 7:50 AM
  • Oh please do so! Lol.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, May 31, 2017, at 1:07 PM
  • Rotflmao!

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, May 31, 2017, at 4:30 PM
  • Oh my, looks like the Jared Kushner case is coming unraveled. But on the bright side, traitorous Susan Rice, uber leftist globalist activist Sam Powers, and treasonist John Brennan have been subpoenaed. Glory days ahead.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Jun 1, 2017, at 4:45 AM
  • As the Democrat party, and those who worships them, nosedives into hell, two names will stand out; Anthony Weiner and Imran Awan.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Jun 1, 2017, at 7:49 AM
  • Seriously? More allegations, anonymous sources, no actual fact. You are comical.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Jun 1, 2017, at 12:17 PM
  • AHHHHH!!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Jun 1, 2017, at 11:25 PM
  • Crickets

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, Jun 2, 2017, at 6:55 AM
  • The CEO's listed run companies that benefit greatly from the US subsidizing the the Paris treaty.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, Jun 2, 2017, at 7:23 PM
  • I agree, money(bribery) must go. However, back to the CEO's, as your source exposed, the offended CEO's are all known globalists. They benefit greatly by the US subsidizing their interests abroad.

    Once again, this "climate treaty" only benefits the elites while bottom 95% pays for it. More draining of the swamp.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Jun 3, 2017, at 8:08 AM
  • You go research it. The crony capitalists are crying in their cereal because the federal test is drying up. Nowhere did President Trump say America is giving up on reducing emissions, we're just not going to penalize ourselves so the rest of the world won't have to.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Jun 4, 2017, at 8:11 AM
  • And yes, there is a war on gun owners. If not, then why do all gun control laws only apply to law abiding gun owners?

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Jun 4, 2017, at 11:51 AM
  • "In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them....maybe you can hire The A-Team."

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Jun 4, 2017, at 7:05 PM