Great place to live
Aren't we fortunate to live in the great USA, wonderful Nebraska and most of all McCook, Nebraska?
We can either drive up Norris Avenue and enjoy Santa Claus Lane, as my family has for many years, or complain to no one in particular about it? If a poll were taken which would get the most votes?
Also, I can look out the front window of my home and see the multitudes of people entering our County Fairgrounds for an hour or two or even more to enjoy themselves whether it is to participate in an event or enjoy the company of others.
Each time I see the horse trailers coming from surrounding towns and states, I see money and additional recognition of McCook coming to our fair city.
It is enjoyable to watch the people grooming and riding their beautiful horses as they wait for their turn in the arena. I have watched the caretaker spread the "horse apples" that were left behind, with a tractor in order to prepare for the next visitors.
Also when a big event takes place there is a tractor pulling a manure spreader cleaning up the straw and leftovers with usually the aid of the Work Ethic Camp. I assume it is then spread some place where it will benefit the earth, or disposed of sensibly.
Again, when I hear the roar of the race cars in the summer, I can't help but think of the revenue that is riding on the wheels and sitting in the grandstand enjoying the fairground facilities. When all of these people come to town, they eat, sleep and shop in our local places of business.
Maybe I have the wrong idea, but the old adage "Never look a gift horse in the mouth" comes to mind. When we purchased our home in 1963 we knew the fairgrounds were across the street and it has always been a good neighbor to us. Perhaps I look at the world through rose colored glasses but it sure has given me a happy perspective on life.
Marilyn M. Cuellar