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Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014
Why cheese by any other name is essential to agricultural trade growth in U.S. (04/18/14)
By Melissa George Kessler Gorgonzola, asiago, parmesan, feta--all of these are common in grocery stores and restaurants, key components of salads, pasta dishes and cheesy bread products. They are also known as geographic indicators, words that reference the historical origins of the products themselves, though all have been produced outside of those home regions for generations. In many cases, makers of these products in other parts of the world have spent decades building their markets...
Project graduation parties offer a safer alternative for youth (04/18/14)
Schools in our area are in the midst of raising funds for their after graduation parties and after prom events. Volunteers are working to provide a safe environment for our students. Every year, "project graduation parties" and after prom events are held at schools across the country. The idea grew out of concern about potential alcohol and drug use during prom and graduation season...
Enjoy Easter with the family (04/18/14)
Hi neighbors. It is difficult to believe that another Easter Sunday is just one night away. We often remember the years of our lives by holidays, national and personal. Ask someone when such-n-such happened. They start recounting by personal experience. ...
In the words of a famous writer, children are living poems of today (04/18/14)
Years ago I bought a box full of books at an auction for $3. Not too many people seemed to be interested in some old books. One of the books I found in the box was an 1882 household addition of the Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The old original leather-bound book was very stiff and worn, some of the pages had come loose from the binding and yellowed over time...
Dancing with our Stars is huge success thanks to community-wide support (04/11/14)
Dear Editor: On behalf of the Nevada R-5 Relay for Life team, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the community of Nevada, for helping to make the first Dancing with Our Stars a huge success. Amazingly, the tickets sold in advance were a "sell out" in the new Ella Maxwell Center for the Performing Arts...
Target of a scammer? Follow rule of thumb: If it sounds too good to be true ... (04/11/14)
There is always someone out there looking for a new way to take your money. Over the last couple of months, money scams have increased; and while most people are recognizing these scams before it is too late, some are finding out the hard way. Here are some of what the most recent scams have included: being notified from a place claiming to be publishers clearing house letting you know you have just won $25,000! All you have to do is pay the fees and taxes up front in the amount of $2,500 and then you will get your check in the mail. ...
Value of the arts, history exceeds $$$ (04/11/14)
I confess I have a strong feeling for the arts and history. I can't remember a time when I didn't find myself involved in participating or being a spectator at artistic events or historical commemorations. Reading with rapture the printed word, marveling at someone's artistry in creating sculpture or a painting, listening to music of all kinds, watching movies and plays, or learning about our past and those who came before us, I find an emotional connection...
Hanging on April's promise (04/11/14)
Hi neighbors. As I get older I find myself clinging to habits and avoiding change as much as possible. I like things like I'm used to; whether those things or habits are good or not. I've heard that it takes seven days to establish a habit and three months to ingrain it so much it becomes a habit, instead of something you have to think about before you do it...
Easter Parade (04/09/14)
In just over a week, many Americans will dress in their finest spring attire, for Easter Sunday. This is an old tradition that has waned a bit in recent years. Not too long ago, displaying your Easter threads might land you, as Irving Berlin wrote, "in the rotogravure!"...
Morality essential part of government (04/04/14)
Dear Editor: This is in response to Jerry Wadel's March 12 letter. Jerry begins with the statement, "Religion and morality needed to govern." He assumes my appeal for freedom from religion is eliminating morality. Nothing can be further from the truth...
The sieve's wish list is a must do before considering a retirement bucket list (04/04/14)
Hi neighbors. As I write this thunderstorms are threatening. My daughter in Iowa said they had snow today. Sometimes, it's hard to know what we want isn't it. How many of us sit around for 60-plus years yammering that we can't wait to retire? But we just wait. April 1 was April Fool's Day and my birthday. As I get closer and closer to retirement age, it seems to get further away...
Scouting brings youth opportunities for learning, growth (04/04/14)
Most of us have seen the events such as the Pinewood Derby, the Eagle Scout ceremony, the food drives, and the church and individual service projects. Likely too, most of us have bought Girl Scout cookies, especially this time of year. Yet, what we may not see are the more subtle benefits of Scouting -- values such as hard work, teamwork, cooperation, and understanding of others...
The right to remain silent (04/04/14)
When do you have the right to remain silent? "You have the right to remain silent, anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law." This is the line you hear on TV any time someone is getting arrested. This sentence is referred to as the Miranda rights. ...
Chamber welcomes newest members in 2014 (04/02/14)
Executive Director The Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce some of its newest members for 2014. Liberty Tax Service, the fastest-growing tax company in the industry, according to the company, is founded by John Hewitt. With 44 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt is the most experienced CEO ever in the tax preparation business, he said, and is founder of two of the top three tax companies...
I Have Found Winter! (03/28/14)
Hi neighbors. About the time Spring finally found Nevada, I visited Iowa and found winter still there! I complain a lot about the cold and snow and ice, so most people would think I would have sense enough to not venture north on the cusp of spring. But I got time off from work and decided I would go visit my daughter and her family in Des Moines...
The "cop attitude," does it really serve the public? (03/28/14)
Shortly after I became a police officer, I was working a late shift and was walking down the business district checking doors when I noticed a man staggering out of the bar towards his truck. The gentlemen was staggering and walking very slow, using his arms to balance himself...
There's plenty to do in community (03/28/14)
One of the more common refrains in any community is "there's nothing to do." I always find myself commenting with a "really?" In any given weekend, there are so many activities in our town and in our county that it's hard to count. The pages in the Nevada Daily Mail, along with our website at www.nevadadailymail.com, are full of events, both upcoming and recently past, hosted by our schools, our cities, community and civic clubs and organizations, our churches and assorted non-profits...
Save Retirement (03/28/14)
Dear Editor: Proposals by the Show Me Institute, a research and educational institute, and its president Rex Sinquefield would dismantle the state public retirement systems, which have defined benefit plans and replace them with 401Ks. The Missouri Highway Patrol, MoDOT, local government and schools are some of the public entities that the move would affect...
Top Five tourist attractions accross the pond -- England (03/28/14)
Recently, I made the extremely long but absolutely wonderful trip to London, England. For those who have not been, I suggest beginning the search for the flights now. The city holds all of the delights of big city life: music, food, parties, art and more. But that is not all, the City of London also carries itself in a manner that is incredibly reassuring...
Rusty wanted no special recognition for his volunteer work (03/26/14)
Dear Editor, This past Saturday, family and friends gathered to laugh, cry, swap stories and to say goodbye to Rusty Murry. Rusty wanted "no fuss" over his passing, but a time of remembrance was needed for those left behind. Collectively, many described Rusty as strong-willed and even stubborn. He would have agreed with that...
Rusty would not write anything he did not believe (03/26/14)
Dear Editor: I want to add my voice to the many praising Rusty Murry and stating the value of his friendship. He was an unusual man, epically tough in facing the stringent challenges of his life but also compassionate in unexpected ways. He'd been a working man who wanted to become a writer, and he succeeded as a journalist, short story writer and novelist. ...
The Glove (03/26/14)
Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers swept two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks, to open the 2014 Major League Baseball season. The summer pastime is here again, and it makes me want to grab my old baseball glove. Like almost every red-blooded American boy, in my youth I had my all-time favorite glove. Nothing I will ever possess can ever hold more reverence for me, than that glove...
Spring weather came by, did you see it? (03/21/14)
Hi neighbors. There have been signs for almost two weeks: robins dive-bombing each other, sparrows collecting twigs, squirrels acting like spastic ninjas, children chasing each other around at the bus stops. These are all typical spring phenomena. One day last week I actually left my screen door open almost twenty minutes. The next day I was scraping ice off the car windshield...
Fan hoops euphoria returns (03/21/14)
March Madness - it turns normal people into zombies, with furrowed brow, wrinkled foreheads and grim facial expressions one moment and euphoric zealots jumping up and down the next. For true basketball fans, there's not much better. It's the time of year when college basketball reigns supreme, when teams from all across the country converge on a handful of locations and begin a playoff countdown for the national title...
The marijuana controversy doesn't mean a change for law enforcement's duties (03/21/14)
Marijuana is an extremely controversial subject just about anywhere in the United States. Medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Of those states, Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana for recreational use...