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Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015
911 tax: Scrutinize funding needs (08/01/15)
Dear Editor: The reason for the half-cent sales tax for the Nevada and Vernon County Ambulance District is they will have more money to spend or convert to more projects in their systems. Will the Vernon County Jail need another one-fourth cent tax to replace what will be taken away from their budget to help out 911?...
Keeping cool in the summer heat (08/01/15)
Hi neighbors. In case you're just emerging from suspended animation, it is hot outside! A few days over 100 degrees already and it will probably get hotter before it gets cooler. Observing how people respond to weather is a favorite hobby of mine. Just the other day a neighbor said she couldn't wait for the rain to stop every day. She said it just caused more humidity and did nothing to lower the temperatures. She hoped the hot and dry weather of August would be easier to tolerate...
Cybercrimes; a new breed of criminals emerges (08/01/15)
In recent years, the art of investigations has changed dramatically, and only some of this is due to case law and federal and state laws that have been changed or revised. To a greater extent, there has been a new focus on specialized skills like crime scene investigation, interview and interrogation, financial investigation and the list goes on and on. ...
911 sales tax is needed for dedicated dispatch system (07/28/15)
Dear Editor: I'm writing in support of the 911 proposal on the Aug. 4 ballot. In the spirit of full disclosure, I was chairman of the committee that selected the current city manager and was on the committee, which interviewed and hired the chief of police. I have also served on the planning commission for a number of years. However, that has nothing to do with how I feel about the 911 system...
911 sales tax is not needed -- tighten belt instead (07/28/15)
Dear Editor: If my memory serves me correctly we defeated a "911" tax a few years ago. At that time, we were told they needed the tax to name and number all residences in Vernon County. Without the tax they said this couldn't be done. Well, they did name and number the roads and without the tax. The person they hired to do the naming is still working at the courthouse full-time years after the job's completion and now he even has a full-time assistant...
Battlefield Dispatches No. 424 -- 300 Horses & Mules (07/28/15)
The following letters continues the Civil War correspondence of Dr. A.J Huntoon, assistant surgeon of the 5th Kan. Vol. Cavalry, Lane's Brigade during the brigade's campaign in Missouri in the fall and early winter of 1861. All of the letters are part of the Huntoon Collection that is housed in the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka, Kan. ...
Odds and ends and things I'm at odds with (07/25/15)
Hi neighbors. I hope a few of you caught the three-night mini-series "Tut" this week. If not, tonight they are to show all six hours back-to-back if you want to tape it. As television shows depicting actual historic figures, they brought a better than most effort to the screen for authenticity and accuracy...
What you ought to be, can be, and will be (07/25/15)
I often find myself reading about World War II more often than any other period in history. I also find the documentaries on the History Channel very interesting and think there is a great deal that can be learned from that time period. Whenever you talk to someone who has served in the military and been overseas fighting for our freedoms, there is something about them that stands out from everyone else. ...
I'm just driven to write this (07/24/15)
When I was 11 years old my sister Ellen taught me to drive. She wasn't at the legal age to drive but had been driving quite a while, even in Nevada. At that time the cars had clutches, which you had to learn to use in connection with the accelerator to keep from lurching down the road. ...
Triple play views (07/24/15)
In recent years, I have written most of my stories about past local history. This week, I am addressing three local community issues, through the lens of "Pros and Cons." The first political concept I want to discuss is that of Vernon County's township system of government. In a recent letter to the editor, former State Representative Barney Fisher, detailed his standing on that issue...
Vernon County Youth Fair -- fun time for all that attended (07/18/15)
Dear Editor: Vernon County is very fortunate to have more than 400 youth who participate in 4-H, FFA, and Scouts, and show their crafts, animals, showmanship, and Super Teen talents at the Youth Fair. A big thank you for all the hard work by the Vernon County Youth Fair Board, Extension office staff, all 4-H leaders and families, individual, organizations, and businesses that made this year's fair a huge success...
Township governments often struggle to have funds to maintain roads (07/18/15)
Dear Editor: It was with amusement that I read Barney Fisher's letter to the editor in the Wednesday, July 15, Nevada Daily Mail, not because I thought the article was funny but because as a onetime township member, I have heard all the questions and comments before...
Quiet time (07/18/15)
Hi neighbors! I am glad to be home! When in Des Moines I always hit a couple of bookstores. I found "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff..." by Richard Carlson and have been enjoying reading that again. One chapter was about taking time to just sit quietly for a few minutes. Here's a journal entry about how that turned out!...
That text can wait! Don't be the next victim (07/18/15)
A few weeks ago I was headed to a meeting when I got behind a car that was swerving back and forth across its lane. It was early in the morning and I was thinking surely someone is not drunk already! After the car almost ran into the curb as it went around a curve, I decided to make a traffic stop and see what was going on. ...
Things we learn with smart phones (07/17/15)
If you have been avoiding getting a smart phone because you were afraid you couldn't learn to use it, I can tell you from firsthand experience not to be afraid. From my experience let me list the things I learned that you need. A magnifying glass so that you can read all of the many pages of instructions in the manual...
Viva Italian food on the Nevada Square (07/17/15)
One of my very first articles from back in the late 90s, was titled, "G.I. Cafe." I had spent quite a bit of research time in the library, locating all the Nevada eateries, from our community's history. One of the legends from that period was Vieth's Cafe. Giovanni's has recently opened its doors in the same location...
Vacation time in Iowa (07/11/15)
Hi neighbors. I've been in Iowa for a week and have enjoyed the cool weather! Mornings are still cool enough for sweaters or jackets and stay cool 'till almost noon. I also got to go to three of my granddaughter's soft ball games and saw her team win!...
Is the Taser the end to pepper spray? (07/11/15)
Taser has become the icon of less lethal weapons and has begun to phase out pepper spray over the last several years. Pepper spray, also known as OC Spray, or Capsicum Spray has been used for a long time. The Aztecs, Mayan Indians, ancient Chinese, and Japanese were all using the effects of peppers as a weapon long before it was commercialized. ...
The purpose of marriage is to produce children (07/10/15)
Dear Editor: The recent Supreme Court decision that same gender marriages must be allowed in all states is wrong. Here is one man's view. All of God's creation has a God-given drive to reproduce the next generation: plants, animals, fish, birds, and insects have God given ways within them to bring forth the next generation...
What comes after the Fourth? (07/10/15)
When I wrote the headline for this article, I was remembering the children's puzzle, which I heard again this past weekend. "Why is six afraid to get bigger?" Because 789. If you don't get it, ask someone who has been a child once. But my thoughts were really with all the activities of the past week and how busy I was in spite of them telling me to go sit down. ...
You big dummy (07/10/15)
Those were the exact words I used last weekend, after chastising myself over a recent blunder. Even as I write these sentences and paragraphs, I can feel my ire rise again. Trying to forgive one's own shortcomings is perhaps the most difficult of tasks...
Thanks to all who help us celebrate our holidays safely (07/03/15)
We issue our usual kudos to those who spend their Fourth of July holiday working -- especially those in the safety departments across our area. In addition to the usual traffic problems, fender benders, routine stops, and domestic calls, each Fourth our fire and police and emergency personnel respond to a number of fireworks-related incidents...
Independence Day 2015 (07/03/15)
Hi neighbors. It's Independence Day weekend and there will be flashes of light and loud noises all weekend! Actually all the commotion started last weekend with a large fireworks display in town and several small bursts of "Lady Fingers" around the neighborhood...
Becoming an instructor; Deputies attend advanced training (07/03/15)
This year members of the Sheriff's Office have attended some great training. Our goal over the last couple of years has been not only to send everyone to needed training, but to also send as many people as possible to instructor schools for various types of training so that we have as many instructors right here at the Sheriff's Office as possible. This will not only help with training expenses, but also make sure we can provide the training whenever it is needed...