Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Letters to the Editor

Dress code should be fair

Why is some clothing deemed profane and considered inappropriate compared to the revealing clothing which seems to be overlooked?

Every school across the nation has a dress code, and in those schools more than half the students want to wear clothes that conflict with the code. All those schools have problems with people disobeying the rules of dress, but here at my school of Gothenburg High School it seems to be a constant struggle for the code to be enforced correctly. Here at “good old GHS” lately (well ever since I’ve gone to school here) the dress code has not been enforced to its full potential.

I will give an example: in our dress code it is stated “shorts, skirts, or skorts that do not reach mid-thigh or longer will not be permitted,” yet I walk down the schools halls and see many girls wearing shorts and mini skirts that are shorter than mid-thigh.

However, my eighth grade year here I was confronted by the principal who told me that the “hangings” on my pants were not permitted because of the spikes in them. What she did not know is that the spikes were fake and were made out of rubber.

I believe that the dress code needs to be consistently enforced, to not be biased and ultimately to be updated to suit the changes in fashion. What some kids are wearing is  being overlooked because of lack of a newer dress code and constant enforcement.



Look for open windows

When a door closes a window opens, you just have to be willing to look around. I believe that the events with Tenneco and other major outside companies during this downturn should be a wake up call for all of us.

As a small business owner that has fought to stay in Cozad, we have the market potential to grow and create jobs. I know that there are many other existing businesses and entrepreneurs in this area that have potential to create jobs.

We are in the heart of farm country; we make many things grow, so why can’t we grow our own jobs. Economic gardening is happening all over the United States. With our neighbors to the west in Littleton, CO, and Wyoming leading the way with resources and support for their own vs. the extensive and costly recruiting philosophy of economic development.

The survival of our communities will depend on our leaders looking outside the box, to cultivate the opportunities that are in our own backyard. We all need to consider any job created is a success, a foreclosure diverted, a student retained, a consumer salvaged, and a family saved in our community.



A story from Bizarro World

Ronald Reagan was a cowboy and a third rate actor who tricked the public into electing him president of the United States. He was an evil war-monger who spewed vile rhetoric like “peace through strength.”

His main adversary was the Soviet Union. In his quest to destroy this peace-loving country, he built up an arsenal of weaponry like the world has never known. The Soviets tried to defend themselves, but just couldn’t keep up.

Reagan crippled their main source of income (oil) by persuading Saudi Arabia to flood the market. The result was the total economic collapse of the USSR. To Reagan’s dismay, the Soviets submitted without a shot being fired.

During Reagan’s first years in office, the U.S. was in a recession. His plan was to do really stupid stuff like make massive cuts to personal and corporate taxes, reduce government spending and balance the budget. What a lunatic! He even cut things like school lunch programs. Imagine having to make your own sandwich.. In spite of all his intervention, the economy recovered and the nation prospered.

Our new president is Barack Obama. He is the smartest man to ever hold the office. Only two or three people I know didn’t want to vote for hope and change. We are currently in a recession again. Obama’s plan has been to spend every dime the country has and more.

It’s okay. The people that still have jobs can support the heavier tax load (especially the evil rich). There will always be future generations to pay it back. We need these taxes to pay for the expansion of government. We can then afford dozens of new “czars” to keep the unruly proletariat in check. Our future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades.

It has been reported that a mild-mannered scholar in Iran named Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, repeatedly said Israel should be wiped off the map. The war-monger George Bush, believed this lie and planned to build missile defenses in Poland to protect eastern Europe from an Iranian attack. What a crazy man! Thank God Obama scrapped the plan.

We have been allies with countries like Poland, Czechoslovakia and Israel for too long. It is time we make new friends in countries like Iran, North Korea and Russia. Even Hugo Chavez thinks they’re great. JFK easily handled the problem of Russian missiles in Cuba. Missiles in Venezuela trained on the U.S. should be a snap for Obama.

It’s time for payback. Shouldn’t Russia be able to persecute the U.S., like we have done to all other countries? The president showed our good faith in this endeavor with his speech to the U.N.

As ringmaster of a circus that included the largest collection of murderous thug regimes to converge on New York City in quite some time, the president was applauded for trashing our country. His message was that there is nothing exceptional about America and it’s okay to hate us. What’s important is that they love our president.



Firefighters museum is great

Last weekend we were privileged to attend the new “Nebraska Fire Fighters Museum & Education Center” opening. What a wonderful educational place it is! They have old fire trucks, equipment and many pictures of the fire fighters and fires back through the years. We highly recommend it for everyone to see. It is located at Kearney near the Archway. You can also get information on the web. It’s well worth your time and small fee to visit.



What are your answers about substance abuse?

September is Substance Abuse Recovery month.

In recognition of Substance Abuse Recovery Month, I would like to take the opportunity to raise awareness about substance abuse symptoms and the possibilities for long term recovery from substance abuse and addiction.

Here are questions that may be used to evaluate your own or a loved one’s dependence on substances;

Do you ever use alcohol or drugs alone?

Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs?

Do you regularly use alcohol or drugs when you wake up or when you go to bed?

Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of you use?

Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your use?

Have you ever been arrested as a result of your use?

Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?

Do you put the purchase of alcohol or drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities?

Have you ever tried to unsuccessfully stop or control your using?

Have you ever been in a jail, hospital, or a rehabilitation center because of your using?

Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?

Do you feel it is impossible for you to live without alcohol or drugs?

Is your use making life at home unhappy?

Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without drugs?

Do you think a lot about alcohol or drugs?

Has using affected your relationships?

Have you ever used alcohol or drugs because of emotional pain or stress?

Do you continue to use despite negative consequences?

Recovery is a possibility. You do not have to continue living in pain. There are many pathways to long term recovery. Here are a few things to consider when looking into options in substance abuse treatment:

No single treatment is appropriate for all individuals.

Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug addiction.

Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness.

Counseling and behavioral therapies are critical components of all effective treatments for addiction.

For certain types of disorders, medications are an important element of treatment, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies.

Addicted persons with coexisting mental issues should have both disorders treated in an integrated way.

Medical management of withdrawal syndrome is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug use.

Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.

Various types of programs offer help in alcohol and/or drug rehabilitation, including:

Residential treatment (in-patient), typically 28-90 days in a treatment facility.

Out-patient, attend treatment during your normal day.

Intensive out-patient

Local support groups, community based groups willing and able to help.

Holistic medicine approaches.

Recovery or sober living houses.

Newer rehab centers offer age and gender specific programs.

Long term recovery from substance abuse is a reality and there are a tremendous amount of resources available to those who want help or just want to know more:

Contact a local substance abuse agency or counselor, in the yellow pages under Alcoholism or Drug Abuse.

Contact local community based support groups which are typically in the newspaper or phone book.

Use the internet to search for the words “Substance Abuse Treatment.”

Go to the website,



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