Cold Nebraska weather not a national event PDF E-mail

Following the subzero weather across the United States the past few weeks, I wonder if anyone found the climatologist who had been warning us of “global warming.” In all likelihood he’s tucked in the back of his warm office refusing to venture too far away from his space heater.
The old Nebraska slogan, “If you don’t like the weather now, stick around, it’ll change,” hit the months of December and the early part of January pretty much on the head. Warm days of 60 degrees-plus followed a few days later by near zero or below temps, have become commonplace. In fact, weather changes haven’t only been limited to Nebraska. At one point Huskerland had a warmer temp than Jacksonville, Fla., while in Mississippi it was reported this past week a dog managed to survive after being found frozen to the ground.
Isn’t it interesting when a cold or heat wave hits the populace Eastern United States how that situation is interpreted by the government and the news media as a national catastrophe? Power outages, businesses close, highways are shut down and everything comes to standstill. However, when adverse weather happens here in the Heartland little is said. Residents continue to “make do” facing the situation with little national notoriety. In all honesty, I think the majority of us like the lack of national fanfare. Just maybe we here in Nebraska and surrounding states might still have our forefathers’ pioneering spirit and willpower to overcome.
One of the pluses of being retired is having the time to sit down and read a good book.  I must admit I’m still one of those old-fashioned guys and not like my betterhalf. She has resorted to her Kindle to read, or listens to an audio book. As for me, I like the feel of paper and turning those book pages at my leisure. This Christmas a good book happened to come my way in the form of a Christmas gift -- a best seller titled, “George Washington’s Secret Six.”
The extensively researched book is about a spy ring set up by George Washington that saved the American Revolution. Author Brian Kilmeade stated the Culper spies represent all the patriotic Americans who give so much for their country, but because of the nature of their work, will not or cannot take a bow or even talk about their missions. As one respected retired Army general said, the book reminds us that freedom is not free, never has been, and never will be. In a nutshell, the book brought home to me the many sacrifices warriors as well as the many common citizens have made since the founding of our country.
Singing a few songs is a tradition at most Rotary Clubs throughout the world. A few songs are sung after eating and just before the formal program begins when a guest speaker takes the platform. Even though Rotarians are noted for their singing, it doesn’t necessarily mean all Rotarians are great singers. I for one can attest to that fact. I am a club member, but also manage to have the experience in my young days of basically being asked not to participate in my home church choir.
Some Rotarians must also share my lack of talent in singing. I noticed the Rotarian song book carried the page title, “Singable Songs.”  Gee, I thought all songs were supposed to be “singable.”

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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