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If anyone thinks that what happened last Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol is the last we’ve seen of this insurrection, think again.

It’s not unusual for the West Point News’ editor to find his way into many local and area government meetings. And he can attest that another frequent attendee is outgoing Cuming County Board of Supervisor John Ross.

It’s been a heck of a couple months here at the West Point News, and that’s putting it mildly. We’re very much looking forward to 2021 and hoping COVID-19 is left behind.

Since it is better to give than receive, and this is the season for giving, here are just a few ideas to consider as we near the end of 2020.

It took awhile to get there, but West Point’s City Council did the right thing in agreeing to let Skywave Wireless, Inc. install wireless equipment on the city water tower.

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This week I wanted to talk Husker football, but instead will address a more serious matter, the coronavirus pandemic.

Some in Nebraska were surprised that Congressional District 2 voters provided enough support to give that district’s Electoral College vote to president-elect Joe Biden. But one only needed to look at voter registration data to know that it’s not really a surprise.

Remember when COVID-19 was a hoax? Remember when people said COVID-19 will suddenly disappear after the election? Well, it’s obviously not a hoax, and while it may someday disappear it certainly will be here for months after the election.

Wouldn’t it be great if every person registered to do so votes in this year’s general election? Voting has never been easier, and we encourage all who can to make their vote count. People have told us their vote really doesn’t matter because in Nebraska any candidate who is a Republican will win.

West Point’s volunteer fire and rescue departments have been kept more than busy the past couple of weeks with field fires and minor traffic accidents. The same for neighboring communities departments.

The fire departments would also like to thank all the farmers and others who show up with tractors and discs and trucks filled with water whenever a field fire happens.

The ballot issue before City of West Point voters contains some of the legal jargon ballot issues are known for, but the issue really isn’t that complicated. And this ballot issue needs the support of the voters.

Its true. Television cameras do add ten pounds to their subjects. I noticed that when I watched a segment of a replay of Monday night’s 1st Congressional District candidate debate that was shown on NET.

This is a sore subject with some people, but because we prefer to take our walking orders from those who know a heck of a lot more about it than us, now is not the time to let our guard down when dealing with COVID-19.

I’m beginning to wonder if all those in charge of updating information on the weather forecasting apps know where West Point, Neb. is located.

The calendar says high school football season, but the weather says July 4. Doesn’t matter, because I’m looking forward to another step to normalcy: the start of another high school fall sports season.

As if things weren’t hard enough for Nebraska’s small businesses, news comes that the Trump administration plans to claw back a chunk of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds legitimate businesses have used as a lifeline to keep their employees on the payroll.

Weekly newspapers like West Point News have joined others in urging support for Congressional action to prevent slowing of the mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

Because last week’s West Point City Council meeting lasted until 7:30, giving me just an hour to wrap up the stories before the front page needed to hit the press, a story on what didn’t happen wasn’t able to be included in that week’s issue.

Cuming County’s Agricultural Society, more commonly known as the Fair Board, made some tough calls about this year’s Cuming County Fair last week. Some will disagree with the board’s decision. More, we think, will agree that the board made some good calls.

Talk about lighting up the sky. And lighting up the mood of hundreds of people at the same time. That’s what the West Point Volunteer Fire Department and some other volunteers did Saturday night with another of their impressive fireworks shows.

Fireworks are in no short supply in West Point again this summer. And even though I’m in that old geezer era, I really don’t have a problem with that.

Two months ago, Nebraskans cast nearly 400,000 mail-in votes, helping set a primary record for voting. When all was said and done, 471,000 voters cast ballots in the election, easily eclipsing the previous record of 413,015 voters set during the 1972 primary.

In just 10 days, another effort appreciated by many will light up the sky. It’s the annual West Point 4th of July fireworks show. Yes, the show is happening even though some other events we’ve grown accustomed to won’t take place that day.

We welcome news that some of the directed health measures have been relaxed and businesses are able to provide customers a bit more elbow room. Still, we need to keep in mind that social distancing is important and will be with us for quite some time.

Had space allowed last week, I would have offered some comments about the protests and riots that broke out across the country following the senseless death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis police officers.

I looked at West Point News Production Manager Gus Wesche last Wednesday and said, “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.” He replied, “I’m with you.”

Thanks to Cuming County Economic Development, the Donald E. Nielsen Foundation and several other area businesses and organizations, businesses in the county have a chance to take part in a program to help them get back on their feet after the COVID-19 disruption.

Good news: Cuming County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to begin reopening the courthouse. It won’t be a rush to normalcy, but it’s a first step in the wake of the corornavirus pandemic that shuttered doors to local government offices and many businesses.

I’m not sure when it became in vogue for officials of any political party to heap so much praise upon others in their party for doing their jobs, but it’s something we now live with daily. And it’s not limited just one party. It might be that it’s always been that way but we just hear it mor…

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