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alvo newsletter, november 12th, 2014

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Dear David,

Our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Guardsmen, and their families, sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. They deserve our gratitude and all the benefits they’ve earned for their service to our country.

Whether it’s health care, education, or job training -- our veterans are worthy of the best. And with more veterans returning home all the time, it’s important we rededicate ourselves to fighting for those who have fought so bravely for us.

To the 339,000 Nevada veterans, the millions more around the country, and to all of their families -- Happy Veterans Day. And thank you for your service to our nation.

Harry Reid

Senator Johanns e-Update
November 11, 2014

This Veterans Day, as we pause to honor the men and women who have served in uniform, may we also express gratitude for the ideals and freedoms they continue to protect. From our ability to freely practice religion to our right to vote in elections without fear of violence or persecution, we too often take our freedoms for granted.  We can never do enough to thank our veterans and their families for their endless sacrifices protecting these freedoms.

We must be diligent in our efforts to ensure our veterans receive the benefits and care they’ve been promised. It’s a responsibility I take seriously as a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and I was pleased to support legislation to expand care to veterans earlier this year. We must now work with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure they’re making the necessary changes to regain the trust of our veterans.

We are incredibly blessed to be protected by the greatest military in the world. May God bless our service members and their families as they continue to put everything on the line in the name of freedom.   

Here are emails I received yesterday from two senators. Notice the one from Senator Reid is directed to me by name while Senator Johanns is a mass mailing (so is Senator Reid's, but his IT people can individualize addresses).


If you missed Veterans' Day ceremonies, sales, free meals, or discounts, here's a couple of suggestions that should bring us to why this day is celebrated. Watch the HBO documentary Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1   or Kevin Bacon in Taking Chance - a powerful movie without special effects that shows how too many of our soldiers come home. On Tuesday, HBO presented the documentary just after Taking Chance, which was a very powerful combination of programming.


Wow! The temperature dropped 25 degrees in 12 hours on Monday, from 55 at 6 AM to 30 at 6 PM. Let's not even get into the wind chill effects. Then ovenight into Tuesday morning, about an inch of snow fell and the temperature climbed all the way to 27 degrees by noon. The climate change non-believers will say there isn't - you can deny - but look out your windows.

Drought Monitor Graph

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OOPS! - almost one percent increase in the abnormally dry land area with the addition of 2 counties in extreme southwest Nebraska. So we should be thankful for the snow, but it missed that part of the state. And snow doesn't have that much moisture content. For more information on the rest of the country, click here.  

As the days grow shorter (and colder)......

Days until Alvo's Party Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Winter
206 Wednesday, November 12, 2014 07:09 AM 05:10 PM 10:01 39
205 Thursday, November 13, 2014 07:10 AM 05:09 PM 9:59 38
204 Friday, November 14, 2014 07:12 AM 05:08 PM 9:56 37
203 Saturday, November 15, 2014 07:13 AM 05:07 PM 9:54 36
202 Sunday, November 16, 2014 07:14 AM 05:06 PM 9:52 35
201 Monday, November 17, 2014 07:15 AM 05:06 PM 9:51 34
200 Tuesday, November 18, 2014 07:16 AM 05:05 PM 9:49 33

Last quarter 09:17 AM on this Friday.


Not here in Nebraska, but it's appropriate for this week.

Supported in part by Cass County Tourism   CCTour

More useless information - with pictures

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Walton Family as in Wal-Mart, not the "The Waltons" although they are originally from Arkansas.  And Warren Buffet lives in Omaha.

Warning! I found a site with visual puns........


I promise I'll only do one a week.Also, if you have a clean pun or two, let me know.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is, the search for a superior moral jsutification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith



I would like to say thank you to all for my recent benefits, both the pancake feed and the Eagles fundraiser.  I truly appreciate those individuals, groups and businesses who generously donated items for the meal, silent and live auctions, door prizes, bake sale goodies and the music.  I'm grateful, too, for those who spent their time planning and working at these events.  I enjoyed them both so much and from the bottom of my heart, I can't thank you enough for all you've done.  You mean the world to me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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 Hey, sports fans, that white stuff on the roads becomes ice when a lot of traffic passes over it.........The first car in the center lane is just leaving the icy section.

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First, you lose control and the vehicle goes sideways.... When you slide off sideways, you'll probably end up this way.

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Lucky for them, they were wearing lap and shoulder belts.

"You can teach ignorance, but you can't fix stupid." - EMS Law number 5.

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