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Senator Johanns e-Update
November 19, 2014

As we prepare to celebrate the holidays with our friends and families, we must not forget the men and women in uniform whose bravery and sacrifice allow us to celebrate freely. The holidays can be a particularly trying time for our armed forces and their loved ones. I’m pleased to once again team up with the American Red Cross to encourage participation in Holiday Mail for Heroes. The program asks citizens to sign cards to members of the military, thanking them for their service and wishing them a happy holiday season. 

To participate in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, you can make arrangements to mail or drop off cards by calling my Lincoln office at (402) 476-1400 by Monday, December 8, 2014. The cards will then be distributed by the American Red Cross in Omaha.    

Matt from Senator Johanns' Lincoln office says to sign the card(s) and add any personal messages, put the card in the envelope and place all of them in a large manila envelope (you don't need stamps on the card envelopes) and send or take them to: 

Holiday Mail for Heroes - Office of Senator Johanns

100 Centennial Mall North - Suite 287

Lincoln, NE 68508

A note from your editor - in 9 years of active duty, spending Christmas on duty for 7 of those years, neither I or any of the other Air Force men and women stationed with me ever got anything from our home state senators or representatives. So, get up off your burro, get some cards and make some troop in the sand, a scope dope at a remote radar site, a squid in a submarine 200 feet under water, feel a little bit better this Christmas.

 

A little snow, a lot of cold.....

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It may not be winter by the calendar, but mother nature doesn't use calendars. A year ago, the minimum temperature was 26.1 deg F and the maximum was 59 deg F. The high today is predicted to be 30 deg F. The average high for November is 51 and the average low is 28. The prediction is for some gradual warming for the weekend then back to the freezing for Thanksgiving. And people living in Florida think 40 degrees is cold. Once again, use a lot of caution - the roads will be wet in the daytime, but turn back to ice and snow covered when the temperature drops. The same thing applies to sidewalks and steps - if you've fallen and can't get up outside, you'll be quite stiff by morning. If you live alone, a medical alert system could save your life.

 One thing nice about this nasty weather - it seems to keep people from needing EMS assistance.

Days until Alvo's Party Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Winter
199 Wednesday, November 19, 2014 07:17 AM 05:04 PM 9:47 32
198 Thursday, November 20, 2014 07:19 AM 05:03 PM 9:44 31
197 Friday, November 21, 2014 07:20 AM 05:03 PM 9:43 30
196 Saturday, November 22, 2014 07:21 AM 05:02 PM 9:41 29
195 Sunday, November 23, 2014 07:22 AM 05:02 PM 9:40 28
194 Monday, November 24, 2014 07:23 AM 05:01 PM 9:38 27
193 Tuesday, November 25, 2014 07:24 AM 05:01 PM 9:37 26
Shorter and shorter days... ....but just over a month until days start getting longer

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New moon at 06:33 AM CST on November 22nd.

Useless Information

Banging your head against a wall uses about 150 calories per hour.

Cuba is the only Caribbean island with a railroad.

Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.

In Nebraska it is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.

Supported in part by Cass County Tourism   CCTour 

 It takes lots of snow to influence drought areas....

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Link to US map

 Thank you note from the Cass County Election Office

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Quotes for the week....

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it." - Mark Twain 

"Politics is so personal, vicious and immediate, how are you going to get anything done? Even the local politics where I live have gotten so ugly." - Robin Williams

"My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, 'Mom, they weren't trying to teach you how to swim.'" - Paula Poundstone

"Inside every cynical person is a disappointed idealist." - George Carlin

"It's really difficult for fanatic churchgoers to understand God can't help me. I'm the only one who can help me." - Chuck Yeager

"Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values." - Ellen DeGeneres

"If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect." - Jacque Yves Cousteau

Save a Cass County Kitten!

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Found at Rosenboom's now at the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln. The only survivor of a litter - likes humans - needs a forever home. Named Tanner by Michael - UPDATE - Tanner is a 3-5 week old male with a diesel engine purr.

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