After hearing that the North Platte Optimists had raised enough money at the last minute to present the fireworks display, but had missed the deadline for the state permit by days, and the July 4 celebration was moved to July 12, I decided Gov. Heineman would not let that ruling stand if he knew the story, prompting me to call the governorís office.
After explaining the story to Gov. Heinemanís secretary, she put me in touch with a Mr. Bell, who let me know that the law is the law and they could not change it for North Platte. After hanging up, I decided that I needed to talk to the governor himself.
After calling back a second time and leaving a message for the governor, things began to proceed in a more positive way. Mr. Bell called me back about 15 minutes later, saying he agreed with me and if the Optimists could work it out, he would make an exception so North Platte could celebrate the Fourth on the Fourth.
Shortly after that call, the state fire marshal, Mr. Heine, called me, stating the same thing.
Even though it turned out to be too late to reschedule the display, it was great to know that Gov. Heineman could take time personally to get involved and help us in North Platte.
Sheriff Kramer was also willing to step forward and let the celebration proceed on the Fourth as it should have.
Thank you Gov. Heineman and thank you Sheriff Kramer. You are both doing a great job and I commend you for it.
Nick Legas, North Platte