After a fun-filled evening with my 1974 classmates at dinner last Friday night, I laid my sleepy head down to prepare for yet another great day during A’ROR’N Days on Saturday. The local tavern was having its annual outdoor dance, and as I lay there listening to the beat, all I could do was smile happily, knowing that so many people were having a great time in their home town for such a short while. It saddens me that all of the venues in Aurora cannot participate in outdoor bands and entertainment because of a few who had trouble sleeping. In my opinion how selfish this is, to take away a fun couple of evenings a year because of loud music. Shirley Strotman Aurora
History of vet’s home significant
Dear Editor: Attention: To Our Neighbors We Jensens have been very much involved with veterans affairs for nearly 20 years. We have been closely, personally involved with the VA facilities of Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha and Minneapolis. This has been a positive experience, also one that makes us care deeply about events affecting the facilities, the staff, but most of all the veterans. Please listen as we tell you about the history of the Grand Island Veterans Home. It is Nebraska’s oldest and largest home, established in 1887. A resolution is recorded in the Senate Journal of the State of Nebraska Twentieth Regular Session -- Lincoln, Neb. -- Jan. 4, 1887. (1) “That it is the sense of this Senate that a suitable building be erected and grounds provided for the care and comfort of the old soldiers of Nebraska in their declining years.” (2) “That a committee of five be appointed to confer with a committee of the House on indigent soldiers and Marines to take such actions as will look to the establishment of a State Soldiers Home.” The Legislative Bill 247 was passed March 4, 1887 for the establishment of a soldiers home, stipulating that not less than 640 acres be donated for the site. The Grand Island Board of Trade had a meeting with the citizens of the city, held in the Bartenbach Opera House. Within 36 hours, $25,600 was pledged for the purchase of land, which was originally located three miles north of Grand Island. On Oct. 20, 1887, Gov. John M. Thayer placed the cornerstone of the new Soldiers and Sailors Home. Oliver P. Duncan was the first Civil War veteran admitted on June 28, 1888. Originally, only Civil War Union Army veterans were admitted. Later, it was decided that we are one country, and Confederate Army veterans were also admitted. Eventually, veterans serving in all the wars and conflicts were eligible. In 1969, the name was changed to Nebraska Veterans Home to reflect all branches of the service. We are avid students of history and we consider this an epic narrative. As we drive by the Nebraska Veterans Home, we appreciate ever more what has taken place. In the matter of moving the home to Kearney, we are most disappointed that the people of Central Nebraska were not informed and allowed to voice their concerns. In our household, we Jensens represent (1) a veteran, (2) professional nurse, (3) taxpayers. We feel that we should have had a vote. As a veteran, maybe Earl would one day need the services at the home. As a nurse, Diann wonders about transporting every ailing patient from Kearney to the VA Clinic in Grand Island; or are those veterans expected to give up the doctors they know, too? As taxpayers, we both think that $50 million is important to consider . The only hope of changing the governor’s plan to move the Veterans Home is to communicate to the following address: US Dept of Veterans Affairs Atten: Eric K. Shenseki 810 Vermont Ave. Washington D.C. 20420 Thanks for listening. Earl and Diann Jensen Hampton
Youth volunteers appreciated
A special thanks to the members of the Hampton Fire Department for all the extra hours of fighting fires during the recent days of extremely strong gusty winds.
And thanks to them, also, for always being on call at any time day or night, sometimes dealing with ugly situations and even death. We greatly appreciate the time and energy they give to the community for our safety, while often not knowing the circumstances they may have to cope with when going out on a call.
Another group that deserves a bit of recognition is a group of teens who were using their Sunday afternoon cleaning the Hampton school grounds where there were great piles of corn husks. One girl was tromping down the husks in a huge load they already had gathered while several others of the group were off picking up more husks.
When asked who was directing them to do this job, she said they just thought it needed to be done. What a refreshing answer. They were volunteering their time and energy and receiving no pay. Thanks to them for using their vim and vigor in such a positive way.
Singspiration a wonderful event
Dear Editor: Wasn’t that recent Singspiration in Aurora just wonderful?
All the wonderful talent there is here in our little community. You go to your church, and I will go to mine, but let’s all sing together.
Jean Sorensen, Aurora
‘Thanks to God’ message missing
Dear Editor: We just had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday — gathering with family for great food and fellowship and giving thanks to God for the many blessings He has showered upon us!
However, I am deeply troubled, not by what I experienced this Thanksgiving, but by what was missing! The president of our country and other politicians gave public thanks to many, and for many things, but made no mention of thanks to God.
“Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights . . .” James 1:17). The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 92:1, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord . . .” Let’s not forget to give thanks to Whom thanks is due.