Thank you for sharing Cliff Williams story

Dear Editor:
On behalf of the Williams Family,  I would like to thank Kurt Johnson and the staff of the Aurora News Register for the article on our father’s contributions to the Apollo VIII mission and space exploration following.  Cliff was a member of the team developing the digitization and  computer data input.
Part of Cliff’s home team included his wife Loretta, Harold Edgerton, Frank Farr, Hamilton County investors in his creation of International Sensors Systems Inc, and many others in Nebraska and across the county.
Thank you for your professionalism and commitment to providing quality information to our community and beyond.
I hope we reflect on the opportunity to recognize the potential for what may be achieved  in ourselves, our families, community, nation and world in the future.
God Bless America
Patricia Williams Glee.

County roads are not getting better
Dear Editor:
I went to the meeting of the Hamilton County commissioners on July 1 concerning our road conditions. After several residents stated their concerns, the commissioners remarked how much they cared about the conditions and safety of the roads. Uh huh. How’s that working out?
One month later and in this area no culverts have been replaced, bridges fixed, or gravel hauled. In fact, roads here are in worse condition than they were then. If all of us farmers ran our operations like the road department is run, we wouldn’t have to worry about the roads, we all would have starved to death!
Schools start in a couple weeks and harvest is right around the corner. Many roads are not fit for bus or truck traffic. Are we going to have school closings or late starts for rain like we do for snow? No way to drive a loaded truck on these roads. Guess we will have to wait for the ground to freeze to travel on some roads.
First the road superintendent got rid of mowers; we are supposed to mow ditches now. Then he got rid of drags behind the graders; wants windrows of dirt on roads. Haven’t seen any noxious weed sprayers for a while. Maybe they can’t get down the roads either. Now they want us to help emergency crews on roads. Just improve the roads!
Property taxes are due soon. Maybe we should pay the taxes for fire, schools, and others, but not the taxes for road upkeep. Why pay for a service we no longer receive?
Everyone on county roads for school, harvest, work, or any other reason, be careful. Many roads are not safe, and I don’t see it getting better any time soon. I have one thing to say to our road superintendent and the commissioners that hired you, “GET BUSY or GET OUT!”
Ken Hunnicutt

Rural roads
a vital concern
Dear Editor:
A week ago, on Wednesday and part of Thursday, our grader operator rebuilt the driving surface on 12 Road between F and G Roads. That section of road was nearly impassible with 4-wheel drive and had very little if any gravel.
The grader operator did an excellent job of rebuilding the driving surface. There has been no gravel placed on that road to this day. The traffic after last Sunday’s rain destroyed the road surface. Why are we spending time and money rebuilding these roads and then not graveling them?
I have been told that roads that have no one living on them will be the last to get graveled. Did anyone think that these roads connect to other sections of the road that have heavy traffic? Who is the idiot that comes up with these stupid ideas? Whomever it is they need to be replaced at once before we waste more of our taxpayer’s money. I was also told that there was no gravel available because of the widespread flooding this year. Hamilton County had its own gravel operation from the early 2001 until it was closed in about 2015.
Past county commissioners did everything they could to close down the operation just to spite Darla and the Highway Department. Darla was paying around 28 cents per yard for gravel pumped from our pit and we hauled it ourselves. A yard of road gravel weighs approximately 2,700 pounds. We are now paying $7-$8 a ton plus hauling for poorer quality gravel. We were also able to sell gravel to Merrick County when we had a surplus.
We all know who the commissioners responsible for the closing of our county gravel operation are. We should blame them for the situation we are now in. Their gross ignorance is now costing our taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Thanks a bunch, you idiots.
Duane A. Katt,


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