Consider letting bands play in the bandstand

Dear Editor:
My wife and I and some friends went to the Band on the bricks Friday night (Aug. 2) and it was sprinkling rain. So they moved the band to the bandstand. WHAT A CONCEPT -- a band on the bandstand.
When was the bandstand last used for a band concert? Why don’t they do that every time? There’s shade and shelter for the band and the audience, not to mention our beautiful bandstand could be used again for what it was intended for. Then the street wouldn’t be blocked off and the venders could pull up to the sidewalk just like A’ROR’N Days.
Maybe some of the revenue from beer sales could help fix the spots on bandstand that are rotting out. So far all the bands have been really good and everyone looked like they were having fun. I think the shade would help bring more people out to see the bands on the bandstand. So in closing, move the band off the bricks and onto the bandstand.
Carlin Engert,
Aurora

Road packer will not solve county’s rural road problem
Dear Editor:
The idea of a road packer will not work. It will make a bigger mess than we already have.
The problem in these areas is too much moisture. You cannot compact mud. The moisture content has to be controlled by removing the saturated soil and replacing it in 10-inch to 12-inch lifts, with clay-based soil compacting each lift. The county has a sheep’s foot that is the proper piece of equipment for the compaction. Continue with the lifts and compaction until the proper elevation is reached.
There should be a sample of the fill material tested to obtain a proctor curve for information in establishing optimum moisture for determining the maximum density and each site should be tested for compaction. On an average road job, the sheep’s foot makes 8-10 passes per lift. We are talking 20-30 miles of compacting per mile of road. Is this project scheduled to be completed by 2050?
Just running over the roads with a packer will cause a hydraulic action bringing subsoil moisture to the surface, causing a bigger mess than we have now. Any highway superintendent should know that running a packer will not fix the problem of bad spots in the road. The shoulders are saturated from the way they have been maintained. I will guarantee they will spend more time stuck than they will packing. Let’s not waste any more tax dollars trying things that will not work.
Did anyone think of asking the engineers at the Nebraska Department of Roads if this idea would work before spending more of our tax money on a plan that will not work? Remember the idiots that told you that spreading asphalt millings on R Road would solve the problem and then blaming the highway department for the failure. That project caused the county to rebuild the road subgrade and asphalt the surface to correct the mess that they had made.
People it is up to you to remove these people from office. I am satisfied with my commissioner, but you have to recall your commissioners if you are not satisfied with their performance. Things will not change until these people are removed from office. The roads will not improve until we have experienced people working at the highway department. If the people in that department do not meet the standards that are required to provide us with decent roads they need to be terminated. This will not happen with the present leadership we have.
Please remove these people from office before it is too late save Hamilton County.
Duane Katt,
Aurora

A prayer to share sermon, joy of thanks to Jesus
Dear Editor:
Pastor Tim’s sermon  “STOP”-- stop worrying” took us backwards through the history of God’s people in the Old Testament of the Bible. The sermon ended with Psalm 46:10, God’s Amen!
God’s word and promises remain the same for every generation.
Upon leaving the sanctuary I observed pink streamers hanging from my box in the entry. A fun surprise from a young Titus woman of today. Who?
A chocolate-covered pink spoon with a devotion booklet “A Chocolate Life” Savoring God’s Sweet Grace, Psalms, 34:8. “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!” A gift of 30 devotions, nine recipes by Deb Burma, a pastor’s wife near Columbus.
God’s promises are new every morning. Today, Monday; Isaiah 42 and 54 and the “all things” of Christ in Romans 8.
My prayer is that you, also, will share this joy of thanks to Jesus and (?)
Norma Troester,
Aurora

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