Commentary

Tue
30
Jun

‘New normal’ won’t seem normal to many

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The past few months we’ve been reading about the “new normal.” Thanks to COVID-19 we now have predictions of what the new normal is going to be. Bluntly, I’m not sure I’ll be ready, or for that matter, be able at my age to join the “new normal.”
You see, I’ve established my own norm and have stuck with it for decades and frankly I’m not holding a lot of optimism to personally conform to what I’m hearing that is supposed make up my future normal. I’ve taken some “baby steps” preparing for my future.
One message that already has come to the forefront is telling us many of our civic and fraternal club meetings will be held through Zoom and Skype. To me these are not the personal elbow-to-elbow social contacts that I previously enjoyed over a noon meal. Now digital coldness that will be carried out on our social media screen is predicted.

Wed
24
Jun

Shift to Phase 2, progress at Westfield both positive signs

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Our community took a giant step forward this week on the COVID front, in more ways than one.
The most obvious change is the progression from Phase 1 to Phase 2 safety protocols, which will quite literally allow a little more breathing room in how and where we are able to get together. It’s a refreshing change to anyone and everyone who has grown weary of the tight restrictions we’ve been under since mid-March, and at this point who doesn’t count themselves in that crowd.
Judging by what’s happening throughout the state and nation, we need to be cautious moving forward, wearing masks in public places like the grocery store and limiting exposure whenever possible to ourselves and others. Phase 2 is more relaxed, but a far cry from the Phase 3 protocol now in place in all but four Nebraska counties.

Wed
24
Jun

Nebraska charity up even when times are down

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I’m proud to be a Nebraskan and hope you are too!” In these times of uncertainly Nebraskans have reached deep into their hearts to come to the aid of their fellow neighbors through the performance of good deeds. Even in these times of financial uncertainty more Nebraskans than ever also have reached deep into their pockets to spearhead successful community fund drives that exceeded the donations of past years’ fund drives. Simply put, the host of deeds and financial contributions speak volumes about Nebraskans who are helping each other.
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Education is one key to happiness. However an educated man is not necessarily the product of ivy-covered walls, but is able to see clearly, think steadily, and act nobly.

Wed
17
Jun

City listens, takes positive step by opening parks, playgrounds

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City leaders made a good decision last week, voting to open parks, playground equipment and ball fields after listening to citizen feedback.
Hamilton County, and thus the city of Aurora, were given the green light to begin a Phase 1 roll-back effective June 1, which came as welcome news to a community anxious to get outside and take a step back toward some sense of normal. Being able to use recreational facilities, including parks and playground equipment, could be considered a giant leap in that direction, especially for young families with kiddos cooped up at home needing a place to burn off some energy and have some fun.
The reaction on social media after a week-long delay in allowing the use of playground equipment reflected an on-going debate across our country. Communities like Aurora now face a challenge that has begun to test our small-town sense of trust and communication.

Wed
17
Jun

Smoking remains a leading cause of statistics

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Another week. The virus is still around, protests are still continuing, the political world is still unsettled and we chuckle when look back and recall when we were concerned about our family members who were smoking.
My father and my uncles were all smoking Camel cigarettes during WWII and not much was said about cancer. A pipe was for gramps, Cigars were the favorite of the big wigs and a ‘chew” was the favorite of outdoor laborers.
While we had plenty of vices in our youth smoking was never one of them. It wasn’t as though we never tried. A quick draw on a cigarette left in an ashtray by my grandfather never started my smoking habit in early years because we got caught by gramps. Seeking the college image cigs, pipe, and cigars never took over frankly because we couldn’t afford them.

Tue
16
Jun

Thrift shop to open June 25th

Dear Editor:
We are excited to be opening the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop on June 25th, and look forward to being able to serve our Aurora community again.  As we prepare to reopen, we’d like to ask the community to help us maintain the quality that they’ve come to expect of our great thrift shop.
As a reminder to the community, donations will be accepted on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Once we reopen, we’ll also accept donations on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Donated items should be delivered to the back of the older/original part of the building ONLY during these designated days/times so that volunteers can process, sort and quarantine items before taking them into the store.

Tue
16
Jun

An overview of property tax, policies

by Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen

Wed
10
Jun

COVID protocol should be based on county totals, not health district

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Of all the questions asked and answered regarding this life-altering coronavirus pandemic, there is one that still seems a bit confusing. In light of lower totals for confirmed COVID cases and deaths, why is Hamilton County one of only four counties in Nebraska lagging one step behind in the effort to gradually loosen social distancing guidelines?
The given answer, explained by Gov. Pete Ricketts very early on, is that safety protocols would be determined by health districts across the state. Hamilton County joins Hall and Merrick counties in the Central District Health Department, thus the three have been linked in terms of tracking numbers, communication and protocols.

Tue
09
Jun

Early diversity exposure broadened perspective

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The present racial turmoil that’s going in our United States today pulls me back to the memories just after WWII when my parents decided to pursue the possibility of becoming Californians. My dad sold his newspaper in Nebraska and our family headed west to pursue a purchase of a newspaper on the West Coast. As an upcoming third grader who sat in the backseat with my Cocker Spaniel dog “Pickles,” I had no idea what life-changing experiences were ahead for me and the positive effects it would have on my future racial attitudes.
  After the war the West Coast experienced a diverse population surge that brought not only the conservative Midwesterners who had spent many years in small Nebraska communities that were  void of racial diversification, but also former citizens from foreign countries as well.

Tue
09
Jun

Letter to editor: A Legion salute to Deryl Danielson

Dear Editor:
When a member of the American Legion departs from us the National American Legion records indicates a loss of one member.
When our Comrade Deryl Danielson was called away, American Legion Post No. 42 lost so much more. Deryl had served our country when he was needed. After completing his duties there and returning home, he continued to serve, as a member of our Post No. 42 Honor Guard.
As a member of the Rifle Squad he was always present whenever called upon, until his health prevented him from doing so -- loyal, conscientious, dependable and faithful to his duties, always serving with a smile.
Deryl, you served so admirably and now may you join your comrades who passed before you in that Grand Honor Guard. Rest In Peace Deryl Danielson.
“Ten -- Hut”... “Hand Salute”
Ron Paider,
American Legion Post No. 42 commander

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