Commentary

Wed
06
Nov

Letters focus on wind turbine proposal

Why isn’t wind proposal put to countywide vote?
Dear Editor:
We live in the country but seems the city is coming to us, and for sure we don’t want wind turbines anywhere close to us.
Why isn’t this out on a ballot for people in Hamilton County to vote on? It is ridiculous this was done, approved and land acquired without much community involvement. One or two decide this is great for us and go right ahead with this. Then people find out and try and fight it and, oh no, this is a done deal. Again ridiculous!!!
 Against this for Hamilton County is my vote.
Becky Rathman,
Aurora

Wed
06
Nov

Husky boys cross country title run filled with life lessons

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Tony Sigler and Zach High had Oct. 25 circled on their mental calendars a long, long time ago.
Well before the 2019 cross country season started, the Huskies head coach was already thinking about, planning for and gearing his team up to toe the line at the Class C state championship race at Kearney Country Club. He’s quick to tell anyone who will listen, in August or any time of year, that the regular season is just a tune-up for the state meet, where medals, team trophies and a lifetime of pride are on the line.
Aurora’s boys team delivered in spades, winning the state title by eight points for the program’s second state title and first since 1999. Dylan Riley and Kane Fiala led the charge with medal-winning times, while Max Wiarda, Eli Warnke, Isaac Bisbee and Grady McDonald helped hoist the championship trophy, contributing valuable team points.

Wed
30
Oct

Letters raise questions about wind turbines, scare propoganda, Tooley Park

Time to speak out on wind turbines
Dear Editor:
In Kurt Johnson’s editorial comments of 10-2-2019 published in the News Register he stated in his closing comments that in the case of budgetary public comments that “Silence, in this case, was not golden” as the comments received were not publicly talked about so it appeared that citizens did not engage, although it would have been far more valuable to be heard.  
Well after countless nights of lack of sleep and mental anguish/stress in regards to the proposed wind turbines, it is time to speak out. Those of us that built/purchased our homes in rural Hamilton County as our “dream” homesteads are now being faced with a “nightmare in our neighborhood” south of Aurora with this proposed project.   Although this may not seem like a big issue to others in the county, those of us that live in this area will be faced with looking at something that in our wildest dreams never thought possible.

Wed
30
Oct

Halloween decor spending may soon rival Christmas

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There have been rumors in the retail world that Halloween décor and spending are threatening to overtake Christmas. The celebration of Halloween has certainly changed from when we were kids and that was evident recently when we drove to Texas to see grandkids.
The Betterhalf and I made our usual overnight stay in an Oklahoma community near the Texas border where there is a large park that sports nearly five miles of wilderness trails, along with ball diamonds, soccer fields and even a dog park. Before departing the next morning we took our usual walk, but this time it wasn’t so usual.

Wed
30
Oct

Millennials bring energy, ideas, tech savvy to workforce

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The News-Register staff turned the spotlight toward a most deserving subject this week with our annual workforce recognition edition.
This project has taken a number of different approaches over the years, featuring husband/wife co-owners; then and now -- comparing today’s work environment with yesteryear; hiring for and working the night shift; and last year, the benefits military veterans bring to their jobs. There are so many different aspects of the workforce it’s not hard to find a tale worth telling.
This year we took an angle that’s been in the news on several fronts, seeking out millennials in the workforce, defined as men and women in the 22-37 age bracket. Several sources talked about not wanting to stereotype this or any generation, and yet there are some attributes that define millennials in many ways, thus it makes for interesting reading to see how that is impacting companies large and small here in Hamilton County.

Wed
23
Oct

Letters raise questions about wind energy, recall

Recall process should only be a last resort
Dear Editor:
 I am disheartened by the filing for two recall petitions against commissioners.
It seems to me that conversation/suggestion, public discourse, and elections are the normal processes that a civil society uses to improve government action. The recall process is disruptive and should be used only as a last resort or for gross misconduct that requires immediate action. If the recall petitions are about good governance, then fine. If they are about amplifying opinions or settling grudges then we as citizens should reject these petitions.
I will add a comment to thank the county commissioners for their past work on behalf of the people of Hamilton County. The Manor and EMS issues have been complex and filled with disagreements, but the commissioners have been willing to work through the process of deciding what is best for the county.

Tue
22
Oct

There’s something strange going on -- getting older

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As one of our friends noted,” There’s something strange going on.
She said it isn’t the realization of this fact has been sneaking up on her, but with the stealthiness that it was hard for her to interpret exactly what was happening. She clarified that people seemed to be looking upon her as an older lady . . . and she couldn’t figure out why.
Well, we are one step ahead of her and had many of our own observations that have been obvious to us and unfortunately the “strange things going in our life” weren’t hard to figure out.
Most obvious were such things as a receding hairline, facial wrinkles, a “spare tire” around the midsection and the need for a brighter light to read by.
I began to dig a little deeper in this situation and finally conceded, “Hey bud, you’re getting older.”

Tue
22
Oct

Badura sets bar high, reaches goal with class, stellar golf

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State champion golfer!
Danica Badura earned that title in convincing fashion last week, capping off a stellar high school career with an impressive 14-stroke win at the Class B State Golf Tournament on a windy day north of Columbus.
Any time a high school athlete can win a state championship is special, but for Danica the title was within her grasp each of the last two years, making her senior shot at the gold medal that much more exciting. Last year was especially disappointing, as she wasn’t able to make a probable second-day comeback due to a rainy weather cancellation and had to settle as the runner up, again. From that day forward, her sights were set clearly on taking dead aim this season for the pin and a state championship.

Wed
16
Oct

Grandfather clocks keep memories better than time

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Over the years we discovered a household can become  a collection of heirlooms. Families will discover that when the subject of “downsizing” comes up.
A few months ago the Betterhalf and looked around our home and carried the same thought as we passed from room to room and saw collectables, antiques and just simple memorabilia.
Catching our eyes and later our ears were three old clocks that had been passed to us from earlier generations. Three mantel clocks came from great grandparents and grandparents.
Those three clocks were not in working order. The fourth clock was a more recent grandfather clock that was given to us as by my mother as a memorial to her parents. It had only had two faults. It lost a few hours each week and the chimes didn’t function correctly.

Wed
09
Oct

Journalism matters now more than ever in your community

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An industry often maligned in the national narrative these days pauses to celebrate its history, its purpose and its relevance during National Newspaper Week.
The Aurora News-Register is among the thousands of newspapers nationwide competing for an audience that consumes its news and information far differently than it did just a few years ago. In fact, newsprint may not be the medium of choice for many Americans, though particularly at the local level there remains no reliable alternative for fact-based reporting.

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