Commentary

Wed
16
Jan

Don’t fret those senior moments we all share

Fortunately or unfortunately, we oldsters have senior moments. Unfortunately those senior moments can be frustrating. Fortunately when we need a subject for a column, senior moments can be pretty handy . . . if we can remember them.
Our memory got a boost a week ago when friend Herb Peters brought a book, “1,000 unforgettable Senior Moments” to our regular early morning coffee club. The book caused a lot of chuckles particularly when the author Tom . . .uh … Friedman said why he had published a second edition was because he felt most readers couldn’t remember all of his first edition.
We must admit Friedman’s book was reassuring to many of us who seem to be suffering more and more from our own senior moments remind us we are not alone. In fact, looking at his bibliographical notes, they report the stories in his books are true (as far as anyone can remember).

Wed
09
Jan

Discouraged? Compare your problems to others

If you are discouraged, compare your problems with those of the father who wrote this letter. Note particularly the last paragraph. The daughter wrote that she was coming home with her husband to live with father. Father wrote as follows:
“Dear Daughter:
I note from your letter that you are coming home with Wilfred and the children to live with us because Wilfred received an ‘adjustment’ in his salary, which was an insult to him. Wilfred, I assume, feels he cannot endure the insult.
As you know, your brother Frank came home with his wife about a month ago after his salary had been ‘reconsidered.’ Your sister Elsie, who had been a secretary to an officer of a corporation, recently had to take a position as a stenographer. She resigned because she refused to be reduced to the level of a plain stenographer, so we are expecting her any day.

Wed
09
Jan

Quality award sends positive message about local hospital

“Care Matters” at Aurora’s Memorial Hospital.
An organizational initiative by that name has been sending a message to everyone who works for and visits any MCHI facility. The message is that by focusing on quality, outcomes, safety and patient satisfaction each and every day the level of care patients receive here will be consistently good.
That attention to detail has earned Memorial Hospital noteworthy recognition, and simultaneously put our community in a positive spotlight.
A story in this week’s edition shares insight on the Rural Provider Excellence in Quality Award from the Nebraska Office of Rural Health. Memorial Hospital was one of 10 critical access hospitals in the state to receive this honor, which speaks volumes about the level of healthcare available here in Hamilton County.

Wed
02
Jan

Steady hand in kitchen helps calm holiday nerves

Over the years the Betterhalf has faced some challenges during the holiday seasons as she planned holiday meals for relatives and guests. What to serve and how many people are coming seem to be her biggest obstacles to resolve. However, this year a new obstacle to overcome confronted her.
But, first we should explain a little background for our most recent holiday dining.
Since the death of her sister she has invited her brother-in-law and sons to dine with us at Thanksgiving and at Christmas. Locations were alternated by celebrating Thanksgiving at one home followed a few weeks later by the other family hosting the Christmas dinner at the other’s home.
We were supposed to celebrate Thanksgiving with the brother-in-law and sons at his home this year. The brother-in-law called and announced he had already bought the turkey and trimmings. A conflict occurred and we were unable to participate in a joint celebration.

Wed
02
Jan

Balancing state’s budget will be a tough task in 2019 session

Nebraska lawmakers will have their hands full this year during a 90-day legislative session which begins Jan. 9.
Getting things done in Lincoln is always a challenge, but the sledding will likely be mostly uphill this year, thanks to an economic backdrop that will set the tone for much of the debate.
Having dipped heavily into cash reserves to make ends meet two years ago, senators will have to earn their pay by making tough decisions in the 2019 session. If the economic forecast doesn’t improve, which we won’t know until February, either significant cuts will have to be made or revenues will have to be found in the form of higher taxes or fewer sales tax exemptions. Neither approach will happen without a fight, especially knowing the governor’s staunch position against raising taxes.

Wed
26
Dec

EMS story tops 2018 headlines, solution in reach for early 2019

The News-Register conducted its annual news survey last week, seeking reader input on what the community as a whole perceives to be the Top 10 stories of the year. It’s a very subjective, non-scientific process by its nature, but always a fun and interesting one.
We scanned our pages from January through December, taking note of on-going issues and timely, breaking news. Then we asked local residents from all walks of life to weigh in, ranking their top 10 choices for stories that will be remembered as having an impact or creating memories in 2018.
Looking back over the past 52 editions it was crystal clear just how much the local debate on how, why and if the ambulance service should be revamped dominated the headlines. It’s a hot-button issue all have a vested interest in, so it came as no surprise that the EMS story was voted No. 1.

Wed
26
Dec

Burning calories just thinking about the new year

Soon we will be turning over a new leaf and heading into a new year, which means many of us will be making New Year’s Resolutions. Which also means, judged on past experiences, good intentional resolutions for the next year are meant to be broken.
Among the most common resolutions is one that we vow to lose weight and just in time we found a guide to the number of calorie activities per hours they consume. Here are those guidelines:
Beating around the bush, 75 calories; jumping to conclusions, 100 calories; climbing the walls, 150; swallowing your pride, 50; passing the buck, 25; throwing your weight around (depending on your weight), 50 to 300.
Dragging your heels, 100; pushing your luck, 250; making mountains out of molehills, 500; hitting the nail on the head, 50; wading through paperwork, 300; bending over backwards, 75.

Wed
19
Dec

Feeling blessed, despite slighlty slower pace of life

For the third time this week my Betterhalf has asked if our Christmas letter was done. Ever since my retirement 18 years ago the obligation of writing the Christmas letter has been my duty and apparently she has plans for me continuing as editor for this year.
I am troubled because I just read a magazine article where a biomedical gerontologist (What a title!) predicted soon people will live to be 1000 years of age. According to my calculation I could have 920 more Christmas letters to edit. My only hope is that I won’t be in charge of keeping up a current mailing list for our letter.

Wed
19
Dec

Holiday greetings celebrate faith-based Christmas message

A lot of things have changed in the way we celebrate Christmas these days, but one constant is the warm fuzzy, that priceless sense of connection, we get from holiday greetings that come our way.
Long before we’ll gather around the Christmas tree to exchange gifts, an array of colorful cards and letters start arriving from friends and family, filled with photos, summaries of the year that was 2018 and genuine holiday greetings. It’s a highlight of the season for me, personally, so it is with great joy that the News-Register staff offers this week’s edition as a giant Christmas card to the community, from the community.

Wed
12
Dec

Christmas shopping not at top of the holiday list for all

The other evening the Betterhalf after reading the newspaper said she had found a great Christmas gift for our brother-in-law. I was elated because the brother-in-law generally buys what he wants or needs. That attitude leaves little room for us Christmas gift-hunters to adequately fill his stocking.  
Now it appeared difficult shopping may have eased a bit when she announced his stocking was going to be filled with an electronic gadget that communicated via Goggle. I should have known better . . . there was about to be a catch to her simple solution. She asked me if I would like to go with her in making the purchase. “No thanks,” I said and added, “I don’t have any idea what you call the thing or how even how it works.”
My Christmas shopping generally in later years has become simply writing a few checks or getting gift cards. I have had too many memories of picking wrong colors, sizes, returns, or even inadequate gifts.

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