Commentary

Wed
19
Sep

Dogs gaining prominence in world of advertising

We’ve seen a sudden nationwide increase of advertisements where dogs, cats and other animals are playing a major salesmanship role. It appears dogs have become the most frequent “attention getters” in those advertisements.
Unfortunately our two canines have not hit the big time and been asked to negotiate any contracts. In fact, we assume their antics could be used only to promote the prevention of snoring, lounging on furniture and shedding hair . . . which means there could be an option for them to appear in a vacuum cleaner ad.
Despite our dogs’ shortcomings and lack of potential income, we still love ‘em.
We are reminded of a positive statement many years ago that told us a dog is liked by young and old because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
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Wed
19
Sep

Saturated roads create extra need for caution during harvest

A traditional fall routine may be anything but routine this year as area farmers prepare to bring in a bountiful crop on roads heavily saturated by rain.
Local natives learned long ago never to complain about moisture in these parts, but as a matter of fact we could use a dry spell over the next several weeks to help wrap this growing season up safely. We’ve had a welcome reprieve over the last week or so, though the Farmer’s Almanac hints that there may be more moisture on the horizon.
County commissioners declared a road emergency last month, which in and of itself signifies how serious the issue is this harvest season. An additional $200,000 worth of gravel is being put down on area roads and additional truckers have been authorized to handle and deliver gravel as needed, though in reality there simply isn’t enough time or money to regravel the 1,150 miles of gravel roads in Hamilton County.

Wed
12
Sep

Rain, beginning of new Frost era, test loyalties

 It’s no secret to those who know the Betterhalf, she is the top Husker fan in our family. If we look back it is hard to remember her missing a football game on the Husker’s home field.
This year the Husker’s home opener was no exception. Thus we headed to Lincoln so she could sit in near-90 degree heat wearing her “Frost T-shirt and cheering a new coach and his team on to victory.
 As for me, I’m not a fan of heat so I told her I would meet her at the stadium when the temps cooled a little. The rest of this tale is history.
After all the pregame team warmups, the opening ceremonies and the kickoff, I began working my way to the stadium. Along the way I nearly sold my ticket. Foolishly I sidestepped that opportunity.

Wed
12
Sep

Aurora Art Walk designed to showcase artists, community

Creativity will once again be on display in Aurora this weekend.
Local art enthusiasts have been working behind the scenes for many years on a vision to add a splash of culture to our community. Nowhere is that effort more visible than the Aurora Art Walk, which is set for Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
Now in its fifth year, this event is designed to showcase artists from throughout the region, and this year will also feature a few displays from around the state. In that sense, the Aurora Art Walk will help showcase its host community.
Aurora has a strong and well-deserved reputation for its artistic flare, as several talented artists, photographers and musicians call it home. We’ve seen that reputation continue to grow over the years, with help and support from local businesses as well as the Hamilton Community Foundation Fine Arts Committee.

Tue
04
Sep

Candid citizen input critical to success of Blueprint Nebraska

Vision.
Unity of purpose.
A plan to help Nebraska compete and win again.
Husker fans have a lot of faith in native son Scott Frost’s ability to bring all of the above to Nebraska, but there is another initiative being launched now which has the same objective. And believe it or not, Blueprint Nebraska’s impact, if successful, could be as significant to our state as a return of Nebraska’s beloved football team to national prominence.
While Big Red football stirs passion in Nebraska from border to border, generation to generation, Blueprint Nebraska has the potential to impact our state’s ability to thrive and grow economically for this and future generations. That’s a VERY big deal.

Tue
04
Sep

Keeping up with fast company getting harder

It has taken a while for us to become accustomed to the new speed limits that have gone into effect on many of our regularly traveled roadways. It’s  a few miles and several vehicles passing us before we’re reminded of that new posted five mile per hour increase.
However, it also seemed that the majority of drivers for several years had already been operating approximately five miles per hour above the “old” posted limits. Which now means instead of 55-65 or 75 mph, many drivers have upped their traveling speeds up to 60, 70 or 80 mph, or five miles over the posted limits.
We must admit it’s tough to stay at the posted limits when on long road trips. The foot tends to get heavier the closer we get to our destination. Our own safety concerns come into effect when South Dakota’s interstate roadways are posted at 80 mph. Simply put, at our age we just can’t handle “fast company” whether it’s on a roadway, or a late evening.
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Wed
29
Aug

‘Best dog’ may just steal spotlight at weddings

 Most of us agree the bride is the major attraction at a wedding. Of course some of us may have some additional thoughts about that statement.  Attending a recent wedding we listened to comments from guests about the beauty of the bride, the beauty of her dress and the colors she had chosen for the ceremony.

Wed
29
Aug

Nebraska united, and excited about going back to the future

You don’t have to be a sports fan to feel the energy in the air these days. Football fever is spreading like wildfire.
Ever since the signs of an early Frost way back in December, Husker Nation has been chomping at the bit to turn the pages back, and forward, all in one swift motion. The hiring of one of our own, a Husker legend and native son who completely understands the Nebraska way, did more to boost our collective mojo than perhaps anything else could.
Scott Frost is a breath of fresh air in a world that often leaves us scratching our heads. He has earned the respect of many, having won a national title himself and learned from some of the greatest coaching minds in the game, yet he is so incredibly humble, oozing a quiet confidence that makes Husker Nation giddy while causing early angst around the Big 10.

Wed
22
Aug

EMS employee asks county to 'Do the right thing'

Dear Editor:
Monday (Aug. 20) at the Hamilton County Commissioner’s meeting there were a lot of comments made in regards to the county’s interest in turning the ambulance service over to a private, for-profit company. As you and the citizens have seen, this is a very heated topic. I spoke out at the meeting as well. These were my comments and pleas with the commissioners.
“Good morning,
How many studies about what the county should do with the ambulance service are we at now? How many times have the citizens told you that they do not want a private ambulance service in Hamilton County?
I have to admit that since I put my name on the agenda two weeks ago I have been wondering why I even bothered. Recent history has shown the citizens of this county that their wishes, in regards to this matter, are not heard.

Wed
22
Aug

Tariffs on newsprint would be huge blow for newspapers

The talk of trade wars and the impact of tariffs hit very close to home this week with a ruling that could have severe consequences for newspapers large and small all across America.
The Department of Commerce recently announced countervailing and anti-dumping duties on Canadian imports of newsprint, which could range as high as 32 percent. That represents a significant sum in an industry where newsprint is typically one of the largest single expenses on the balance sheet.
Just as farmers are watching the headlines now on the trade war front, wondering how the political landscape will impact their bottom line at a time when low commodity prices already have them on edge, so too are publishers across the state and nation wondering how they can possibly absorb another financial blow at this time.

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