Commentary

Wed
12
Dec

Stress can overwhelm your holidays, but don’t let it

The holidays are such a wonderful time, it is easy to become all wrapped up in the spirit of the season and allow expectations to outpace reality. When that happens people spend too much, schedule themselves into too many holiday activities, and allow the simple, deep and meaningful moments to pass them by.
Worst of all, overdoing it creates stress, and for many people, stress is one of the last things they want to contend with during the holidays.
To keep a cap on overdoing it, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services shares an assortment of thoughtful holiday advice:
Stick to a budget: Determine what you can afford to spend and stick to it. Enjoy holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday lights, a movie night at home or checking out holiday books from the library.
Don’t overcommit: Saying “yes” when you want to say “no” is a recipe for resentment.

Wed
05
Dec

Never try to second guess Mother Nature

Even at our age we learned another hard lesson. That lesson: “Don’t try to fool Mother Nature.”
A few weeks ago we headed south to spend Thanksgiving with our son in Tennessee. When we planned our return to the Midwest on Saturday, we found Mother Nature threw a wrench into our plans. Rain, potential snow and wind caused us to delay one day in our departure.
Rain was predicted in eastern Missouri with snow predicted in the Kansas City and Nebraska areas for Sunday. But, I conveyed my astute observation there was a window of opportunity to slip through the weather threats. “If we leave Sunday we could drive in rain through Missouri; stay in KC on Sunday night after a 3-inch snowfall and head into Nebraska on Monday morning.”

Wed
05
Dec

Bush lived ‘kinder, gentler’ motto as a model for the world

George H.W. Bush will be remembered by history as the voice of “a kinder, gentler nation,” a legacy appreciated perhaps more after his death than during his time in the White House.
The nation’s 41st president was a man of high character, according to all who knew and worked with him throughout a lifetime of public service. “Character matters,” Bush said time and again, and on that note he set the bar high.
A member of “the Greatest Generation” and a Navy war hero in his own right, 41, as he was known for his number in line to the presidency, was humble yet incredibly proud of his patriotic call to serve. Decades after he lived on Pennsylvania Avenue, Bush spoke with great reverence about the responsibilities and respect he had for the White House, as well as his opportunity to serve. He believed that the office is bigger than the man, caring less about his personal reputation than what was good for the country.

Wed
28
Nov

Team unity a key ingredient to Huskies state championship

The 2018 football season had a different look and feel in Aurora, but when the final whistle blew all of Husky Nation was feeling good.
This year’s team ran the table, going a perfect 13 and 0 in its Class C-1 debut. It was an impressive run, to be sure, dotted with new state records, a couple of come-from-behind wins and a lifetime of memories for a very talented team.
What stood out for this squad, besides its explosive offense, was a sense of team unity and a desire to just go out and have fun playing a game they love. There was a genuine sense on the sidelines that these guys had each other’s back, not worrying about who had the most yards or best statistics, but rather that the Huskies kept getting better, play by play, game by game. That was evident by season’s end, when Coach Kyle Peterson concluded that his team was playing its best football of the year on both sides of the ball when it mattered most.
Mission accomplished!

Wed
28
Nov

A bit of historical trivia about U.S. presidents

We came across these things you may not have known about our presidents.
George Washington, first president, said “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. president, said, “The Bible contains the revelation of the will of God. It contains the history of the creation of the world and of mankind.”
William Henry Harrison, 9th U.S. president, was inaugurated on a bitterly cold day and gave the longest inauguration speech ever. The new president promptly caught a cold that soon developed into pneumonia. Harrison died exactly one month into his presidential term.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president, said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will die a better man.”

Wed
21
Nov

Church dinners a recipe for men to pitch in

November has been a busy month for church luncheons and dinners. Women church circle members have been busy making pies, soups, sandwiches and other goodies. But, there has been more. In some cases men have been recruited . . .  and I joined a male cast of recruits who of course were asked by our Betterhalves.
In my case my culinary skills are very limited since the Betterhalf during our 59 years of marriage told me to keep out of the kitchen while she was fixin’ dinner. I did, however, hone my skills on clearing the table, sometimes drying a few dishes, or taking out the garbage. Those skills go me a “job” at our church luncheon a few weeks ago.

Wed
21
Nov

Let’s pause to give thanks before looking toward Christmas

It starts earlier every year!
The deluge of holiday promotions and retail advertising geared toward Christmas shoppers is in full force now, a full five weeks before friends and families begin gathering around the tree to exchange gifts and well wishes. It used to be that turkey with all the trimmings were served before that process took center stage, but those days are long, long gone.
Now Black Friday rings the bell as the official start of the Christmas shopping season, though we’ve been seeing pre-holiday messages for weeks already. The Cyber Monday phenomenon has become one of the biggest retail days of the year, reflecting just how much the retail landscape has changed in recent years.
This year the starting line is being pushed back further still. At least one major big box retailer is trying to beat the pack with pre-pre-pre-Black Friday specials, which of course means that all the others will follow suit.

Tue
13
Nov

Thank you, veterans

America tipped its hat in unity this week, thanking any and all who are now or have ever worn a United States military uniform.
That sense of unity in and of itself is so powerful, especially at a time when our nation tends to focus more on our philosophical differences. The one thing it seems that we as a nation almost consistently agree on is standing united in support of our veterans, as we should.
I get goose bumps whenever a crowd comes to its feet as one to salute the men and women who have served on our behalf. Whether it’s at a Veteran’s Day program, sporting event, county fair, A’ROR’N Days parade, Husker game or whatever, that sense of patriotism and shared support gets me every time. It makes me proud to be an American.

Tue
13
Nov

Random thoughts on LEDs, elections, Thanksgiving

The election is out of the way and that means we won’t be agitated by what seemed as a 24-hour stream of daily political advertisements. Now political strife can move back to Washington DC.
One voter noted he was not so interested as to where a politician “stood” as he was in which direction the politician was moving.
Actually it was refreshing to see the high percentage of voters and particularly the number of young voters making it to the polls. After all, those young voters are going to shape the direction of their own future.
Unfortunately, I’m not too proud in some of the examples we old adults have left them.
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 An admiral heading a bureau in Washington was sure he knew more about highly technical matters than the experts. He refused to accept recommendations without numerous trivial corrections, and the bureau’s work lacked sadly.

Tue
13
Nov

Letters to the editor

Sign the Kremer recall petition
Dear Editor:
Let me start out by addressing the thought that I am in the Hamilton County EMS union. I am not, and although they have a vested interest in keeping their jobs, they aren’t the driving force behind this recall. Simply put, the people of Hamilton County are. I am not recalling Gregg out of malice, or personal discontent towards him. I am the voice of what I believe to be the majority, of which, are people with no ties to the union.
The commissioners have recently come out addressing my concern for the part-time employee coming into the station. They believe that a paramedic can go, by themselves, to the scene of an incident in the ambulance. Then a part-time employee would go in their personal vehicle to the scene. This screams liability waiting to happen.

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