Commentary

Thu
09
Feb

Evolution gives rhyme its reason

A letter to the editor published in the paper a few weeks back caught my attention and made me feel a need to respond to some misinformation.
The letter focused on the upcoming solar eclipse and the writer’s belief that there is a higher power involved with such a perfect event. I have never had an issue with an individual’s beliefs involved with religion or any other out-of-this-world assumptions. Instead, the driving force for my response is based clearly on the facts that were tossed to the side as if they were never true to begin with.
Here is the statement word for word, which falls into a logical fallacy known as begging the question:
“How can evolution explain how everything in our universe simply evolved from nothing and then set itself in such order we can now time events to the second? It can’t.”

Wed
08
Feb

Nelson a deserving addition to Business Hall of Fame

Phil Nelson humbly drew the spotlight to Aurora this week, joining a select group of business leaders who have made an impact on their communities, state and nation.
While being inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame, Nelson said he was lucky in many ways to have been doing business for the past 50 years in such a progressive, supportive community. We won’t dispute that premise, though feel the need to point out that the luck factor runs both ways.
Truth be told, our community is lucky indeed that Nelson, his father before him and now son John have helped raise the bar for their business and industry, and continue to do so from right here in Aurora and Hamilton County. The benefits to that partnership are undeniable.

Wed
08
Feb

Old-fashioned parenting is still, always in style

Most of us recall teaching our children good manners. We made statements such as, “Say thank you – Say you’re sorry – Give Grandma a kiss” and “Be careful.” We continued with our instructions until the child’s proper manners became habit and they showed respect for others.
  Now some child psychologists tell us parents we had been doing it all wrong in our manner tutoring. We are accused of attempting to control our youngster rather the trying to understand our children’s feelings, thoughts and motivations.
   A parent-educator emphasized the fault with my era of teaching when she instructed her daughter to say, “Thank you” to a friend. The daughter looked “kowtowed” and appeared to feel demeaned and resentful, the woman said in her psychoanalysis of her daughter’s response to her directive.  

Wed
01
Feb

Generational viewpoints change as time goes on

Over my lifetime things still continue to change. I can recall my mother was concerned when I left home that I might wear underwear with holes in them if I was in an accident and was hospitalized (I guess she wasn’t concerned if I was killed in a car wreck). Now years later, after years of marriage, the situation has changed only with a different angle.
My better half is concerned before we leave home for a few days that the house is neat as a pin when we shut that front door. She doesn’t ask me the condition of my undies, but certainly doesn’t want anyone to come into our house and think she is a poor housekeeper.

Wed
01
Feb

UNL chancellor impressive with his open candor on university

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is strong and getting stronger, its chancellor said in Aurora last week. And yet, Ronnie Green conceded that there are major financial challenges and “cultural issues” that need to be addressed.
Aurora was one of many stops in a statewide tour Green embarked upon not just to share his agenda as the new chancellor, but to listen. It was impressive, quite frankly, to hear Green so candidly lay his thoughts and priorities on the table, seeking input from “shareholders” at the beginning of what he called a year of strategic planning.

Wed
25
Jan

Ice storm leaves us none the worse for wear

Despite last week’s slippery conditions, with homeowners watching their thermometers and we keeping fingers crossed that our electrical power would remain on, Old Man Winter’s ice storm eased off the projections that could have produced a major catastrophic event for our community.
I must admit the ice still produced some inconveniences for us, but it appears we handled it well.
In our household the storm solved one problem.
Earlier this fall I had good intentions of following the Arbor Day Foundation’s recommendation of pruning trees during dormancy, which meant in the winter months. As the temps began to dip lower and lower, my plans for early winter tree trimming cooled. I rationalized and decided to do it next winter since the trimming would have involved just some smaller branches.
Well, thanks to the glaze of ice this past week Old Man Winter took my “tree trimming” on himself and fortunately did a pretty good job.

Wed
25
Jan

Hopes high for a president who stumbled in first speech

A new era in American history began Friday with the inauguration of a president unlike any who have gone before him.
Donald Trump ran a most unconventional campaign, thus we shouldn’t be surprised that he kicked off his presidency with a most unconventional message. He’s a change agent by definition, and at this point change is about the only thing we know we can count on for sure.
His message was disappointing, to be honest, sounding more like a divisive campaign speech than the vision of a man who will lead America to better times. It did not have an uplifting, diplomatic tone as most presidents like to share on opening day. Rather, it hammered on failed policies of past presidents, both Republicans and Democrats sitting only a few feet behind him.

Wed
18
Jan

To save, or not to save, and when to paper shed?

It may seem odd, but I hate to see another year come around. That means I’ll again be spending many hours stooped over in front of my paper shredder feeding it another year of old personal records.
My shredding job has become extensive by my own choosing when I made a proclamation to the Betterhalf years ago urging her to save copies of bills, contracts, statements and invoices. True to her dedication to my words she did just that, but also added the statement stuffers, privacy notices and any other non-relevant items in those envelopes.
Above the whine of the shredder I thought I may have a solution to my time-consuming job by opting for a computerized record keeping system.  Gone would be a closet full of not clothes, but shoe boxes containing seven or eight years of records. I could just hand the IRS a small memory stick or disc and at the same time reclaim my office closet space.  

Wed
18
Jan

Total solar eclipse offers rare opportunity for Aurora to shine

Location, location, location.
It makes all the difference in the business and real estate world, we’ve been told, and apparently the scientific realm as well. Aurora and Hamilton County have prospered for decades because of high traffic counts and underground water aquifer available at this location. In less than 200 days, we can also expect to see hundreds if not thousands of visitors come from around the globe to see a rare spectacle, simply because we’ll be in the right place at the right time.
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
Aurora’s own Mad Scientist, Dan Glomski, shed some light last week on just how big a deal the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will be. On that day, just after noon, a new moon will completely block out the sun in a spectacle that will last 2 minutes and 31 seconds.

Wed
11
Jan

Holiday wind storm a not-so-pleasant gift

This past week the Betterhalf got her outdoor Christmas decorations down just before the serious cold snap came in. By now most of the outdoor Christmas lights have disappeared throughout the community. But, old Mother Nature has now done some of her own outdoor decorating.
The late Christmas Day windstorm brought in some late holiday tree and shrub “decorations” that replaced colored holiday lights and certainly aren’t pleasing to the eyes.
It appears every plastic shopping bag and Christmas paper wrap in our community is now hanging from trees or tangled in bushes. Hopefully we residents will find time within the next week or so to complete a general cleanup of our own properties.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Commentary