Commentary

Wed
07
Aug

Letters to the editor

Comprehensive plan could impact people's lives

 

Wed
07
Aug

Comprehensive plan will create map for county’s development

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An issue that stirred considerable emotion and debate three years ago in Hamilton County is back on the agenda.
One of the key questions to be contemplated this week is should large commercial wind turbines be allowed in Hamilton County, and if so what regulations should be in place regarding setbacks and other criteria designed to protect neighbors from potential impact to their health and property values.
Discussion on those issues got heated back in July of 2016 when a proposal involving Omaha-based Bluestem Energy Solutions and Southern Power District raised people’s ire. That project, if approved, would place four large wind turbines just south of Interstate 80 near Aurora.

Wed
07
Aug

Walk with friends not always a simple stroll

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The Betterhalf and I get lots of comments about our dedication to walking dogs at the Aurora Adopt-A-Pet. While there are those who have a wonderful vision of an early morning stroll with a great relationship from the dogs, nature, physical exercise and humans, there can be kinks in some of those ideal visions.
That kink occurred this past week even though over the years we and most of our canine companions have matched the ideality that has been portrayed.
Cisco (a mixed breed) and I had gone for our morning stroll down a gravel road near the compound simply enjoying our relationship between the two of us. As we rounded a curve we came upon a flock of turkeys and our tranquil morning erupted. Three hens with their broods of approximately 20 poults were also taking a morning stroll.

Wed
31
Jul

Comic strips too often mirror our own reality

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In today’s world it seems challenging to find a lot of things to laugh or smile about . . . particularly when you start your day reading the morning newspaper or close the day with the 10 p.m. TV newscast. Maybe that’s why I read the newspaper comic strips or as some of us old timers call them “the funny papers.” As for the evening smiles I’m rarely awake for the late night news at 10.
Over the years reading the funnies, I’ve found more and more of those strips seem to be a mirror of my own and the Betterhalf’s daily activities. I’ve become a little concerned of the increased frequency, but I am comforted by this thought. . . The funny paper content is better than watching a TV soap opera and seeing a replay of your life going on the screen before you.
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Wed
31
Jul

Feel-good event

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Now that was fun!
A Midwest tradition unfolded this week with a celebration that marks the end of summer while also honoring our ag-based heritage. This year’s version of the Hamilton County Fair was unique in some ways, and very much the same in others, all by design.
The weather cooperated, for the most part, setting the stage for a nonstop itinerary of animal shows, entertainment, good food and fellowship. A lot of folks were exhausted by Sunday evening, but that too is part of the age-old tradition of a county fair. We work hard, we play hard, we deal with whatever the weather stirs up and enjoy an event that in many ways reflects our community’s character.

Tue
30
Jul

Thank you for sharing Cliff Williams story

Dear Editor:
On behalf of the Williams Family,  I would like to thank Kurt Johnson and the staff of the Aurora News Register for the article on our father’s contributions to the Apollo VIII mission and space exploration following.  Cliff was a member of the team developing the digitization and  computer data input.
Part of Cliff’s home team included his wife Loretta, Harold Edgerton, Frank Farr, Hamilton County investors in his creation of International Sensors Systems Inc, and many others in Nebraska and across the county.
Thank you for your professionalism and commitment to providing quality information to our community and beyond.
I hope we reflect on the opportunity to recognize the potential for what may be achieved  in ourselves, our families, community, nation and world in the future.
God Bless America
Patricia Williams Glee.
Aurora

Thu
25
Jul

Accident stirs safety concerns

Dear Editor:
The accident on Friday, July 12, as reported in the News Register, happened just a half-block south of our St. Mary’s church parking lot’s access point onto 10th Street.  
Living at 1419 10th Street, I have myself seen people crossing that intersection dangerously. I grew up driving on the gravel roads of Gage County, where my dad taught me to move over to the right when topping a hill, just in case someone was approaching from the opposite direction. I do my best to approach uncontrolled intersections like 10th and O the same way as I do when driving gravel roads, that is, by presuming that someone might be coming through.  

Wed
24
Jul

Fifty years later, Apollo 11 still seems out of this world

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America took a trip back in time and space this week to an event that changed the way we look at the world.
Apollo 11’s historic mission was must-see TV as it happened in 1969, and so it was again 50 years later on the anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon. It was an epic milestone worth all the hype and press it received, both then and now.
I was only 6 when Neil Armstrong took that giant leap in space, so my memory is based entirely on archive television footage and photo images beamed back to Earth. The emotions of watching that scene unfold in real time, especially not knowing how the story would end, had to be incredible, intense, if not surreal, no matter what your age.

Wed
24
Jul

We humans are indeed creatures of habit

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We enjoy taking our walks along our local trails. The Betterhalf and I receive the additional enjoyment being away from the home-lined concrete streets and out where we can spot a few turkeys, occasional deer, eagles and other beauties of nature. We also become amused just how all of these creatures are what we have come to be termed, “creatures of habits”
What a minute! If we think nature’s wildlife as creatures of habit, just how do we judge ourselves?
Talk about “habits” the human race must top the list. We can look at our own personal schedules and lifestyles to easily reach that conclusion.

Wed
17
Jul

‘Minnesota cologne’ a reflection of the weather

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Each year we try to spend a few weeks up north in Minnesota with hopes of good fishing and just plain relaxing. The trips have been pretty routine over the past years and best can be described as fishing, family and fun.
This year has come up with a few new wrinkles and some unlikely experiences.
This year the Betterhalf and I were joined by our avid serious fisher-son and his German Shepard dog, Kalie. Good news! Caught lots of fish and he volunteered to clean them all as well as doing many other chores! Meanwhile, Kalie was joined by our two dogs, Oscar and Missy. Bad news! Lots of dog hair causing a plugged vacuum cleaner and careful walking in the yard thanks to our own canine trio and five other local hounds in the neighborhood.

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