Commentary

Wed
13
Mar

Harsh winter weather can be either friend or foe

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Finally a break in the cold weather has come. We must admit it isn’t a grand break, but a week with a couple days above freezing is much appreciated. Even with the tease of the temps hitting above 30, some still carry worries on their minds.
We’ve heard comments from some local worrywarts that potential fast thaws could cause flooding and muddy fields. Field planting could be delayed and even gardeners might have trouble prepping ground for those onions, radishes and taters. We came across some comments from a Minnesota friend who has advice to those cold-weather, or blizzard complainers.
“Complain all you want, but don’t look my way,” she said. “I’m a confirmed blizzard lover as long as I can stay inside.”
She continued by pointing out spring winds are shrill and grating while carrying clouds of dirt.  Their continuous moaning makes her nerves stand on edge.

Wed
13
Mar

Huskies give Aurora reason to celebrate on and off court

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What a run!!!!
The Class B boys state basketball tournament didn’t end like Husky Nation would have liked Friday, but man oh man what an exciting season of hoops our boys put on display.
This team was fun to watch, led by a core group of senior starters who have left their mark and raised the bar for future Husky teams. Four straight conference titles, four straight state tournament appearances, three semifinal bids and a combined record of 97-11 offers proof positive that these guys can flat out play the game. And they play it with class, fueling a competitive spirit that burns bright here in Aurora.
That spirit was visible in a sea of Husky red that showed up Thursday at the Devaney Sports Center and again Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. It looked like old home week in the stands, with alumni, relatives and anyone with a tie to Aurora past or present showing up in red.

Wed
06
Mar

Sen. Friesen's bill to abolish recalls should be defeated

Letters to the editor
Dear Editor:
Limiting public input when it comes to politics is a danger to freedom. That is what would happen if Sen. Curt Friesen’s bill LB 415, dealing with eliminating the ability to recall elected officials, is passed.
In my opinion, the underlying reason that Sen. Friesen introduced this bill was due to the result of the commissioner situation where he had a personal interest in regards to who owned the ambulance service, which, in my opinion, crossed the line as a conflict of interest when representing the 34th District in the Legislature.
An elected official should listen to the majority of those who voted them in and act accordingly.
Recalls are an important way that changes can be made in a positive, peaceful way without a full-scale rebellion.

Wed
06
Mar

Energy source doesn’t matter, as long as there is heat

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The past few weeks of snow and cold temperatures has caused us to be more conscious of our heating bills and more conscious of the power generation choices we have. Some have termed, “the gales of change” that already have blown through American power in the past few years give no indication the rapid pace will die down into future years.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration sees double-digit growth in electricity generation from solar and wind over the next two years, pushing wind past hydro as our country’s largest source of renewable power. Power generation change 2018-2020 predicts renewables (minus hydropower) will increase over 23.3 percent, natural gas up 3.6 percent, hydropower a minus 0.1 percent, nuclear a minus 4.5 percent, coal a minus 15.5 percent.

Wed
06
Mar

Interstate 80 collisions a scary reminder of winter dangers

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Two collisions on Interstate 80 last week offered a scary reminder of just how dangerous it is to travel that east/west pipeline these days, especially when the weather is bad.
The smart decision is to avoid the risk and steer clear of I-80 in those conditions, but there are a number of folks out there working to protect and to serve who don’t have that luxury. Specifically, law enforcement officers, volunteer firefighters and ambulance personnel put their lives on the line every time they respond to an accident on I-80 and we simply can’t thank them enough for what they do.

Wed
27
Feb

Kremer shares concern with EMS union's impact

Letter to the editor:

Wed
27
Feb

New pots and pans a good sign in the kitchen

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Great news has come our way!
For the past few months I the Betterhalf has been adding a few new baking dishes as well as some new pots and pans to her kitchen hardware. I was somewhat puzzled because the Betterhalf, who is an excellent cook, normally spends her extra cash on clothing, good coffee, home décor and of course, Husker football tickets.
I questioned her about her recent cookware purchases. I was careful not to raise my question in a challenging way, but merely question her about the deviation from her past purchasing patterns.
She quickly pointed out that many of her kitchen pots and pans that she was still using were nearly 60 years old and were gifts given to her at her bridal shower. I tried to soften my questioning by pointing out, “They sure don’t make things like they used to and it was evidence in their longevity that you sure had taken good care of your cookware.” She graciously accepted my questioning.

Wed
27
Feb

Gretna/Giltner connection sends valuable lesson to all

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There was some genuine, heart-felt emotion in the air at the final Giltner girls basketball game of the season Feb. 14 and it had nothing whatsoever to do with Valentine’s Day.
A story in last week’s edition shared the impromptu chain of events that ended with the Gretna cheerleaders donning Hornet attire for the evening. There was a unique, feel-good atmosphere in the gym that night which deserves a little extra celebration in and of itself.
As a quick recap, long-time friends Terra Hinrichs of Giltner and Jason Chagnon of Gretna, the husband of cheer coach Sarah Chagnon, made arrangements for the Gretna cheer squad to practice in Giltner the day before the state cheerleading championships. What they didn’t plan on were the connections made and life lessons learned in the process.

Wed
20
Feb

Letter to editor: Congrats to commissioners on a job well done

Congrats to
commissioners on a job well done
Dear Editor:
Wow!  Congrats to the county commissioners on a job well done. As a past commissioner, we just could not get our arms around the EMS department’s costs which were spiraling out of control. Our EMS staff was upset with us for our slow decision making, but we just could not run that service at a reasonable cost to our constituents -- the county taxpayer.
We knew only a couple of other counties in Nebraska had made the same mistake of ever offering an EMS service, and we knew pretty much all of rural Nebraska simply offered BLS and then only with volunteers. We felt stuck. Do we dare do the right thing and exit the service? Well, we did not and I am not sure that I had the personal fortitude as a commissioner to make that correct, yet difficult vote. So my hat is off to the wisdom and strength of those five commissioners.

Wed
20
Feb

Tough talk at local ag summit reflects tough times in ag

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Area farmers heard what was in essence a state of the union review on the state’s leading industry last week in Grand Island. There was innovation, inspiration, in-depth analysis, humor and fellowship on display at the Aurora Cooperative’s two-day summit, which has become a can’t-miss forum on all things agriculture.

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