Commentary

Wed
13
Feb

Response critical after Valentine’s Day miscue

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Sometimes, and in my case it seems like most of the time, a guy backs himself into a corner. My stumble came when I volunteered to help the NSAA check press credentials the opening day of the state wrestling tourney this Thursday. Let this serve as warning for you forgetful males that Thursday is Valentine’s Day.
Naturally my Betterhalf wasn’t too wild about my decision making. She pointed that out with her question, “Are you then planning to take me out that evening?”
Oops! In an effort to make up for my miscue, I purchased a few roses and invited her to go along to Omaha. Again, the Betterhalf showed her strong Valentine love for me asking if she could drop me off at the tournament site, take the car  and pick me up when my duty shift was over. With the jam I was in, I think I made the right reply by simply saying, “That’s a good idea.”
Now, time will tell if I was correct, or otherwise it might be a quiet ride back to Aurora.
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Wed
13
Feb

Community can’t say thanks often enough to firefighters

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This community owes a debt of gratitude to the volunteers who willingly risk their lives to protect people and property from the ravages of fire.
Fighting fires is always a risky business, but when the thermometer is hovering around zero it takes on a whole new challenge. That was the fire-and-ice scenario unfolding late Thursday evening when the Dollar General store caught fire, a scene that simultaneously made your heart sink and your toes and fingers hurt.
It was nasty cold that night, though fortunately the wind wasn’t blowing much if at all. As it was, anyone standing out in the elements could be at risk of frost bite within minutes if not wearing the proper clothing, so it was painfully clear that Aurora and Hampton firefighters on the scene could get into trouble quickly facing a dual threat of burning flames and freezing water.

Wed
06
Feb

Recall issue should be based on fact

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The Aurora News-Register took an unprecedented step last week in its coverage of the recall election targeting Hamilton County Commissioner Gregg Kremer.
As co-publisher of this newspaper, I decided readers deserved an explanation for the fact-checking story that was published on the front page. To be honest, it’s the first time in my 34-year career that the ANR, or any of the weekly or daily newspapers I worked at, have taken that approach.
Recall elections by their very nature can be divisive for any community and that has certainly been the case here in Hamilton County. Knowing that, I and the ANR staff have worked hard from Day 1 to provide fair and balanced coverage, including interviews from the recall petitioner, Tanner Greenough, as well as Commissioner Kremer. On issues like this the community needs an accurate, credible source of information, thus our goal has been to remain neutral, report the facts, and let voters decide the issue, as they should.

Wed
06
Feb

The Big Chill wasn’t such a big deal back in the day

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Another winter month is out of the way . . . and hopefully we won’t be bombarded with the word’s “wind chill” coming from weather forecasts that seemed to have dominated the past week’s news reports.
Funny but, we fail to remember such things as wind chill temps when we were a kid. We were more concerned sledding on the hilly snow packed streets of Plattsmouth and if Mom would have hot chocolate when we concluded our winter play. A cautious mom would make sure we had a scarf around our neck, dry mittens and socks. We were warned to come home before our toes got numb. Not once was there mention of wind chill.

Tue
05
Feb

Letters to the editor

We ask you to vote no on recall
Dear Editor:
“Shall Gregg Kremer be removed from the office of District 4 Hamilton County Commissioner?” We ask you to please vote  NO, and here’s why:     
Hardworking – Gregg works tirelessly researching data and checking facts, seeking experts’ opinions, speaking with other communities and officials, seeking answers to the tough questions.
 Integrity – Gregg is truthful with everyone that he talks to. He will give you his opinion openly and honestly based on the knowledge he has gained.
Progressive – Gregg continually strives to improve services and increase efficiencies in all departments.  He constantly pursues avenues to grow the county tax base through rural innovation and development.
Conservative – Gregg feels a deep responsibility to the people paying the bills and knows full well that safeguarding our resources will help sustain the way of life our Hamilton County residents expect.

Thu
31
Jan

Citizens share views on recall election

Vote no on
Kremer recall
Dear Editor:

Wed
30
Jan

Husker fans can relate to blown call ire in New Orleans

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It was quite refreshing just over a week ago when we got a break from the daily reporting of the national government shutdown and its possible consequences as we viewed the info in the newspaper headlines; on TV screens; and the social media chat rooms. Our thanks for that break go to pro football and the New Orleans Saint fans who had watched the NFC championship game which the LA Rams won in OT to advance to the Super Bowl.
As you may recall the Saint fans’ reaction regarding a game official’s a botched pass interference call ignited a nationwide firestorm. That firestorm became even more intense as more headlines, replays and sport columnists’ viewpoints poured more gas to the fire.

Wed
30
Jan

Survey asking what kind of restaurant Aurora needs most

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What’s for lunch or supper, Aurora?
If you and your friends or family are hungry and looking for a place to eat out, what kind of options are you looking for? That conversation happens time and time again in our homes, businesses and community, and it’s happening again now, with a twist.
This time, a local investor with restaurant experience is seeking input he’ll use to help decide what kind of eatery he’ll put in a Highway 34 building which for the last several years has housed the China Garden.
A story on this week’s business page explains that Jen and Sum Kwok will soon be closing their doors at China Garden and have sold the building to Jr Roebuck, president of Roebuck Enterprises. This young man is making a name for himself on the local business scene and owns a number of successful properties both here and in Grand Island. He’s a hungry entrepreneur, in other words, which any small town would be lucky to have.

Wed
23
Jan

Man up -- There are some advantages to being a male

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A recent comment obviously coming from a male friend pointed out that there are some good things about being a man. In today’s society we males sometimes forget that we actually do have some advantages.
Our friend then stressed some of the man pluses. Here are a few of his comments:
“If you’re 40 and single nobody notices. Underwear is about $15 for a pack of three. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. Men’s bathroom lines at NU football games are 90 percent shorter. You get to keep your last name when getting hitched.”
And our friend continues with these other observations: “Hair technicians don’t overcharge you. You can be showered and out the door in 10 minutes. You don’t care if no one notices your new haircut. Owning more than three pairs of shoes is a waste. If you’re retaining water it isn’t in your canteen. The remote control is yours and yours alone.”

Wed
23
Jan

YETI event offers opportunity for growth on many levels

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Technology will take center stage Feb. 2 in a unique Aurora event which will showcase high-tech innovation as well as the host community.
The Aurora Open and Innovation Showcase is a robotics tournament at its core, though it is evolving into so much more than that thanks to organizer Chad Johnson.
Aurora’s own “Energizer Bunny” has long had a passion and vision to engage students in hands-on technical challenges, convinced that those types of experiences will eventually open doors to valuable career opportunities. That’s not a huge leap of logic these days, as a number of local businesses will be offering hands-on lessons on how they use innovation right here in Aurora and Hamilton County.

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