Commentary

Wed
10
Oct

Journalism matters, now more than ever in a changing world

Journalism matters, now more than ever.
The theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week celebration resonates with a simple truth, a philosophy that applies at the highest level of government as well as right here in your hometown community.
The core mission of sharing accurate information, asking questions of our local leaders and putting a spotlight on those whose stories deserve to be told is and always has been what community journalism is all about. That mission has not changed, though the world around us and the way people get their information most certainly has.

Wed
03
Oct

Early to bed no guarantee for either health or wealth

I take a lot ribbing about going to bed early. However, there is little ribbing from coming from those same people when I get up in the early morning hours and find none of them at a 6 a.m. coffee group at Casey’s.
At one time I found it embarrassing going to bed before our kids. That embarrassment soon left after the kids grew older and I found I was not going into a sound sleep until they got home. Unfortunately Ben Franklin’s advice, “Early to bed, early to rise,” didn’t make me anymore “healthy or wise.” It also made me suffer through a long next day after my late to bed and irritable at the time of the early morning clock alarm.
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This cooler weather may have caused the Betterhalf to “jump the gun” a bit. She cooked a big kettle of her homemade vegetable soup this past week. She said, “Homemade veggie soup just sounded good.” I guarantee her soup idea may have been early, but it was gobbled up no matter if it was early or not.
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Wed
03
Oct

Timing of Kavanaugh hearing suggests bar has been lowered

One of our nation’s most famous job interviews may have set a new low last week.
A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing focused on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh aired what has become a polarized debate on several fronts, turning what was already a pivotal process regarding the highest court in the land into an all-out political war.
Did Brett Kavanaugh sexually assault Dr. Christine Blasey Ford while both were in high school more than 35 years ago? Sadly, we may never know the absolute truth on that question. Both came off as credible witnesses, claiming with 100 percent certainty that their version was the truth. Ford’s life has clearly been impacted by a traumatizing sexual assault, though to date her statement that the perpetrator was in fact Brett Kavanaugh remains uncorroborated.

Wed
26
Sep

Early losses testing resolve of Husker Nation

It’s been a tough early football season for Husker fans. While some have cooled their early season enthusiasm, the Betterhalf’s Husker spirit, while challenged, has not faded. She’s faced some pretty tough obstacles these past few weeks.
As reported earlier, that first home game she sat in the stadium amid flashing lightning hoping her team would emerge back on the field. After an hour she resigned herself that the temporary storm delay was turning into a cancelation and she grudgingly headed to the car (and waiting driver) for her ride home.
The second game saw her feel the sting of a Husker loss in which she continued to insist her Huskers still had the better team. Despite that loss to Colorado the Betterhalf remained upbeat.

Wed
26
Sep

Comeback story all about perseverence, humility, pride

The drama unfolding on the PGA Tour Sunday transcended sports.
Tiger Woods’ triumphant return to the winner’s circle was a long time coming, a day many thought would never happen, which created a scene the sports world has seldom if ever experienced.
Watching thousands of fans storm the 18th hole at East Lake with the outcome still somewhat up in the air (or actually in the sand trap) was emotional for Woods, as well as anyone with a pulse. It was hard to look away.

Wed
19
Sep

Dogs gaining prominence in world of advertising

We’ve seen a sudden nationwide increase of advertisements where dogs, cats and other animals are playing a major salesmanship role. It appears dogs have become the most frequent “attention getters” in those advertisements.
Unfortunately our two canines have not hit the big time and been asked to negotiate any contracts. In fact, we assume their antics could be used only to promote the prevention of snoring, lounging on furniture and shedding hair . . . which means there could be an option for them to appear in a vacuum cleaner ad.
Despite our dogs’ shortcomings and lack of potential income, we still love ‘em.
We are reminded of a positive statement many years ago that told us a dog is liked by young and old because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
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Wed
19
Sep

Saturated roads create extra need for caution during harvest

A traditional fall routine may be anything but routine this year as area farmers prepare to bring in a bountiful crop on roads heavily saturated by rain.
Local natives learned long ago never to complain about moisture in these parts, but as a matter of fact we could use a dry spell over the next several weeks to help wrap this growing season up safely. We’ve had a welcome reprieve over the last week or so, though the Farmer’s Almanac hints that there may be more moisture on the horizon.
County commissioners declared a road emergency last month, which in and of itself signifies how serious the issue is this harvest season. An additional $200,000 worth of gravel is being put down on area roads and additional truckers have been authorized to handle and deliver gravel as needed, though in reality there simply isn’t enough time or money to regravel the 1,150 miles of gravel roads in Hamilton County.

Wed
12
Sep

Rain, beginning of new Frost era, test loyalties

 It’s no secret to those who know the Betterhalf, she is the top Husker fan in our family. If we look back it is hard to remember her missing a football game on the Husker’s home field.
This year the Husker’s home opener was no exception. Thus we headed to Lincoln so she could sit in near-90 degree heat wearing her “Frost T-shirt and cheering a new coach and his team on to victory.
 As for me, I’m not a fan of heat so I told her I would meet her at the stadium when the temps cooled a little. The rest of this tale is history.
After all the pregame team warmups, the opening ceremonies and the kickoff, I began working my way to the stadium. Along the way I nearly sold my ticket. Foolishly I sidestepped that opportunity.

Wed
12
Sep

Aurora Art Walk designed to showcase artists, community

Creativity will once again be on display in Aurora this weekend.
Local art enthusiasts have been working behind the scenes for many years on a vision to add a splash of culture to our community. Nowhere is that effort more visible than the Aurora Art Walk, which is set for Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
Now in its fifth year, this event is designed to showcase artists from throughout the region, and this year will also feature a few displays from around the state. In that sense, the Aurora Art Walk will help showcase its host community.
Aurora has a strong and well-deserved reputation for its artistic flare, as several talented artists, photographers and musicians call it home. We’ve seen that reputation continue to grow over the years, with help and support from local businesses as well as the Hamilton Community Foundation Fine Arts Committee.

Tue
04
Sep

Candid citizen input critical to success of Blueprint Nebraska

Vision.
Unity of purpose.
A plan to help Nebraska compete and win again.
Husker fans have a lot of faith in native son Scott Frost’s ability to bring all of the above to Nebraska, but there is another initiative being launched now which has the same objective. And believe it or not, Blueprint Nebraska’s impact, if successful, could be as significant to our state as a return of Nebraska’s beloved football team to national prominence.
While Big Red football stirs passion in Nebraska from border to border, generation to generation, Blueprint Nebraska has the potential to impact our state’s ability to thrive and grow economically for this and future generations. That’s a VERY big deal.

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