Commentary

Wed
11
Feb

A fresh new look

The Aurora News-Register turned a page in its 144-year history this week, debuting a new front page nameplate for the first time in more than 20 years.
The logo of any commercial venture says a lot about the business it represents. Aurora and Hamilton County have a statewide reputation for being progressive in so many ways, and the News-Register’s mission is to reflect the community it serves. On that note, we felt it was time for a nameplate face lift.
The new version you’ll see on today’s front page was created to reflect a more modern design. It’s rather simple and clean, on purpose, featuring a stylish font with a shadow effect intended to subtly create a 21st Century feel. Veteran composing department staff member Karla Senff did a wonderful job working through numerous prototype designs before we locked in the final look.

Wed
11
Feb

Freedom of choice not helping measles battle

Recently a “freedom of choice” thing rankled me. That may sound odd coming from an ex-newspaper man who was guided by the freedom of press theme.
My latest conflict of freedom of choice rose recently when cases of measles began to appear across our country. A decade or so ago, measles was classified by health departments as basically extinct. Today while the number is still low, measles has been a challenge in some areas.
According to stats, about 3 percent of parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children for measles for a variety of reasons. Some claim the measles shot is not safe for their youngster. Others simply just don’t think it’s important.

Wed
04
Feb

Impressive plan

What looked like a growing pile of lemons in Hampton now stands poised to be turned into lemonade.
Village leaders and a visionary local businessman announced plans last week to work together in solving a perplexing city hall dilemma. Local residents should be impressed with the proposed plan, as well as the village board’s commitment to update the city hall/maintenance shop facilities for $750,000, or less.
Apparently, building a new structure is an expensive proposition these days, more costly than even seasoned engineers are projecting. A discussion that started two years ago with a genuine desire to remove an “eyesore” on Hampton’s main street and replace it with a new, functional front door to the city, got complicated when estimated costs more than doubled.

Wed
04
Feb

Old sewing skills may come in handy, or not

I was busy this past week saving a couple of bucks and reminiscing about old school days.
I was saving a couple of bucks by not buying a new pair of socks. I was reminiscing about a boys’ high school home ec. class where I learned how to darn socks by using not only a needle and thread, but also by putting a light bulb in the toe of the sock to make the stitching go much easier.
At that time I had no plans to ever sew again. However, I and about 15 other senior high school boys who had been out for fall and winter sports found that instead of enjoying a final free quarter of no spring track or studies, we were required to enroll in the new class venture called, Boys’ Home Ec. Thus was the formulation of a very limited basis of cooking, baking, ironing, table setting  . . . and sewing.

Wed
28
Jan

Thanks, coach!

You could call him Aurora’s own Tom Osborne.
Husky football has been blessed for the past 16 years to have Randy Huebert at the helm, carrying on if not raising the bar for a proud Aurora football tradition. Huebert announced last week that he is moving on next fall to roam the sidelines with the Class A Papillion-LaVista Monarchs, a challenge he and his family are excited about. We wish him well.
Much like his former mentor, Huebert instilled a sense of pride, tradition and class into Big Red football. Having played for Osborne and the Huskers himself years ago, Huebert knows the Xs and Os of the game inside and out, but like TO earned as much if not more respect inside the locker room for the way he helped turn young boys into men. He learned by positive, often soft-spoken example, and in turn taught the same effective way.

Wed
28
Jan

Going to the movies just ain’t what it used to be

The Academy Awards and the Oscars business never excited me much. Bluntly, I’m not much of a movie goer and probably wouldn’t recognize many of today’s movie stars even if they told me their names.
This year I really didn’t realize just how far I’ve fallen from the screen flick wagon until a list of potential winners appeared in a Sunday daily newspaper. I was familiar with only one nominated movie title and found recognition of one movie actor, one actress, and no recognition of supporting actors or actresses ... and that was even when the names appeared under their photos.

Wed
21
Jan

Tennis, anyone?

The first serve was a dandy.
Last week’s initial public conversation about a private/public partnership to build a new tennis court facility in Aurora sent a very positive signal that this concept is well on its way to reality. There is work to be done and money to be raised -- lots of it -- but the project looks to be off to a tremendous start.
Tennis enthusiasts have been silent for the past two years, though there had to be some frustration with the fact that there is literally no place to go play the game here in Aurora. When construction began on the new aquatic center, the first step in the process was to take out the two tennis courts that had been in Streeter Park for years. Game over, at least for a while.

Wed
21
Jan

Birthday gifts evolve with time, age and priorities

The betterhalf had a birthday the other day. Out of courtesy and fear of payback I won’t reveal her age. Let’s just say birthdays in the family have become routine and that’s good. I say routine because for the past few years the betterhalf has chosen to pick out her own gifts.
 Regularly she came home and proudly held up an item an announced, “You just bought me my birthday gift.” Now I haven’t decided if she thought I was going to forget her birthday or she didn’t appreciate my choices of previous birthday gifts.
 In my earlier years of gifting and before we were married my gifts ranged from a Black Hills sandstone necklace, a heart locket, to a nice sweater. She never complained and my confidence grew. When it was evident this looked like a long-term relationship along came the popular cedar chest and because she rose early to go to her job in Omaha, a new item called, “Mr. Coffee” with an automatic timer.

Wed
14
Jan

Transition of power

Fresh faces all around.
The new year brings with it new people in positions of authority in our local sphere, more than the normal transition of power we’re accustomed to every two to four years.
At the city, school, county, state and national level we welcome newcomers to the table, thanking them in advance for their willingness to serve. Challenges await our newly elected representatives, especially in Washington, and you have to give credit to the folks who have thrown themselves into the mix.
At City Hall, there will soon be three new faces at the city council table, and Mayor Dave Long, though a two-year veteran on the council, is adjusting to a new role. Dan Bartling and Dottie Anderson join the council as newcomers and within a month or so we can expect to see a new city administrator. That’s a significant level of change in leadership at all one time!

Wed
14
Jan

Gitmo begs question: Is this any way to run country

The recent improvement of Cuban and U.S. relations has not only brought up discussions between the two countries about tourism and trade topics, but also what to do with the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba.
It appears the United States plans to keep the base that houses the world’s most expensive prison  with 127 war-on-terror captives and run by 2000 or more temporary troops and contractors. Now a $65 million school building with classroom space for 275 kindergarten through high school students is planned. That cost figures about $236,000 per student to put under one roof all the school-age children of American sailors stationed there.

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