Commentary

Tue
03
Dec

Speaking out on Loving Life Coalition events

Dear Editor:
A big “Thank You” goes out to the 75 people from multiple Hamilton County congregations who come out to support the cause of life Oct. 6 for the nationally recognized Life Chain event on Highway 34 at Streeter Park in Aurora.
I also want to say a word of appreciation to those who supported the event “Discover the Truth about Life.”  This event, held Nov. 9 at the Aurora High School Theater and Commons, hosted speakers from throughout the state. Two speakers from Lincoln, three from Omaha, one from Aurora, and one from Hastings came out to share truths about abortion from many perspectives.  It was an event that helped to open minds and hearts to the legal, scientific, legislative, and emotional truths surrounding this issue.

Wed
20
Nov

It’s time to amend comprehensive zoning plan

Dear Editor:
It is time in Hamilton County for a change to our comprehensive zoning plan. Earlier this fall, shortly before the new comprehensive plan was passed, the chairman of the Hamilton County commissioners board, Rich Nelson, assured the public that the new plan would be a living, breathing document and that if the citizens were to decide that it’s not working out well, the plan could be modified.
These citizens have now spoken up with a petition, requesting that the plan be changed to greatly increase the setback distance of commercial wind turbines from places of residence. The number of petitioners has steadily increased and there are now hundreds of people asking our county officials to change the setbacks. We will soon see whether the board of commissioners is prepared to listen to the concerns of their constituents.

Wed
20
Nov

Visiting young journalists get real-world lessons in Aurora

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Weekly newspapering took on a fresh perspective Friday as Aurora hosted a bright young group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students seeking a real-world experience in community journalism.
It was a refreshing day in the newsroom to be able to share what small-town journalism looks like, and also to get a glimpse of the energy and enthusiasm a budding new crop of potential journalists will soon bring to the work world.

Wed
13
Nov

Letters reflect opposing views on wind energy

Wind opponents raising phony
arguments
Dear Editor:
It is disappointing how many false arguments are being used to oppose a wind turbine energy generation facility in the county.
A letter was written to the paper about how wind turbines aren’t all clean. And it is true, they aren’t 100 percent clean energy generation. No one has argued they were that. But the reality is this is just another of the phony arguments against them, because when you look at wind turbines compared to coal, and they don’t even come close to how dirty coal energy is from burning it, mountain top and pit mining, to tailing ponds leaking into streams. So is the person opposed to wind turbines because they “aren’t clean” opposed to coal energy? Of course not. And I doubt they were ever really concerned about that issue.

Wed
13
Nov

Thoughts on grandmas, older age and ‘pillows’

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Couldn’t help overhearing a couple of women expounding on the fact they appreciated being grandmas, but didn’t like the “older age” that came with it. In addition, they didn’t want to become the traditional grandmother that comes in larger sizes. That brought up some personal thoughts.
As a grandpa, the older age or expanding waist never bothered me. What did bother me was my next step could be a “great-grandpa” and the thought of being a “great-grandpa” had a really old-age ring to it.
Now let’s go back to the two women’s viewpoint of old age and weight gains. I wish they knew our deceased family friend who had some positive viewpoints that would soften their uncomfortableness. Friend Gerri Andersen stated, “Thin people may have better legs, but their lips are bad. When they start to age, their upper lips have sharply-defined vertical wrinkles that made them look like a cross between an accordion and a pleated skirt. Often those stark lines make them crabby.

Wed
13
Nov

Veterans’ stories deserve to be told, remembered, documented

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America tipped its hat in unity this week, thanking any and all who are now or have ever worn a United States military uniform.
That sense of unity in and of itself is so powerful, especially at a time when our nation tends to focus more on our philosophical differences. The one thing it seems that we as a nation consistently agree on is standing united in support of our veterans, as we should.
I get goose bumps whenever a crowd comes to its feet as one to salute the men and women who have served on our behalf. Whether it’s at a Veteran’s Day program, sporting event, county fair, A’ROR’N Days parade, Husker game or whatever, that sense of patriotism and shared support gets me every time. It makes me proud to be an American.

Wed
06
Nov

Letters focus on wind turbine proposal

Why isn’t wind proposal put to countywide vote?
Dear Editor:
We live in the country but seems the city is coming to us, and for sure we don’t want wind turbines anywhere close to us.
Why isn’t this out on a ballot for people in Hamilton County to vote on? It is ridiculous this was done, approved and land acquired without much community involvement. One or two decide this is great for us and go right ahead with this. Then people find out and try and fight it and, oh no, this is a done deal. Again ridiculous!!!
 Against this for Hamilton County is my vote.
Becky Rathman,
Aurora

Wed
06
Nov

Husky boys cross country title run filled with life lessons

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Tony Sigler and Zach High had Oct. 25 circled on their mental calendars a long, long time ago.
Well before the 2019 cross country season started, the Huskies head coach was already thinking about, planning for and gearing his team up to toe the line at the Class C state championship race at Kearney Country Club. He’s quick to tell anyone who will listen, in August or any time of year, that the regular season is just a tune-up for the state meet, where medals, team trophies and a lifetime of pride are on the line.
Aurora’s boys team delivered in spades, winning the state title by eight points for the program’s second state title and first since 1999. Dylan Riley and Kane Fiala led the charge with medal-winning times, while Max Wiarda, Eli Warnke, Isaac Bisbee and Grady McDonald helped hoist the championship trophy, contributing valuable team points.

Wed
30
Oct

Letters raise questions about wind turbines, scare propoganda, Tooley Park

Time to speak out on wind turbines
Dear Editor:
In Kurt Johnson’s editorial comments of 10-2-2019 published in the News Register he stated in his closing comments that in the case of budgetary public comments that “Silence, in this case, was not golden” as the comments received were not publicly talked about so it appeared that citizens did not engage, although it would have been far more valuable to be heard.  
Well after countless nights of lack of sleep and mental anguish/stress in regards to the proposed wind turbines, it is time to speak out. Those of us that built/purchased our homes in rural Hamilton County as our “dream” homesteads are now being faced with a “nightmare in our neighborhood” south of Aurora with this proposed project.   Although this may not seem like a big issue to others in the county, those of us that live in this area will be faced with looking at something that in our wildest dreams never thought possible.

Wed
30
Oct

Halloween decor spending may soon rival Christmas

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There have been rumors in the retail world that Halloween décor and spending are threatening to overtake Christmas. The celebration of Halloween has certainly changed from when we were kids and that was evident recently when we drove to Texas to see grandkids.
The Betterhalf and I made our usual overnight stay in an Oklahoma community near the Texas border where there is a large park that sports nearly five miles of wilderness trails, along with ball diamonds, soccer fields and even a dog park. Before departing the next morning we took our usual walk, but this time it wasn’t so usual.

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