Commentary

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.

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.

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