Commentary

Tue
23
Apr

Memorial Foundation gala stirs good vibes for worthy cause

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The vibes were all good at this year’s Memorial Foundation fundraising gala, where a good idea dating back nearly 50 years just keeps getting better.
The story of the Memorial Auxiliary Thrift Shop is well known in Aurora, though a new chapter in that tale is about to be written with plans coming together to expand the 12th Street facility. Support for the thrift shop has been overwhelmingly positive from the very beginning, which was evident again at the gala last week, where generous donations added up to more than $42,000.

Tue
23
Apr

Grandparents can’t say no to ‘Can you babysit?’

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If you are looking for the magic words a grandma can’t deny, we have the answer. It is this simple request from a son or daughter: “Can you babysit for us?”
 In our case, there was no vote taken -- even the choice of mutual consent never surfaced. Her decision came immediate. Less than 24 hours after our son’s request to assist him while his wife was on a business trip, any future plans in our own household had been scrapped. The suitcase was packed; and a long journey to Texas began.
There were a few challenges along the way. Instead of a simple trip to Austin at our leisure, we were requested to stop in Dallas for the one grandson’s two-day basketball tournament. “Simple” became a little more difficult when we arrived in Dallas at the height of rush hour.

Tue
23
Apr

Loving Life group appreciates area's support

Letter to the editor
Dear Editor:
We are writing to let our wonderful community know how much we appreciate their support!
On Wednesday, April 10, we were able to show the movie “Gosnell,” at the 12th St. Cinema. We had a good turnout of approximately 50 people and over $275 was donated from the free-will offering, of which all proceeds will be given to Pre-Born. (www.preborn.org)
We wish to express our sincerest appreciation to the 12th St. Cinema volunteers. They were easy to work with, and such a great support and help the night of the movie.

Tue
16
Apr

It’s time for lawmakers to make tough decisions on No. 1 issue

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Nebraska lawmakers have an opportunity to address one of the state’s highest priorities this session and it’s time to stop kicking the can down the road and support meaningful property tax relief.
The state’s leading industry has taken several body blows in recent years, creating an atmosphere of uncertainty which ripples throughout our great state’s economy. Global tariffs have had a dramatic impact on export markets, commodity prices are low and land values are down though input costs remain high. Add to that the trauma of spring flooding which has devastated or washed away many farms and you’ve got an ag sector in dire need of help.

Tue
16
Apr

If it seems like you’ve seen that, read that, you have

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Technology sometimes throws a “ringer” into our best, or fool-proof plans. That was the case a few weeks ago when we emailed our column to The News-Register. Somewhere in my punching of the computer keyboard a previously printed column was mistakenly e-mailed.
To those who thought they had seen the column, we apologize.  To those who didn’t notice the repeat, we welcome you to the club called, “Living With a Short Memory.” And to those who don’t read the column we appreciate not having to make an apology to you.
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Speaking of memory, we wonder how many people forget to take their pills. After reading nearly a full newspaper page on when to take your pills, the author made the startling conclusion. She said, “Although morning is probably ideal, the best time of the day is the time you’ll remember.”
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Tue
16
Apr

National Day of Prayer in Aurora

Letter to the editor

Tue
09
Apr

Tri-Community Foundation adds new chapter to spirit of giving

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The local foundation for giving back and supporting area youth continues to grow stronger in our area.
Last week’s fourth annual Tri-Community Foundation event is proof positive that the concept of donating time and treasure to benefit local students has been fully embraced at High Plains Community School. A crowd of more than 350 alumni and area residents spent “An evening with the Storm,” generating more than $44,000 in revenue. Bidders were generous that night, offering as much as $500 for a single cake and obviously having a good time doing it.
The atmosphere in the Hordville Event Center was electric, reflecting support for not only the school, but also a newly created foundation that is really beginning to achieve its mission. Formed in 2015, the Tri-Community Foundation was established with the intent of raising money to assist local community projects, youth sports, school programs and scholarships.

Tue
09
Apr

Nebraska spirit a bright spot in this flood-marred spring

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It’s hard to ignore the devastation of the floods that washed across much of Nebraska. It is also difficult to witness the flood-caused hardships to the citizens in the water and ice path. But, there is a bright spot and that is the fact that Nebraskans across the state joined together to help ease the hardships being experienced in those flood stricken areas.
Our own communities here in Hamilton County were among Nebraskans who stepped up. We are particularly proud of those individuals, businesses, organizations, and even schools which, through donated labor and supplies, helped ease the burden in flood-stricken towns such as Genoa, North Bend and St. Edward. We should have known to expect the effort of our own communities as well as those from across Nebraska.
Simply put: “We are Nebraskans and that’s what we do.”

Wed
03
Apr

Footloose sends a powerful message

Letters to the editor

Dear Editor:

Wed
03
Apr

Source of fuel changing, but just keep it coming

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The past few weeks of snow and cold temperatures have caused us to be more conscious of our heating bills and more conscious of the power generation choices we have. Some have termed, “the gales of change” that already have blown through American power in the past few years give no indication the rapid pace will die down into future years.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration sees double-digit growth in electricity generation from solar and wind over the next two years, pushing wind past hydro as our country’s largest source of renewable power. Power generation change 2018-2020 predicts renewables (minus hydropower) will increase over 23.3 percent, natural gas up 3.6 percent, hydropower a minus 0.1 percent, nuclear a minus 4.5 percent, and coal a minus 15.5 percent.

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