Commentary

Wed
09
Oct

Greeting makes it easier to fly against the wind

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Every time we take a lengthy road trip it seems we face a headwind and naturally car mileage dips. If we head north we face a north wind and if we head south, it’s a wind blowing from the south.
These windy situations crossed our mind a week ago when we viewed a mass migration of monarch butterflies making what was termed a “pit stop” in Aurora. The thousands of monarchs are on their near 2,000 mile migration trip to winter headquarters in Mexico.
As one group of monarchs took a break from flying into a strong south wind we marveled at the perseverance and wing muscle strength it must take to reach their travel goal.
That’s when we were reminded of our own semi-annual 800 mile road trips when we drove to Austin, Texas while battling a south wind and watching our car’s gauge rapidly move downward toward empty. We would arrive tired from the one-day of driving; a sore back; and less “miles per gallon.”

Tue
08
Oct

Bus mishap on rural roads should be a call to action

Dear Editor:
Enough is enough. Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 2) an Aurora School bus slid off 12 Road between F and G Roads. My daughter was on that bus along with 20 or so other children. If there had been injuries there is no way an ambulance could have got closer than a quarter mile to the bus.
Every road in the county has issues. I know they will blame the rain for Wednesday’s problems. I live a mile and a half from where the bus got stuck and I had less than a half inch of rain.

Wed
02
Oct

No fast food, just slow food, back in the day

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As we get older we find pleasure in hanging on to old memories. A friend relayed some info that brought a smile as well as points of recall of many of my own memories. He stated a youngster triggered these memories when he was asked, “What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?”
The oldster replied there was no fast food when he was growing up . . . all food was slow.
“Seriously” the youngster said, “Where did you eat.” The gentleman explained, “Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I liked it.”
The gentleman then reported by this time the kid was laughing so hard he wasn’t told about the need to have permission to leave the table.

Wed
02
Oct

Local boards heard little input, when needed, on budget plans

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Budget season on the local level was anything but normal this year with a combination of declining property valuations, a shift in ambulance services from county to city, and a body blow from Mother Nature making it harder than ever for residents to know what their tax bills will look like.
Heavy rains have been brutal in 2019, damaging roads and bridges beyond belief. Hamilton County, mercifully, has not been hit nearly as hard as fellow Nebraskans to the west and north, but nonetheless a drive through the county, especially as harvest season begins, leaves no doubt that drastic measures were in order.

Wed
25
Sep

So many words, yet communication elusive

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There are more than  470,000 words in the English language. The working journalist is accredited with the use of the largest number, something less than 20,000. Clergymen, lawyers and doctors use an average of about 10,000 words.
 The science and professions have the largest number that the average layman never hears of. For instance, medical men and women must know the names nearly 450 muscles, almost 200 veins, more than 700 arteries, 500-plus pigments, 300-plus poisons, 150-plus tumors, and thousands of tests, diseases and bacteria.
Yet, with all these words, think of all the people who still have trouble expressing themselves. Then think of all of us who constantly wonder what they are all talking about!
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It’s has been said, “Older people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.”
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Wed
25
Sep

Debate on NRD’s Rule 5 changes may have silver lining

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Proposed rule changes involving the amount of and methods with which nitrogen is applied to area farms stirred emotional debate in recent weeks, and rightly so.
There is perhaps no one single issue that touches the lives, livelihoods and health of local citizens as much as soil and water quality. Thus it came as no surprise that a Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District proposal to require the use of inhibitors as a means of reducing the loss of nitrogen in soil touched a nerve.
A public hearing in August and later NRD board meeting both drew hundreds of area farmers, sending a loud, united voice of opposition to the proposed Rule 5 changes. Producers were civil, yet clearly outraged at what many called a drastic plan to address a complex problem which was years in the making.

Wed
18
Sep

Some headlines bring a smile, even if by mistake

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We need a few laughs in this old world and the newspaper headlines, while seemingly dominated with bad news, can also trigger a few smiles. Some of the following have been actual newspaper headlines:
“Dead Man Found in City Cemetery . . . Five Foot Snake Found in Toilet, Woman Relieved . . . Female Sanitation Workers Dump on Trash-Talking Boss . . . Fraud Charges Pinned on Pro Wrestler . . . Procrastinator’s Club Delays Annual Meeting.”
And finally here’s one that we’re sure the public has been waiting for this information: “Notre Dame Cathedral Workers Wear Throwaway Underwear.”
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The Betterhalf hasn’t asked me to sort my laundry, but she has taken other methods to control my wardrobe. Some of my favorite shirts and a few pair of jeans never returned to my closet after being sent to the laundry room. When she was questioned, I was told, “You are not wearing those old frayed shirts or faded jeans with holes in the knees anymore!”

Tue
17
Sep

Concerns with vehicle damage, safety on Hwy 34

Dear editor: When driving on Highway 34, I hold my breath whenever I am about to meet one of the large semi-trucks hauling gravel. My windshields have been smacked twice now by rocks or chunks of asphalt that fell off the trucks as we met. The company denies responsibility and claim there is no proof of responsibility. The “proof’ as they want it would require me to initial the chunks or rocks on their trucks, then find it after it shatters my windshield.
That 100 percent proof is ridiculous beyond words. In a criminal case, there must be proof beyond a reasonable doubt, or 90 percent or more. In a civil case, one must show with a preponderance of the evidence, or 51 percent, that someone is at fault. I have driven more than 100,000 miles on Highway 34 and never had a problem until I started meeting the large gravel/asphalt trucks.

Wed
11
Sep

Silence often golden when poles get in way

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Actions or comments can come back to haunt you. That’s particularly true if you’re a husband.
Several years ago I made a reckless comment. I told the Betterhalf, “I fail to understand how you could back-up your car and strike my vehicle . . . you knew it was parked behind yours in our own driveway!”
History did not exactly repeat itself, but it is close enough to have me eating my past critical comments and searching for an explanation, “How’d the following happen just a week ago?”
As this tale goes, for many years I’ve routinely left my car at the back of the Aurora Adopt-A-Pet animal shelter parking lot and proceeded to walk dogs. This past week I varied my routine because the Betterhalf assisted me with the dog walking. As we prepared to park the car in its usual spot, the Betterhalf suggested to park at the front of the lot which would leave the car in the shade. I consented and followed her suggestion.

Wed
11
Sep

‘Community’ always playing at Aurora’s 12th St. Cinema

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Aurora will roll out the red carpet this weekend in celebration of a big screen milestone.
A whole generation of families and local youth have grown up with easy access to the local movie theater, thanks to the initial vision of volunteers followed by 20 years of community support. A former hardware store on the northwest corner of the square was converted into the 12th Street Cinema back in 1999, and since that time has welcomed an estimated 275,000 moviegoers through the doors.

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