Commentary

Tue
30
Apr

Go Big Give making difference in area’s philanthropic giving

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A vision to create the Go Big Red type energy linked to Nebraska’s beloved Husker football program has taken on a synergy of its own with the growing success of the Go Big Give campaign.
Launched in 2014 as a joint venture of the Heartland United Way and Grand Island Community Foundation, Go Big Give has evolved into a regional effort that raises money, and lots of it, while simultaneously lifting up the work and worthy causes of more than 100 area nonprofit agencies.
Hamilton County has created its own successful model of philanthropic giving over the past 40 years. Local foundations, combined, have generated more than $65 million in assets over that time, providing scholarships, matching funds and seed money for young people and projects too numerous to count. You simply can’t attach a dollar figure to the impact those funds have had, and will continue to have, on the lives of individuals and our community as a whole.

Tue
30
Apr

Favorite kitty litter -- pay less now, then pay for it later

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Pet cats must be a particular bunch. At least one family’s experience recently emphasized that fact.
 A husband was asked by his wife to pick up a bag of kitty litter for their cat. She told him the brand name of the litter to be purchased at the store.
While shopping for the litter the husband found a cheaper bag than the expensive brand that she had specified. In an attempt to keep the family budget in line, he brought home the “bargain litter.”
Unfortunately he later found out his “bargain” resulted in a messy situation. The cat refused to use the litter box and instead chose to relieve itself on the floor just outside the box. We assume this tale (tail?) ended with one deposit and the hubby heading back to the store for the cat’s favorite brand.
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Tue
30
Apr

County needs to address condition of rural roads

Letters to the editor
Dear Editor:
Our county roads have become a public safety issue. We have some of the worst roads in Nebraska. Living in the country you must have 4-wheel drive to navigate the country roads. How are the Sheriff’s Department or the Ambulance Department supposed to respond in a timely manner to emergency calls?
Since Darla (Svoboda) left the roads department our roads have been destroyed by poor practices, poor policies and general ignorance by the county commissioners and the highway department (Nancy and Roger excluded).
It is time for all to voice their complaints to the county commissioners. Tell them to make changes immediately or resign. We don’t want our roads to become another issue like the Manor, where we pour hundred of thousands of taxpayer dollars into plans that do not fix the problem.

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.

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