Commentary

Tue
16
Apr

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Wed
03
Apr

New nursing home turns out to be solution as well as a blessing

My what a difference two years has made in the outlook of Aurora’s nursing home care.
A report at last week’s county board meeting drove that point home in spades, shedding new light on a story that has been well documented here in Hamilton County, though perhaps not fully understood. In light of a changing landscape that is apparently putting nursing homes at risk all across Nebraska and the nation, Aurora and Hamilton County are so very fortunate to have a brand new nursing home facility with a visionary manager and board of directors leading the way.

Wed
27
Mar

History repeats itself with avid sports reader

In our household naturally the morning newspaper is an important part of starting our day. But, during our retirement years many times it is difficult to start the day off on the right foot. As a full-blooded newspaperman I want to be the first to open my morning paper.
I learned that routine from my father who would come home from work only to find sections of “his newspaper” scattered across the floor in front of his easy chair. I was the most frequent violator of the scattering because I was looking to read my favorite comic strip. It didn’t take too long before my habit was broken and I adhered to his rules.
Who says, “History repeats itself?”  Now, years later, I am having this dirty deed happen in our household by none other than my Betterhalf. And it is even more serious. The Betterhalf’s first grab is the sports section of the newspaper section.

Wed
27
Mar

Historic, catastrophic flood a body blow to all Nebraskans

Gut-wrenching!
Heart-breaking!
Life-changing devastation right here in the Heartland that is simply hard to fathom!
Nebraskans have been struggling for a week to find the words to describe the scenes and raw emotions that have been on full display for all the world to see. Even with the added perspective of clearer skies and a little time, there is just no way to fully grasp the widespread damage caused by catastrophic flooding which covered much of our wonderful state with water.
It was historic, to be sure, not so much because of the amount of rain that fell or any other single factor. The frozen tundra down below combined with melting snow and new precipitation created the “perfect storm” that nobody saw coming.

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