Commentary

Tue
13
Nov

Thank you, veterans

America tipped its hat in unity this week, thanking any and all who are now or have ever worn a United States military uniform.
That sense of unity in and of itself is so powerful, especially at a time when our nation tends to focus more on our philosophical differences. The one thing it seems that we as a nation almost consistently agree on is standing united in support of our veterans, as we should.
I get goose bumps whenever a crowd comes to its feet as one to salute the men and women who have served on our behalf. Whether it’s at a Veteran’s Day program, sporting event, county fair, A’ROR’N Days parade, Husker game or whatever, that sense of patriotism and shared support gets me every time. It makes me proud to be an American.

Tue
13
Nov

Random thoughts on LEDs, elections, Thanksgiving

The election is out of the way and that means we won’t be agitated by what seemed as a 24-hour stream of daily political advertisements. Now political strife can move back to Washington DC.
One voter noted he was not so interested as to where a politician “stood” as he was in which direction the politician was moving.
Actually it was refreshing to see the high percentage of voters and particularly the number of young voters making it to the polls. After all, those young voters are going to shape the direction of their own future.
Unfortunately, I’m not too proud in some of the examples we old adults have left them.
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 An admiral heading a bureau in Washington was sure he knew more about highly technical matters than the experts. He refused to accept recommendations without numerous trivial corrections, and the bureau’s work lacked sadly.

Tue
13
Nov

Letters to the editor

Sign the Kremer recall petition
Dear Editor:
Let me start out by addressing the thought that I am in the Hamilton County EMS union. I am not, and although they have a vested interest in keeping their jobs, they aren’t the driving force behind this recall. Simply put, the people of Hamilton County are. I am not recalling Gregg out of malice, or personal discontent towards him. I am the voice of what I believe to be the majority, of which, are people with no ties to the union.
The commissioners have recently come out addressing my concern for the part-time employee coming into the station. They believe that a paramedic can go, by themselves, to the scene of an incident in the ambulance. Then a part-time employee would go in their personal vehicle to the scene. This screams liability waiting to happen.

Tue
13
Nov

Smart spending helps Aurora tax climate

Editor’s note: The following is a guest column by Sarah Curry, policy director at the Platte Institute.
Local property taxes will be at the forefront of debate in next year’s session of the Nebraska Legislature. Agricultural land values and home prices have increased considerably over the last decade, and still Nebraska’s property tax rates remain the nation’s seventh highest on average.  
Few people object to paying taxes altogether, as long as the taxes are fairly assessed and the money is properly used. But many communities in Nebraska have been stretched thin by their spending priorities, making the property tax problem even worse.

Wed
07
Nov

Halloween candy selection can be a trick, and a treat

We made it through Halloween and the trick and treaters. In our area it’s a little slower than a continual doorbell ringing and it’s not because we turn off all the lights in the household.
 You see in our location the houses are located on only one side of the street while empty lots lay across on the other side. Also we live in a two-block area where street lights are few and darkness prevails. Still, we prepare with treats for those potential tricksters.
Over the years our Halloween preparations have changed for the Betterhalf and me. Simply put, “we once bought candy for the kids and batch of candy was always left over.” Now, we buy our favorite candies that we personally favor a few days ahead of Halloween and hope candy is left over for our trick and treaters. Several past years our sweet tooth got a little ambitious and we found we needed to make a late run to the store for another stash of replacement hard candies.

Wed
07
Nov

Community encouraged to see cooperative tone of EMS talks

Our community may still be a long ways from resolving the on-going dispute regarding countywide ambulance services, but elected officials took a huge, positive step forward last week by sitting down face to face and agreeing on a list of specific negotiating points.
City and county leaders both looked relieved as they sat down for an ANR interview Oct. 26 and again Friday, reporting initial progress as well as a shared sense of commitment to find a solution. A third meeting was scheduled Monday as of this writing, which is encouraging in and of itself that there is such a sense of urgency.
This issue has become an urgent matter, since it’s been on the local agenda causing uncertainty for more than a year now and the county’s initial date for ending its ownership/management role has already come and gone. It’s time to roll up the sleeves and sharpen the pencils, which is exactly what the negotiations committee is now doing.

Wed
31
Oct

Simple life of retirement not so simple after all

Many of us can recall when we lived the simple life, or what we tab as the time before passwords, desktops, smart phones, touch systems, nuke cooking, voice recognition security, auto infotainment system and the list goes on and on.
As we aged we had hoped to have gained enough knowledge making our lives more comfortable and less confusing. Instead we are more confused than ever in trying to improve our comfort level.
We were pretty proud years ago when we converted our household to a one key operation where one key could match the locks on all our home doors, garage door and even the deadbolt locks. Today, people punch away on keyboards hoping they remembered the correct sequence of numbers just to open the door of their home or garage.

Wed
31
Oct

Veterans bring perspective, valuable skill set to workforce

The News-Register staff turned the spotlight toward a most deserving subject this week with our annual workforce recognition edition.
Ask any entrepreneur, corporate executive or local manager what makes or breaks the bottom line and you’ll get the same answer no matter what the industry, current economic climate or location. It’s the people, the boots on the ground workforce, that gets things done.
The hard-working men and women who turn the soil, manage the store, teach our children, fix our vehicles and in various ways keep the economic engine of Hamilton County humming along are indeed the backbone of our community, state and nation. It’s fitting and oh so important to tip the hat once in a while to the local workforce, which we’re proud to do with this week’s special edition.

Wed
24
Oct

Does online order give same thrill as old Sears catalog?

Nearly every morning the Betterhalf and I walk dogs at the Aurora Adopt-A-Pet. It’s a great way for each of us to get some walking in and at the same time give the shelter dogs some companionship. We strive to take separate walking routes assuring each dog gets our individual attention.
One day this week the Betterhalf individually walked a total of three dogs while I walked five. Throughout our separate eight dog walks each of us had happened to pass by a cable worker who was not a resident of our community and was installing a cable in a yard.
As the Betterhalf came by him on the final leg of her third walk (I had already gone by earlier with my fourth dog), he stopped the Betterhalf.
He asked, “Just how many dogs do you guys own?”
The Betterhalf laughed as she explained they were shelter dogs. “Boy, I couldn’t imaging anyone having that many dogs in a household,” the puzzled worker said.
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Wed
24
Oct

New geofence technology adding valuable security layer

Student safety appears to be getting a high-tech shield with a new “See Something, Send Something” app being introduced this month by the Aurora Police Department.
School and law enforcement administrators seem excited about the new “tool,” which invites anyone, especially students, with relevant information that may be cause for alarm to share it through a means almost always at or near their fingertips -- cell phones. Simply downloading this app to a smartphone brings you into the security loop, allowing users to send messages while also receiving alerts or notices pushed out in cases of emergency.

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