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Presidential Candidate Trump Playing The Race Card

Guest Editorial
Gordon Hopkins, Fairbury
I miss the Pope. Do you remember when the Pope came to visit earlier this year? I do and it was glorious. News coverage of the Pope’s visit was omnipresent. Why was that so great? Because for ten days no one was talking about Donald Trump. Now those were the good old days.
Alas, those days are over. Since the Donald announced his plan to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, every news network has become the Trump Channel. I have noticed the tone of said coverage has changed somewhat. The news media has suddenly discovered that Donald Trump is a racist. Or perhaps I should say bigot. When you use the term racism towards Muslims, some smart guy on the internet will invariably point out, “a religion isn’t a race,” as if religious bigotry were somehow nobler than racial bigotry. 
Wed
16
Dec

A Different Take On Gun Discussion

Guest Editorial
Jason Trimm, Fairbury 
 
 
Within minutes of the now known terrorist act of violence in San Bernardino, California the anti-gun crowd, including President Obama, were jumping on the need for further gun controls.  
This was before the dead and injured could even be counted or before suspects or the reason for this attack could be investigated and known.  
While lots can and should be said of these careless acts of political theater that is not what I am going to write about today, today I want to address the stories and proposals these anti-rights people are pushing.
Wed
16
Dec

Customer Disservice

When you lose local control of things, it has a ripple affect. Sometimes that ripple is small, sometimes it is big. At any rate, it is a ripple that washes over each and every one of us in some form or fashion.
There are small examples of how taking away local offices and services from communities may save money for companies, but, in the long run, the customers suffer and are forced to be miserable with their products and services in the name of profits.
That isn’t the America I was raised in and not the one I want my kids raised.
Wed
16
Dec

Arlene Engels

Arlene Engels
Arlene Evelyn Engels was born Aug. 9, 1921 in Brigham, Wis. to William and Florence (Eveland) Schuelke. She passed Nov. 30, 2015 in Fairbury at the age of 94 years, 3 months and 21 days.
Wed
16
Dec

Richard Burbridge

Richard Burbridge
Richard L. “Dick” Burbridge, 81, of Lincoln, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Salina. He was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Fairbury, Neb., to Edwin and Ann (Humfeldt) Burbridge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara Itzen; brother, Bobby; and infant brother, Robert.
Left to celebrate his life include his wife, Diane, of the home; daughter, Jan Stull (Ron), of Ford; grandchildren, Taylor, Trent and Roxy Dickerman; eight great-grandchildren; son, Brooks; brother-in-law, Don Itzen, of Fairbury; nieces and nephews who were special to him; and his ex-wife, Joyce.
Celebration of Life and inurnment will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Lincoln County Ambulance Service.
Wed
16
Dec

William A. and Norma J. Tinstman

William A. and 
Norma J. Tinstman 
 
William A. Tinstman, 66, and Norma J. (Schmidt) Tinstman, 67, of Omaha, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in a car accident while traveling home from Arizona. Bill was born Dec. 25, 1948, in Fairbury and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He was an attorney and partner in the Omaha law firm of Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler and Brennan from 1974-2005.  
Norma was born Oct. 7, 1948, in Beatrice and graduated from the University of Nebraska. 
She was an administrative assistant at the Nebraska Department of Education Office of Special Education from 1995-2014. 
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Dec

William Anson Monroe

William Monroe
William Anson Monroe was born April 8, 1928, in Fairbury, to Roy L. Monroe and Florence McDonnell Monroe. Bill  attended Fairbury schools and in June of 1945 became a brakeman for the Rock Island Railroad. In 1954 he was promoted to conductor working for the Rock Island until it closed down in 1980; Bill’s crew had the last train out of Fairbury. He was hired by the Union Pacific Railroad working six years until he retired after 41 years. Bill was the last living employee in Fairbury to have worked on steam engines. 
On Jan. 4, 1953, he was united in marriage with Ella Mae Janz, to them three children were born. Military, U.S. Army 1951-1953 in the Korean War. Bill is a member of the United Methodist church, American Legion, V.F.W., Life member of Elks, Life member of United Transportation Union, Charter member of the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees.
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Dec

Loran William Pfeiffer

Loran Pfeiffer
Loran William Pfeiffer, 87, of Scribner, Neb died Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.
Loran was born Jan. 29, 1928 at his parents’ home and grew up on a farm northeast of Scribner. He graduated from Scribner High School in 1946.
On April 24, 1949, Loran was married to Jane Ann Heath in the Salem Lutheran Church at Fontanelle, Neb. They lived on a farm northeast of Scribner, until moving to Scribner in 1968. Loran was engaged in farming and raising cattle with his father and later was employed by Hillside Dairy as a farm manager.
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Dec

Maxine Koop

Maxine Koop
Maxine June Koop, 86, of Rogue River, Ore., passed Thanksgiving Day Nov. 26 in her home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.   Daughter of John and Viola Siebenneicher (Uphoff), Maxine is survived by her daughters, Deborah Colella, Sandra Hunt, Lavonna Butters; son Scott Koop, four grandchildren Andrea Kunze, Ashley Koop, Brant Butters and Amber Koop, and one great grandchild Alex.  
She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley J. Koop and brother Wayne Siebenneicher. 
 Maxine was born and raised on a small Nebraska farm.  
She helped her father on the farm working with mule and horse teams. Maxine graduated from Fairbury High School at the age of 16 and worked in office administrative positions until she met and married Stanley J. Koop.  
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Dec

Hazel Seachord

Hazel Seachord
Hazel Norene Seachord, 93, of Fairbury, passed away Dec. 12, 2015 at Heritage Care Center. She was born to Chauncy and Anna (Boosinger) Bacon on Oct. 25, 1922 in Patterson, Mo.
Survivors are son Michael Seachord and wife, Cheryl, of Fairbury, and son Gary Seachord and wife, Terri, of Beatrice, five grandchildren:  Lyle Megli and his wife Bobbi, Michelle Cate, Andy Seachord, Alicia Seachord and Dusty Seachord and three great-grandchildren:  Lyle D. Cate, Logan Cate and Taye Seachord, and many nieces and nephews.  
Preceded in death by her parents, husband Harry Seachord, daughter and son-in-law Norene and Dale Megli, brothers Burr, Orville, and Flem, and sisters Dolly, Violet, Bessie, Verna and Goldie.

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