Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:10pm
Now that I have kids, I find myself using “Back in my day…” quite often. I always used to scoff at those who talked that way, and now, here I am, doing the same. I see the conversations every snow day of Facebook amongst those I grew up with; we ALWAYS had school, we never got out, kids don’t know what it’s like, etc.
Fact of the matter is simple, times are changing. No longer can buses try busting through snow drifts in an attempt to pick up students. Gone are the days of sliding down E Street while trying to stop at St. Michael’s. Frankly, I’m shocked that even with any snow on the ground, kids have school.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:03pm
• This political season and the upcoming election deadline has made me think about what is needed in the world.
There are two people who the world needs more of, especially in politics: Bruce Swartz and Joe Carlson.
I have known Fairbury native Bruce Swartz since 1997. I feel that every city, county, state and nation needs a Bruce Swartz. He speaks his mind. Whether people like it or not, you must admit he always has a point to his views.
As a city council member, Bruce was fearless. No issue, no matter how mundane or controversial, was out-of-bounds.
He tackled issues head on, with zeal, gusto, and a little bit of showmanship. He did all of these things for one simple reason: he believes in his ideals and dearly, truly loves this community.
The world needs more politicians like Bruce, who do things for the love of something, not the power, nor the greed.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:02pm
Anyone who knows me—truly knows me—knows that at heart, I’m a very critical person. I am apt to always look for the way in which things can be improved.
Whether that’s from casting a light on not-so-exuberant issues within the county, the nation and the world in an effort to dispel their shadows, or simply taking issue with the way the world is because it seems that to me, and many others with whom I’ve spoken, that the game of life is rigged, I truly am a cynic.
Although there are benefits to having a healthy dose of cynicism—for example, having some degree of cynicism helps to prepare me for the worst that life can throw at me because I am already expecting some form of negative return from life—one needs to balance that pessimism with some inoculation to keep from slipping too far into the pit of despair.