Something happened today that I just had to write to you about.
As I entered my vehicle this noon, I noticed a piece of green paper staring back at me with the words youre loved on it along with a Sunshine Smiley Face surrounded by hearts. When I plucked it from under my windshield wiper, I saw it was signed Meridian 5th and 6th graders. No solicitation just a message that made my day.
Normally newspaper editors will avoid the subject of discrimination if possible.
Today lets just dive in.
I really enjoy the times of my life when I dont have to be concerned if someone is being treated correctly because of their skin color, gender, preferred sexual orientation, religion or physical abilities.
I dont think a person should ever be discriminated against just because they belong to a certain group or practice a certain religion. All people should be equal and none of us should ever really think about this type of discrimination.
Then something seems to happen.
Someone you know walks into the room and tells you the latest racial joke that they think is funny or they spout off a racial slur.
It just ruins your day.
I really hope that someday this world can put all of this silliness behind us.
I like to keep the content in this space local, or at least have it apply to something locally. But a couple of things came across my desk recently that arent really local per se but can apply to all of us.
Last week, I had my annual tax appointment. It didnt go well for me; never does. I am not getting a new satellite dish, a trampoline in my back yard, a computer, big screen TV nor am I getting a shopping cart full of Twinkies, Doritos and Pepsi. I have to pay in.
When asking my tax guy how come I am not one of those people who cashes thousands of dollars in refund checks courtesy Uncle Sam, all he said was, You realize refunds are just another form of Socialism. People get money back, from people who dont get money back, because they qualify for some sort of government program. Socialism.
When someone gives you lemons you make lemonade, right?
So then, if someone gives you Rice Krispies what do you do?
If youre students at Meridian School the obvious answer is: You make Rice Krispies treats....then go around and hand them out.
Last week students from our school district in northern Jefferson County handed out Rice Crispie treats at the Journal-News office as well as other locations in and around Fairburyas part of a random act of kindness.
The act was undertaken by Meridian fifth and sixth graders.
To say the least we were touched.
So many times members of our youth community are maligned. Kids get the label of: malcontents, lazy, troublemakers and on and on. But the truth is by and large kids are great. Kids are bright. They are industrious. They are tech savvy and worldly wise. Most likely every generation as a rule has a complaint about these kids today...
The 21st Annual Northern Exposure Show will be Sunday, April 27 at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kan.
Northern Exposure will have Check-In Saturday evening, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. A Mountain Oyster and BBQ Beef Supper for the families and contestants will also start at 6 p.m.
Check-in will be 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 27 with the show starting at 9:30 a.m. A concession stand by the Cuba Cash Store will be available serving Breakfast and Lunch.
This year a Fall Heifer show will start the event, followed by the Spring Heifer Prospect Show, Supreme Breeding Heifer, Showmanship, Market Animals, Market Heifer, Steers, and Champion Market Animal. The following Heifer Breeds will make up the classes for Northern Exposure: Angus, Charolais, Chianina, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Main-Anjou, Maine-Tainer, Shorthorn, Shorthorn Plus, Simmental, Simm-Solution AOB and Commercial.
Diane L. Torpy, 65, of Elkhorn, Neb., passed away April 12, 2014.
She was born Feb. 20, 1949 in Odell, Neb. to Paul and Dorothy (Hereth) Schramm. She attended high school in Odell, and graduated from Peru State College in 1971.
She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Schramm.
She is survived by her husband, John of Elkhorn; sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Heather Torpy and Zachary and Shelly Torpy, all of Omaha; grandson, Jacob; mother, Dorothy Schramm of Fairbury; and brothers, Darrell Schramm of Odell, and Larry Schramm of Fairbury.
Memorial Mass was on April 16, 2014 at St. Patricks Catholic Church, Elkhorn, Neb.
Bob D. Stepp, 75, of Fairbury, passed away April 12, 2014 at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Survivors are wife, Mary Stepp of Fairbury; sons, David Stepp and wife, Brenda of St. Michael, Minn., Bradley Stepp and wife, Amy of Stoughton, Wis., Andrew Stepp and wife, Cathy of Kansas City; five grandchildren; brother, Gary Stepp and wife, Rhonda of Yukon, Okla.; sister, Deanna Carroll and husband, Bruce of El Reno, Okla.; brother-in-law, Mike Isernhagen and wife, Mary of Deshler.
Services will be at 11a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the American Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Brian Julin-McCleary officiating.
Burial at the Deshler Cemetery in Deshler, at 2:30 p.m.
Memorials to the Family in Lieu of flowers.
Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.