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“What Do You Mean I Gotta Press Two For English?”

Normally when I go to restaurants, I go there to hear what people are talking about; to hear them discuss the pressing (or exaggerated) issues of the day.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about a certain person’s rant I heard while I was at a restaurant when I was in college. It went something like this:
“It’s a crime that we gotta press two to hear them foreigners try to talk English when we’re needin’ somethin’. What do you mean I gotta press two for English? This is America. We speak English, not no other languages.”
At that point, I tried to avert my gaze from the individual, hiding a grin beneath my hand. Yes, this could be considered a case of schadenfreude, which is indeed a word that exists within the English language. 
However, as with most of these incidents, I was more embarrassed for the person than upset about it. Here’s why: I believe this is an example of the failure of our education system here in the U.S.
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Keep It Simple, Stupid

I do not favor the proverbial corporate fat cat; however, I think we can all agree the U.S. tax system is a broken mess.
President Obama recently limited U.S. companies from doing an ‘inversion’ or shifting money from the U.S. to other countries in order to pay lower taxes. The new rules make it difficult for a U.S. company to move their tax address to another country and avoid the 35 percent corporate tax rate. Yes, folks, you did not read that wrong, 35 percent tax rate.
I see the intent of the new rules; however, foreign companies that do business in the U.S., may be looking for ways to avoid dealing with these rules by simply packing up and going home.
According to Kenneth Frazier, Merck and Co. Chief Executive, American companies will likely begin moving their headquarters out of the U.S. in droves, or allowing themselves to be bought out by foreign companies, simply to avoid the real problem: the broken tax system.
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Parts Of H Street Are Worse Than The Worst House In Town

We all have things we are embarrassed by. Maybe it’s the aunt who always pinches your cheek at family reunions, even though you are 40 years old. Maybe it’s slipping on the ice in front of a crowd of people. Or perhaps it’s leaving the rest room with your “barn door” open.
Or maybe it’s a street, how it looks, how it’s cared for and the appearance that it gives. Locally we have such a case that is nothing short of an embarrassment. H street in Fairbury from 23rd to 27th Street is, frankly, the worst road that I have ever driven on, and as a flagship road in our community either needs to be fixed or closed.
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Veterans Forum Deadline April 29

Military veteran family members that would like to contribute to improving community services for military families and veterans are asked to come to “Making Connections-Community Conversations” on Monday, May 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Public Health Solutions in Crete (995 East Hwy 33, Suite 1).
The meeting will be dealing with a statewide effort to help shape an action plan for Nebraska veterans and their families.
To reserve a spot or with questions, call Jill Kuzelka 402-826-6686 or 1-844-830-0813 by Friday, April 29.
Date: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 6:30pm
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JCHC Festival May 19

The JCHC Auxiliary spring salad festival will be held Thursday, May 19 at the Fairbury Elks Club from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:00am
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Veterans Choice Program April 26

On April 26 at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Community Health Center a public forum will be held with Karen Bartholomew, Chief of VA Care in the community for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Bartholomew and her team will be explaining the Choice program.
The Veterans Choice Program (VCP), allows eligible veterans to use approved health care providers outside of the VA network. The Choice card does not replace the identification card already use to access other VA benefits.
Date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 11:15am
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NARVRE To Meet

(NARVRE) will meet Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 6:45 p.m., at Mary’s Cafe in Hebron. If you are a former or current railroad employee you are invited to attend. Meet at the Rock Island Depot to carpool at 6 p.m.

Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 6:45pm
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Booster Club

The Fairbury Booster Club will hold the annual meeting, Sunday, April 24, 2016 in the Commons Area at the Fairbury High School at 6:30 p.m.

Date: 
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 6:30pm
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Apr

Community Forum Offered In Western

A community forum “Right Services, Right Care, Right at Home” will be offered  on Tuesday, April 26 at 2-3 p.m. Location will be at the Struckman-Baatz Public Library in Western.

Date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 2:15pm
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Apr

Nitrate Levels Elevated, Stable

When it comes to nitrates in a municipal water supply a low number is a better number. According to federal guidelines 10 ppm (part per million) is the magic number. Anything over 10 requires mandated action.
Fairbury is under that level but only slightly.
On Tuesday Fairbury City Administrator Collin Bielser told city council members that the latest quarterly test revealed that Fairbury’s water supply had nitrate levels ranging from 7.69 to 9.22.
“Our numbers are actually stable and don’t seem to be showing increases,” he said. “But we will keep watching them.”
Bielser said the two well fields were monitored with the Crystal Springs field showing the lowest nitrate level. The east well field was slightly higher. Approximately 80 percent of the water used by Fairbury customers comes from Crystal Springs.

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