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Im a Terrorist, Are You?

Im a Terrorist,

Are You?

Editor:

Amid all the controversy over the NSA spying on U.S. Citizens nobody has thought to ask, who is defined as a terrorist or a threat to national security? And which agencies, governmental or nongovernmental make that determination?

In 2009, Eric Holders U.S. Dept. of Justice sent out a memorandum to all law enforcement agencies federal, state and local profiling white male Christian military veterans as a greater threat to national security than foreign terrorists.

Thus, by simply changing the definition of who the terrorists are lumped millions of Americans into a criminal category and making them automatically suspects. Therein is the justification for mass spying on otherwise innocent citizens.

Janet Napilatano apologized to veterans for the memo, but never repudiated it. All the same I proudly acknowledge that I fit Eric Holders terrorist profile 100 percent, how about you?

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How Did Nebraska Ever Become a State?

I was born and raised right here in Nebraska, just like you, but there are some very interesting things that you may or may not know about the Cornhusker State.

Did you know that in early 1867, Nebraskas statehood was being blocked because some believed that only White people should be allowed to vote in the Cornhusker State?

Lets turn back the clock to the transition between Nebraskas territorial status and full statehood.

It gets serious in 1866, when a constitution for Nebraska was drawn up.

There was a lot of controversy over Nebraskas admission as a state, in view of a provision in the states original 1866 constitution restrictingsuffragetoonly Whitevoters.

Finally on February 8, 1867, theUnited States Congressvoted to admit Nebraska as a state provided that suffrage was not denied to non-white voters.

But the saga doesnt end there. Its just beginning.

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The Island Just Got A Little Bit More Lonely

For those under the age of 40 this tidbit probably wont mean much (unless youre a syndicated TV junkie) but for those of us over 50 the news is staggering: Professor Roy Hinkley died last week.

You know, Roy Hinkley...the professor....The professor and Mary Ann....

To be succinct the professor on Gilligans Island died at age 89 last week in Washington state of natural causes.

The island just got a little bit more lonely.

Only Ginger (Tina Lousie) and Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) are still living.

I had thought that Ginger too had passed away but a social media contact from New York state texted me to let me know that Tina (Ginger) is still very much alive and well because an acquaintance and she have lunch every week.

Still, that is quite a blow and a reflection of our very own mentality when those actors and actresses we watched growing up as kids die.

The Ponderosa should always have Ben, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe.

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Its Time to Pay the Piper with Higher Rates

Fairbury has been blessed over the many years with an abundance of cheap power. Not only has our city been able to generate power for their own needs (something you see very little of anymore) but they have also been able to sell their ability to generate power to the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool and use those funds to have a nice little cushioned bank account.

But the times they are a changing.

In a special meeting last week between the Fairbury City Council and the Board of Public Works, NMPP analyst Phil Euhler told locals that power rates locally needed to increase sharply. The smallish single-digit hikes we have grown accustom to, are most likely going to be well into the double-digit amounts for at least two years before stabilizing.

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Third Quarter Spurt Pushes E-M Past Meridian

Exeter-Milligan used an effective formula of aggressiveness on offense while doing a superb job of clearing the boards, especially on the offense boards to win the MUDECAS Class B Girls Basketball Championship over Meridian, 51-36 played Friday at the Beatrice City Auditorium.

The championship clash between top seed Exeter-Milligan and third seed Meridian provided plenty of excitement.

Meridian opened the scoring in the game with a two-point hoop from Bridgette Jackson.

Exeter-Milligan answered back on trey by Logan Zelany.

Following a two-point basket by the Lady Mustangs Miranda Johnson, the Lady Timberwolves connected on back-to-back two-point baskets for a 7-4 lead.

Five straight points scored by Meridians Blair Hofstetter knotted the game at 9.

In the final 3:55 of the first quarter, the Lady Timberwolves outscored Meridian, 6-4 to grab a first quarter 15-13 lead.

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Milford 68, Thayer Central 29

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The Thayer Central Titans dropped their third straight game Saturday, in a 68-29 loss at Milford.

Unable to hit double-digit scores in any quarter, the Titans (4-8) failed to keep up with the high scoring Milford Eagles. The Eagles (4-8) scored 20-plus points in the second and third quarter.

Jared Marsh led the Titans, scoring ten points. Jay Cottam produced three points, a team high six rebounds, three steals, and two assists during the game.

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Barbara Sell

Barbara Sell

Barbara Alene Sell, 68, formerly of Fairbury, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, Nev.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Sell; children, Travis (Ann) Wiegert and Darcie Bontje; stepson, Tanner Sell; grandson, Nicholas Bontje; mother, Alice Nelson; sister, Diana (Dan) Wheeler; brothers, Robert Fall and David (Beverly) Fall; mother-in-law, Fern Sell; brother-in-law, Dan Sell; sister-in-law, Beth (Jeff) Loper; three aunts; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury.

Memorial gifts to be made to the familys choice.

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Patricia Michener

Patricia Michener

Patricia A. Michener, 72, of Fairbury, passed away Dec. 8, 2013 at Gardenside LTC in Fairbury.

Survivors are sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Charlie Jones of Fairbury.

A Memorial Service for Patricia will be Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Gerdes-Meyer Chapel in Fairbury, with Pastor Lana Likens officiating.

Cremation has taken place.

Burial will be at a later date at the Rusco Cemetery in Clifton, Kan.

Memorials will go to the American Cancer Society or Multiple Sclerosis.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Noel Folkers

Noel Folkers

Noel Buster Folkers, 81, of Fairbury, passed away Jan. 16, 2014 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.

Survivors are wife, Opal Folkers; son, Randy Folkers and wife, Renae; daughter, Jan Beu and husband, Rick; grandchildren, Hunter Folkers and wife, Amber, T.J. Folkers and wife, Anne, Amie Folkers, Tatum Beu, Doug Beu; great-grandchildren, Mykal, Mykah, Schylar, Austin, Connor, Collin, Tara; great-great-grandchild, Aiden Brungardt; sisters, Nancy Hernandes and husband, John, Gail Fanders and husband, Joel; step-brother, Rex Ekwall and wife, Loretta.

Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury, with Lana Likens officiating.

Burial was at the Fairbury Cemetery-Fairbury.

Memorials to the Familys Choice.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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Lawrence Cacak

Lawrence Cacak

Lawrence Charles Cacak, 89, passed away Jan. 19, 2014 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

He is survived by his wife of Fairbury; son, Harold of Orange County, Calif.; one daughter, Carol Allen and husband, Jay, of Broken Bow, Neb.; one grandson, Ben Allen, of Omaha; and one granddaughter, Jessica Bartak and husband, Scott of Merna, Neb.; and two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Megan Bartak of Merna.

Services will be Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Gail Cross officiating.

Memorials are to the First Christian Church or Fairbury VFW.

The family will greet friends at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home on Thursday evening Jan. 23, from 5:307:30 p.m.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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