Editorials

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Letters to the Editor

Where Is The Promised Tax Relief?
Editor:
Two concerns all Nebraskans have are tax relief, particularly property tax relief, and higher educational affordability.
Governor Ricketts agreed with the caller on his Governor's call in show that the only way any tax relief could be obtained is through spending cuts in the state budget. But one questions whether this is a politically correct response or facing the reality that state spending will soon impoverish the struggling Nebraska families who are barely meeting their budgets.
Publicly announcing that he would support a 3% increase in the state's largest budget item has to be paid from taxpayers funds. hiring individuals through a search firm at salaries that are much higher than the current expenditure for those positions again depends on the state taxpayers anteing up the funds.

Wed
04
Mar

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Throughout my years of summer softball and school sports I have had coaches who constantly preached about not giving up. Regardless of the score, the opponent or the many obstacles in the way, never give up.
I held tightly to that motto last weekend as I ran my first half marathon. Actually I ran a 10K on Saturday followed by a half marathon on Sunday, which made for a 19.3 mile run over the course of two days.
I had been preparing for this battle since August, so the distance didn’t scare me. I learned a long time ago that I can talk myself into anything. After all, my body only knows what I tell it. And I’ve learned that once I came to terms with the distance, it’s really not that far.
I’ve done several 10Ks before, although its been about 15 years. So I followed a half-marathon training guide developed by a champion marathon runner. The guided runs were designed to “finish standing up”, although I was aiming for about a 10-minute-mile average.

Wed
04
Mar

Note For a Great Job On The Mat In An Unglamorous Sport

I would really be amiss if I didn’t congratulate those boys from areas schools who won medals at the most recent Nebraska State High School Wrestling Tournament in Omaha.
Meridian senior Brandon Jackson was the highest placer among local competitors finishing third in 182 pound weight class of Class D schools. Jackson is the only three time medalist in the school’s history.
For Fairbury, freshman Jacob Johnson finished fifth in the 160 pound weight class, while sophomore Damian Green placed sixth at 145 pounds.
Wrestling is one of those sports that typically does not get a lot of publicity. It’s not as glamorous as basketball and doesn’t get near the crowd following as football on Fridays. I do think wrestling is more cerebral; a true one-on-one competition. My son was a wrestler for Fairbury having competed throughout junior high and high school.

Wed
04
Mar

It’s Difficult To Understand The Threats Of Violence

It’s not “us” versus “them.” It’s not “got” or “be gotten.”
Late last week the Journal-News was informed that there is apparently a certain segment of the population (person or persons) so upset with the recently passed law by the Fairbury City Council for minimum maintenance standards for rental housing, that violence is being threatened. This is difficult to fathom.
Without going in to a great amount of detail the Fairbury Police Department is aware of the situation and those responsible will be dealt with appropriately.
What ever happened to reason? What ever happened to debate? What ever happened to open dialogue for the purpose of resolving conflict? Local city leaders have done everything possible to keep this issue of rental hosing conditions open and out in public forum. The Journal-News is a staunch supporter of this program, by the way.

Wed
25
Feb

There’s A Story Behind The Story In Plymouth

 I learned a lot just by taking a picture.
 Last Thursday evening I wet to Plymouth to take a picture. Area farmer Tom Brandt was donating $2,500 that he had been awarded by Monsanto  through the company’s ‘America’s Farmers Grow Communities’ program. The funds were transferred over to the Plymouth Improvement Association.
It was a really nice gesture. The FJN is always glad to come to any of the area towns we serve to note items such as this. But what I really didn’t realize was that there was a  story behind the story.
 The good folks from the PIA said they enjoy reading the Journal-News. It is a local newspaper and they like that. Thanks, guys I always appreciate the comments. But they also wanted me to know that there are a great many good things going on in Plymouth.
Wed
25
Feb

Guard Your Personal Information, Never Give It Out

 There is always someone out there trying to take what is yours. Your identity, your money, your personal information all are constantly at risk if you have it, “they” want it.
  Last week the Journal-News carried a story regarding two such cases in which someone was trying to take something that didn’t belong to them in the form of a scam.
   The first case involved someone purporting to be from the IRS claiming that unpaid taxes were owed and sought out payment or else the sheriff would come arrest them.
 The second incident surrounds a lightening rod scam where local people are being bilked out of thousands of dollars in fees for alleged warranty voidings.
Wed
18
Feb

DESTINATION-OMAHA

Saving their best performances of the season for when it counted the most, eleven area wrestlers punched their ticket to this week’s NSAA State Wrestling Tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
All eleven grapplers used their god-given talent, determination,, and expertise to reach the big stage at the CenturyLink Center.
Fairbury will have three qualifiers headed to Omaha.
First round matches for Fairbury includes Class B 145-pound sophomore Damian Green (31-12) against Omaha Skutt Catholic’s Bailey Vanderpool (33-6), Class B 160-pound freshman Jacob Johnson (38-3) versus Alliance’s Danny Vallejo (19-12), and Class B 285-pound sophomore Paul Mach (29-13) facing McCook’s Dalton Goodenberger (36-4).
Meridian advanced six wrestlers to the state wrestling tournament.
Wed
18
Feb

Letters to the Editor

I’m From Fairbury, 
A Flag City
Editor:
We retired recently to the state of Arizona. We have met many wonderful people at the resort we live in; many of whom proudly wear hats proclaiming the branch of the military they served in.
Of course the subject of where everyone is from always comes up. I always responded – Fairbury Nebraska.
Our good friends, the Broadstons from Steele City had gotten us a Subscription to the Fairbury Journal and we read about American Flags being made right in our old home town.
I showed that article to many, and I know now that when asked where I am from, I will proudly say – Fairbury Nebraska, one of only eight cities in the United States that manufactures American Flags! 
Thank you for a Terrific article!
Linda Bundy
Benson, Arizona
 

 

Wed
18
Feb

Understanding The Four-Year-Old Mind

I like the way four-year-old Kane thinks.
He was driving his tractor and wagon around the living room floor doing various voices as he acted out the conversation between the tractor and something else that I never figured out. The wagon was filled with a bunch of small rubber tires that the boys keep taking off of their farm equipment, and Kane was talking about taking the tires to the farm. 
After a while of watching this I asked Kane if he wanted to be a farmer like Daddy. 
“No, I don’t want to be a farmer,” he said with complete seriousness. “I want to be medium.”
“Medium” is the word Kane often uses instead of “small.” Unless he is talking about two-and-a-half-year-old Reid, and then he says Reid is small. For the record Daddy is big, Kane is medium and Reid is small. Mommy is a girl. Apparently girls don’t have sizes. 
So I’ve learned that Kane doesn’t want to grow up. He is going to stay medium. 
Wed
18
Feb

How Much Change Back For That General Lee?

 I was stumped and stymied. Add to that  mystified, puzzled, astonished and just about any other “mouth left agape” word you can come up with.
  Last Saturday after a brief day/evening trip I was returning home to Fairbury and stopped for something to eat. I handed the clerk at the counter a 50 dollar bill for my food. He said, “Let’s see which General we have tonight. A General Lee.”
  Imagine a needle scratching across a vinyl record........screeeeetch.
  Wait a minute! Stop right there! General Lee on a 50 dollar bill? Presumably Confederate General Robert E. Lee? Right war, wrong general. It’s not that I typically carry a lot of fifties on me but I guess I do have a fair share. But the last I knew Ulysses S. Grant, a Union General and our 18th President is on that bill.

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