Editorials

Wed
19
Nov

I Hope The Winter Lovers Are Happy

A few weeks ago many of my Facebook friends were posting things like, “I’m ready for winter,” or “Bring on the snow.” They were tired of our lovely 60 degree days and wanted that sweater weather that makes them feel like having hot chocolate and getting a fire going. 
Those are probably the same friends who, by January, will be posting that they are ready for spring. 
I chalk this up to people’s general discontent with everything: Everything costs too much, the Super Bowl commercials aren’t funny enough, the newspaper isn’t big enough, the fall weather isn’t cold enough. 
Wed
19
Nov

Letters to the Editor

Rock Club Seeks Members

Wed
19
Nov

Do You Want To Know What I Think Of Obama Care?

 Trust me, you really don’t want to know. 
   My first inclination was to type “exactly” what I thought. But with great empathy for my friend Mike Palmquist in Belleville, Kan., who has some difficulty completing a sentence without profanity I am reminded that this is a family oriented newspaper. My second thought was to type expletives in character form. But that loses a lot in translation.
  So as eloquently as I can I think Obama Care is a means of health insurance whereby: those who couldn’t afford health care before still can’t and those who used to be able to can no longer.
 I am known as the guy around the office who regularly washes down Excedrin Migraine tablets with coffee just to keep my headache manageable. However, as we plunge face first into year two of the Affordable Health Care Act there is no amount of pills and java that can wain the pain cased by Obama Care.
Wed
19
Nov

To Clean Out Roaches Eliminate Where They Live

Sometimes it is hard to be politically correct. Sometimes it is difficult not to offend someone, not to call ‘a spade a spade.’ This is one of those times.
As we strive as a community to be positive, upbeat, progressive and to project an ever progressive image it isn’t always possible when some of the less pleasant, negative things are ignored. And one of those things which Fairbury has largely ignored over the years is allowing of run-down and substandard buildings to continue to be used as housing.
 This undoubtedly steps on more than a few toes but the sad truth is that as a community as we continue to allow dumps to be used as housing, less than savory people oftentimes migrate in. Granted, not everyone can afford the home with a white picket fence around the front yard. Some people are victims of an economic situation. Others have fallen on hard times not of their own doing.
Wed
12
Nov

Picked Corn Fields Offer Hours Of Entertainment

In high school I worked at a convenience store and spent many hours listening to retired men discuss the world’s problems while drinking coffee. I remember one man telling the group about how, as a youngster, he would walk to the creek and play. He said today’s kids don’t know how to entertain themselves with sticks and dirt because of the TV, video games and computer. 
My boys got in some old fashioned play last weekend, and I’d like to think the man at coffee would be proud. We spent most of the day putting up electric fence around some corn stalk fields, and the boys found a way to pass the time on the day-long activity. They were searching for ears of corn in the harvested fields as they walked alongside Michael, who was putting in electric fence posts. It was like watching children hunt for Easter eggs. 
Wed
12
Nov

Letters to the Editor

A Country Run By Idiots?

Wed
12
Nov

You Wouldn’t Be Happy If You Were Hung With A Gold Rope

That’s one of those things that my Mom used to tell me when I was a kid. It took me quite a few years to realize exactly what she was trying to tell me. It was an axiom saying in effect no matter what I had or was given, I wanted something else.
Sometimes putting out each edition of the Journal-News feels sort of like that. A couple of weeks ago I was chided (all within 24 hours) that: we put too much sports in the paper and we don’t run enough sports in the paper. We have too much bad news in the paper and the sex offender list was left out, why.
Last week it happened again. Two instances.
 One reader took to the (sic) honorable forum of Facebook to lament we did not have enough information on the school play in the paper. Another noted we left a picture and story about the Bonham Theatre and a donation out of the paper. 
Wed
12
Nov

Will Candidate Apathy Carry Over Into Elected Office?

 The elections are over and I think we’re all glad for that. By all accounts it was an interesting campaign and a lot of information was distributed. Unless of course you happened to be a candidate for every office in Jefferson County. The flow of information was...zero.
  It is always disheartening to see a slate of candidates (pick any from the Jefferson County courthouse), (most seeking a District 8 school board seat), and (all of them running for Fairbury city council) who want to be elected but don’t care enough to tell people anything about themselves or what they stand for.
 Were each of them new candidates seeking a position? Or were they incumbents trying to retain a seat? The voter had absolutely no way of knowing.
  To be fair, nearly all of the races, except that of District 8 school board, saw a slate of candidates that were running unopposed; there was no one else to vote for except the name on the ballot.
Wed
05
Nov

Out with Halloween, in with Christmas

I have never been a big fan of Halloween. I know of several people who say it is their favorite holiday; I could skip it altogether. I used to skip it until I had children. 
As a child I participated in the school’s costume parade, and my siblings and I would race around town in our costumes on Halloween night collecting as much candy as we could. It wasn’t because we wanted lots of candy. It was just a sport to see how many houses we could collect from before the porch lights went out. 
Since my candy collecting days I have never had the desire to dress up on Halloween, and even now that we take the boys trick-or-treating, I still don’t dress up. I’m lucky to find hand-me-down costumes for the boys so that I don’t have to spend a fortune on new costumes or make them myself. My cooking skills are poor, but my crafting skills are far worse. 
Wed
05
Nov

Letter To The Editor

Swanton Reader Says Tax Just “Passing The Hat”

Editor:
I read in this week’s paper on  the front page, the article about the proposed increase in city sales tax. Also, your article on page four about it.
I have mixed feelings on this. I live about 18 miles north of Fairbury. I am close to do business with Scherbarth’s, Walmart, Orschelns, Maatsch’s, Countryside Vet, Stanton, and other places when we need something. I see Fairbury’s need for the money to repair streets, etc. Currently we are updating a project on the farm, as we need to repair, update, and maintain equipment, etc. What good would it do me to come to Fairbury and pass the hat asking for $ help?
Thank you for listing to me.
Milo Pesek, Jr.
Swanton, NE

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