Editorials

Wed
20
Jul

Not Your Mom and Dad’s Role Models

Even if you weren’t in sports growing up chances are you had your favorite athletes, teams, etc. For me, it was Ken Griffey, Jr. (us left-handers have to stick together), Shaq and the Packers, and of course the Huskers of the 90s. I never paid attention much at that age to player’s salaries, what they did socially, etc, all I concerned myself with was how the conducted themselves when the bright lights shone. 
Media coverage today is vastly different than it was when I was growing up. I always wanted to be famous, now, I feel bad for those celebrities. They have no privacy and the cameras are always on. They have to be on their best behavior at all times, there is no off season, there is no such thing as offering “No Comment” as an answer anymore. Honestly though, with the amount of money these athletes make, they should always be on their best behavior.
Wed
20
Jul

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,
 
On behalf of the Walter Kriesel heirs, we would like to thank AkSarBen, Farm Bureau and the Jefferson County Fair Board for being one of the five families recognized with a Pioneer Farm Award.
The County Fair holds countless memories for all of us having been members of the
Happyrock 4-H Club, which started in the Gladstone area. Giving demonstrations in the old 4-H Bldg., modeling in front of the grandstand, the song contest, showing livestock, working the concession stand and so much more. Just as our experiences on the farm have shaped us into who we are today, we give credit to our parents and our faith for this humbling honor. See you next year at the fair!
 
Carolyn (Kriesel) Tate
Phyllis Kriesel
Kent Kriesel
Wed
20
Jul

The Lesser of Two Evils?

By Gordon Hopkins
 
Democrats: “Phew. Glad that’s over.”
Republicans: “Wanna bet?”
The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server is over. F.B.I. Director James B. Comey announced that no charges would be brought against the Presidential Candidate. Democrats announced that they were glad to put this all behind them. Republicans, livid that Hillary was not going to jail, demanded yet another investigation. An investigation into what, exactly, I’m still not clear.
Wed
20
Jul

A Crook Or a Bully?

It’s the political season and I get drawn into politics like a fly does to honey. Maybe being around politics professionally for going on 40 years has gotten me hooked but people always seem to ask me “So, what do you think?” And I usually tell them.
Last week I was asked who I was going to vote for Hillary or Donald. 
My answer was very matter of fact: neither. I have puzzled over this for a while now and I respect certain attributes of both candidates. There is little doubt that Hillary Clinton has the working knowledge of politics on her side. No mater how repugnant that may be. And no one can question the business acumen of Donald Trump. You don’t get that far ‘up the pole’ without understanding finances. Again no matter how distasteful.
Wed
20
Jul

Thoughts on the Ag Fest? They’re Going To Be Fair

There’s a business in Fairbury that should be ashamed of itself for not doing more to help the Jefferson County Fair. In fact, it’s almost inexcusable that the business I’m mentioning didn’t come up with more ways to help—before, during and after.
To which business do I give this cloak of shame? The Fairbury Journal-News.
Yes. That’s correct. The FJN could have and should have done a better job supporting its own agricultural community into which it is fully engrossed. But before you think I’m either writing my resignation letter or that I’ve gone nuts, let me prepare you: I thought it only fair to take the heat first.
Now, about the rest of you. Shame on you for not doing more to support the Jefferson County Fair. I mean that in the nicest possible way.
Wed
13
Jul

Watch This

With the beginning of the football season fast approaching, several publications have started to release their “Watch Lists.” These include games to watch, teams to watch and players to watch. There have been some of each from our coverage area, which should bring a very exciting football season to the region.
Last season we had the duo of Colby Ensz and Jacob Johnson who both ran their way into the records. This season, both of these players return to the Trojans and Jeffs, respectively, and hope to build on last season’s successes and learn from the losses.
Wed
13
Jul

Police Killings: Crimes Without Punishments?

I apologize if this seems less of a coherent argument and more an angry collection of barely related ramblings by a hysterical man, but I’m a bit emotional today.
You see, I’ve just witnessed a murder.
By now, you have heard about the shooting death Philando Castile, the second of two African Americans to be killed by police in as many days, caught on video. At first, I deliberately avoided watching the video but, once I decided to write about the incident, I realized I had to.
Traditionally in the newspaper business, when someone is accused of a crime, the writer prefaces the crime with the term, “allegedly.” I do not intend to offer that courtesy to Officer Jeronimo Yanez. I was horrified by his actions and no one who has seen said video can possibly believe his actions were warranted. These are only the latest unjustifiable deaths of African Americans at the hands of police.
Wed
13
Jul

Do I Really Need To Be Told That ‘Black Lives Matter’?

Has the whole world gone crazy or is it just my perception?
The recent rash of shootings: “good guys versus bad guys,” “good guys versus good guys,” “bad guys versus bad guys” really has me questioning the theory as old as time that the world is going to Hell in a handbag.
I’m just throwing that gauntlet down but frankly I am sick and tired of hearing that “black lives matter.” Why do we or a segment of our population need to say that?
Black lives do matter. So do white lives. As do Native American lives, Asian lives, Hispanic lives or the lives of any other group, race, creed or color that you care to throw in there.
We seem to be a nation out of control. Every day, I see, read or hear a story about someone shooting someone else over some sort of retaliation for something else. Don’t go out. Stay in your homes. Exercise extreme caution. Go out. Carry on normal activities. Show no fear or else “they” will win.
Wed
13
Jul

Grow Up, Former JCHS Board Members

Four board members threw resignation letters on a table and nearly ran out the door. An executive resigned by mail. One board member didn’t even bother to come. He just sent in his resignation.
High-ranking politicians trying to hide from allegations of malfeasance? Presidential candidate’s committee caught in a cover up of 30,000 deleted classified emails? Wall Street corporate executives accused of ill-gotten gains?
No. Members of a historical society in southern Nebraska.
The issue is simple. County commissioners—who give the Jefferson County Historical Society taxpayer money—asked curator Denise Andersen for copies of its meeting minutes and financial documents.
Wed
06
Jul

Pass it on

This coming Friday, July 8, will mark five years since my grandpa passed away. I still can remember the day like it was yesterday. In a whirlwind my family’s lives changed. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, could be a song on the radio, an iced tea, seeing something on TV and wondering just what he would think about it…the list goes on.
If there was one thing I could have a do-over on, I would have listened to him more. Not just his stories, but his lessons, his experience.  It’s something I can never get back, and for that I am truly sorry. My point in all this is—coaches are coaches for a reason.

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