Editorials

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20
May

Memorial Weekend Means Pretty Cemeteries, Sheep Shearing And Alumni Banquets

Memorial Day, and the encompassing weekend, has been one of my favorite holidays for several years. The cemeteries are so colorful with their avenue of flags and individually decorated graves. Hundreds of flags look great among the green trees and grass. 
Memorial Day is also the official beginning of summer, and I love the thought of that. 
For the past 10 years Memorial Day has always been a marker for when my sheep shearing should be finished. I would start mid-May and shear as I, and my helpers, had time. The long holiday weekend was the extra time off school and work to get the project finished. These professional shearers are awesome and can do hundreds of sheep a day. I always aimed to do 20 a day. My back was always screaming by No. 15, and I could barely walk to the house by number No. 20.
Wed
20
May

Peoples’ Comments Reflect Well On Bonham Memories

  From time to time we receive comments from people that give us the warm fuzzies. Just down home feel good tid bits. Occasionally the comments we get in at the paper are about things that either we or another person or group in Fairbury have done. 
   But not always.
  For a few weeks now we have been conducting a fund raiser for the Bonham Theater in Fairbury. We have been donating a portion from the sale of each of our pictorial history books toward the renovation of the Bonham. So far, so good. The response has been satisfactory...but could always be better.
 Recently we received a couple comments from book buyers that we would like to share with our readers.
  The first is from Arlene Wolter of Columbus, NE.
Wed
20
May

Sen. Ebke Stood Fast Against Gas Tax

 Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke should be given a just amount of credit for her vote last week opposing a veto override vote to increase Nebraska’s gas tax.
 Albeit in a losing effort, Ebke was correct to oppose LB610, which will add a little more than six cents per gallon to what motorists pay at the pump in our state. Nebraska already has the 13th highest property tax and 15th highest income tax rates in the nation. To that, with the gas tax hike, we will have the 16th highest fuel tax in the United States.
  Proponents say the tax increase was needed to repair Nebraska roads. Sen. Ebke and those who oppose it claim that increasing taxes is not the right move for Nebraskans. We agree.
Wed
13
May

Letters to the Editor

Editor:
“Incredible!”  Webster’s dictionary defines incredible as “too extraordinary and improbable to be believed.”  
Incredible is the word that comes to mind to describe what took place in the Tri County school district starting Thursday morning, May 7th.  
First, how incredible what one small rain drop can do when it is combined with so many more.  The devastation of the flooding of the communities and crop land in the district had an adverse effect on lives of the families affected by those raindrops.  How incredible are raindrops?  
Secondly, how incredible is the Tri County staff and Tri County community?  As people from the communities, who were displaced from their homes, arrived at Tri County Public Schools, staff members demonstrated their incredible concern for people.  Staff members left their classroom to tend to children, adults, and the elderly who were in need.  
Wed
13
May

Cool Weather Streak In May

This cool weather streak has me wondering when the 60 degree days will be behind us for a while. I hate seeing temperatures in the 60s now that we are into May, and Monday’s 50-degree weather was unpleasant. My hands were actually cold without gloves that morning. 
I do think it’s funny that we complain about it being cold at 50 degrees now, even though a few months ago we would have been celebrating the warm weather and leaving our coats behind if it hit 50. 
I’ve seen some people who are so desperate for summer that they’ve been running around in shorts and sandals for weeks, even on days when it was in the low 60s. I’m cold most of the time, so it has to be pretty warm for me to wear shorts in the spring.
Wed
13
May

Does History Die If We Can’t Afford To Showcase It Anymore?

 By all accounts I had a pretty good time in Steele City last weekend. It has been a while since I last went to a Living History Weekend. And while Steele City isn’t on my usual route to just about anywhere I am going I usually learn something every time I go there.
 Last week I learned both good and bad. The good part was that after spending quite a bit of time in the Blacksmith Shop I came away thinking that was something I would like to learn more about. In my younger days I used to tinker a lot with things; making stuff out of other stuff. I think I could get into that.
 The bad thing I came away with was that Living History Weekends might go away. Denise Andersen from the Jefferson County Historical Society told me that this may be the last year for the events. Low turnouts of people, dwindling numbers of volunteers to man places like the Bank, the Livery Stable, Ag Barns and the like are making it difficult to keep these treasures going.
Wed
13
May

Mother Nature Plays A Sad Hand For Our Community

 Many of us watched both adults and kids alike wandering about and wading through the high tide of flood waters in streets, alleys and culverts in our community last week. Extreme high levels of rainfall further up the Little Blue valley caused flooding in Fairbury the likes not seen for well over 50 years.
     While many of us marveled at just how fast the water rose and watched as residents of Fairbury along the west end were evacuated from their homes we should stand reminded of the tragedy that has befallen us as well. The death of longtime Fairbury resident Betty McMullen leaves all of us feeling somber.
Wed
06
May

Life Is Wonderful When You Are A Genius And A Princess

Graduation season makes me blue. I first noticed it last year, and the feeling came again during the back-to-school season. I no longer see graduations and going back to school as exciting milestones. They are reminders that my boys are going to grow up and leave me. It makes me sad. 
I know that going to school, and eventually graduating, are positive milestones in children’s lives and we as parents must encourage that growth and independence. And I will. But right now I can’t help but to think that every day is one day closer to my boys not needing me anymore. 
Of course I want my children to go to college and get a job that makes them happy. I want my boys to go out on their own and become their own people. I wouldn’t want them to be dropouts who live at home forever and refuse to get jobs. 
Wed
06
May

You Can Learn More than Just Smithing At The Blacksmith Shop

 I think I would have been one of “those guys” who hung out around the cracker barrel at a turn of the last century general store. You know: talking about politics, problems with these kids today and other deep rooted subjects. 
 I like to talk about “stuff” but more importantly I like to listen.
A person who listens will always know more than they guy who does most of the talking telling others how much he knows. Last weekend I learned quite a lot.
 On Saturday I was fortunate enough to spend quite a bit of time in Steele City at the Blacksmith Shop during living history weekend. During a slow time for onlookers a few others who were just hanging around got to talking about work. More specifically why anyone who wants a job doesn’t have one.
Wed
06
May

Honors Banquet Spotlights The Great Things Young Community Members Do

What’s wrong with these kids today? They’re lackadaisical. They lack work ethic. They don’t take life seriously enough.
 Hogwash. These kids today are going to be just fine.
 Last Saturday’s Honors Banquet held at the Fairbury Elks Lodge spotlighted everything that is right with younger members of our community. More than 160 of the finest high school juniors and seniors were aptly recognized by our local Elks in a near three hour ceremony that indeed shows out future is in bright hands. Students from: Fairbury Wymore Southern, Washington, KS., Meridian, Hanover, KS., Tri County, Thayer Central and Diller-Odell were on hand to receive recognition for the work they do both inside and outside of the classroom.
 These young people are emblematic of the hard work ethic and stellar upbringing that can come from good rural stock. The students of today will be our local, state and national leaders of tomorrow.

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