Editorials

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17
Dec

Letters to the Editor

Giving Obama The Boot
 
Editor,
I really don’t like winter but since my hobby is reading I hope to have a chance to enjoy it, reading that is. 
Some of the things I run across should be required  for everyone. However, with the way a lot of people are thinking these days I doubt if they would understand the meaning. One item in particular fits today’s situation.
“There has never been a greater force for peace, stability, Liberty , and freedom than the United States. Before America, the history of mankind had been one of Tyranny, with the masses lorded over and controlled by the few. the United States had been established to protect the rights of the small minority that had ever existed – the individual.”
Wed
17
Dec

Dump Truck Paths In Straw Bedding And Water Tubs Filled With Rocks All Part Of The Teaching Process

I have had quite a bit of help in the lambing shed the past week. Sometimes it’s the wrong kind of help, but at least my two little helpers are involved, right? That’s what I’ve been telling myself as I take deep breaths. 
Four-year-old Kane really is pretty good help. Most of the time. He means to be good help, he just has to learn a few things about momma sheep and sheep herding. He will never learn if we never let him help.
I have spent an hour or two in the lambing barn every morning for the past week. It is prime lambing time, and without supervision the ewes will lamb outside in the cold, steal lambs or abandon a slow lamb. 
Wed
17
Dec

Give Military Personnel The Respect They Are Due

 I overheard something the other day that really bothered me.
 A group of us guys were sitting around draining the better portion of a coffee pot when the discussion for whatever reason turned to the military. It was noted by one in the group that his son had a friend who just returned from his fourth tour of duty in the Middle East. The treatment this individual received was less than complimentary.
 “This guy told me that he was spit at, called names and that the windows on his wife’s car were broken out,” was the statement made.
 This is abhorrent behavior. The only thing to be thankful for was that it did not happen in our immediate area. I’d like to think that we are better than that.
  Still, I was and am a little more than bothered by this. Ok, no one likes the fact that our military is actively engaged anywhere, any place in the world. But they are. I personally like the idea of a defensive military force better.
Wed
17
Dec

Local Service Clubs Need To Be Helped As Much As They Help

Have you ever given thought to who the people are that give to the community? Those people who: stage the annual Punt, Pass and Kick Contest; deliver Meals on Wheels; hand out youth scholarships and in general give back to the community.
 It is the service organizations. The Elks. The Kiwanis. The Optimist Club, Rotary Club and Masonic Lodge. Without these service organizations many of the great deeds they do in supporting youth and donating the improvement of our community would largely go un done.
 Can you imagine no Elks Hoop Shoot? No PP&K Contest. The end to countless scholarships for graduating seniors. How about ending assistance to aging veterans or funds drying up to help keep our park in tip top shape? All of this and more comes from service agencies.
Wed
10
Dec

From The Mouths Of Babes

There’s a reason people say, ‘Kids say the darndest things.’ It’s because it’s true. The boys are always saying something that makes me smile. There were some especially amusing discussions this past weekend. 
We attended a fundraiser supper, and Santa was walking around taking food orders. A young man came to get our drink orders first, and before he could get a few words out Kane cut him off and said, “I’m here to see Santa.”
When Santa made his way to our table Kane promptly told him what he wants for Christmas: A train set and a camera. We know Kane loves trains, but he has maintained his desire for a camera with all of his visits to Santa the past week. He does love to take my cell phone or camera and take photos of his multiple stuffed elephants as they sit on various chairs and bar stools. I always have a lot of photos to delete when he’s done. Some are cute, and I keep them. 
Wed
10
Dec

Letters to the Editor

Church Pastor Says Articles 
Have Re-Focused His Thoughts 
Editor:
The past few weeks you’ve published several letters and articles expressing distress at the decline of so-called Christian values in this country, the presence in this land of those ‘made in the image of God’ labeled “illegals,” and the presence in this community of human beings you compare (however obliquely) to cockroaches. At first these were a source of grief for me. Soon, however, these pieces became an opportunity to frame once again, in the midst of this anticipatory season, what Christmas means – God’s preferential option for the poor and senselessly astonishing choice to pitch God’s tent with the vulnerable and the desperate.
Wed
10
Dec

Sometimes It’s Hard To Be Politically Correct

There’s really no way to talk about some subjects without coming off wrong to a certain segment of the population. And the older I get the less likely I am to always find a way to be diplomatic. But as I enter the national stage just a bit I am really not inclined to tip toe about and risk not offending any segment of the population.
I have watched the last couple of weeks with keen interest on the topics of immigration reform and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. I don’t understand.
 Certainly I am not against any person or group of people who want to be in the United States, legally. Note the term “legally.” If people who are illegals want to become U.S. citizens and take the time to go through the work and tasks it takes that’s great. 
Wed
10
Dec

Incident Of Montana Escapee Should Be A Wake-Up Call For All

Quite frankly we don’t expect it to happen here.
 Crime in Fairbury.
 The news of a Montana State Prison inmate’s capture and subsequent arrest in Fairbury is little more than two weeks old, yet it still is very fresh in the minds of local residents. And it should be. While we all talk about “wow, can you believe that this actually happened here?” We should take this news like “this does” happen here.
 For about as long as anyone can remember, Fairbury has never been considered a hotbed of criminal activity. In fact, many jokingly compare Fairbury to the mythical town of “Mayberry” from the old Andy Griffith television show. The notion that law enforcement does or has to do anything more than pick up stray dogs, give parking tickets and do traffic patrol during parades is just that...a notion.
Wed
03
Dec

Josie The Thanksgiving Lamb

Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means that it is officially lambing time. We don’t need a calendar to know when lambing begins; it’s all based on the holidays. The lambing season for our flock is Thanksgiving Day to Valentine’s Day with at least half of the flock lambed by New Year’s Day. 
Last year triplets were born two days before Thanksgiving and started the lambing season, so when Thursday evening chores came this year and we still had no lambs, I was ready to declare the season off to a slow start. But by dark we had our first lamb, and we were back on track. 
Kane was still awake when we made the lamb discovery, and he was so excited that he had to come outside and help crate the new family. He instructed me to grab the mother so that he could carry the lamb. For the next hour all he could do was talk about that new little lamb, which happens to be an all-black female. I get a couple black lambs a year, and they are usually rams. 
Wed
03
Dec

Letters to the Editor

Bring Back Pride 
In Our Country
 
Editor:
It’s like a cancer or maybe worse.
It starts in places that aren’t noticed or is just ignored because of our own choice with our hopes and prayers that maybe it will go away. I am talking about the radical Islamists population and their demands that are being met with what, to me, is practically an apology from the American people.
The latest, that I am aware of, is in one of the largest school districts in Maryland. the school district has chosen to remove and leave to remove and leave off any reference of Christian holiday from their school calendars.
Isn’t that great? If the partons of those schools choose to ignore things like that, the cancer will spread even faster and farther. So far there isn’t any real cure.

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