Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:38am
By Gordon Hopkins, Fairbury
I first heard the term “xenophobia” as a kid, watching an imported British science fiction television program called Doctor Who. In the show, there is a race of angry mutants encased in a metal shell called Daleks. Like any alien menace in a science fiction show, they need a motivation. Why do they do what they do? Why do they want to invade the Earth and destroy humanity? Answer: xenophobia. In Doctor Who, xenophobia was defined as “a dislike for the unlike.” In other words, Daleks don’t like humans because humans aren’t Daleks. Xenophobia is a major theme in Doctor Who.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:32am
There is something to be said for staying home. The holiday shopping season will begin in a mere matter of hours of this paper hitting the newsstands. While there will be plenty of shoppers from many different sources, those sources can all be found locally.
Logistics has a part in staying home to shop. There isn’t as high of a population base here, therefore going out to “fight the crowds” has a new meaning here. The hoards of shoppers in Fairbury won’t be near the volume of Lincoln or even Beatrice.
Early in our marriage my wife went to Lincoln to shop on Black Friday. The shear volume of people scared the daylights out of her and the folks were less than friendly to her. She was able to snag an item for our oldest daughter, an infant at the time, and was heading to the check-out counter when a woman approached her cart and reached in and grabbed the item. My wife protested and was met with less than neighborly verbiage.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:28am
Last week I was railing to one of my friends about the desire of President Obama to open our shores to Syrian refugees. I was regaling how our governor, Pete Ricketts, spoke out against this coupled with Congress’ vote to turn the President’s wants down.
My friend, who is a Presbyterian lay minister in Kansas responded by saying, “That’s not what Jesus would do.” Ugh. There it was, the Jesus card. I felt very small for thinking the way I do. The predominant thought in my mind was that of a picture of a smiling Jesus, with a lamb, surrounded by small children, The photo hung in the hallway of St. Michael’s Catholic School in Fairbury where I went to grade school.
WWJD? There it was again. Of course I know what Jesus would do. He would open his arms to the refugees and forgive those who would prosecute others. It’s not that simple for me.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/18/2015 - 2:01pm
Whatever happened to the phrase “Be Kind”?
Is this not what we have been raised with? Is this not what parents are teaching and showing their children?
Are we raising our children to be bullies? Well wake up Fairbury parents, because when your children leave your house, a part of you is going with them. Your children are examples of you.
The first words out of a person’s mouth, when they see bullies, is “It must be how they’re being raised.” If this hits home with you, make a change. It’s never to late. Show your children that being kind to others only makes them a better person.
Be proud to have been blessed with children. Be responsible for them. Remember, those little bullies grow into bigger bullies.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 11/18/2015 - 2:01pm
The darkness of the human heart was shown in full force on Thursday and Friday in Beirut and Paris. Of course there will be a response to these terrorist attacks, but that response is what truly invokes my fear.
In the days following the attack I observed several people in the mainstream news networks politicizing the loss of human life to do a variety of things from condemn the president to advocating for a stronger surveillance network.
When it comes down to it, the question that arises from these attacks is one that has been asked before many times. Is security more important than freedom? Should we sacrifice more of our privacy in the name of safety?
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 11/18/2015 - 2:01pm
Sometimes I think people just don’t have enough to do or occupy their time.
I have tossed it around for the last week plus whether or not I wanted to weigh in on the “Starbucks coffee cup issue.” And yes, I think I do since so many folks still seem to be talking about it.
For those of you who have been living under a rock and not around any form of news media, there are some people who are upset that Starbucks is using a red cup this holiday season to put their coffee in rather than a cup that reads “Merry Christmas.”
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 11/18/2015 - 2:00pm
I want kids in this state, especially this county, to fail. I had a chance to fail in high school and I am better for it.
Covering the Endicott Clay tour last week I had a chance to learn more about the brick industry as a whole, but also had some insight to the opportunities high school students have in this region and state.
While John Butcher spoke with a group of high school students about computer drafting and mechanical engineering, I had the chance to hear about the opportunities, or lack thereof, for high school students in the area in drafting. This spurred me to look into the issue of vocational class offerings on a state level.
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 11/18/2015 - 1:57pm
Fall sports are officially over, and this past Monday, winter sports practices began.
With another sports season brings a whole new set of hopes and aspirations. Last season proved to be a tough one on the hardwood for the majority of the local basketball teams, while the local wrestling squads look to continue with the success of last winter.
I won’t go into great detail here, but if you want a really good look into what this upcoming sports season holds, go to FairburyTV.com and check out the Winter Sports Preview edition of the Area School Round-up.
I sat down with FJN Sports Editor Jim Phelps and discussed each team from each school. Jim is filled with knowledge on high school sports, and it’s always a pleasure to sit and discuss such matters.
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 10:20am
Hello, Are You There?
In my time back in Fairbury, I have noticed a trend with sports, and not just in Fairbury. Every year it seems like the number of kids out for sports is declining. Now some of this could be because the overall student population is declining, but I think there’s more to it.
Growing up, my generation, for the large part, was brought up with the understanding that you had to work to get where you wanted to go.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 10:12am
Many years ago on a cold December day, I made the best worst decision of my life.
There are many things in life that can influence ones’ emotional state. On December 14, 2001 my life was about to change. I had arrived in San Diego, Calif. from Nebraska around the late afternoon.
After arriving in San Diego, I was later put on a bus bound for the Marine Recruit Training Depot. It was dark and the bus was so quiet that I could almost hear the hearts of my fellow recruits beating. It may have just been my own heart pounding in my ears. A very large and imposing man then stood up in the front of the bus and yelled, “GET YOUR HEADS DOWN NOW.”
This was merely the start of what was going to be a long night. I remember pecking up enough to see the gate and barriers going into the base. That feeling that someone gets in the body right before something bad is going to happen, crept into mine like a cold bath.