Editorials

Wed
21
Jan

Watch Those Commercials

I never really thought much about television commercials until I had to take a college journalism class on advertising. That class taught me that the time slot for the airing of every single commercial is quite deliberate, and now I can’t watch commercials without analyzing them. 
This is what I see when I watch TV:
In the evenings commercials are filled with food commercials: Doritos, fast food restaurants, Pepsi, etc. Nearly every commercial break has at least a restaurant or junk food item. Advertisers are appealing to hungry people during the supper hour, and the bored people or still-a-little-bit-hungry people from 8-10 p.m.
Wed
21
Jan

Thinking About Sasquatch And Drinking 24 Hours A Day

I am quite a reader. When I  read, usually news articles,  I save snippets of things that I think perhaps I will use in a column or editorial one day.
 Some of those items turn out to be stand alone topics. Others are merely things that have piqued my interest. It’s time to clean out that file a little bit with things that merit just a comment or sentence or two.
  A Hastings woman who is a member of SIR (Sasquatch Investigation of the Rockies) recently  contacted the Butler County Sheriff to say she found structures consistent with how the creature would mark a territory or stake out a claim.
  Okay.
  I don’t judge. Who am I to say how a Sasquatch marks his territory. I can also remember when people vehemently denied there were Cougars living in Nebraska too. And my son still swears he thinks the elusive Chupacabra lives south of Fairbury in the hills.
Wed
21
Jan

Our Community Would Be Better Off If People Spoke Their Convictions

  Courage isn’t easily found.
 Some unfortunately find courage in a bottle, speaking their minds only when they’ve had a few. Others find courage in anonymity, it’s easy to speak out from behind the curtain where no one knows who you are.
  In the case of the Journal-News courage can be found each week with a by line. Like it or not you always know what we think. Sometimes it’s right, other times we’ve missed the mark. Our courage sometimes nets us cheers, jeers, flat tires and keyed vehicles. But you know where we stand on community issues.
Wed
14
Jan

Letters to the Editor

Print Shop Story Reminds Reader Of Printing Story

Wed
14
Jan

Cleaning Is A Waste Of Time In My House

I cannot figure out how so many people keep such clean houses. I’ve decided they must spend hours tidying up the house every single day after work. 
My house is frequently a disaster even after several hours of cleaning each week. I frequently wonder how bad it would look if I cleaned less often. 
Wed
14
Jan

If I Were King This Whole Tax Refund Business Would Change

My palms have been sweaty for about two weeks now. And they likely will be for about the next two months. It’s income tax time.
 Each year about this time I start digging through files, notes, spread sheets, the check book and endless forms as I try to make ready for my annual trip to the CPA. I can deal with budget shortfalls, no money to make payroll, or the looming threat of OSHA walking in the door at any given time. But filing income taxes gives me the willies.
 The one thing I don’t understand is refunds. How do people get them? I’m on a permanent payment plan to the IRS. Each year my accountant gives me the news that I owe taxes but have to go borrow money to pay them.
 Naturally when I hear stories of people getting thousands of dollars back....many thousands of dollars back...sometimes tens of thousands of dollars back I get dizzy.
Wed
14
Jan

Hospital’s Contribution To And Support For Community No Small Item

 A hospital in a community, even ours, is something that perhaps most people do not give a lot of thought to...until its services are needed. Even a facility as magnificent as Fairbury’s probably goes unnoticed by most.
     Fairbury by a lot of standards is not a very large community but it is without doubt home to one of the finest, most up to date, modern health care facilities anywhere in Nebraska. As we walk, bike or drive by Jefferson Community Health Center many of us have gotten used to the fact that something new seems to be always going on there. Another renovation. A new addition. Finalization of a remodeling processes both inside, (which includes a lot of new equipment and technology) and out. Our hospital is on the cutting edge of rural health care and most don’t even recognize that.....again, until its services are needed.
Wed
07
Jan

Letters to the Editor

Keystone XL, Obama, 
Both Bad For The Us
Editor:
Keystone XL pipeline, a foreign entity, is threatening to declare eminent domain to take over parcels of land that are owned by farmers and ranchers here in the United States. If that is allowed to happen our country has really hit the bottom.
A lot of people claim that the pipeline will create thousands of jobs. Where? The pipeline, if it is allowed to go through, will boost the economy for a few as it moves through.
The motels and eating establishments may profit but after they move through then what? There will be nothing but a scar on the surface of the earth and a pipeline below the surface that is carrying  millions of barrels of highly abrasive materials to southern seaports for processing and shipping to other countries for foreign use.
So Nebraskans, then what?
Wed
07
Jan

Selling Farm Pets Breaks Little Boys’ Hearts

Michael and I left the farm on Saturday morning with two bottle lambs and came home with a very sad four-year-old. The experience showed me that we have some very difficult years ahead of us when the days come to sell farm pets. Like mother like son. 
I am always sad when I have to sell a beloved ewe, but there was nothing sad for me about selling these two bottle lambs. I used to try to raise bottle lambs, but I always lost money on that project. I’m smarter now and sell them. 
We were feeding two bottle lambs three times a day. It was a hassle, especially when the mid-day feeding got delayed to late afternoon so that the third feeding would get pushed back to just before bed. Changing into chore clothes at 10 p.m. and walking out into the cold to bottle feed lambs is unpleasant. But it was a part of our routine several days a week. 
Wed
07
Jan

You Don’t Have To Make Grandiose Resolutions For 2015

The holidays have come and (thankfully) gone.
 Maybe the decorations are down. Maybe not quite yet. Hopefully that last glob of Christmas treats balled up in the back of the ‘fridge have either been thrown away or given to the dogs or consumed. Now it’s time to turn our attentions to 2015.
I’m not much for New Years resolutions. In fact I’m not even a moderate believer in them. Why should a person have to wait for a holiday to make some sort of a pledge to make a measure of change in their lives?
Personally I don’t even understand why New Year’s is considered a holiday. It’s just another day. Each morning when all of us wake up we have the chance to ‘start over’, hit the re-set button or make a change. We shouldn’t need January 1 to come around each year for that.

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