Editorials

Wed
22
Oct

What A Crazy Postseason

Alright be honest how many people would have thought or believed that 110th World Series would have a matchup featuring the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals haven’t been to the postseason in 29 years, while the Giants look to win their eighth title in franchise history.
Kansas City is the first team ever to start a postseason winning eight straight games, while the Giants will be playing in their third World Series in five years.
The two teams are both wild card teams from their respective leagues. This is the first time since the 2002 World Series pitting the San Francisco Ginats against the Anaheim Angels that both teams were wild card teams. That series was won in seven games by the Angels.
The two squads played a three-game interleague series in Kansas City this past August with the Royals earning a sweep.
Wed
22
Oct

Little Bo Beep Has Lost Her Sheep

I have heard a lot of people say that sheep are stupid. 
But I don’t think they are any dumber than any other animal. If you leave a gate open, the sheep will get out. If you fail to latch or wire a gate, the sheep will get out, or in as the case may be. They are constantly in the feed shed because a gate was left open a foot. 
They are also smart enough to recognize a pail that may or may not be full of grain from a hundred yards away, and they come running. If you don’t have that pail, they will not come. They also know the difference between me calling them home in the evenings and Michael calling them home. They come to my call. They just stand and stare at Michael’s. 
But in the past couple days I’ve found myself saying, for the first time, “They are so stupid.”
The 50 sheep graze during the day and are shut into their pen at night to protect them from coyotes.
Wed
22
Oct

Letters to the Editor

Supports Ebke For Legislature

Wed
22
Oct

No Paparazzi And Please No Autographs

I’m Fred Arnold and I approved this column.
My good friend Steve Glenn of Pawnee City is running for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. In addition being a business associate and one heck of a guy, he really has his finger on the pulse of UNL and would provide a great leadership force.
 Now, having said all that, Steve had asked me if I would help him with his campaign. Sure I said, thinking yard signs the occasional testimony, or finding a local service group for him to speak to.  He apparently was thinking bigger. 
 Steve asked me to appear on a television commercial along with other Nebraskans from various communities and in my case telling people, “I’m Fred Arnold and I’m voting for Steve Glenn for the Nebraska Board of Regents.” It was all pretty harmless and took about 15 minutes to film my segment.  I hope Steve is getting the mileage out of the segment because I sure am.
Wed
22
Oct

Supporting Minimum Wage Increase Is Difficult When Jobs Are So Plentiful

Without seeming overly curmudgeonly it is difficult to cast support behind Initiative 425 on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Otherwise known as the “minimum wage bill”  Nebraskans will be asked whether to increase the state’s minimum wage from the present $7.25 level to $8.00 an hour in 2015 and to $9.00 an hour in 2016.
 A 75-cent an hour wage hike will yield little overall benefit for those making the minimum; around $1,560 a year based on a 40 hour work week. While we do not intentionally demean those who work at $7.25 an hour neither do we mean to say fifteen hundred bucks isn’t a lot of money. It is. But in the overall scheme raising the minimum age doesn’t produce that much extra income.
Wed
15
Oct

Words Of Wisdom From A Four-­year -old

My four year old has given me quite a few good laughs in the past few weeks. He is finally at the age where he is able to articulate things as he sees them, which is often quite funny. Rarely does a day go by that he doesn’t share some piece of wisdom that makes me smile or laugh. I have started writing down my favorites.
A couple weeks ago the boys were riding with me in the pickup as I drove the pickup and empty stock trailer a few miles down the road to meet up with Michael at a pasture. The dirt roads are quite bumpy and there are a variety of wash­out spots. The empty stock trailer bounced along behind me and inspired my favorite bit of wisdom from Kane that day:
“Be careful, Mommy, we don’t want the trailer to come unhooked from the pickup,” he said.
Wed
15
Oct

Letters to the Editor

Jansen Woman Says Ebke Misses Mark 
On Health Care
Editor:
Don’t you think we as voters should be more concerned aout the issues than who is stealing each others signs?
I think both of our candidates, Laura Ebke and Phil Hardenburger have better things to do and neither would stoop so low.
I don’t understand why Laura Ebke is opposed to the Obamacare exchange? The affordable health care exchange allows people without health insurance to shop for private or cooperative health insurance but  also helps them determine if they qualify for a health care subsidy.
It is not government health care. Government health care medicare or medicaid, is available only to those 65 or over, or the very poor. We should support the health care exchange for all Nebraskans needing healthcare. Be an informed citizen before you vote.
 
Joyce Heidemann
Jansen, NE
Wed
15
Oct

Doing A Favor For The Local City Council

 Over the course of 35 years of covering meetings and writing stories, I have regularly taken up the cause against anonymity. More especially against those people who feel the need to send things in to the paper voicing their opinion and demanding they be addressed.
 For the record...again...let me stress that unsigned opinions will never be published, we will not take up that cause, fight that fight, nor will we party to anything sent in anonymously demanding action.
 There is no courage in anonymity.
  To that end Fairbury City Council president Ed Friesen asked me, and I agreed to, get involved in this discussion from the City of Fairbury’s point of view. He says I have “a way of reaching people.” Cheesing them off may be truer to the point but call it what you will.
Wed
15
Oct

Saturday Event Brought Domestic Abuse Awareness Into The Spotlight

J-N Commentary   
 
And a good time was had by all.
   Saturday evening The Hope Crisis Center in Fairbury staged an event at the Fairbury Elks Lodge to heighten awareness of domestic assault/abuse, “one half of dueling pianos.”
   In keeping with the theme that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month it seemed rather odd that so many people got together and had a great time for something so serious as domestic violence. But what a great way it was to bring light to such an ominous topic! The room was crowded, the entertainment great and money was raised for this cause.
   The staff at the Local Hope Crisis Center is to be commended for coming up with this new way to get people interested in an event. Have fun AND raise awareness. So many times with local events it is “same old same old.” Have a walk, host a fun run, ask for donations.
Wed
08
Oct

Avoiding The Wildlife On My Runs

There are a lot of small snakes on the roads these days. I’ve never noticed them in years past, although the only reason that I am noticing them now is because I nearly step on them every day that I go running on the back roads near our house.
I would guess that I see 3­5 of these snakes every day that I run. I about have a heart attack each time that I come within a couple feet of these things, and I always look behind me for several yards after I pass them to be sure that they aren’t chasing me. They never even move.
A few of these snakes are squished dead. Most of them, though, are alive, I think, although they don’t seem to be alarmed by my pounding feet that nearly smash them. I suppose they are sunning themselves on the road.

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