Editorials

Wed
24
Sep

I Can’t Take My Husband Anywhere

Shortly after Michael and I began dating I discovered that he has friends all over the place. It is rare that we can go anywhere where someone doesn’t recognize him and stop to chat. I’ll never forget the day we went to the Nebraska State Fair and we couldn’t walk 100 yards without someone stopping him and chatting. I started to get mad and eventually walked away so I could actually see the fair before closing time.
So I shouldn’t have been surprised when Michael and I took a little vacation all the way to the Bahamas last week and the first person we ran into is a friend of Michael’s.
We had arrived at our hotel in the Bahamas and were collecting our bags when a doorman walked over to Michael and said, “Do I know you?”
Wed
24
Sep

Letter To The Editor

Editor:
I am sending this in regard to a situation that has taken place within the past few weeks that just chapped my backside. 
I have placed a few political signs on a few properties of which I own, those for support of Mrs. Laura Ebke for State Legislature. One afternoon I received a phone call from an individual who stated that he witnessed someone walk up on my property and take the sign and get into a vehicle and go a block away and place a sign in a yard for Hardenburger who is Laura Ebke’s opponent. 
While spending time with this gentleman who witnessed this action another person drove up and told me that they saw the same situation take place at another property I have up the street, the same culprit taking a sign from my property and placing a Hardenburger sign in another yard. Really?
Wed
24
Sep

I’m Happy People Want To Read The Journal-News But...

 There is the making of a great novel in here somewhere.
 A corporation manufactures a sought after product that people regularly clamor to get. But somewhere between delivery and payment, the product disappears without a trace. There are no suspects. No clues. No witnesses.
 What’s happened? Were international secrets stolen? A large stock swindle on Wall Street? Maybe an arms cartel absconded with the latest military technology.
   Nope. None of these.
 Copies of the Fairbury Journal-News are regularly being stolen without payment. That’s right....the local newspaper, the weekly wipe, small-town news, the rant & rag. This newspaper.
Wed
24
Sep

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Rightfully Supports Keystone XL

It’s difficult to understand why people, most especially politicians, let a lack of common sense get in the way of a good thing.
 During the final leg of a tour of the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline on Friday, members of the United states Chamber of Commerce rightfully expressed their frustration at a lack of movement on the project. Matt Koch, vice-president for the U.S. Chamber said it all boils down to this Fall’s election.
 He said that everyone wants to be perceived as being on the “winning side” when a final ruling is issued. No one wants to put their jobs at risk.
 Now isn’t that a sad state of affairs?
Wed
17
Sep

Is Society Really Changing?

I have come to the realization in the last year or so that society is changing. My generation does things differently than my parents’ generation and my grandparents’ generation. That is good and bad.
The good news is that people of my generation are more accepting of people who are different than themselves. Through television and social media we see at an early age that the world is made up of all kinds of people, and I think we 20 and 30-somethings are less shocked at the thought of women and people of color in high-power positions. We are becoming a more liberal society, and there are good things and bad things about that.
Thanks to liberal thinkers women can vote and black people have the same rights as whites, and I think that society continues to become more liberal with each generation. Look how many states now recognize gay marriages.
Wed
17
Sep

Letter To The Editor

How deep does the corruption in Nebraska run? Since the passing of LB1098, “Senator Carlson’s Water Task Force,” the NRDs’ zeal for power and redistribution of the wealth has only intensified. Why do the NRDs persist in threatening citizens with property forfeitures if they fail to comply with the government’s heavy hand? Since when does depriving landowners of the ...fruits of their labor so that private developers can make a buck constitute good public stewardship? Various NRD staff and board members argue that they are just doing the people’s business, but this is nothing more than rhetoric. It has to be. Otherwise, why would the Upper Elkhorn NRD overtly halt the implementation of new irrigation wells in the face of rising groundwater levels?
Wed
17
Sep

Just Clean Your Junk Up For Cryin’ Out Loud

Attention Keepers Of The Crap:
 
 Before you get lost in the clutter of words that is to follow, if you take one thing away from this column remember that it’s no crime to be poor but you don’t have to be dirty. 
 You can thank my Mom for the above comment. She always drilled that into my head. Now, having said that please go outside to what ever junk pile is around your house, yard, vacant lot, garage, building or lean-to and pick up your crap.
 I know that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, a man’s home is his castle, private property is just that....private...blah, blah, blah. But some of us like to live in or  near clean neighborhoods too. Looking at engine blocks hanging from trees, couches sitting in the front yard, and stacks of lumber next to broken bicycles and long ago broken washers and dryers gives me indigestion. Honestly I have enough things that give me indigestion the way it is.
Wed
17
Sep

Senseless Act Of Vandalism Shakes Belief In Local Humanity

The Journal-news spends countless hours, days, weeks, months and year extolling the virtues of Fairbury. We preach, talk up and tout what a great place it is to live, work and raise a family. Midwestern living at its best. Salt of the earth people.
 But an act of vandalism last weekend at Blue Valley Community Action in Fairbury has left our beliefs somewhat in question.  Sometime over this past weekend a person or persons broke into BVCA and engaged in odd, random illegal acts. While none of the more expensive electronic items were stolen, nor were client files accessed, things like snacks, pop and change from workers’ desks were taken. Blankets were also stolen as were items used for the WIC Program.
 Toilets were stuffed with toilet paper but not flushed and most disgusting of all someone defecated in one of the offices and cleaned themselves with a window curtain.
Wed
10
Sep

The Signs Are There. It’s Coming and I Don’t Like It

By Fred Arnold
 
Hooray Fall!
The heat has broken. We’re all going to Friday night football games in our sweatshirts and jackets. The air conditioners around town are turning off one by one and we’re all thinking about eating soup, baking bread and candy corn with peanuts. The stores have broken out the pumpkins, Halloween costumes and leaf rakes. 
 Welcome the Third season of the year.
  But before we get all excited and start thinking about seeing if our flannel shirts still fit for Fall yard work remember: “It is lurking out there.” Just beyond our view. Just over the hill. Not quite one of the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Winter in all of it’s frigid ugliness is not far behind.
 The signs are all there.
Wed
10
Sep

Job Loss At Agrium Will Be A Big Blow To The Local Economy

J-N Commentary 
Fred Arnold, Publisher/Managing Editor
 
Last week’s news that at least a portion of Agrium Micronutrients in Fairbury will be closing is big news. Most unwelcome news.
 Whether you called it: Eagle-Picher, Tetra Micronutrients, Agrium, or any of the other names it has gone by, the agricultural fertilizer plant has been a part of the local landscape for many decades; well back into the 1970s in fact. And whether you cussed it, lauded it, discussed it or largely ignored it as a sometimes smelly part of the landscape everyone has to admit that it has been a very important part of the local economic landscape.

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