Editorials

Wed
22
Apr

Death Makes Me Focus On Life

I always think of a good topic for a column while I’m driving somewhere. I never write it down because I think I will surely remember. I almost never do. Then I get to my desk Monday morning and stare at the computer screen as I try to think about what to write about. How can all of my thoughts disappear the moment I get to work?
Fred Arnold once said that is why he carries a small notebook in his pocket. I almost never have pockets, though, and even when I do I get annoyed with anything in them. That’s probably why I constantly walk off and leave my phone sitting on a table. 
One thing I have considered writing about for some time is recognizing far too many of the names in the obituaries. 
Wed
22
Apr

Stepping In It, Or Wiping it On Your Shoes. There Is A Difference

 You don’t know sh_ _ from shinola. 
   Those of you with any age at all on you at all are probably familiar with that saying. Sometimes readers of my editorials will kindly (or not) tell me that, usually in an anonymous form. In fact just last week I was I had that sentiment directed my way.
  While the saying has become somewhat of a colloquialism I wonder how many people really know what it means to say, “you don’t know sh _ _from Shinola?” 
   I do.
  Having raised cattle I am well aware of sh _ _. One time when castrating a you bull calf I bore the brunt of his bowel movement while laying across his hind quarters face down. In all fairness if someone was trying to do that to me my response probably would have been the same. Stepping in it, wearing it, having it in your hair, cattle have made me keenly aware of what sh _ _ is.
Wed
22
Apr

Fairbury School Board Seems To Be Moving In The Right Direction

 It’s been a long time coming. But it seems that the District 8 Board of Education may be making some very important strides when it comes to making local purchases.
 Last week some school board members along with support from some in administration, voiced that it is important to buys goods and services locally when ever possible. The issue was raised over an agenda item to solicit bids for a used van with out of town car agencies included in the mix.
 While the BOE fell short of mandating that when ever possible things need to be “bought at home,” a certain level of awareness was at least raised that this is an issue that needs addressing. For far too long too many goods and services that could have been purchased locally have been sent out of town over the caveat of “fiscal responsibility.”
Wed
15
Apr

Why Do We Waste Money On Toys?

Who needs toys when you have a calf puller?
I hope the calf puller works the next time Michael needs it. Michael had leaned it up against the fence of the cow lot after pulling a calf a few weeks ago, and Kane has spent hours playing with it ever since. Kane calls it his crane. When leaning up against a panel, the calf puller’s hook, which is used to hook onto the chain that is wrapped around a calf’s feet, hangs over the top of the panel and does resemble a crane. Kane wraps the cable and hook around various items – it’s been pieces of broken posts lately – and then cranks the handle to raise and lower the load. He then climbs up the panel and straddles it as he releases the hook and drops the load back onto the ground about six feet below. 
Wed
15
Apr

“You’re From The Newspaper Can’t You Do Something?”

 Being in the newspaper business has it’s own unique set of rules. Even when I’m not “at work” I am always on the job. 
  I have accepted that stories and photo ops come up at odd times and in odd places. In more than 36 years of newspapering I have gotten used to the fact that people will come up to me on the street, at a restaurant or in any public venue with something they think is either newspaper worthy or a cause that the paper should be involved in. I gladly welcome input and always try to be helpful.
 Some things however I cannot do anything about and have no control over. The discontinuance of the Ray’s Apple Market grocery insert in the newspaper is one of those things. 
Wed
15
Apr

Annexation Projects Should Not Be Seen As An Act Of Villanry

Annexation.
    The very word sparks a heightened awareness among people. Particularly for those who are being annexed, people feel like they have targets on their backs. Whether it be a business, storage area, or ground for a housing development (all local examples of a most recent annexation project) those involved feel victimized.
   But they shouldn’t. Annexation is not a dirty word. It’s not a bad thing, nor an illicit act. When a  municipality such as Fairbury enacts an annexation project they are doing so with the future in mind. Growth, expansion, the further development of  community. None of these things can happen without annexation. In an all too true statement those towns that are not planning for the future with a  plan to accommodate growth are heading in the wrong direction. 
Wed
08
Apr

Equation For Success In Baseball Spend Money Or Catch Lightning In A Bottle

Following a snowy and cold winter for many parts of the country it’s time to settle back and look toward spring to gear up for another season of Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball is coming off a thrilling 2014 post-season where the Kansas City Royals pushed the San Francisco Giants to a seventh game in the World Series before coming up short by a score of 3-2.
In an era when big-market teams spend money left and right to qualify for the post-season it was  nice to see that small-market teams can have success, as the Royals took the country by storm in 2014 with their post-season run late into October.
Most owners and general managers believe if a team wants to achieve success on the diamond and advance to the post-seasom it needs to spend money, and the more green spent the better.
Wed
08
Apr

Boys Will Be Boys And Dogs Will Be Dogs

I was loading the dishwasher when I heard the mudroom door open. Nobody appeared. After a moment Kane said, “Mom I have something to show you.” He then appeared through the door carrying a dead, wild rabbit. 
“Look what I found outside on the grass,” he said. “It’s dead. How did it die?”
At that moment I saw blood drip onto the floor. 
I think our dog, who is always chasing rabbits and birds when we go out to check cows, must have killed the rabbit. The dog is so well fed, though, that he decided not to eat his kill and left it in the front yard. 
Wed
08
Apr

Letters to the Editor

Jammy Pants 
Flapping In The Breeze
Editor:
This must be the reason I like Mr. Arnold’s pieces in the paper. Many times he writes stuff that I’m in disagreement with or indifferent to, but in several instances his commentaries are the like of which I’m in total agreement.
In regard to his commentary in the April 1st issue of the Journal-News, I, too believe there is a growing number of people in this town who just wander around aimlessly. Although a few seem to have a purpose.
As owner of Dirty Biz Laundry, on 6th & C, Fairbury, I have a public restroom, free WiFi and a change machine, all for the convenience of my paying customers. On occasions when I’m there working, I see people walking at a fast gait from blocks away, towards my business. When they get there they go immediately to the restroom, and, when finished, leave without a word, pajama pants flapping in the breeze.
Wed
08
Apr

Dept. of Roads Could Have Been A Little More Prepared For Meeting

 Last week there was a big meeting at the Community Building in Fairbury’s City Park. If you drive a car, truck, bicycle or anything else with wheels you should have been there.
  The two hour “open house” style meeting was conducted by the Nebraska Department of Roads as an informational session regarding replacement of the viaduct west of Fairbury on Highway 136. There were a lot of NDOR officials there with enough charts, graphs, leaflets and other related handouts to choke a cow. If you’re not quite sure of the scope of the project please read today’s front page, it explains everything.
  And while the State did have a lot of information, there was a lot they left out. Specifically for the people who live north on River Road there were more questions than answers. During  a portion of the project River Road from the south is going to be inaccessible. That’s going to inconvenience a whole lot of people.

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