Editorials

Wed
22
Jun

Mission Accomplished

Dreams do come true, just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James.
After leaving his home town team, Cleveland, to play four years in Miami for the Heat, earning the team back-to-back NBA Championships, James returned back to Cleveland two years ago. He promised he would deliver a championship to the city that hasn't had a champion since the Cleveland Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964.
Sunday evening that dream came true, as the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a winner-take-all game 7, rallied late to defeat the defending NBA Champions, Golden State Warriors, 93-89 on the Warriors home court at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
The Cavaliers are the first team in the NBA finals to comeback from a 3-1 deficit to win the title.
Wed
22
Jun

What’s in a Title?

Throughout my life, both personally and professionally, I have held several different titles; Stockman, Night Manager, Liquor Clerk, Student, Husband, Father, CFO, Social Media Editor, Accounts Payable, and this list could continue on. Call me what you wish, some go for Mr. 8%, some have used less choice words, I will not let a title define who I am.  
The same should hold true for those in the athletic realm as well as other extracurricular endeavors. Should a Head Coach hold their position any different, or less important than other members of the coaching staff? Sure titles tend to make some happy, but for me, it’s not what you’re called, but how you’re viewed, how you use your “title.”  
Wed
22
Jun

Quick Quips

• Proudly wearing my Les Vilda shirt the other day, I had someone look at it and say, “You are right, you can’t do any worse.”
Les is a Wilber native that is running for President under the B.E.E.R. party (Biological Engineered Experimental Reindeer, a bear and a deer). He has perpetually been running for President for years now and gains support and voters everywhere he goes. Les is doing this very tongue-in-cheek as a way of making a parody of the absurdity of the political system.
Unfortunately for us as Americans, that absurdity has turned some heads to legitimately voting for Les and people in that same line of comedy. Pat Paulsen still runs every year and gains voters, incidentally.
After talking with someone disenfranchised with the Presidential candidates, I thought about who I am going to vote for this election.
Right now, I may be more with Les. 
Wed
22
Jun

Singapore Slingshot

Singapore Slingshot

 

It was the last two days of my trip. My group headed to Singapore, where we would spend a couple of days exploring the tiny but crowded city-state before turning around and heading home. Up until this point, the trip had gone fairly smoothly. Unusual for any trip, let alone one as complex as this. We were well overdue for some drama.

Wed
22
Jun

Write It, Sign It, Mean It

Having an opinion, a voice in this nation, has always been important to me. Having that voice be heard in the local newspaper has also been equally important to me.
There have been letters to the editor about politicians, situations in town, and, yes, hemorrhoids, in this publication. Everyone writing about those points of view have written their names at the bottom of their letters or had verifiable signatures and addresses.
Two letters came across my desk the other day that had some very valid points. The letters were written by people that felt passionate about a topic and felt the need to want to warn the public. They felt passionate, but not enough to sign their name.
One letter concerned a political race, term limits and some other issues facing this great land. For the life of me, however, I cannot find “A Concerned Nebraska Voter,” in the phone book, nor can I find the city “Nebraska Voter” on the map.
Wed
22
Jun

More of the Same Old, Same Old Coming

The country’s in a hell of a mess.
Since I was a little boy I have heard my Dad say that. The first time I remember hearing that was during the Johnson administration during the Vietnam War. The next time Nixon and Watergate. Then it was Carter and gas shortages. 
Oddly enough my Dad, who was a lifelong Democrat, was oddly quiet during the Reagan and Bush Sr., years but he started in again on Bill Clinton. He has missed the ‘Dubya’ years as well as those of President Obama. But I can still hear him say “the country’s (still) in a hell of a mess.”
Maybe it’s me getting older, maybe it’s me turning in to my Dad (which my sister and I both acknowledge) but as far as Hellish messes go, dating back to the Vietnam years I think the worst is yet to come. Looking forward to the looming change at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue I don’t see anything but a loss for the American people. 
Tue
21
Jun

Singapore Slingshot

By Gordon Hopkins

Special Contributor

 

It was the last two days of my trip. My group headed to Singapore, where we would spend a couple of days exploring the tiny but crowded city-state before turning around and heading home. Up until this point, the trip had gone fairly smoothly. Unusual for any trip, let alone one as complex as this. We were well overdue for some drama.

Wed
15
Jun

The Many Cultures of Malaysia

By Gordon Hopkins
Special Contributor
Days 8-9: Kuala Lumpur.
On day eight of my Southeast Asia tour, my fellow travelers and I arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. We picked an interesting time to visit an Islamic country, as it was the first day of Ramadan. I say “interesting” because Ramadan is a month of intense prayer and dawn-to-dusk fasting. Some tourists have suggested Ramadan is not the best time to travel through a Muslim country as not eating all day can, understandably, make folks a little crabby. I experienced none of this myself. Everyone seemed to be in quite a good mood. Oh, maybe the occasional cab driver was a bit surly but they never came close to the attitude of the average, well-fed, New York cabbie.
Wed
15
Jun

Quick Quips

• The passing of Muhammad Ali provided me with a teaching lesson for my oldest daughter, Adaline. She asked who he was and why it was significant he passed away.
I explained he was a controversial figure that polarized the world with his behavior, thoughts, words and deeds. Ultimately, he became a silent figure for human rights in his later years.
“What did he do for a living?” she asked.
“He was a pretty good athlete,” I responded.
I remember in my youth watching Ali fights with my father. There was always a retrospective or fight night program where some of his bouts were featured. My father was a former professional boxer and he would sit with me and go over the fine points of the fight. Often, he’d be standing in the living room shadow boxing and showing me some of the ‘sweet science’ behind boxing, and Ali in particular.
Wed
15
Jun

Letters to the Editor

The United States of America
We stand so proud and unafraid.
We have stood on many battlefields-even our own.
We have rallied to meet the grade.
Our banner and our flag we do not yield.
With the blood of many peoples pulsing through the heart of this land.
And many faiths rising high from  the steeples...
still it is together-united we stand.
1492-1776-2000 and beyond, our footprints on every continent, our language in each to be found.
The quality of life, a value we believe in.
A standard to which we must always be bound.
 
With faith in ourselves. With faith in our God.
With faith in our technology. With faith in our future.
We stand proud and unafraid.
The vast expanse of space before us.
We stand so very proud to meet the standard-the grade.

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