Editorials

Wed
29
Jul

Letters to the Editor

Murder Victim’s Sister 
Weighs In On Death Penalty
 
Editor:
I just wanted to follow up on the article about obtaining votes to return the death penalty to Nebraska. I wanted your readers to hear what it is like living with the death penalty.
My baby brother Jim was tortured and murdered in 1985 by Michael Ryan.
And after decades of the false promises that come with the death penalty – that Ryan would be executed -- he died of natural causes on death row a few months ago.
Three days later, the Nebraska Legislature repealed the death penalty -- and I shed tears of joy.
Ending the death penalty means that no other families of murder victims will go through the horrible process mine endured. No family would be promised a sentence that the state can’t carry out in a reasonable timeframe -- if ever.
Wed
29
Jul

Political Discontent & Donald Trump Are A Perfect Match

I’d love to sit down and have coffee with Donald Trump. I may ultimately want to ultimately put him in a choke hold as arrogance and I don’t mix very well. But for the first five minutes I think he would be really interesting to talk to. 
 The GOP Presidential candidate is an enigma. On one hand he is about as abrasive as an S.O.S. pad. On the other he has a level of appeal. Several weeks ago I made a comment regarding Trump’s stance on illegal immigration that I didn’t entirely disagree with. It earned me semi-scathing backlash from a local person. 
 In chatting with various people from different social and economic backgrounds, it seems that there are a lot of people who, at least at this point, are in favor of a Trump For President campaign. I was told he is the “reform candidate,” to quote Pappy O’Daniel.  Politics being a very fickle beast, the winds of change can, however, blow at a moment’s notice.
Wed
29
Jul

Local Comments Show Death Penalty Still Controversial Topic

We said it once and we stick by our guns, some people just deserve to die. There are crimes so heinous that capital punishment is the only proper action. 
 Since making that statement some weeks ago the pages of the Journal-News have had a non-stop litany of people writing in either supporting our opinion, or re-affirming their opposition to the death penalty. This week is no exception. Most, will remember the horrendous killings years ago by cult leader Mike Ryan in Rulo, Neb. The sister of one of those murdered by Ryan has a letter to the editor in today’s paper voicing her opposition to the death penalty. It is compelling reading.
Wed
22
Jul

Letters to the Editor

Writer Refutes Hopkins Stance On Death Penalty
 
Editor:
 I would like to refute the  letter to the editor last week by Gordon Hopkins regarding the death penalty. I would like to preface my remarks by averring that anyone can say anything about anybody or anything. Proving it can be quite another thing altogether. God knows, a lot of things have certainly been said about me. Some of it is even true!
 Let’s begin with the Innocence Project and its top litigator, Barry Scheck. You remember Barry Scheck? He was one of the attorneys on the team that acquitted, O.J. Simpson. Scheck has made quite a good life for himself litigating for people already gone to their just reward. 
Wed
22
Jul

I’ve Been Everywhere Man, I’ve Been Everywhere

  The line from that Johnny Cash song popped into my head earlier this week when I was going through pictures of some of the area festival and events that I have been at this summer. In fact, upon reflection I’m not sure there’s much I have missed from the Journal-News coverage area.
 Between spending days at the Jefferson County Fair; numerous Steele City Living History programs, (again days) at The Diller Picnic, a night at the Plymouth Tractor Pull, all day at the Western Picnic, countless First Friday Art Walks, two days at the July Fourth Flea Market in Fairbury and summarily another day at the Reynolds Consignment Auction, I have seen a lot of people and witnessed a lot of truly neat events.
Wed
22
Jul

People Need To Take Responsibility For Their Own Actions

The Fairbury community is just a scant week removed from a tragedy at the Fairbury City Dam where a local resident, Chris Troxel, drowned. If this weren’t bad enough another tragedy has surfaced.
  Finger pointing.
 It is most disturbing to hear people say and to read through social media that emergency services personnel did not do enough to try and save Mr. Troxel. But the blunt, pointed truth is every agency involved performed exactly in accordance with their training. 
  It is generally believed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Fairbury Police Department, the Thayer County Dive Team and others that from the time Mr. Troxel did not surface at the dam, by the time the call was made and help arrived he was already gone. The mission went from one of rescue to one of recovery.
Wed
22
Jul

Would You Help A Stranger?

It seems in today’s world humans, at times, don’t want to get out of their comfort zone to help people.
Whatever happened to people caring for one another.
Too many times people just don’t care, don’t want to get involved, have someone else deal with the person’s dilemma.
It is should be stated aren’t we all complete strangers until we get to know each other?
We should care for each other. That is what’s wrong with the world: not enough people who care.
If we’re cordial people doing our beneficial deeds for the day, that should count for something.
It’s a shame some people don’t appreciate help at times in their lives, but it still gives you a pleasant feeling that you have managed to make a difference hopefully to someone’s life in some way-however small.
Wed
15
Jul

Letters to the Editor

Area Will Miss Bob Brown of Western
Editor: 
History slowly passes into crevice with individuals and achievements quickly forgotten.
The history of Saline and Jefferson Counties was markedly effected by the recent demise of Bob Brown of Western. His mark was left indelibly on Western in many ways.
Bob Brown was part of historic grocery store operation in Western that still exists. He was responsible for getting geese for the American Legion goose feed in November and for the celebration Western has in July, he furnished the hamburger for the city stand. His activities included the American Legion, church activities and community projects.
Wed
15
Jul

Swimming Needs To Be Banned By Law At The Fairbury Dam

 Late last Sunday a member of our community lost his life while swimming at the Fairbury City Dam. As a community our thoughts and prayers go out to the Troxel family for this truly sad event. 
  Many in Fairbury are asking “why” and “how could this have happened?” The answers are very  painful to hear. The dam is a very dangerous place. The entire area is frought with perils: sunken trees and debris, pieces of concrete and rebar. Couple those with swirling currents and you have a recipe for disaster. Certainly the rash of floods Fairbury has experienced this year may also have had a hand in this tragic loss of life. 
 These kinds of things do not happen all that often in our community. But it has happened before. Moving ahead we need to make sure it does not happen again.
Wed
15
Jul

I Didn’t Realize That I Talked Funny

 Last week I was talking with a sales rep who I buy newsprint from in Canada. During the course of our small talk I made reference to lighting bugs and how I have seen more of them this year than I had for many years.
“Lighting bugs?” she asked.
She and I were both confused for a minute. “Don’t you have lightning bugs in Canada,?” I asked. What exactly is a lighting bug she wanted to know. I explained that technically they were considered a beetle but during the course of a summer evening you would see them swarming in trees and ditches, very noticeable by their on again, off again yellow glow.
“Ohhh, fire flies you mean,” she said. Then we both had a good laugh as she proceeded to tell me that people from the states have funny accents.

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