Editorials

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25
May

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,
I’m writing this letter to address the patrons of my laundromat. I realize this letter will not reach all of you because of literacy issues, you cannot read and heed the already existing signs on the wall, so hoping someone can read it to you. 
Please check the pockets on your laundry, remove screws, nails, rubber bands and other debris. These items can and will greatly reduce the life and efficiency of the machines.
Please do not stuff the machines. This will not allow the washers to do their job and may damage your laundry as well as the machines. Spend the extra money and make two smaller loads from that extra large load. And, above all, don’t stuff foam rubber seat cushions in my toploaders, as it will result in burned belts and melted plastic parts.
Wed
25
May

“Imagine Sisyphus Happy”

We need to talk about something that is affecting people across the nation, especially the younger generations: suicide.
Suicide has stripped away the lives of many people, each of whom had something to offer the world, whether it was guidance, talent or even the comfort of friendship.
For many, it is difficult to understand why anyone would choose to end their life; however, for those of us who, to quote Robert Frost, “have been acquainted with the night,” there is a sense of empathy as to that choice and an unspoken solidarity that binds us together. 
One of my favorite lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel comes from the song Richard Cory, which was adapted from a poem by the same name. The song is about seeing a guy who has it all from the perspective of someone who barely has enough money for bread.
Wed
25
May

FYI Garden Shows That Kids Do Great Things

Naysayers talk about “these kids today.” They say things like kids are lazy, they don’t know how to work, all they want to do is get in trouble and on and on.
Okay, let’s talk about “these kids today.”
Last Friday there was an event in downtown Fairbury put on by the Fairbury Youth Involvement Center (FYI). Sponsored in partnership with Blue Valley Community action more than two dozen members of our youth community spent the afternoon planting a garden at the corner of 6th and E Streets. There is a sign on the corner that reads in part: ‘Seeds Of Hope.”
Journal-News staff members spent a considerable amount of time at the location shooting pictures, taking notes and talking with people about the project. It was evident that the younger members of the Fairbury community were completely engaged and eager to be involved in the project.
Wed
25
May

Let’s Get Off The Transgender Train, Okay? There Are Bigger Issues

It's difficult for me to wrap my head around the issue of where transgender people go to the bathroom. I guess I really didn't event know it was an issue and truthfully never have thought about it as being an "issue" until watching the news and reading the papers.
But it seems it is an issue. From state governments who want to ban transgenders for using a certain bathroom and celebrities who want to use their clout to allow "freedom of choice," to Bible-totin' mamas who claim profusely in big box stores that God hates transgenders and something with the devil...bah blah blah. I think we're on transgender/bathroom overload.
For what it's worth I don't think God hates transgenders. In fact I don't think He hates anything. But I digress.
Wed
18
May

Reflections On 2016 Session

After a couple of weeks since the April 20 end of session, it’s now becoming more possible to not only to reflect back on what was done during the 2016 Legislative session, but also start to look ahead to the 2017 session and the beginning of the 105th Legislature.
In addition to the “farewell addresses” of the senators who are term limited and won’t be returning next year, the big issue on the last day of the session was the override of LB 947.
I think that bill deserves a little bit of attention here.

Wed
18
May

What You Want And What You Need Often Aren’t The Same Things

When I was growing up I can remember telling my mother “what I wanted.” 
It could have been regarding anything from food to toys or a particular brand of bicycle. 
She always said, “What you want and what you need aren’t the same things.”
This line of thinking can be applicable to many situations in one’s life. And can even be extended to a community’s wants and needs. Locally there has been a great deal of justifiable discussion about Fairbury’s Parks Plan and, in particular, the future of our local swimming pool.
There is no doubt that Fairbury needs a new swimming pool. The buzz phrase now is to call them aquatic centers. Our pool has been outdated for decades. Its running and maintenance has been problematic.
Wed
18
May

Build It And They Will Come?

Since the city meeting to discuss the pool issue in Fairbury I have had folks want to know where the Fairbury Journal-News stands on the issue.
So, here goes: We need a new pool in Fairbury. It is a quality of life issue that needs to be addressed. The old pool has seen better days and to have patrons dress out in the open, to me, is archaic. I believe the city should pursue getting a new facility with the utmost urgency.
Of the four choices presented at the meeting the one with a lazy river, with a price tag of $5.1 million, stands out thus far as number one option for the public.
In researching the issue, I spoke with Jeff Hassenstab, director of the aquatic center in Hastings, which features a lazy river, rock climb, wave pool, several slides, snack bar and just about every other accouterments you could ever want in a pool.

Wed
18
May

Dance On

Dance On

Wed
18
May

Quick Quips

• The sounds of summer include the ‘ping’ of a softball against an aluminum bat, the joyful laughter of children on a slip-n-slide and, in my house, the high-pitched screaming of siblings already ready to tear into each other after one morning together on summer vacation.
My youngest, Elijah, has figured out what makes his older sister, Olivia, stark-raving mad, and continues to push that Pavlovian button nearly every one minute. I try to explain to her that if she ignored him, he’d go away and do something else. She claims he is the most annoying little brother on the planet, and he relishes in that fact.
• Izzabella Rosalita Marie Linscott turned one on Sunday. Izzy, for short, is our dog and the kids insisted on having a birthday party for her with presents (two new chew toys) and special homemade treats (peanut butter, carrot, bacon biscuits). The dog ended her special day by chasing a rabbit in our yard for an hour. A good time was had by all, sans the rabbit.

Wed
11
May

Goodbye To A Colleague

Being part of the media business for over 24 years I have had the opportunity to work with and along side many outstanding colleagues who covered sports both at the high school and college level.
No one person that I've been around ever took her job more seriously than Jane White the editor of the Wilber Republican, and former sports editor for the Beatrice Daily Sun.
Jane began her career in the journalism field at the Fairbury Journal-News from 1987-1990 covering news and sports.
Last Thursday not only myself but numerous colleagues at newspapers across the state of Nebraska lost a truly remarkable and gifted photo-journalist.
Jane passed away at Bryan West Hospital in Lincoln, she was just 51 years old.
It was a total shock when I heard of her passing. My wife, Lori, is the one who told me the heart-breaking news, as she called Jane's cell phone only to be told by a cousin that she had passed away.

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