Editorials

Wed
25
Mar

Country Folk Can’t Just Run Out And Buy Sour Cream

I’m a bit envious of people who live so close to the grocery store. I can’t go a week without changing supper plans because I’m out of a key ingredient. I always forget at least one grocery item when I go to the store. It’s usually one of the important items that I went to the store to get. 
I hate going to the store and would go far less frequently if it wasn’t for being out of milk. Somehow two gallons of milk are only lasting us 6-7 days now, which means I have to go to the store at least once a week or I have to start buying three gallons of milk at each visit. 
Wed
25
Mar

Letters to the Editor

Stray Cats or Stray People Which Is Worse?

Editor:

Wed
25
Mar

Feeling Helpless While Watching Buildings Burn and Losses Mount

As I drove up to Sunday’s fire at the Livingston Enterprises Swine facility fire on Sunday I approached it like I had countless thousands of other fires I’ve covered. I grabbed my camera, a couple of different lenses, extra batteries and a note pad. Then off I went.
 As I watched the event unfold I realized it wasn’t like an other fire I covered before. Six. Seven. Eight. No, nine different fire departments showed up to put out the catastrophic blaze which undoubtedly resulted in millions of dollars worth of damage to one of the state of the art facilities of its kind.
I heard the call come in for more trucks. Then more man power. Then water. “We need water. we’re running out. Call Steele City and see if they can send a truck.”
By this time I wanted to put my camera down and help. “Give me a hose. Hand me a shovel. I can drive a skid loader, drive a truck/trailer,just tell me what to do,” I thought.
Wed
25
Mar

On-Lookers Make A Difficult Job Even Harder Being In The Way

 First of all, this is a discussion we shouldn’t even be having.
 Last Sunday’s catastrophic fire at the Livingston Enterprises state line swine facility south of Reynolds was bad in its own right. With damages most probably in the millions of dollars which included loss of animal life, buildings and infrastructure it was a terrible scene.
 But what made it even worse was the people. The “lookie Lou’s,” the “rubberneckers,” those folks who seemingly have nothing better to do than chase fire trucks and police cars. They are in the way and serve as an impediment to the emergency management people who were at the Livingston complex trying to save as much of the facility as they could.
 Sadly instead of getting to the fire and doing their jobs, local and area fire departments had to dodge on lookers, people who wanted to drive by and gawk or take a picture with their cell phones.
Wed
18
Mar

Fun With Cows And Kids

My two boys are keeping me smiling. They make me laugh everyday, and sometimes I forget to write the funny things that they say down.
We were out unrolling a bale of hay for the cows when Kane saw the Hereford bull. As we passed the bull Kane said, “That bull has big toenails and big feet.”
I asked Kane if the bull had big feet like Daddy, and Kane said farmers don’t have big feet. Just bulls.
Later in the day Kane and I went out to check a cow that was calving in the bottom lot. I told Kane that soon all of the cows in the bottom lot would have babies. As we were walking back to the house Kane said, “By next year all of these cows will have babies.”

Wed
18
Mar

The Old Man Still Makes Rookie Mistakes

My son holds me in high esteem. He says I am a legend in Nebraska community journalism and to follow in my footsteps would be nearly impossible.
Personally I never have seen myself in that light. I just work hard. But if I ever got to feeling that way all I need to do is rewind to last Saturday.
By all accounts it was a busy day full of photos and story ideas. A small portion of my day was dedicated to covering the annual Fairbury Chamber of Commerce “Shamrock Shuffle.” The event is a lot of fun; people in crazy St. Patrick’s Day garb, running, walking, shuffling and in short having a great time.
It’s always a wonderful opportunity for some great feature photos to be used now in the paper and later in one of the many promotional products we publish.
I was on my game, let me tell you. Cute photos of children, candid shots of participants and those there just for fun. Some of the best stuff for the paper in a long time......or so I thought.

Wed
18
Mar

Rural Fire Departments Provide Essential Services To Our Area

When most of us think about a rural fire department we probably tend to think about those guys (and gals) who host hamburger feeds, nut frys and other fundraising events, along with providing equipment for whatever fun day or parade might be going on in our local communities.
But think again. Rural volunteer fire departments are much more than that.
This was never more evident last weekend when a fire broke out in rural Jefferson County southwest of Steele City. Rural departments from; Fairbury, Diller, Steele City, Hanover (Ks), Washington (KS) and Hollenberg (KS) were all dispatched to a scene where a large grass fire had gotten out of control. Buildings, timber and many acres of pasture ground were put at risk. The departments spent the better part of Saturday afternoon and evening getting the blaze under control. All with little fanfare we might add.

Wed
11
Mar

Half-Marathons Build Character

In last week’s column I began the story of my first half-marathon. It has been on my bucket list for about seven years since a college friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook with this giant, really pretty medal. I wanted one. I would run 13 miles to get one if I had to.
I went on my first run late one August evening. I jogged the quarter-of-a-mile from my house to the dirt road intersection and back, which is slightly uphill. I was so tired and out of breath that I decided that was enough for one day. I didn’t want to have a heart attack out there. After a few days I jogged that stretch twice before calling it a day. I had a long way to go before I was ready for 13 miles.
By November I was running four miles at a time, and it seemed easy. I was amazed how easy it was.
Fast-forward to January when I managed to hurt myself, and then to February when I decided I was going to find a way to finish that 10K and half-marathon because I wanted those medals.

Wed
11
Mar

Letters to the Editor

Another Liberty Lost
Editor:
I have a brief comment on the Obama executive order banning civilians from having .223 ammunition.
The power of a totalitarian state is manifest in the states’ ability to kill its own citizens.
The power of a free state is manifest in the citizens’ ability to fight back.
There is one more thing we should ask ourselves. Do we feel safe talking openly and freely on the telephone?
Mark Scheetz
Endicott, NE

Wed
11
Mar

Go Ahead Have Another Cup (Or Two Or Three) Of Joe

Any morning begins like every morning for me at work: coffee. java. cup o joe.
Before my day begins I do the ‘java jive baby.’
Everyone at work knows to leave me be until I have my first cup of coffee. Building on fire? Hacked off reader? Treasury agent at the front counter inquiring about counterfeit $20 bills? (This actually happened by the way.) They will all have to wait until after I’ve had my first cup of coffee.
People say I drink too much coffee. Through endless staff meetings, sales calls, e-mails, customer complaints and other related activities my coffee cup is never far from my grasp. At work we usually have the stuff brewing all day. On weekends I can drain the pot. Well as it turns out the stuff that I thought bad for me may actually be good for me or at least not bad.

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