Editorials

Wed
17
Sep

Is Society Really Changing?

I have come to the realization in the last year or so that society is changing. My generation does things differently than my parents’ generation and my grandparents’ generation. That is good and bad.
The good news is that people of my generation are more accepting of people who are different than themselves. Through television and social media we see at an early age that the world is made up of all kinds of people, and I think we 20 and 30-somethings are less shocked at the thought of women and people of color in high-power positions. We are becoming a more liberal society, and there are good things and bad things about that.
Thanks to liberal thinkers women can vote and black people have the same rights as whites, and I think that society continues to become more liberal with each generation. Look how many states now recognize gay marriages.
Wed
17
Sep

Letter To The Editor

How deep does the corruption in Nebraska run? Since the passing of LB1098, “Senator Carlson’s Water Task Force,” the NRDs’ zeal for power and redistribution of the wealth has only intensified. Why do the NRDs persist in threatening citizens with property forfeitures if they fail to comply with the government’s heavy hand? Since when does depriving landowners of the ...fruits of their labor so that private developers can make a buck constitute good public stewardship? Various NRD staff and board members argue that they are just doing the people’s business, but this is nothing more than rhetoric. It has to be. Otherwise, why would the Upper Elkhorn NRD overtly halt the implementation of new irrigation wells in the face of rising groundwater levels?
Wed
17
Sep

Just Clean Your Junk Up For Cryin’ Out Loud

Attention Keepers Of The Crap:
 
 Before you get lost in the clutter of words that is to follow, if you take one thing away from this column remember that it’s no crime to be poor but you don’t have to be dirty. 
 You can thank my Mom for the above comment. She always drilled that into my head. Now, having said that please go outside to what ever junk pile is around your house, yard, vacant lot, garage, building or lean-to and pick up your crap.
 I know that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, a man’s home is his castle, private property is just that....private...blah, blah, blah. But some of us like to live in or  near clean neighborhoods too. Looking at engine blocks hanging from trees, couches sitting in the front yard, and stacks of lumber next to broken bicycles and long ago broken washers and dryers gives me indigestion. Honestly I have enough things that give me indigestion the way it is.
Wed
17
Sep

Senseless Act Of Vandalism Shakes Belief In Local Humanity

The Journal-news spends countless hours, days, weeks, months and year extolling the virtues of Fairbury. We preach, talk up and tout what a great place it is to live, work and raise a family. Midwestern living at its best. Salt of the earth people.
 But an act of vandalism last weekend at Blue Valley Community Action in Fairbury has left our beliefs somewhat in question.  Sometime over this past weekend a person or persons broke into BVCA and engaged in odd, random illegal acts. While none of the more expensive electronic items were stolen, nor were client files accessed, things like snacks, pop and change from workers’ desks were taken. Blankets were also stolen as were items used for the WIC Program.
 Toilets were stuffed with toilet paper but not flushed and most disgusting of all someone defecated in one of the offices and cleaned themselves with a window curtain.
Wed
10
Sep

The Signs Are There. It’s Coming and I Don’t Like It

By Fred Arnold
 
Hooray Fall!
The heat has broken. We’re all going to Friday night football games in our sweatshirts and jackets. The air conditioners around town are turning off one by one and we’re all thinking about eating soup, baking bread and candy corn with peanuts. The stores have broken out the pumpkins, Halloween costumes and leaf rakes. 
 Welcome the Third season of the year.
  But before we get all excited and start thinking about seeing if our flannel shirts still fit for Fall yard work remember: “It is lurking out there.” Just beyond our view. Just over the hill. Not quite one of the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Winter in all of it’s frigid ugliness is not far behind.
 The signs are all there.
Wed
10
Sep

Job Loss At Agrium Will Be A Big Blow To The Local Economy

J-N Commentary 
Fred Arnold, Publisher/Managing Editor
 
Last week’s news that at least a portion of Agrium Micronutrients in Fairbury will be closing is big news. Most unwelcome news.
 Whether you called it: Eagle-Picher, Tetra Micronutrients, Agrium, or any of the other names it has gone by, the agricultural fertilizer plant has been a part of the local landscape for many decades; well back into the 1970s in fact. And whether you cussed it, lauded it, discussed it or largely ignored it as a sometimes smelly part of the landscape everyone has to admit that it has been a very important part of the local economic landscape.
Wed
10
Sep

Letters to the Editor

In The End We Are At The Mercy Of The USPS
 
Editor:
I hope you, too, are enjoying this latest round of the newspaper exchange. I enjoy the opportunity to see other papers and how they cover their local news. And I am also getting to see that some of the problems that exist with the delivery of our newspaper are being experienced by newspapers in other parts of the country also.
 I am enclosing the August 20 edition of The Fairbury Journal-News, which I received this morning (September 4). It seemed a bit light to me when I pulled it from our post office box. That was because it contained only pages l -2A and 15- 16A. The remaining 12 pages did not make it on their 16-day journey from Nebraska to Missouri. What did arrive looked like it may have spent some time on the floorboard of someone's vehicle along the way. 
Wed
10
Sep

Soon He Will Be Gone …

By Cynthia Scheer
 
My oldest child turned four on Tuesday. I’m going to sound like every mother on Facebook who follows the announcement of their children’s birthdays with, “I can’t believe he is four already,” but these have been the four fastest years of my life. 
I am still trying to figure out how it has been 10 years since I graduated from high school, and I think the speed of life makes our days fly by faster, but having children has certainly accelerated the speed of my life. 
Wed
10
Sep

A New NFL Season Unfolds

By Jim Phelps

Tue
09
Sep

A Boy’s Best Friend

My son stole my calf. My tame, slick-coated, grain-loving, bottle-raised calf. 
Her name is Euphegenia, as in Mrs. Doubtfire. 
This black calf with a black and white speckled face is maybe 600 pounds, and she was a year old in May. She’s quite small; I’m not sure when and what we will breed her to. But she’s a pet and owes her life at our farm to her beloved mother. 
Her mother, who wasn’t 850 pounds soaking wet, came to Haddam from Colorado with a semi-load of red Angus heifers that Michael took care of one summer. This all-black, big-eared calf was apparently a foster calf for an Angus cow and was sent to Kansas with her pen mates for lack of any other idea of what to do with her. 
She must have had tropical bloodlines because, even in the dead of winter, she was as slick and short-haired as a cow in June, and she had only half of a tail. It must have froze off in the Colorado winter.

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