Editorials

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Apr

Over Before You Know It

Sunday marked the last soccer games of the short season.  The teams might have only had four games, but if you watched the first game and the last game, you wouldn’t think that they were the same teams.  Both of our daughters decided to play this year, so our Sunday afternoons in April were spent at the soccer fields.  
The coaches did all they could to schedule practices around play practices, dance, baseball and countless other activities.  Not enough can be said for those that volunteer their time to coach these teams.  Pulling 12+ grade school aged kids together to accomplish anything is remarkable, so the improvement the teams make over the course of four weeks is impressive. 
Wed
27
Apr

Quick Quips

Quick Quips
 
By Tim Linscott
 
• There was a bit of confusion in the house the other day. My son, Elijah, kept telling his mother he wanted to go hang out with Rabbit.
There is a bunny in the yard, incidentally, driving our dog bonkers, and she was a bit confused as to why her son wanted to play with a wild rabbit in our yard.
No, the confusion was cleared up when I figured out what he was talking about: he wanted to go to that place and hang out with Rabbit.
That place was not the yard and it was not A rabbit, but The Rabbit.
We went to lunch in Endicott not too long ago and my son and I met a delightful person calling himself Rabbit. Elijah practices social interaction and will rehearse introducing himself to people. He did a good job of talking to people and had a good time, especially with his buddy, Rabbit.
Wed
27
Apr

Let the Purple Rain Fall

When I began this column, it was going to be yet another rant about the current campaign season. Then, last week, something happened and decided instead to write about something that was, if not more important, at least more dignified than the classless carnival American politics has become.
Now I realize obituaries of pop stars are not the usual purview of this publication and there is likely nothing I can say about the death of Prince that hasn’t already been covered ad infinitum by the perpetual television news machine.  
Nevertheless, I feel compelled to say something and the fact that this isn’t the obvious audience only makes that compulsion stronger.
Wed
27
Apr

A Box Full Of Good Will

The Fairbury Journal-News once again came home with a batch of awards from the Nebraska Press Association annual convention over the weekend.
The Journal-News staff works very hard each and every day to put out the best product available. To be validated by another group of peers, this year judges were from Arkansas, is a tremendous feeling.
Our advertising staff, Susan Bartels and Jennifer Lewis, go out of their way to get our advertisers the best ‘bang for their buck’ when it comes to ads and it is nice to know that some of our ads have been recognized for being superior in the field. We work hard to do our job, which is make attractive ads that will garner attention, thus gaining customers and dollars for those advertisers, that is our job.
Wed
27
Apr

Honoring The Service Of A Lifetime

Thirty seven years is a long time to do anything.
Wind the calendar back 37 rotations are some of the things that happened included the winding down of Jimmy Carter’s presidency; the U.S. and China established diplomatic relations and McDonald’s introduced The Happy Meal. 
Locally, Fairbury had a population of nearly 6,000 people; The Rock Island Railroad was still going strong and the community still was home to Southeast Community College.
Oh, and Larry Naiman started work for the City of Fairbury in the utilities department. Fast forward 37 years. Larry Naiman is still the only constant. That is until this Friday when he officially retires as assistant superintendent of utilities.
Wed
20
Apr

Quick Quips

Quick Quips
 
By Tim Linscott
 
• I recently attended a conference with Dr. Adolph Brown, a professor and world renowned speaker and advocate on education. He spoke about how his grandfather did not have more than an elementary education, but was the wisest man he knew.
Dr. Brown and his grandfather had some sage advice for those in attendance and for citizens of the world in general:
“When things go wrong, you do not have to go with them.”
“Ladies, stop putting importance on below your waist and not from the neck up.”
“Once you get an education, no one can take that from you.”
“If you have to whisper it, don’t say it.”
My grandfather had some famous sayings within the family that I use today:
“You pick your rhubarb, I will pick mine.” 
Wed
20
Apr

“What Do You Mean I Gotta Press Two For English?”

Normally when I go to restaurants, I go there to hear what people are talking about; to hear them discuss the pressing (or exaggerated) issues of the day.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about a certain person’s rant I heard while I was at a restaurant when I was in college. It went something like this:
“It’s a crime that we gotta press two to hear them foreigners try to talk English when we’re needin’ somethin’. What do you mean I gotta press two for English? This is America. We speak English, not no other languages.”
At that point, I tried to avert my gaze from the individual, hiding a grin beneath my hand. Yes, this could be considered a case of schadenfreude, which is indeed a word that exists within the English language. 
However, as with most of these incidents, I was more embarrassed for the person than upset about it. Here’s why: I believe this is an example of the failure of our education system here in the U.S.
Wed
20
Apr

Keep It Simple, Stupid

I do not favor the proverbial corporate fat cat; however, I think we can all agree the U.S. tax system is a broken mess.
President Obama recently limited U.S. companies from doing an ‘inversion’ or shifting money from the U.S. to other countries in order to pay lower taxes. The new rules make it difficult for a U.S. company to move their tax address to another country and avoid the 35 percent corporate tax rate. Yes, folks, you did not read that wrong, 35 percent tax rate.
I see the intent of the new rules; however, foreign companies that do business in the U.S., may be looking for ways to avoid dealing with these rules by simply packing up and going home.
According to Kenneth Frazier, Merck and Co. Chief Executive, American companies will likely begin moving their headquarters out of the U.S. in droves, or allowing themselves to be bought out by foreign companies, simply to avoid the real problem: the broken tax system.
Wed
20
Apr

Parts Of H Street Are Worse Than The Worst House In Town

We all have things we are embarrassed by. Maybe it’s the aunt who always pinches your cheek at family reunions, even though you are 40 years old. Maybe it’s slipping on the ice in front of a crowd of people. Or perhaps it’s leaving the rest room with your “barn door” open.
Or maybe it’s a street, how it looks, how it’s cared for and the appearance that it gives. Locally we have such a case that is nothing short of an embarrassment. H street in Fairbury from 23rd to 27th Street is, frankly, the worst road that I have ever driven on, and as a flagship road in our community either needs to be fixed or closed.
Wed
20
Apr

First Thing’s First

When I was younger, my alarm sat beside my bed, and every morning I awoke to the sounds of the radio.  This went on for several years, and I’m sure most of you reading this also used to wake up to the radio.  
Up until the time of smart phones, the radio was a  common method of waking up. It went without thought, you’d wake up, lay in bed and listen to the radio for a while until you finally had to roll out of bed. I can’t speak for everyone, but I haven’t woken up to the radio in years.  
Months ago I conducted a very non-scientific poll regarding what people do first thing in the morning…not surprisingly, “check my phone” was seen over and over again.
Many people, myself included, do not have an actual alarm clock anymore, we simply use the feature on our phones.  

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