Editorials

Wed
02
Sep

Five hours of raking and I could have done more

By Cynthia Scheer
Michael’s been putting me to work on the farm lately. In the past week I’ve logged quite a few hours raking hay and moving bales. These are tasks I haven’t helped with much in the past.
I baled hay earlier this summer, so when Michael said he and I were going to rake and bale 35 acres of CRP, I told him I wanted to run the baler. I already knew how to run that tractor, after all. I had never raked hay before, but I had watched him, and there was far too much raising-of-the-rake for me.
No, Michael said, the rake is easier.
I’ve learned that the simplest tasks always go to me. I once asked him what the easiest job was during pasture burning. He said it was walking the drip torch. Hmmm, that’s the task I’m usually assigned.
Anyway, Michael gave me a tutorial on how to run the tractor hooked to the rake because I had never driven that tractor. And then off I went.
Wed
02
Sep

Letters to the Editor

Recycling important
Editor:
I was happy to read that The Fairbury Journal- News is now recycling materials that are accepted at the recycling center in Fairbury.
It is good to know there are businesses and centers who care about recycling. For example, the Heritage Care Center, the Jefferson Community Health Center, and also the American Lutheran Church-all recycle. It would be interesting to know if any other places in our community are recycling.
Are the public schools involved in recycling? It would be great if the cafeteria kitchens would recycle the large cans and plastic bottles used there. The high school lunchroom could provide a recycling bin for the student’s use. It would set a good example and provide an opportunity for the students to help the community.
Wed
02
Sep

The Official Dog Of Husker Nation Isn’t A Husker At All

I do a fair amount of travelling for my job. When asked “Where ya’ from?” I always reply, Fairbury, Nebraska. “Oh, that’s the place Fairbury hot dogs come from,” is a frequent response.
 Well, yes...and no. 
 Fairbury, Nebraska used to be the place where Fairbury Brand Hot Dogs came from. Several years ago the Roode family sold out to Weimers Meats of West Point, Nebraska. Fairbury Brand hot dogs, the hot dog of Husker nation proudly made in West Point. Confusing, eh?
 Well, it’s about to get a lot more confusing. Starting this year the nearly 100,000 Fairbury Brand hot dogs that will be consumed at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium will be made in Munster, Indiana. That’s right...Hoosierland. Weimers, which bought the company and the recipe from the Roode family of Fairbury sold out to ‘Land O’ Frost’ meats of Indiana.
Wed
02
Sep

Seeing tomorrow can save today

In studying Edo-period Japanese culture, I came across a term called, “Seeing Tomorrow.”
In essence, it takes all information, no matter how minor, to apply to a plan. This was notably used in combat but also in an economic sense.
Having an autistic son, my wife and I have applied many of these rules to our parenting style as we monitor his diet, social interaction, sleep patterns and general behavior as a means of “Seeing Tomorrow.”
The Fairbury Public Schools Board, in particular Superintendent Grizzle, has begun “Seeing Tomorrow.” The group is putting away funds now to pay down on major projects in the future. Several years ago, the school district I was associated with in my prior position, Perkins County Public Schools, began saving up for a plan to either renovate their aging middle school, or put an addition on the high school to accommodate those students.
Wed
26
Aug

As I Sit Here Thinking...

Cynthia Scheer
Staff Writer
My brain is always going at a hundred miles an hour, which is probably why I have a terrible time remembering much of anything from one moment to the next. It’s also why I talk so fast: If my mouth doesn’t keep up with my brain I forget what I’m talking about. 
I’ve noticed, though, that I can’t talk and do something else at the same time. If Michael and I are picking up toys off the living room floor and I start to tell a story, I have to stop what I’m doing and stand there and talk. I can’t focus on both talking and putting the toys where they go. 
Here are some of the things my hundred-mile-an-hour brain has been thinking about lately:
Wed
26
Aug

It Took 25 Years But I Finally Did What My Dad Told Me

My Dad and I had a great relationship. I don’t think it was possible for a father and son to be closer than me and my Dad were. Even though he has been gone for nearly 20 years hardly a day goes by that I don’t think about him at some point or another.
Dad was always the one I went to for advice. “Ask Dad, he’ll know,” usually went through my head when I had a question or problem. And whatever my Dad told me to do that’s exactly what I would do.
When I bought the Journal-News nearly a quarter of a century ago one of the first things my Dad told me was to always wear a tie to work. “Businessmen should always wear ties,” he said. “If you look like a professional people will take you more seriously.”
Okay.
Wed
26
Aug

There is a new day dawning at FJN

Welcome to the new Fairbury Journal-News. It has been a long time since I have been inside the office walls here and it still feels very familiar.
However, there are a lot of changes coming in the weeks ahead. 
The look and design of the paper will be changing to make the paper easier to navigate and read each week. We plan on integrating social media and various forms of technology to help enhance the experience for our readers and provide unmatched coverage of the entire region.
My goal is to make the entire experience of the Journal-News, and soon fairburytv, to be one of keeping the readers informed, entertained and enlightened.
Wed
19
Aug

Strange Pregnancy Side Effects

I’ve been counting down to my late-September due date since my nausea began in week three clear back in late January.
For more than four months I lived with nausea nearly every waking moment, and it was during the peak of that nausea that I told Michael we were absolutely, positively finished having children after this one.
Funny thing about it, though, is that now that the nausea is gone, I see all of these cute, tiny babies and think, “Maybe, in three or four years, I will have the courage to do it again.”
Four kids would be a lot, though, but I’ve now gone from absolutely being finished with this third little edition to being open to the possibility of a fourth one, one day.
It’s like the old saying that you forget how terrible the labor is once you hold the baby, only in my case, I forget how horrible the nausea is when it finally passes somewhere after 20 weeks.
Wed
19
Aug

Letters to the Editor

There Is No Easy Ride Withy Marxism
Editor: 
Marxist Theory 101 Revisited: Karl Marx envisioned a time when the state would own all means of production. To most this seemed to imply state ownership of the mines, mills, factories, assembly lines, farms and all business’ normally owned privately.
But a closer look will reveal to the mind that those things just mentioned are not the means of production, but rather the places where things are produced. The true means of production are the people that work and operate those places. So in the truest sense the state owns the people and regards people as property.
Wed
19
Aug

Absence Of Community Festival Is A Black Mark For The Fairbury Community

 A new family relocating to Fairbury stopped by the Journal-News office to find out more about our community. Among the questions asked was “What kind of town festival do you have here?” An uncomfortable “none” was the answer. “You’d think a town this big would have something like that,” was the response.
  Yes, you’d think.
 As we look at communities all around Fairbury, larger and smaller, it is obvious that most of them have some sort of town celebration. A parade. A car show. A street dance. Something. And while Fairbury does have a smattering of each of these through separate activities and events throughout the year put on by various groups, it is painfully obvious that we as a community are lacking in ‘a day,’ an event that brings people to town and hold their attention all day long.

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