Editorials

Wed
15
Oct

Words Of Wisdom From A Four-­year -old

My four year old has given me quite a few good laughs in the past few weeks. He is finally at the age where he is able to articulate things as he sees them, which is often quite funny. Rarely does a day go by that he doesn’t share some piece of wisdom that makes me smile or laugh. I have started writing down my favorites.
A couple weeks ago the boys were riding with me in the pickup as I drove the pickup and empty stock trailer a few miles down the road to meet up with Michael at a pasture. The dirt roads are quite bumpy and there are a variety of wash­out spots. The empty stock trailer bounced along behind me and inspired my favorite bit of wisdom from Kane that day:
“Be careful, Mommy, we don’t want the trailer to come unhooked from the pickup,” he said.
Wed
15
Oct

Letters to the Editor

Jansen Woman Says Ebke Misses Mark 
On Health Care
Editor:
Don’t you think we as voters should be more concerned aout the issues than who is stealing each others signs?
I think both of our candidates, Laura Ebke and Phil Hardenburger have better things to do and neither would stoop so low.
I don’t understand why Laura Ebke is opposed to the Obamacare exchange? The affordable health care exchange allows people without health insurance to shop for private or cooperative health insurance but  also helps them determine if they qualify for a health care subsidy.
It is not government health care. Government health care medicare or medicaid, is available only to those 65 or over, or the very poor. We should support the health care exchange for all Nebraskans needing healthcare. Be an informed citizen before you vote.
 
Joyce Heidemann
Jansen, NE
Wed
15
Oct

Doing A Favor For The Local City Council

 Over the course of 35 years of covering meetings and writing stories, I have regularly taken up the cause against anonymity. More especially against those people who feel the need to send things in to the paper voicing their opinion and demanding they be addressed.
 For the record...again...let me stress that unsigned opinions will never be published, we will not take up that cause, fight that fight, nor will we party to anything sent in anonymously demanding action.
 There is no courage in anonymity.
  To that end Fairbury City Council president Ed Friesen asked me, and I agreed to, get involved in this discussion from the City of Fairbury’s point of view. He says I have “a way of reaching people.” Cheesing them off may be truer to the point but call it what you will.
Wed
15
Oct

Saturday Event Brought Domestic Abuse Awareness Into The Spotlight

J-N Commentary   
 
And a good time was had by all.
   Saturday evening The Hope Crisis Center in Fairbury staged an event at the Fairbury Elks Lodge to heighten awareness of domestic assault/abuse, “one half of dueling pianos.”
   In keeping with the theme that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month it seemed rather odd that so many people got together and had a great time for something so serious as domestic violence. But what a great way it was to bring light to such an ominous topic! The room was crowded, the entertainment great and money was raised for this cause.
   The staff at the Local Hope Crisis Center is to be commended for coming up with this new way to get people interested in an event. Have fun AND raise awareness. So many times with local events it is “same old same old.” Have a walk, host a fun run, ask for donations.
Wed
08
Oct

Avoiding The Wildlife On My Runs

There are a lot of small snakes on the roads these days. I’ve never noticed them in years past, although the only reason that I am noticing them now is because I nearly step on them every day that I go running on the back roads near our house.
I would guess that I see 3­5 of these snakes every day that I run. I about have a heart attack each time that I come within a couple feet of these things, and I always look behind me for several yards after I pass them to be sure that they aren’t chasing me. They never even move.
A few of these snakes are squished dead. Most of them, though, are alive, I think, although they don’t seem to be alarmed by my pounding feet that nearly smash them. I suppose they are sunning themselves on the road.
Wed
08
Oct

Letters to the Editor

Domestic Violence Is Everyone’s Business

Wed
08
Oct

Kicks Just Keep Gettin’ Harder To Find


Paul Revere and Fred Arnold
And they’re going to be a lot harder now.
While I was at the office one day last weekend I spent a couple of minutes, as I usually do, cruising the web for updates in news. There it was right in front of me: ‘Rock And Roll Icon Paul Revere Dead.’
 I immediately pulled open my desk drawer, shuffled around a few papers and pulled out an old photo. On one side stood me, goofily smiling next to a be-speckled guy in a in a showman-esque Continental style uniform.....Paul Revere.
 Nearly a decade ago I had the chance to see Revere and his Raiders in concert. After the show as I walked up the aisle Revere happened to be standing there and asked “Want to have your picture taken with an old man?”  Oh boy, did I!
Wed
08
Oct

Patronize What We Have Here In Fairbury

Up until recently  there were doubts that Fairbury would ever again have a bowling alley. The Pla-Mor Lanes had sat empty for over a year after it’s former owner had died.
 Those doubts were erased last week when David Rogers along with his sons Nathan and Jason of Gilead purchased the bowling alley and accompanying restaurant ‘The Pla-Mor Cafe.’ The family intends to run both as going businesses.
 This is most welcome news for our community. Any time any person or group of people invests in a local business or industry we should welcome them with open arms. Every commercial enterprise adds to our local economy with wages, utilities, taxes and other dollars trading hands. It is also the same with the bowling alley and cafe.
  But this most recent and appreciated addition to Fairbury does not come without a codicil: people need to patronize it. Do business there.
Wed
01
Oct

The State Is Set

 
The Stage 
Is Set
 
 
The six-month regular season is complete, and now the fun begins in Major League Baseball.
Thirty teams began the season with a goal of reaching the post-season.
However ten teams overcame injuries, and worked their way through the regular season to have a shot at playing baseball in October.
The goal for these ten teams is to advance and win the World Series which begins Oct. 21.
There are five teams that qualified for American League Playoffs and five teams that will do battle in the National League Playoffs.
The American League Wild Card Game will pit the Oakland Athletics against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sept. 30th.
The winner advances to face the West Division Champion Los Angeles Angels in the American League Division Series which is a best of five.
Wed
01
Oct

Good Old Fashioned Fun On The Farm

My two boys have been a part of daily farm life since they were only a few days old. They experienced their first sheep chores in a stroller as I pushed them around to the various pens before hauling water or forking hay. I remember zipping them into their little snow suits on cold days and covering them with blankets before chore time.
As they got older they fussed when the stroller stopped moving. Sheep feeding time became a relay. On several occasions I would push the stroller halfway between the grain trailer and the sheep pens and run back to the grain trailer to get my full pails of feed as the child began to fuss. I would then nearly run those pails of feed to the sheep pens and run back to the stroller to console an angry child.

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