Commentary

Tue
17
Oct
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It’s getting tough to sort out what’s real versus what’s not

By Fred Arnold

“Did you see there was a shark swimming down the interstate?” a friend told me after the hurricane that battered Houston.

“What?!” I responded both cynically and somewhat in disbelief. Oh I was assured it was true. My friend saw it on Facebook. The thought still gives me the willies. Of course the posting was false. As it turns out someone had photo shopped an image of a shark and strategically placed it on a water covered Houston roadway.

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Tue
17
Oct
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‘Skills gap’ a national, local problem

By Deb Hadachek

Before there were Home and Garden (HGTV) and Do It Yourself (DIY) networks, there was This Old House.

It probably says something about my TV viewing habits-and how I forced them on my children-that my adult son texted me once and said “Mom! I’m on the same plane with Norm Abram!”

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Tue
10
Oct
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A place to call home

By Deb Hadachek

We know Republic County is a great place to call home.

Great citizens. Quality lifestyles. Good schools, and communities that love to support young people’s activities. Employers who are ready to hire workers immediately.

We can’t understand why everyone wouldn’t want to live here.

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Tue
10
Oct
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Weather, harvest and a bunch of miscellany

By Fred Arnold

It’s time to clean out my in basket again; those things which are more random topics or bullet points rather than fodder for a full fledged column.

• Last week I was told that we’re in for a bad winter.

You can always tell when rain interrupts a harvest that the cycle has been set for a wet winter. The longer harvest is delayed the worse the winter will be.

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Tue
03
Oct
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There is no ‘they’ to blame

By Deb Hadachek Editor

I knew it was coming. Yet, on Monday, when I saw city employees take the windows out of the 1930s bath house at the Belleville City Park, I wasn’t sure I was quite ready to say goodbye.

It feels like the death of an old friend.

But truthfully, I accepted that her end was near.

Because of the way the bath house was constructed, there were no good or easy ways she could be repurposed for another use.

 

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Tue
03
Oct
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Let’s slow down before we get excited about 1,500 new jobs

By Fred Arnold Publisher

Probably by now most of our readers have heard and discussed the possibility of a Tyson Chicken Project in our area.

Cloud County Economic Development has decided to compete for a plant that could be a significant job creator.

In a news release to the Telescope, the project “along the US 81 Corridor includes a multi-million dollar facility that is expected to employ between 1,500 and 1,700 workers.”

 

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Thu
28
Sep
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The Write Stuff / Calling fellow bibliophiles

By Deb Hadachek

Sometimes I despair that people don’t seem to read much these days.

Then the annual Used Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Belleville Public Library comes around, and my faith is restored in my fellow bibliophiles.

For various reasons--donations of some large private collections, the weeding of the library’s collection to make room for new books and media--the Friends had a larger than normal offering this year.

Because I am a nice person, I volunteered my husband’s labor and his pickup and trailer to haul away the remaining books for recycling after the sale was over. Sadly, I had another place I needed to be the day the Friends had to move the leftover books out of the library’s meeting room.

When I got home Wednesday night, I was surprised to find a half-empty trailer of books parked in my yard. I expected many more.

Thu
28
Sep
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‘I’m sorry, I can’t... it’s just too soon’

By Fred Arnold

Let me preface this op/ ed by saying that I come from a political family.

Politics swirled around our supper table like the heady aroma of mom’s fried chicken on Sunday.

My people were all Democrats. “Mr. Roooosevelt saved the country” my grandma would often say. Grandma always emphasized the “oooo”.

My dad was a railroader and head of the Western Divsion union for the Rock Island Railroad. And mom, well she used to say “Republicans would vote for a yellow dog if it ran on the GOP ticket.”

My family nearly disowned me when I registered Republican, though my friend Thayne sometimes calls me a ‘libtard.’ I remember my old boss and mentor Merle Miller telling me, “You can’t go wrong if you vote Republican.”

Now, having said ALL of that, though I am political, I am sick of politics. For obvious reasons.

Thu
21
Sep
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When did I have to start being fair?

Commentary

There’s a couple of things I know. In that category it’s that there’s no crying in baseball (thanks Tom Hanks) and life isn’t fair.

Not too many people have seen me have a conniption fit. It ain’t a pretty thing. But last week I nearly went into the DT’s, spaz attacks and exhibit stroke-like face twinges.

In having a conversation with an employee from another business within our corporation I was told, “That’s not fair....” regarding a personnel decision.

Not fair? I heard that frequently when my kids were something like eight and 14. But I never expected that from an adult. By the way when things weren’t “fair” ask my kids how well that turned out for them. To this day even as adults they cringe when the discussion gets brought up about “the yardstick.”

Thu
21
Sep
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Things I ponder about the school bond

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Twenty years ago, Republic County Hospital started to plan for renovations needed to a 50-year old building.

When all the wants and needs were tallied, the total came to $12 to $14 million.

Too much, said the hospital board.

So everyone got their heads together and whittled and pared and refigured and redesigned, and the final proposal came up to $6 million.

It will never pass, said one of my friends on the board at that time.

But they took the needs to the public, and the public agreed that bond issue was necessary.

Today, I still get questions about “When the hospital remodeled, why didn’t you (fill in the blank)?”

And the answer is always the same: because the hospital had six million to spend. And even though there were more things the board wished could have been added or changed or configured differently, they prioritized what could be done for six million, and that’s what they did.

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