Commentary

Tue
15
Aug

The Write Stuff

By Deb Hadachek

Next Monday’s solar eclipse may be the most talked about one or two minutes in recent history.

In the interest of journalistic excellence, I thought about inviting myself to tag along with the Pike Valley and Republic County school kids, who are being transported to somewhere in the wilds of Nebraska so they can experience the “path of totality”.

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Tue
15
Aug

Fresh produce? Republic County’s got it

By Fred Arnold

There are a lot of really great things about Republic County. From basically the first of June through September, not the least of the 'great things' is fresh produce. Oh sure I love a good piece of meat; steak in any form is pretty hard to beat, but this time of year anything that comes from the garden is pretty darned hard to beat.

Late last week I was calling on a customer in Courtland when I stopped at The Depot Market. I had a great conversation with the owner. I had never met her, nor she me. I'd like to think we're friends now. Aside from that which made the trip worthwhile, I also loaded up on watermelons and cukes.

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Tue
08
Aug

Takeaways from this year’s NCK Free Fair

By Fred Arnold

Another fair is in the books. I told someone over the weekend that there are only two times when it comes to the NCK Free Fair: fair week and getting ready for fair week.

I say this only tongue in cheek, but one of the things that makes our fair literally the best county fair anywhere is the people and the planning that go in to putting on such a great event each year. It frankly wouldn't surprise me that while people push brooms, pick up trash and put things away this week, they aren't already planning for the 2018 event.

As a guy who used to raise Black Angus cattle I have been a little worried about the cattle numbers at the fair in recent years. This year though the numbers seemed a little higher to me. I really like going through the cattle barn and comparing stock. There's nothing like having a kid raise a calf to teach him or her responsibility.

 

Tue
08
Aug

Sometimes, you gotta enjoy the ride

By Deb Hadachek

Last week as I walked around the NCK Free Fair midway (one of the most awesome midways in recent history, by the way) I spotted something so unbelieveable that I thought at first I must be mistaken.

But no, I wasn’t.

There, on one of the large, state fair quality, vomit-inducing rides (for me, anyway)- -someone was looking at their phone and texting.

Sometimes, people, you’ve just got to put the phone away and enjoy the ride.

While I don’t track my own time on a computer, phone or television (let’s just say my answer to that might be “quite a bit”) the actual data and research on those numbers should make us uncomfortable.

 

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Tue
01
Aug

The power of the press is more like the power of suggestion

By Fred Arnold

A reader from Munden came in last week and was still hot that the Republic County Commissioners have not committed to having a tax sale.

I heard all the ‘cussing and discussing’ ranging from “don’t they want the tax money, don’t they need the tax money” to “if it doesn’t happen in Belleville they don’t give a crap” and “the county attorney wants more money for doing less work.”

Ouch.

The final comment was “can’t you write something in the paper and make them do it?” Yes, the power of the press is considerable. Even on the local level. It has been said you can’t win an argument with someone who buys paper by the ton and ink by the barrel. And while I cannot “make” the county commissioners do anything, it is difficult to understand why getting an annual tax sale in Republic County is so daunting and seemingly impossible.

 

Tue
01
Aug

It is time to restore civility to the White House

By Deb Hadachek

I watched a few seasons of The Apprentice, the reality show hosted by President Trump, then just businessman Donald Trump.

I started watching because of the seasons that country singer Trace Adkins was a contestant (he was runner up to Piers Morgan in 2008, and winner of the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice in 2013).

I get sucked into a few of these reality TV shows because sometimes, I really, really, really just want the good guy to win.

 

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Tue
25
Jul

USD 109 board is really working for everyone’s interests

By Fred Arnold

You can really learn a lot by attending a meeting that lasts nearly four hours.

Mostly, to stay away from them.

As a personal rule of thumb any meeting that runs more than an hour tends to be fruitless. People lose their focus.

But Thursday’s special meeting of the District 109 school board got more informative as the night wore on. Board members, instead of zoning out of succumbing to dull senses, honed in even more on the issue at hand:

 

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Tue
25
Jul

County fair ahead

By Deb Hadachek

I was driving through another county a couple of weeks ago when on the outskirts of town was a big flashing sign warning “County Fair Ahead”.

I’m sure it was a very nice county fair, but certainly not a traffic-stopper. What I saw looked like a fun time on the order of the festivals that Cuba, Scandia, and Courtland hold in July (okay, maybe not as big as Courtland Fun Day).

And once again I thought, “People in Republic County really don’t appreciate how different our county fair is from the rest.”

 

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Tue
18
Jul

100% of the people think I’m wrong 50% of the time

By Fred Arnold

A whole bunch of thoughts this week from the “stuff” pile on my desk:

•Another Cuba Harvest Festival is in the books. It’s been quite a while since I have went to a Harvest Fest, though I really don’t know why. I suppose I can thank editor Deb Hadachek for that as she was gone this past weekend and asked if I would cover in her absence.

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Tue
18
Jul

Keep an open mind

By Deb Hadachek

This week the Republic County USD 109 school board will begin to discuss in earnest whether they want to put a proposed construction plan for district buildings to a public vote.

These board members are realists, and in my opinion, represent the diverse factions that subjects like “bond issue” and “mill levy” conjure up.

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