Commentary

Tue
20
Jun

I don’t understand why people don’t get it

By Fred Arnold

It happens on a regular basis.

I hear people complain that no one seems to know about their projects, event, or upcoming meeting.

Well, join the club. People sometimes think newspapers should know information through osmosis, I guess.

 

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Tue
20
Jun

‘Building’ is not the ‘service’

By Deb Hadachek

No more than one set of buildings is razed in downtown Belleville, questions have arisen about another building--the Republic County Health Department on 18th ST, just west of Arbuthnots.

The health department was unexpectedly moved to the former Rolling Hills Electric offices on US81 two weeks ago after county commissioners learned that water damage and maintenance to the building might cost in excess of $100,000 to correct.

“It’s a pit” was the explanation of Republic County Commissioner Ed Splichal on the need to vacate the health department building.

 

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Tue
13
Jun

What kind of community are you from?

By Deb Hadachek

There’s an illustration that often gets resurrected about a stranger who comes to town and asks a man sitting outside a gas station “What kind of people live here?”

The local man asks “What kind of people live in the place you’re from?” and the stranger recounts the hateful, bitter, small minded people that live in his hometown.

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Tue
13
Jun

Lack of leadership rears its ugly head at council meeting

By Fred Arnold

Anyone not disturbed by what happened (or didn't happen) at Monday's meeting of the Belleville City Council certainly should be.

This farcical gala, which lasted more than 3 1/2 hours, spiraled out of control with off- topic discussions, actions that went nowhere, and personal jabs between city leaders, and on one occasion, between a council member and a member of the audience.

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Tue
06
Jun

The Write Stuff / Summer family disasters ... I mean, vacations

By Deb Hadachek

 

My friend and news director Toby Nosker of KNCK radio in Concordia reviews a lot of movies. Last week, I was just devastated when he commented that The Diary of a Wimpy Kid was one of the worst movies he’s seen all year. Just goes to show my lessthan- discerning-good-taste in movies.

Actually, everyone I know over the age of 10 also thought it was the worst movie they’ve seen. I laughed out loud the entire show. I am apparently the only adult in the free world who found this movie hilarious. Or, I am the only adult in the free world who has experienced most of the vacation tribulations shown in a Diary of a Wimpy Kid

 

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Tue
06
Jun

‘Success is an attitude-- get yours right

By Fred Arnold

In my formative years as a community journalist I learned a lot from my mentor, former Telescope publisher Merle Miller. Merle was always lecturing me about something or another.

Or so I thought. What I thought of as heavy handed, Merle told me in later years, was just his way of giving me an education. Life’s lessons about journalism, community and being a good citizen. During that mentoring process Merle came into my office one day and gave me a placard. It was very old and read simply: “Success is an attitude... get yours right.” I still have it today carefully kept in a file where I have things that mean a great deal to me. I was reminded of that placard twice over the past weekend.

 

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Tue
30
May

Who’s going to fill those shoes?

By Fred Arnold

A couple of weeks ago Belleville city councilman Adam Robertson said something that has stuck with me. I wrote it down but didn’t use it in any news story I had written that week about local government.

‘Who’s going to be the next generation to step up?’

Robertson was talking about people who get involved, build things and make sure everything in Belleville goes and keeps going now and for the future.

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Tue
30
May

The Write Stuff / Getting it write

By Deb Hadachek

I laughed the other day as I looked through the Wish List Son #1 posted on Amazon of possible birthday gifts.

Among tech gadgets and books, he had selected--a fountain pen.

This is obviously some sort of genetic quirk buried deep in our family’s DNA. I imagine there was a caveman somewhere in our lineage that tossed down a burnt stick he was using to scratch on his cave walls and demanded a nice, sharp piece of charcoal.

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Tue
23
May

Now’s your chance to make a difference

By Deb Hadachek Editor

I was talking to a city council member the other day about the perils of public life: the sad reality that you sometimes make enemies over the decisions you help make. Often in rural communities, those decisions come down to dollars and cents.

We all want great roads, perfect schools, progressive community services, parks, swimming pools, lights, water, gas and a roof over our children’s heads while they all receive the ideal education tailored to their unique personalities and needs. So, once again, people with great ideas, talents and experiences have an opportunity to make a real difference in making the choices that affect their school districts and cities. You can file to run for an open position on your local school board, or if you live within the boundaries of a city, run for city council.

 

Tue
23
May

2017 grads: go away but don’t forget to come home

By Fred Arnold Publisher

 

As busy as my days and weeks have been as of late trying to wrap up prep sports, covering school events and taking care of day to day Telescope assignments,

I was reminded I’m not the only soldier in the fort. Republic County High School Principal Alan Sheets was able to take a bit of a breather and talk to me for a few minutes prior to last week’s graduation ceremony. “One day leads to another,” he said. “Get paper work ready, hand it out, get activities done and do it all over again the next day.”

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