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Wed
22
May
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What happened to playing outside?

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RAMBLES

This past weekend I was talking with my grandma and the conversation came up about how you see less and less kids outside playing these days.

I blame technology and smartphones, like I usually do. Granted, I’m not outside anywhere near enough, but I’m also not a kid, some evenings, if I have nothing going on, all I want to do is sit on the couch and do absolutely nothing.

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Wed
22
May
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10 years ago I was a little ‘green’

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So as the month of May, a long month of May, comes to an end here with our May 29 issue next week, it will complete 10 full years with the Clay County News for me. I’ll admit today that when I came to Clay County I was a little green, even a tad bit spooked.

I had been away from the newspaper industry since 1994 when I came back to the industry in 2009. I had moments of “can I do this...should I do this?”

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Wed
15
May
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Embracing our level of smart

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As of late I’ve been watching this television series called “Regular Show,” which is about this group of “people” running a park and typically have to fight off supernatural beings and all that fun stuff. (Side note: I put people in quotes because they’re not really peoplethe main characters are a blue jay and raccoon, that can talk and have people skills, etc.).

Yes, this is a cartoon, and yes, the viewing ages were focused on young adults...and I’m a few years from 30, but let’s not dwell on that.

Anyway, the show was on air from 2009 to 2017 and in the last episode of season seven (there are only eight seasons), Rigby (the raccoon) is giving a graduation speech, which is surprisingly inspirational given the fact that this is a cartoon.

Broken down his speech is about embracing the smarts we have and that no matter if we’re street smart, book smart or just specialize in one certain area of life, we can all still suceed in what we do.

Wed
15
May
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Time is flying past me before my eyes

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Another school year is about to be history and it seems to me, after 10 full school years with the Clay County News, that like every year, when I look back on the year it just blew past me like Buzz Lightyear on an adrenaline rush.

All three high schools have sent off another graduating class, Harvard on May 4, while Sutton and Sandy Creek sent their seniors off into the next stages of their lives this past Saturday.

What really hits me each year is the fact that many of these young men and women were second graders when I came to Clay County....SECOND GRADERS!

Then, add in the fact that some of the students I have covered these past 10 years are married and starting their young families. The sheer signs to me that right before my own eyes time is flying and if I’m not careful, I’ll miss something.

 

Wed
08
May
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The changing of routines

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Idon’t know about anyone else, but I like routines. I enjoy the certainty they provide and the fact that routines, for the most part, do not change.

However, with the school year ending and summer events taking place ,that routine of the school year and school activities is ending.

Loetta will no longer be out of the house from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. There won’t be any school activities, such as plays, concerts, afterschool programs or sports games.

Other than the occasional school board meeting, there really won’t be any reason for me to go to any of our schools until August.

In saying that, there are routines that come with the arrival of summer.

May is like clockworkwe have three special sections coming up; there’s state track (although I won’t be going, I’m used to Tory being gone those days); school will let out between May 15 and 22; and Memorial Day will end the month.

 

Wed
08
May
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Things you learn from your momma...

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Mothers Day is just around the corner, this Sunday in fact, and it always makes me think of my mother and some of the things I learned from her, even if at the time I might have seemed like “I already knew the things she taught me.”

This past Monday, May 6, mom would have been 76 years old. She left our family 30 years ago this past April, but her legacy continues on in our hearts and minds.

One of the biggest things I can safely recall mom teaching me specifically is that you always treat others as you want to be treated.

She and I often saw things differently, but I can understand why that was, because she was “always right,” and honestly, most of the time she was right, and if she wasn’t right I rarely said anything, because I treated her as I would want to be treated, should the role be reversed.

Mom always had her quirks, just like I do and most people I know do. She had a way of calming us down when we needed it, including my father.

 

Wed
01
May
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Tax relief for our affected communities

After the historic blizzards and flooding rolled through Nebraska and devastated our communities, we’ve heard countless stories of neighbor helping neighbor, and donations and help pouring in from across the country for our hurting communities, farms, and businesses.

I have been working hard in Congress to provide our state with relief – and I am proud to introduce legislation that would give a hand up to individuals and businesses.

Recently, along with Congressman Adrian Smith, I introduced the Disaster Tax Relief Act. This bicameral, bipartisan measure would deliver much-needed tax benefits to communities that were recently designated as “disaster areas.”

 

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Wed
01
May
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The writing of history

It’s a rare occasion when you are able to influence or even write history. When average Nebraska citizens lost their right to petition their government in 1994, many - no, actually most - didn’t even notice or pause to care if they did.

This loss of voting rights came in the form of a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling on Friday, May 13, 1994, with only four of the seven regular members present (two of them retired later that year). They doubled the signature threshold for all statewide petitions; financially inhibiting grass roots ideas and issues - leaving Nebraska with the highest signature requirement in the country.

In response, and for only the third time in U.S. history, the citizens removed the junior Justice who wrote the decision in an unprecedented grass roots, door-to-door campaign to “Vote NO on Judge Lanphier.” The campaign signs called for his removal in every neighborhood across much of Douglas, Sarpy and Cass counties.

 

Wed
24
Apr
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Afterthoughts of the flooding

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For Easter I traveled north to my mom and stepdad’s house, and along the way I passed through several areas where the flooding had wreaked havoc.

Thinking the bridge near Uehling was still gone, I drove through Seward and North Bend to get to my brother’s house in Snyder—to pick up my niece and nephew—before heading to Oakland.

Despite the entire town being covered with water, North Bend looked good. Although I didn’t take the time to drive through the entire town, and I’m sure there’s a ton more work to be done, from what I could see driving in to town and heading down Main Street, it looks as if everyone has done a tremendous amount of work.

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Wed
24
Apr
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Hang on to your hats folks...the rush is here

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There’s and old saying/ quick phrase out there that goes....“Whoa Nellie.” I can’t remember who started that, but it’s a fitting start to this week’s Bull session as that annual end of the school year stretch is upon us, and it’s about to get crazy busy over the next 4-5 weeks before we gear up for all the summer activities.

This weekend, as all three of our county track teams head to their respective conference track meets, is the annual signal for me as to the “storm” that is about to hit.

Sandy Creek and Sutton head to Milford for the Southern Nebraska Conference meet, which begins at 10 a.m., while the Harvard Cardinals have an easy trip south to Sandy Creek High School, where Lawrence-Nelson will host the Twin Valley Conference junior high and high school track and field meets, slated to begin at 9 a.m.

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