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Randomly Tonia

Some recent illegal activity, namely car theft and burglary, has the town talking. While most are sharing the reports via Facebook posts, some are reacting with little surprised or angry emoticons and some are commenting as well. One posting party...

 

LTTE: Let me in immigration man

This letter is in response to the recent articles covering immigration. My grandfather Albert Joseph Bialek came to the United States from Poland in 1910. Per the Ellis Island website, he boarded the ship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse in Bremen,...

 

Delusions and disappointment

I found myself writing this weeks editorial on Monday, President’s Day. When I first realized this fact I became frustrated with the sudden realization that our government offices were closed for the holiday. As it is my responsibility to compile t...

 

Dream a little dream

I awoke at 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning, remarkably aware of every detail of the seemingly quite long dream I had just had. The possible reasons for why I had dreamed what I had kept me awake several hours, or as is the way it goes, until a half hour...

 

Randomly Tonia

Just a few mornings ago I woke up still tired and groggy, sure that it was at least an hour before my usual wake up time. As I sat up in bed the tell-tale ache in my head and the stiffness in my neck screamed that my night was anything but restful....

 

Dear Valentine...or, "What I learned from Valentine's Day"

Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, a day that is honored not just in America, but in several places across the world. Many people often exchange flowers, candy, cards and gifts with friends and loved ones on this day to show their affection. It has b...

 

Shadow or not, spring is coming, just don't bet on it

Every February 2nd, for longer than anyone can remember, has been a day of foretelling the weather. Although history can be clouded (pun intended), it’s believed that Groundhog Day may have originated in the Celtic lands of Europe where it was...

 

President Trump, time and Nebraska sunsets

There is so much I want to say about last Friday’s Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as our 45th President of the United States, and yet so much has already been said that I find it might be easier to attempt a lengthy commentary on the less...

 

LTTE: The Bridge Builder

An old man, going a lone highway came at the evening cold and gray, to a chasm, vast and deep and wide, through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim; the sullen stream held no fears for him, but he turned when...

 

An obsession of "Nevermore"

Edgar Allen Poe was born on this day, January 19, 1809 in Boston, MA. I don’t remember how old I was, whether I was in high school or college, but I do remember the first time I read, “The Raven.” I can equate the experience to being forced to...

 

Randomly Tonia

My grandma used to watch us when my mom worked and we were too young for school. Our time together was short, usually just a few hours. Still, we often had lunch with her and then she would rest in her chair and watch her stories. I would get a big C...

 

Freeing yourself from bullies

According to the government website, stopbullying.gov, nearly half of children in grades 4-12 reported that they had been bullied at least once a month. Not many people would be terribly surprised by this information. Anti-bullying campaigns are not...

 

Randomly Tonia

With the dawning of a new year many of us are cleaning out closets, cleaning out friends lists and just preparing in general for the new year. I have started a new year with lofty ideals and intentions for more years than I care to count. There is...

 

Randomly Tonia

The evolution of Christmas is a natural progression for millions across the world, and I find that I am no exception. Though Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, has the reason I enjoy this season progressed as I age or has it remained stea...

 

Focus on family this Christmas

This time of year has always been incredibly magical for me. It’s not just Christmas that makes me feel this way, as it is also the month of my birthday, as well as, the month my first child was born. Even if you were to take away all of those...

 

The weather disconnect

By the time you read this, the temperature should be past its first dip into single digits and making its way back up for slightly more pleasant, if not still blustery, seasonal weather. Weather, it’s what most polite people converse about when...

 

Letter to the editor

This letter is in response to the recent Observer editorial, “Raves, Rants and Reality.” It’s very nice to hear the writer’s comments about her health care experience at Kimball Health Services and that she felt she was well taken care of, ev...

 

Passion like the wind

What is wind? For those of us in Western Nebraska, that’s a superfluous question as even the youngest child has experienced what the National Center for Atmospheric Research describes as, “moving air that is caused by differences in air pressure...

 

Compassion begets gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! There are so many multitudes of joyful people and things in life to be grateful about and yet, as I write this, I am so very distracted. My intention for the past several weeks leading up to this issue was to write a lovely and...

 

Raves, rants and reality

It is that time of year when people are dealing with the dreaded flu and other illnesses. When you are sick, tired and weak, it makes everything in your life more difficult not to mention, emotionally stressful. Thank goodness for the good and...

 

Letter to the editor

A boy student, in the 12th grade, starved for attention, parched for understanding, handed in the following poem to his teacher: “He always wanted to explain things, but no one cared. So he drew, sometimes he would draw and it wasn’t anything....

 

Letter to the editor

I think that we should acknowledge the Sheriff’s Office and Kimball Police for protecting the kids on Halloween. They parked at the intersection of Sixth and Adams, where I live and made sure that children were safe and even handed out little...

 

Randomly Tonia

When I was in high school we had a career fair of sorts. Recruiters from colleges and all branches of the military came to speak with us about our future plans. I was drawn to the Air Force, a dream fueled by fierce patriotism and the movie Top Gun...

 

Letter to the editor

Friends and Neighbors in Kimball County: I have worked with the Kimball County Agricultural Society for over twenty years. I have found them to be hard working volunteers who care about the youth of our County and about supporting the future of...

 

Letter to the editor

Am I the only one having trouble understanding what’s going on at our Hospital Clinic? Is it the hospital board or the CEO that is responsible for hiring and firing our doctors and nurses? At the clinic all of the front office people were let go. W...

 

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