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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

    Mar 7, 2018

    Editor, I see the city council approved LB840 funds to support the hickory square project. They say this comes from the one-half cent sales tax that was approved by the voters in 2012. If the city officials and city council go back and see how this tax was presented and sold to the voters they would see that 50 percent of that tax would go to repair of our deteriorating streets. People would like to know how this LB840 got in there. The city has spent less than one percent on our streets since this tax went into effect in 2013 and has not done...

  • Sidney Regional Medical Center - Letter to the Editor

    Sidney Regional Medical Center|Jan 3, 2018

    Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC), a very devoted business member of the community and proud supporter of Sidney, Cheyenne County, and the region, on behalf of the Board of Directors, administration, directors, and staff of SRMC, we would like to wish the new clinic the best and look forward to our continued partnership to support the community's healthcare needs. We are glad that the physicians and physician assistants have retained their hospital privileges at Sidney Regional Medical...

  • Letter To The Editor: Get serious of U.S. problems

    C.J.Cornelius Jr. M.D., SIdney|Apr 28, 2016
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    Non-metropolitan Nebraskan are predominately conservative, and more likely to support candidates who profess these views. However, this year is unlike any year in my memory since Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was the Democratic candidate in the 1930s whose views were similar to those of the Democratic candidates at present. Their programs are to spend money, which we don’t have, to solve our present economic disaster. No one that I know had heard of a trillion (dollars) before the past few years, let alone $18 trillion of them currently ack...

  • Letter To The Editor: Is it possible?

    Stan Fox, Sidney|Apr 26, 2016

    Dear Editor, Anthony Ruiz’s picture of a panoramic view of the new Deadwood fitness and exercise trail was really neat! (April 12th edition of the Sun-Telegraph). Is it possible that Sidney could offer the basic services that traveling cyclists are looking for? (food, water, tents, showers). With this in mind, I would like to make a general statement that active bicycle tourists as well as hikers, walkers, runners, cyclists, triathletes and so on really does boost an area’s economy in a nice way! Could Sidney be a bicycle-friendly town with...

  • Letter To The Editor: Fed up with policians

    George Devine|Apr 25, 2016
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    Dear Editor, We the people are fed up with the lies and deceit of the greedy politicians who think more of themselves than the people they represent. They are a group of self-righteous individuals who capitalize on every opportunity to benefit themselves. Our voice is being heard loud and clear. Politicians, you will mistreat us no more. We will elect a person who is not a politician and cannot be bought. One who is on a mission to take this country back and restore the greatness that it once had. We will elect a one Donald J. Trump. And so it... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor - Reader: Developer should pay

    Jack Schilling, Sidney|Apr 13, 2016
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    Dear Editor: I would like to know why the taxpayer has to pay for the Pole Creek Cross Rd. That was not an existing street or a road between Greenwood and Fort Sidney roads before they started to develop that land. Therefore, since it is on land being developed, the developer should pay to have that road paved. Why should the developer benefit from our tax dollars? The city council has the city deep enough in debt without adding more to it. Hopefully, the new city manager can help solve the spending problem the council has created. Jack...

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader: Enough is enough

    Kenneth Dirks, Chappell|Mar 25, 2016

    Dear Editor, When a person graduates from high school, he can choose the higher education route and spend lots of money getting a degree. Or, he can spend lots of money on farmland and equipment to become a farmer. The first one might end up paying some real estate taxes if he eventually buys a home. The second one is being taxed to death if he lives in Nebraska, where the lion’s share of funding for schools and local government spending comes from farmers and ranchers. It is time to do away with the archaic idea of taxing property which may... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader: Explain it to them

    Steve Wilson, Sidney|Mar 21, 2016
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    Dear Editor, I grew up in Sidney, a poor kid, from the “other side of the tracks.” As such a kid, I often felt marginalized and left out of many community organized activities. Having said this, I recently heard what the daily admission price to the new pool was going to be. I want to challenge every elected city council member, on the first 90-degree day of summer, to go up to Sioux Villa, Cheyenne Villa, or any playground on the North side of town and explain to each of those children why they aren’t good enough to swim in the new pool... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor - Efforts to derail Trump

    C.J. Cornelius Jr. MD, Sidney|Mar 17, 2016

    Dear Editor, There is currently an effort by the establishment of the Republican Party to sabotage the candidacy of Donald Trump. This is an effort that will destroy the Republican Party for decades if not for all time. They have even gone so far as to promote the candidacy of Hillary Clinton in order for them to retain their positions as the all wise and all knowing who should decide the candidate of the party and their personal perks which go along with same rather than let the voting public elect the Presidential candidate. If they are... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader: Why against it?

    Jack Schilling, Sidney|Mar 11, 2016

    Dear Editor, I want to thank Mr. Arterburn and Mr. Galloway for reminding the council that the 1/2 cent sales tax being collected is to be used for street improvements, not new construction. So why are the other three against the use of the tax money? Jack Schilling Sidney... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor - Swimming pool concerns

    Rita Hart, Sidney|Mar 4, 2016

    Dear Editor, I hate to bring this subject up once again, but after reading the article about the $4 million that our city council is spending on the new swimming pool, I feel a few items should be addressed. First off, I see the daily rates/seasonal costs to go swimming. They cannot be called “yearly” rates because it will only be open maybe three months out of the year, and that’s stretching it. Of course, we all knew the cost was going to go up because you can’t have something like this and expect to pay $1.25 per day to get in. So... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor - Caucus is important

    Clara Benisek, Sidney|Mar 3, 2016

    Dear Editor, The Cheyenne County Democratic Caucus will take place at the Cheyenne County Community Center in Sidney on March 5 at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. This is the first determining step in the selection process. This will decide between Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, who will be Nebraska’s choice for the presidential nominee. Nebraska has 25 delegates and five super delegates. With 56 percent of the delegates to be awarded nationally, in the month of March, Nebraska wanted to be included in that number. This is your...

  • Letter To The Editor - The Hose Monster

    Jack Schilling, Sidney|Feb 18, 2016
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    Dear Editor, I see they want a name for the water park. As much as the taxpayers are being hosed on this project and how big it is, they need to call it The Hose Monster.  Jack Schilling Sidney...

  • Letter To The Editor

    Stan Fox, Sidney|Jan 25, 2016

    I just warmly want to thank The Sun-Telegraph, the sponsors and the participants for this year’s football contest. It was a real competitive season of 14 weeks, challenged by many intuitive and insightful participants. I, for one, looked forward to getting my football picks in each week! Thank you, Sun-Telegraph, the fine sponsors and everyone else involved in this season’s football contest. You guys are just great! Stan Fox Week one winner Sidney...

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader: Liar, liar, pants on fire

    C.J. Cornelius Jr. MD, Sidney|Jan 14, 2016
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    Dear Editor, The president waxed long and evasive Tuesday night in his annual address. The topics ranged from distortions to downright lies over more than an hour. Here is a man who has spent over $3 million to keep his records at colleges and others from being released and whose birthday record, which was released after much procrastination, was a phony, altered on a computer, which of course was not in existence at the time of his birth. He stated that the nation’s economy was in good shape and improving when he has presided over the...

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader: Council should seek voter approval on water park funding

    Jack Schilling, Sidney|Jan 13, 2016

    Dear Editor, The city council is going to vote at the next council meeting on borrowing money to pay for the water park. They want $4 million but by the time they add everything in and to it, it will probably be over $5 million. Question? What right does the mayor and council have putting the city of Sidney that far in debt by trying to float a bond or borrowing money without voter approval? They need to check with the city attorney to see if they are breaking any laws. What the mayor and council have done is dug themselves a hole and wants... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader says opportunity is knocking

    C.J. Cornelius Jr., Sidney|Jan 4, 2016

    Dear Editor: It appears that the city council will have an opportunity to rehire the best city manager that this city has ever known since he has applied for the position. In contrast to other of his predecessors his performance increased steadily year after year while he was in that position. He is not only respected throughout the state but revered by all that showed their trust in him. Let’s not miss this opportunity. – C.J. Cornelius Jr., MD Sidney... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader concerned about Cabela's

    Jim Northup, Raleigh, N.C.|Dec 30, 2015

    Dear Editor, So many people from the Sidney area have contributed to the success of Cabela’s. They must be very proud to have been a part of Cabela’s amazing story. One would assume that Cabela’s knows and appreciates the help they received from this caring workforce. Can you imagine the way these people must now feel as they watch Cabela’s potential death spiral as a major player in the Sidney area economy? What a terrible payback for these people and the Sidney community and area! Jim Northup Raleigh, North Carolina Former Sidney... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader concerned about Cabela's

    Jack Schilling, Sidney|Dec 30, 2015

    Dear Editor, I see that the city is having trouble finding funds for the aquatic center, which now is being called the new swimming pool. Before they float a bond or go in debt $4 million by borrowing the money and wanting the tax payers to pay the bill, they need to see if any laws are involved. There are some things that can’t be done without voter approval. I know a lot of taxpayers don’t want their taxes to go up over council mistakes. If council does not have the money to pay for the water park, they need to cut their losses and stop c... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader: Cabela's should think about residents, not shareholders

    Jim Northup|Dec 4, 2015

    Dear Editor, In the “interest of shareholders,” Cabela’s seems ready to destroy a vibrant town and negatively impact the lives of thousands of hard working residents. Always sad to see what can happen when a great company goes public. The Cabela family and board should review the impact on Sidney from the closing of the Sioux Ordnance Depot. Jim Northup Raleigh, North Carolina Former Sidney resident and 1956 SHS graduate... Full story

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reader appalled by statement

    Mike Hartzler, Sidney|Nov 24, 2015

    Dear Editor: I was totally appalled by the self back patting article in Thursday’s paper (Sidney mayor highlights success of city and business partnerships). The statement by the mayor, “Regardless of what happens in our near future, we’ve got a positive foundation in place,” sounds pretty close to what City Manager Tom Coffey said just before the Sioux Army Depot closed years ago. All the talk about street improvements, utility upgrades, recreational amenities, housing developments and business developments over the years and not a... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor: Thanksgiving generosity

    Bryan Krajeski, San Francisco|Nov 23, 2015

    My wife and I were traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area to Omaha for Thanksgiving. We stopped in the Safeway Starbucks on our way to Omaha and we struck up a conversation with a random customer and her two kids. They were the nicest family and were so enjoyable. At random, she and the two kids bought us a Starbucks gift card and wished us safe travels and a happy holiday. I have never witnessed such generosity – and it happened in Sidney, Nebraska. Bryan Krajeski San Francisco... Full story

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reader doesn't like the current trend

    C.J. Cornelius Jr. MD, Sidney|Nov 17, 2015
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    Dear Editor: I have watched the city’s boom and bust cycles since the closing of the Army depot but am not liking the trend that currently exists. We have lost the best city manager we have ever had, the most qualified police chief in memory, the disapproval of the Keystone-XL pipeline and now the prospect of losing Cabela’s would seem to be more than we deserve. Let us pray that our largest employer will remain in the city. If not, our prospects for a replacement does not appear likely. I wish that I had reason to think otherwise, don’t... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor: Use funds to repair streets

    Jack Schilling, Sidney|Oct 29, 2015

    Dear Editor, I have read the letters from Larry Nelson and Rita Hart and agree with both of them. I have heard the walking trails along 11th Avenue (which nobody knows how that got approved) and around Cabela’s new pond was paid for with tax dollars. If that is the case why does Cabela’s benefit from our tax dollars? I heard that the road that connects road 20 and Ft. Sidney Road and the new bridge is being paid for with the half-cent sales tax money. That is not what the money is supposed to be used for; it is to repair our deteriorating s... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor: Fort Sidney Road Bridge

    John Bahr, Sidney|Oct 21, 2015
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    Dear Editor, Disclaimer: I am not a bridge builder nor do I claim to be one, but I’ve worked in manufacturing long enough to know when I see progress, or lack thereof. Since I am unemployable, I’ve had plenty of time to walk the dog past the Fort Sidney Road Bridge down the walking trail. I’ve also had the inconvenience of finding an alternative route when I want to go to Bomgaar’s. I read in the newspaper where construction had to be halted on the bridge because of unforeseen fiber optics cables. I’m not an expert, but when I want...

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