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Clean Your Glasses

"If you want to see evil, evil is all you will see." Many years ago now, I was driving what was then a rural section between two cities in Colorado. The sun was just beginning to set and the colors...

 

For Just a Moment, American Greatness is Displayed Again

Did you see it? It didn’t last very long. But on Sunday afternoon, just before 1 pm Mountain Time, an American spacecraft with two American astronauts on board descended from the sky over a calm...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    August 5, 2020 

Authoritarianism

Certain individuals desire a headstrong official to govern. They submit to that man or woman who claims all power belongs to him or herself. They follow. They obey. They do what they are told. They...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Your article in the July 29, 2020 Sidney Telegraph, made me smile “SRMC Conducting a Community Health NEEDS ASSESSMENT.” My friends and I have contacted some of the board members of SRMC about the needs we think are VERY important...

 

Defining Distance

Sometimes I wish there could be a way to record quick thoughts from a radio broadcast. The problem or challenge is that I heard this particular comment while driving. I’m pretty sure the only thing...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Homeschooling? Yes, You Can

It was reported last week that filings to homeschool are up 21 percent in the state of Nebraska. It's a trend seen nationwide. And, according to an April study released by EdChoice, a national...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Inspectors General

On Saturday night, October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon instructed Attorney General, Elliot Richards, to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Elliot Richards though refused to comply...

 

I Still Like Him

My cowboy and I are about to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. In the scheme of anniversaries it seems somewhat insignificant. We seem to get excited about those divisors of 5 – 15th, 20th,...

 

Flatulence Among the Bovine Burgers

Several years ago, I read through a proposal that brought together a strange unity of “The Jetsons” and the latest “save the animal of the month” club. There was a report released of meat, a h...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    July 22, 2020

Keep Decisions Local

The fight between collectivists and individualists continues to be manifested by those calling for and opposing “one size fits all” approaches in fighting the coronavirus. We see it in calls for n...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 22, 2020

Straight Talk from Steve

It's time to reopen Nebraska's schools. Children need to learn, so it is time for them to go back to school next month. Gov. Ricketts agrees. On Friday he said we can reopen the schools and manage...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:   In response to the two letters by Christina Boggess, who is a non-resident of our communities or school district.  My children and grandchildren received a great education through the Leyton School, and now my great-grands are...

 

Be the Change You Want to See in Others

If I remember right, this is a statement most recently connected with programs like Challenge Day and Sidney High School’s Unified Raiders. It might sound soft and all goody-feelie, but it has a...

 
 By Roy Gillham    Opinion    July 15, 2020

Things That Should Just Be Done Outside

As a rancher and also the father of four boys, we spend the majority of our time outside. I’m told being a male is a real benefit to the efficiency of being able to answer nature’s call…when...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    July 15, 2020

A Time for Courage

We live in a time when fear is prevalent. Fear of a virus, fear of being called a racist, fear that something written or said years ago will return to destroy, fear of taking a wrong turn in a city...

 

In Search of Civil Discourse

I walked through a dounut shop recently, before in-house seating was returned, and found the SOFTIES busy solving the world's problems, at a picnic table outside of the doors. They were following the...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    July 8, 2020

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Just when you thought things couldn’t get more insane in American politics, the self-described billionaire genius Kanye West announced over the weekend his intention to run for president of the Unit...

 

Letter to the Editor:

Dearest Leyton Community Patrons: Your positive response to my previous Letter to the Editor has been overwhelmingly positive.  Thank you!  The empowerment you feel as a community is invigorating. Keep up the diligent research.  Document and...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 8, 2020

Straight Talk From Steve Erdman

According to the Preamble to the United States Constitution, in order for the people of the United States of America to create a more perfect union, “justice” must be firmly established as well...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    July 8, 2020

Kerner Commission

Rosa Parks and her husband Raymond lost their jobs in the backlash from Montgomery, Alabama’s successful bus boycott to end segregation on that city’s buses. In the late 1950’s, the couple...

 

My Child Saw Color

Life on the ranch continues to have its fill of spills and adventures. The baby ‘poke has been eating moths and splashing in the toilet. The toddler ‘poke bosses everyone around and can command a...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    July 1, 2020

How This Will Play Out

Predicting things is something I’m pretty good at. Today I hope I’m wrong. But unless President Trump puts down his tweet phone and surrounds himself with some competent campaign staffers, the...

 

What Have We Learned

Lately I find myself returning to the mantra of being a lifelong learner. It is a phrase that started in the education community. Education should not stop with the 3 p.m. bell and students leaving...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Straight Talk From Steve Erdman

Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? July 4, 1776 was the day we declared our independence from Great Britain. The document which contained that declaration was the Declaration of Independence, which...

 
 By Deb Fischer    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Independence Day

When a 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson sat down in a rented room in the heat of the Philadelphia summer to write the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution had already begun. On one level,...

 

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