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Opinions Through a visitor's eyes How does your home community appear to In'st- Others have small signs frequently lost in the highway visitors? Monday evening members of the Superior Cham- Commerce were told how their community ap- to a group of University of Nebraska architec- s. Many of the students' impressions were on film. Their slides were shown during the Though much has been done to improve the ap- of Superior, those attending the annual ban- much still remains to be done before our y becomes the superior community we want tt0be. Among the deficiencies noted was the lack of directing visitors to the community's important As Ion time residents, we tend to overlook many to the newcomers. For example, we all know the name of our com- but it was pointed out that at least one major road even lacks a sign naming the community. entrance clutter. LoveweU Reservoir and State Park is the major visitor attraction in a multi-county area but how does one find the reservoir? Not one sign points the way from Superior. Superior should be the retail wade center for Lovewell visitors but there are no signs advising a lake visitor about how to reach Superior or what is available here. If we could look at our community and the prop- erty we control through the eyes of a visitor, we would be surprised at the number of shortcomings we would see. As we await the arrival of spring, now would be a good time to take the first steps toward removing those deficiences. We want Superior to look the best possible for the many visitors expected to be here for the Lady Vestey Festival. Unless we start now, the festival will be here long before we are ready. Statehouse News W. Owen Elmer the first weeks of the t session, I have been new method to fund The basic ideas have forth and by Committee. thoughts on tile plan more complete, I have ) feel the basic plan could simple and easy to ad- The following corn- viii outline how the plan be la- as an income tax of 1/2 of on gross receipts re- all entities on all in- or services s a form of income tax is or local income tax is and indi- tax, all state and income tax and all property paving districts, bond Sewer improvement dis- ! similar obligations that in collected state in the same manner Current income tax. It would be collected from all cor- porations and persons selling goods or services in Nebraska. 4. There would be no exemp- tions granted on this tax. 5. The tax receipts would be distributed to the local govern- merits as follows: a) The local subdivisions and school districts compile their budgets just as they currently do under lid restraints now in place. b) These budgets would all be forwarded to their respective county boards as is currently done. e) The county boards would review these budgets and pre- pare a composite county budget, which would be forwarded to the State of Nebraska Department of Revenue. d) The revenue department would total all 93 counties com- posite budgets to obtain what per- centage of the total each county's share would be. As taxes are col- lected, funds would be sent to each county in proportion m their percentage of the total local bud- get request. Each county then would distribute to each subdivi- sion their respective share of the amount sent the county. The tax systems in place other than income, sales and property would largely remain as it cur- rently is collected and used. The basic question that must tions and effects of this tax, if be answered to the satisfaction of imposed. all is: "Will this tax generate I would like your input on the enough dependable revenue for, issues that concern you. You can this purpose?" Preliminary work write to me at the following at- indicates it would. I will con- dress: Senator W. Owen Elmer, tinue to investigate the implica- StateCapitol, Lincoln, NE6g509. A bird feeder outside our kitchen window is filled with our contrived mixture of milo and sunflower seeds. Close beside the feeder is a platform on which a squirrel can eat an ear of corn fastened to the tree. This is a good set up, but the squirrel prefers to eat sunflower seeds from the feeder and will go to great lengths to obtain them. We moved the feeder once to prevent the squirrel from reaching it, so now he hangs by his heels and robs the sunflower seeds shelling them and eating the contents. It wouldn't be so bad, except he spills lots of milo while shaking the seeds down to where he can reach them. It makes me think of human nature. We often are not satisfied with what has been provided and go to great lengths to gain something meant for another purpose. However, this is not always abad quality. The determining factor depends on our appetite. If we were to hunger after the things of God the way the squirrel hungers after the sunflower seeds, the whole world would be changed. But, nsually, if the right thing to do is difficult for us, we give up long before we have hung upside down to achieve it. If the right thing is mixed with something inferior and we must separate the two, it seems we may consume both together, rather than choosing only the right and making that the center of our efforts. Possibly we could learn from the squirrel and hold to the truth of God while excluding all other claims on our thinking and behavior. Who shapes public vision? 'GaryRutherhford a community. Thus, the a basic leadership newspaper is the most im- that vision and at- portant element in the initiai be established prior stages of economic develop- being realized. Lee ment. Many newspapers like Proved this point by this one have recognized this. on TV per- They have taken the lead in people to believe establishing a progressive in Chrysler. vision of economic development hadn't believed, hi their town. would have died. But, when I challenged one people wouldn't newspaper association's annual without a rein- convention with this respon- the media, sibility, many of those present rural America objected. They protested that reinforcing message their traditional role was to media to believe and "report the facts," to mirror in their future, only what is happening in a major study of the community. cures of economic Certainly, newspapers must m rural America was report the facts. But if yon and listed many continue to reflect decline with for growth. But if a negative bias, you can ac- that a negative tually cause further decline: remember, "As a man thinketh before possibilities in his heart, so is he;" If a realities, community continually thinks the local newspaper decline, it will decline. consistent access to A recent editorial in a major Udes of the whole daily newspaper underscores it must take the the problem. A state senator vision and had suggested "the media play an adage that a more positive role in building has the power to understanding between urban a man. By the and rural people." He had we believe it requested "more good-news tomakeor break stories." The editorial answered that "the rural malaise is deep-- endemic (and) defines the state's character." The editorial continued by saying, to put "a happy face on it" would be "dishonest." Then it added, "The outlook is...grim." If we took this exact per- spective when we review the performance of our kids start- ing little league baseball, you would soon have no players. Like those kids, we in rural America are just starting to learn how to compete. Isn't it lime for encouragement and hope? Will discouragement and criticism get us where we want to go? Yet, this editor seems to have assumed the role of undertaker, turning a pen into a shovel to bury rural communities with "the facts." Indeed, the editorial went beyond the facts with a vision of hopelessness. However, the same writer could have balanced his views on economic development by researching programs in other communities that really work. Then, with complete integrity the newspaper could have used those "facts" to enhance a story of hope, showing hew many communities have reversed negative trends and have caused success. Indeed, without optimism, the facts seem to say that what can he done is limited to what has been done. But if that was true, there would never be a new business started anywhere. Of course, this is a business person's view of things, not a journalist's. And there is the problem: the journalist is prepared by training and ex- perience to inform, i.e., "just report the facts;" but a business person builds vision and hope, especially in a start- up company, or when at- tempting to reverse negative trends in an established com- pany. Daily, the owner must build hope to inspire both himself and his employees just to stay in business. And that is just the point: the local newspaper has to stay in business, too; as the community goes, so goes the advertising base, and so goes the newspaperl Thus, newspapers have a great deal to gain by creating community-wide vision and hope. And since this can be done with complete integrity, it is just smarter and brighter to do it. Editor's Notebook Bill Blouvett 1 Dark-Sky Association is distributing a mo- images showing the city lights of the continental S stu'prised to see how the lights appeared to illuminate and got me to thinking how hard it is to find true always been that way. YOungster I remember the night my grandmother took me and I discovered there were streetlights at nearly every residential street intersection. The lights were just bare hanging beneath a small reflector in the center "had to turn them on. was just coming to the country and we country residents were mighty proud to have a single yard light mounted on o111" meter pole. Years later I remember staring out a bedroom window at a neighbor's mercury vapor light. That light was the talk of the entire neighborhood for it burned every day and turned off and on automatically. In those days most of us were worded about the cost of electricity. We were careful to never leave a light burning unless we thought it absolutely necessary. The dark-sky group reports our nighttime lighting now costs the people of the United States $4 billion dollars a year. From their name, we conclude members of the soeieay believe $4 billion is an extravagance. Two states, Maine and Arizona, have enacted laws to curb what the society terms as "light pollution." Thursday. January 30, 1992  The Superior LTiIJ llll lllmllt PIIdislm Published Wekly By Superior Publishing Cornpany, Inc. 148 East Third Street, Superior. Neteska 68978 ISSN 0740-(09 PRIZE WINNING sd cg= to Superior Publishing ConDany, Inc. NEWSPAPER P OBox 408, Superior, NE 68978-0408 1991 Kansas Sulcrtbets wdle to P.O. Box 258, Webr. Kansas 66970-0258 We-mdrca l,,t.  Subscription rates: $12 per year or three yeats for $33 peyablo In edwmce ta Nebraska and Kansas, elsawhere $16 per year or three yus for $45. i i EXPRESS 93 Anruversary ( NATIONAL NEVVSPAPER ASSOCIATION Facing reality When will we face reality? Reality is a tough thing to face these days, or at least so it appears. We assume if anything happens, it always happens to the other person in another part of the country.This issue of The Superior Express reports on incidents which we prefer to think happen in other areas but never here. It is always the other person, the other family, the other town that has problems but not us. Wrong. We have problems that must be dealt with. We aren't immune from drug and alcohol prob- lems. We have our share of adults who are dependent on alcohol. We have far too many teenagers and college age students who am in treatment programs, have com- pleted such programs or should be in treatment. Just because we don't see people reeling to and fro along our streets doesn't mean there isn't a problem. In recent weeks we have been exposed, even if unwillingly, to continuous news reports alleging a Demo- cratic presidential contender has had an extra-marital affair. Such activity is contrary to God's command which forbids adultery, but why axe we concerned? Adultery is a rather common occurrence. Adults go from one marriage to another (and sometimes skip the marriage part) to such an extent single parents and blended families have been common. We wish the government would become more fiscally disciplined and yet during these hard times we are calling for more government spending coupled with a tax cut. While much has been wade of the plight of the homeless and the number who may be afflicted with mental disorders, it is probably safe to say many of those in that predicament are there because their phi- losophy of life was to spend beyond their means. The only reason more of us have not yet joined their ranks is because we still have enough income to keep the bill collector away from our front door. Some years ago the presiding officer of a church assembly got so taken up with the emotions of the debate that he asked for the floor, saying, "Mister Mod- erator, Mister Moderator!" and only belatedly realized he was the moderator. We can easily be in the same situation, ready to criticize, comment and even vilify a person or group of persons for their action when what we really need is a healthy dose of reality ourselves. Jesus put it this way, "Take out the beam that is in your own eye, then you can take out the speck of dust in your brother's eye." Editor: As it is again time to renew my subscription to Tile Superior Express, I am enclosihg my per- sonal check for the next year. I continue to enjoy the Editor's Notebook. Your comments on the bubble lights reminded me of a string my Uncle Roy had when they first appeared on the mar- ket. The letter to the editor con- cerning thephasing out of home economics education at the Uni- versity of Nebraska disturbs me. Granted, I am a retired home eco- nomics teacher, but there seems to me to be a conflict of priorities at the University of Nebraska. How is it, there is money to send a huge athletic complement to an Orange Bowl game accompanied by an entire marching band, yet there is not money to fund an education program? There is a lot more learning for living that comes out of a home economics program than I saw exhibited by the university band or football team in Miami for the parade and football game. My other concern relates to the controversy over the water in the Harlan County Reservoir. Has this generation lost sight of the original reason for the con- struction of that dam? My mother, Edna Carter, worked hard to ensure that project be- came a reality. That project was furnish water so the farmers would be able to grow crops. This was a time when we had gone seven years without a crop. I question the need to change that original focus. On the positive side, I am in- terested in the attention being given to the historical side of Superior and the surrounding countryside. This should do much to help.the economy as well as educating everyone so they may appreciate the past. The whole idea of the START pro- gram is to be commended. My best wishes for success as efforts continue to move forward. Although I left Superior many years ago, there is, and always will be, a place in my heart for Superior. God bless you all in your endeavors. Sincerely yours, Enid A. Carter HC 65 Box 97 Bovina Center, N.Y. Area Church Directory Catholic Church Services St. Joseph's Church Superior, Neb. Father Frank Machovee Rectory Phone 402-879-3735 Mass Schedule Daffy Masses ....... 7:30 am. Saturday ................. 6 p.m. Sunday ................... 8 a.rrL Nelson-Sunday ...... I0 am. First BapUst Church 558 N Coazmercial Superior, Nob. Rev. Cindi Lane Prather and Rev. Norman T. Prather Church 402-879-8534 Sunday Church at Study .9:30 a.m. Worship ................. 11 a.m. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Phone 402-279-3206 ST. PAUL LUTHERAN Hardy. Nob. Walter Laughlin, pastor Sunday Worship .. 9 a.m. Sunday School and Fellowship Hour ...... I0 a.m. i Little Blue Christian Fellowship Old Pleasant View School at the Junetlon of Hlghwayu No. 14 and No. 4 Pastor and Mrs. David Sells Worship Serv/ce, Sundayl0a.n Early Prayer, Monday.6:30 a.m. Bible Study. Wednesday ........... ......... , ................ 7:30 p.m. 3hlldren's Bible Study. Wednesday ........ 7:30 p.rrL ii i Centennial Lutheran Church {Mou Synod Ninth and N Dakota Streets Pastor Paul Albrecht Phone 402-879-3137 Sunday Worsh/p Serv/ce ....... 9 a.m. Sunday School ........ 10 a.m. Bible Class .............. I0 a.m. Worsh/p w/th us vfa//re broodcost each Sundag on KRF'3 Radfo i First Presbyterian Church Sixth and N Central Phone 402-879-3733 Rev. Jerry Dean, pastor Sunday Sunday School ..... 9:30 a.m. Worshlp .................. 11 am. Reformed Presbyterian Church Fifth and N Bloom Ralph E. Joseph, pb-tor Phone 402-879-3167 Office 402-879-3628 Sunday Sunday School .......... 9:30 a.rrL Worsh/p ............... ..., 10:30 a.m. Vts/torm Alwaio, Welcome i i Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 505 N Kansas Superior. Neb. Steven TJarks, pastor Phone 402-225-4207 Sunday Morning Worship.. 8:30 a.m. Sunday School. .... 9:45 a.m. Church of Christ East Fourth Btrt Phone 402-879-4067 Ken Falrbrother, dnlster Wednesday Night Youth and Adult Bible Study ..... 7:30 Sunday Worship Serv/ce ......... 9:30 a.n Sunday School .............. 11 a.m. Even/ng Serv/ce .......... 6:30 p.m. The rood to success is ohuoys unr cortstnwtioru First Community Church Oak, Neb. Dale Busalnger. interim pastor Phone 402-279-5498 Sunday Sunday School ........ 10:10 a.rm Morning Worsh/p ............ 9 a.m. Tuesday Joy Club ....................... 7 p.m. Midweek Bible Studies Bible Centered Nondenmnlmttlomd Salem Lutheran Church LCS Phone 402-225-4207 Highway 14 North Superior, Neb. Steven TJarim, putor Sunday Sunday School ..... 9:30 a,m. Worship ............. 10:45 a.m. Living Faith Fellowship Word eE Palth Church 318 N Central Pstsy Buxy, putar Phone 40Q-S79-3S14 It,malay Adult Worshlp ....... , ........ 10:30 a.m. Chtldren's Church .......... 10:.30 a.m. Adult Worship ....................... 5 p.m. Children',, Church ................. 5 p.m. Wedno,NlaT Youth Rap ............................. 7 p.m. Adult Bible Study .................. 7 p.m. Children's Bible Study ........... 7 p.m. i i i i i i i Union Church of Hardy Hardy, Neb. Pastor Dale B1umiJ3qr Phone 402-279-3495 Wednesday Blb]e Study ......... 7:30 p.m. Joy Club .......... =. ...... 4 p.m. Sunday Sunday School .... 9:30 um, Worsh/p ............ 10:30 a.m. Church Of The Nazarene 740 East 7th Rev. Leland Smith OIMee Phone 402-879-4391 Sunday Sunday School ......... 9:45 a.nL Morning Service ..... ]0:45 a.m, Evening Servtce ............ 6 p.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study and Kkls Under Construction ......... 7 p.m. Transpott|on and Nursery New Hope Wesleyan Fellowship 346 N Dakota Street Suldor, Neb. Rev. Lar Pitehford. pastor Church Phone 402-879-4623 Sunday Sunday School ......... 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship .... 10:45 a.m. Evening Worship ...... 6:30 p.m. Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Kan. -. Rev. Billle Manning Omee 913-361-2664 Sunday Worship ................... 9:30 a.m. Sunday School ....... 10:30 a.rm UMW First and Third Wednesday Of Each Month Mint's Brealrdut Second Saturday of the Month Olive Hill Church Pastor Lester Snyder Phone 402-879-4480 Sunday Sunday School .... 9:30 a.m. Worshlp ............ 10:30 a.m. Located five miles south and two miles west of Super/or Proc Christ S/nee 1876 United Methodist Church 448 N Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Rev. Jerry Heydenberk Sunday 8entice Church School ..... 9:30 m. Worship ............. 10:45 a.m.