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Op" znions. LB19 is wrong As this is written it appears the Nebraska Unicam- eral will adjourn without adopting LB 19. However, Sen. Ernie Chambers has vowed to bring the bill back for consideration next session. It was his priority bill this session. We regret the issue can not be permanently de- feated. LB 19 addresses sexual orientation to the factors that an employer is forbidden to consider when making employment decisions. If adopted, the bill would apply to all businesses with 15 or more employees, those financed in part by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority and all state agencies. While the bill would not protect sexual conduct, we believe it would wrongly create a protected class of people living lives contrary to the religious convictions of many Nebraska employers. Many Nebraskans be- lieve the Bible sets parameters on sexual activity and state law should not elevate to a protected class activities many consider to be sinful. This action will undermine family4zalues, create confusion and place homosexual relationships on a par with the traditional one man one woman marriage for a lifetime. Those legislators supporting LB 19 ignored the fact that at the last election more than 70 percent of those voting passed the Defense of Marriage Amendment to the Nebraska constitution. That amendment said Ne- braska will only recognize a traditional marriage. We believe business owners should have the right to determine who they select to represent their fLrrn. For example, if the legislation becomes law, the owners of a Christian bookstore with 15 or more em- ployees would not be permitted to consider the sexual orientation of their employees. Green-lighting government Life is about grades. At some hospitals, newborns are graded on a 10-point scale as soon as they enter the world, with 10 going to the healthiest. School, of course, is where we really learn about grades with the "A" through "F" system When we work, grades generally come in the form of perfor- "4 mance rewews. When we play, grades steer us toward the best plays and movies--and help us distinguish fine restaurants from the local hash house. Even the afterlife has grades, according to most religions: If you earn a good grade, you go to heaven. If not, you'd better pack a fan. It seems everything has grades--except government, Sure, The Heritage Foundation and George Mason University's Mercatus Center have for years rated the effectiveness of govern- ment programs. But the government has never graded itself. Until now. President Bush--the first chief executive with an MBA--has decided that government needs to check its perfor- mance to see if your tax dollars are being well spent. "From the beginning of my administration, I have called for better manage- ment of the federal government," the CEO-in-chiefsaid in his Feb. 4 budget message. "Now, with all the new demands on our resources, better management is needed more sorely than ever." Unfortunately, the grades issued in the government's first management report card were embarrassing. When it came to finances, for example, 21 of the 26 major executive agencies, including the Treasury, Justice and Defense departments, were given "red lights" under a "traffic light" scoring system--as was the agency that did the grading, the Office o fManagement and Budget. Only the National Science Foundation got a green light. I'm sure many cnics would say they aren't surprised byt these results. But at least it's a start. And the best is yet to come: The system eventually will be used to help determine how much money the agencies should get in the federal budget. In other words, the better-managed agencies will get more money, the more poorly managed ones less, The same goes for the people who run these agencies. Mitchell Danieis, the president's budget director, says he wants to link the annual bonuses of agency executives to their job perfor- mances--just like most organizations do. That would be a major step in the right direction. For years, people have been hearing stories about dumb regulations and dumber bureaucrats creating situations that never should be found outside the novel "Catch-22." You know what I'm talking about. Some paper-pusher buys $ 800 hammers for the Pentagon. A department secretary can't e- mail an employee one floor away because his agency's technology is outdated. My favorite: A NASA probe built t,o explore Mars fails, costing billions. Why? One team designed part of the probe with English measurements (feet, inches), while another used the metric system. Before, these examples of government incompetence would, at best, become jokes for !ate-night talk shows. Most people would just shrug it off as something that's out of their control, like the weather. Not President Bush. He believes government can be run like a good business, which means agencies and people must be held accountable for the money they receive and the results they produce. And he wants a system to track which agencies are improving and which aren't before they get more money. Sounds like a grade "A" idea to me. Country Roads Early this week it felt like winter went straight into summer. As temperature records were broken Sunday, Monday and Tues- day, the south hot wind swept through the area. On the way home from work Monday. I noted clouds of dust rising from the worked fields blowing across the roadway. The weather reports first predicted a 40 percent'chance of rain but with each update the probability was reduced. We need rain and the sooner the better. Prom time is here. Though I don't believe prom is as impor- tant as it once was, the proms I attended as a high school junior and senior were important to me. The events were discussed and planned for months. As the date approached there were important questions we had to answer. For example, it was important to know who had a date, who didn't and who had purchased a prom dress? Evening In Paris was the theme for our senior prom. For the big night the cafeteria was decorated with blue and silver crete paper strips to resemble the nightime sky. There was a cardboard fountain in one corner of the room. Pictures were taken with an Effiel Tower replica in the background. Tables were decorated and set like those of a Paris sidewalk cafe. The waiters and waitresses were selected sophomores. The mothers of the juniors prepared the supper. By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli All the girls were dressed Jacqueline Kennedy style with the long satin, simple, yet elegant dresses, in pastel colors. Of course, we had to wear the elbow-length white gloves. Our hair was done by the popular beautician and teased to stand out with bangs over to the side and the perfect flip at the bottom. No tuxs for the guys, They wore their Sunday-best dark colored suits with the thin lapels, white shirts with button-down collars, white socks and black shoes. They nervously pulled at the thin black or dark colored ties they weren't used to wearing. The junior class president gave the welcome and the senior class president responded. Later, adance was held without a D J: or band. We danced to long-play records. We did the jerk, the twist and the pony to popular artists like Martha and the Vandelas, The Supremes, and of course The Beatles. There were no post-prom parties, but a friend invited several junior and seniors to a party. It was a special party held at her parents' farmhouse south of Mankato. We ate, danced, played games and did a lot of latlghing. Later, we all decided to be brave and take a walk in a nearby pasture. In the dark we stumbled over logs and branches and screamed at the sound of a hoot owl. All too soon the big night we had planned for months was over but the memories will last the rest of our lives. Hopefully the hot dry wind which blew Monday and Tuesday is not an indication of what the summer of 2002 will be likebut those who remember what life was like here in 1935 are apprehen- sive. Timely rains helped produce a bumper crop last year but the rains stopped coming prior to the fall harvest. As local weather observers kept watch near sunset Tuesday for the possible development of a severe thunderstorm, dust clouds rolled across Superior. I don't know to describe the weather but it was spooky, The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning and reported a storm front ranged from five miles east of Bostwick to six miles north of Oak. The storm was expected to contain winds of 60 miles per hour and damaging hail. From the newspaper office one can normally look west or south and see the tree line which follows the Republican River. As the sun set Tuesday, I couldn't see that far. And grit covered my skin and settled into my eyes. I could detect sand in my mouth. After returning to my desk I called my father and asked if he had seen the arrival of the dust storm. Remembering the great dust storms of the 1930s, he argued with my terminology. He agreed there was dust in the air and that visibility had been reduced. However, he said in a real dust storm conditions were much worse. He said Tuesday we had only a dust cloud and not a dust storm. He recalled a 1935 dust storm which struck while he was with other teenagers at the Methodist Church. When he went to leave the church, so much dust had sifted into the distributor of his car that the vehicle wouldn't start. Unable to drive to the family home southwest of Superior, he walked home with Reed Butler. There they had to shake the dust Editor's Notebook By Bill Blauvelt i l .i i off the blankets before going to bed. 1 Fred Larson was not so fortunate. He was able to start his car. While Mrs. Larson, drove Fred walked along side the car, feeling for the urb with a stick and giving orders to the driver. At the church, they met their daughter and took her home. All got home safely, Their car however, inhaled so much dust the motor was ruined. In the days that followed school would be let out because of the dust storms. Mother remembers the morning when school was dismissed at 9:45. Dust so darkened the sky that chickens became confused and went to roost early. Homemakers attempted to filter the dust of the air in their homes by hanging dampened sheets behind doors and windows. Tumbled weeds caught on fences, stopped the dust and soon it was possible to walk over the fences. In the 1930s much of the dust al'riving in Superior originated in Oklahoma and had a distinctive red color. I've not seen such a storm but I remember the spring after- noon when my father feared a similar stoim Was coming. It may have been March or April 1956. The day was hot and windy, much like Monday and Tuesday. -The country school I attended had neither a telephone nor a radio. Dad went to the school and told the teacher he feared a dust storm was coming. I don't remember what the teacher decided to do. but for me school was out for theday. Dad untied mypony and encouraged the animal to run for home. It didn't take a lot of encouragement for the horse sensed something was wrong. Dad and I followed in the car. I The storm did not developed as feared but as I rode to school the next day, I was intrigued by the red dust which coated the south side of the fence posts. Superior Member Nebraska Press As Express MEMgER PRIZE WINNING NEWSPAPER Superior Publishing Company, Inc. 148 East Third Street, PO Box 408, Superior, Nebraska 68978 www.suptdonom NATIONAL E.mall supedorupreulldltll.net Subscdp#on rates: $18 per year or three years for $48 payable in advance in Nebraska. year or three years for $50.83 (includes sales tax) Other states From the files of The Superior Express... Seventy Years Ago Built in 1927 by St. Mihiel Post, and reputed to be the largest exclusive American Legion build- ing in Nebraska, the Superior Hall will be the scene of the Knight Templar grand ball Thursday night. While working on a threshing separator, Anton Goldbeck' s arm became entangled in the elevator belt of the machine. An X-ray showed muscles and tendons had been badly wrenched and tom. A majority of the rural schools in the Webber area will close this term on April 22. Qui Ring for the hostess, Lillian Meyers, occupied the meeting of the Rural Social Circle. Fifteen members and nine visitors at- tended. Harry Snyder is ill with ty- phoid fever in Brodstone Hospi- tal. A surprise birthday party hon- oring D. M. Yohe for his 82nd birthday was held at the Floyd McFarland farm home. Attend- ing were the Walkinshaw, Harold Martin, Dan McFarland, Loy Rouse, Ella Shaw, John Yung and Glen Shaw families. Fifty Years Ago Chris Thomsen, 69, well known farmer died at his home north of Bostwick. David Dahl, Jr., 20, formerly of the Webber vicinity, was killed in the crash of a B-25 Bomber DarylWiltonwasselectedstate taking him to Greeley, Colo., for Farmer and Ed Hall, state agricul- time with his mother, Julia Dalai. turalist, attbe FFA State Conven- Newly installed officers ofthe tion. V.F.W. are Dana Fenimore, Wil- Funerals were held for Ervin liam Hayes and Eugene Brehm. Nielsen, Robert Keim, Thad The city of Nelson celebrated Sperry, Meta Thomas, Howard this week with a big Out-Of-Debt Ruttman and Robert Keim. Jubilee. Forty Years Ago Changes in the Superior school faculty have been announced by Supt. Eugene Rarick. Leaving will be Donald Beggs, Richard Fink, Thomas Bahe, Roger Brendle, Wayne Christensen, Elsie McClun, Richard Swett, Glenda Koester and Evelyn Olson. Receiving the degree of State Farmer at the FFA convention in Lincoln were Victor Bargen, Lee Grove and Bob Frahm. Gwen Leece, a senior in the home-making class at Superior High School, won third place in the Vogue Pattern Contest in Omaha. Thirty Years Ago The resignation of two long- time city servants, Mayor Donald Kronbexg and Public Works Chair- man Roland Wages were submit- ted at the city council meeting. Boyd Burge, 76, farmer who lives southeast of Hardy, was seri- ously injured when he was run over by his tractor and weed sprayer. Patterson Cecava The Choir is Twenty Years Ago concert to Charter members of the Supe- noon. rior Mother's Study Club here for Six inches of the 35th anniversary were Vivian 10 halting Mariska, Nelda Nelson, Betty schools. Kronberg, Mary Joerg, Marian ( Albin and Mildred Hannemen. 93rd The club was organized at the in his home of Ruth Pampel in 1947. The Do Drop. New membersoftheKitkihaki petted Chapter, Daughters of the Ameri- ,, McCorkle can Revolution, are Mrs. Roger stead Of braking' Wilton, Mrs. Wray Wehrman, Mrs. B. K. Fuller, Mrs. Rick front of the Johanson and Mrs. Bruce Renz. Troy Hayeshas opened an au- ing. tomotive repair shop in Daven- port. Ten Years Ago Final design proposals were approved and 20 large Lady the sanctuary Vestey Festival banners were north to west ordered for display in downtown added. Superior, Tae Ree Sellers is a member of the Hastings Symphony Orches- tra. She takes cello lessons from the director. Deaths listed were Harry White, Ruth Nieholls, Orval Esbon: Area Church United Methodist Churches Schedules for Sunday Schools and Worship Service Mankato Harmony: Worship, 11 a.m. Sun. Sch., 9:45 a.m. ionia: Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. 5ch., 10:30 a.m. Worship; 8:15 a.m. : , Sun. Sch., 9:30 a.m. Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. Sch., 9:30 a.m Burr Oak: Worship, I 1 a.m. .Evangelical Lutheran Church 201 South Center Mankato, Kan. Church 785-378-3308 R. 785-378-3766 Steve Little, Pastor _ " Sunday Worship .................. 9:00 a.m. Sunday School ....... 10:30 a.m. Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Kan. Office 785.361-2664 Jr., were anniversary with and dance. Christ Churcl Man00 -" 118 S. Corr MankatO, Res. 785.361-2070 785-378"" .... Sunday Sunday School :.'. Worship .....  ...... ...:. 9:30a.m. Mornlng Wrshily Sunday School ...... 10:30 a.m. ' -" Pastor Joyce Beam Thaddeus J. HI 785-378": Church The Nazarene Christian Fellowship Church Oak, Neb. 740 E. Seventh Phone 402-225-2284 Office Phone 402-879-439i Old Pleasant View School St. Joseph 's [ Sunday 7 miles No. of Nelson ' Superior, Sunday Sunday School ........ 9:30 a,m. Sunday Rectory Phone 40: Sunday School .............. 9 a.m. Morning Service ..... 10:45 a.m. Worship Service ............ I0 a.m. Morning Worahip ......... 10 a.m. Evening Service ............ 6 p.m. Wednesday Mmm Sunday Prayer .Wedy Adult Bible Study .............. 7 p.m. Dly Masses ...... Prayer MeeUng. Children's Ministry Children's Bible Study ...... 7 p:m. Saturday ............ , Meeting ................ 6:00 p.m. and Youth Group MeeUng ... 7 p.m. Friday Sunday ............... Jim Dresser, Pastor' Morning Prayer .......... 6:30 a.m. Centered Denis Payne, Pastor Nelson-Sunday "; Nondenominan Traportation and Nursery Pastor and Mrs. David Sellers Father philip J Salem First Presbyterian Evangelical " L r ' " t Lutheran Church Church Lutheran Baptist CJ Slxth--d s. Church nss.00 k,.,o,.,.b, sn00or, .eb. in America 5 Sunday Phone 402-879-3733 Sunday School. .... 9:30 a.m. ST. PAUl, Sunday School ........... 9:15 a.m. Hardy, Neb. Church 402-8 Worship ........... i. 10:45 a.m. Fellowship Coffee ...... 10:30 a.m. Phone 402-279-3205 Pastor LeS - or 402-236-8825 - [d! Rev. Daniel Hays Worshlp ........................ I I a.m. Sunday Worship ........... 9 &m. Lutheran Vespats. IfI3. 7:30a.m. Rev. Mark Dlehl. Sunda,, School and rds Fellrwshlp H6ur ...... 10 a.m. Church at study.":,' nojtandth Pastor Rev. Howard Schroeder Worship ........ I Faith' Our Redeemer United ! aewell Fellowship Methodist Metla--o*' Lutheran Church ,,,,. Ev.00,u00 Church Montro :, Suy Church In America 448 N. Kmamul Street MethOO, Worship Tvlce ............ 10:30 a.m. Terry MayllV/:J Evemng Serv/ce, .................. 5 p.m. 50 N. Kansas " Superior, Neb, . . lezcept 4Sundays) Superior, Neb. Sunda Jewell T Sunday Sunday Serv/ce y School, ............ i. Christian Development Night  Momlng Worship 8:30 a.m. Morning Worship ....... Mutts and Children .......... 7 p.m. Sunday School ..... 9:45 a.pa. J Church School ..... 9:30 a.m. Kids for Christ- ... Rock Solid Youth Group ...... 7 p,m. Program, KISAM Worship ............. 10:45 a.m. WednesdaYMo Su _allay Momn .......... 8:30 a.m. .." Patsy B user, Pastor Rev. Daniel Hays Rev. Dorthea Fairbanks FellowsipMmin WorshiPHour. First Baptist Jewell County Calvary Bible .4-. Northl Church Catholic Churcbes ..ou Free Church  FI./| 99 W. Pearl, Jsll, Kan. Sacred Heart, Esbon _ 788-48-$40 [[llll[[[ C h E. Hwy 36 Mankato Saturday on first, third and ll Wayne Felgal, Pastor  Phone 7B1 785-378-3655 fifth weekend ............... 6:30 p.m. Sunday School ............... 10 a.m. Sunday on second and %t' .... Located eight fourth weekend ............... I0 a.m. Wednesday Burr Oak and two Worship ......................... ! ! a.m St. Theresa Youth Group ............. 7 p.m. Sand Wednesday Bible Study 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 8ulldsy Sunday Sc, hool ...... Sunday School ..... 9:30 a.m 7 p.m. 785-378-3939 Sunday Worship Service Worship .................. Neolin Taylor, Pastor Sunday ................................ 8 a.m. 10:45 a.m. ' Joe Vance, Fr. Allen Scheer, Pastor Family Bible Hour.,... 7p.m. NPJlted with t lllcal Free Chuh FAmerlca "rlreThSonll I . - i | i Olive Hill .. Centennial Church of Christ Grace Church Lutheran Church r,mh st,,et Located five tulles south and (rssou Synod) Superior, Neb. 423 !.  Sleet, S two miles ,WeSt of Super/or 81511N. llItota t, Sulmrlc, Neb. on, 4oa-aTa-ats7 Wednesday Evening slqk Pastor Phune 40-879-3676 8atmllay Youth and Adult Bible Study 7 p.m. Home, Sunday Worship .......................... 6:30 p.m. Womhip Service .................. .9 a.m Worship Senrlce .' ............ 9 a.m. G Sunday School .... 9:30 a.m. Sunday School-Blble C Sunday School "' 10:15 a.m. Club. ........ 8. Worship ............ 10:30a.m. Class ............................... 10a.m. EveningServlce ......... 6:30p.m. . Paul Albrecht, Pastor Lester Snyder. Pastor w-,h wah us va l/ae broadcast Sunday School ............ Momlng Worship ......... each Sun on KRFS Rada A lot of kneeling keeps you in Prayer Time ................. Proclaiming Chrlst Since l a76 tase call for adanal u,'slap and ' good standing udth God. Blbb study opportlulttles. Allhllated with the vaeltd ii i First Community Church Of Little Blue Cath01