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Opin" ns tO ... Belt tightening time for all This summer's brutal weather will cost Nebraska residents a billion dollars or more. Farmers and business people across the state are adjusting their spending plans with the hope they can outlast the drought. The state' s 49 senators have been called to Lincoln for the second time this year for a special session to reduce state spending. At this juncture, the senators should not try. to drain more money from the economy either by increased taxation or gambling. We have yet to feel the effect of decisions made earlier this year to raise sales and income taxes October 1. Special interest groups will protest any plan which reduces their appropriation but spending must be trimmed. We know what it is like to go years without a salary increase, many Nebraskans have had to adjust to lower incomes. It is ,lime for our government agencies to make similar sacrifices. As taxation and budget decisions are made our elected representatives need to consider the impact their decisions will have on the economy. Our choices influence our lives South Central Nebraska residents are sleeping a bit .; more soundly now that Bill Rundle's black Jeep has been recovered. For two years we have looked at one another with suspicion and avoided shadows. We suspected someone had stolen the Jeep and killed its two occupants. Now we know that did not happen. The deaths of Ole two young people show the tena- cious character of life. Tliough we seldom admit it, our lives frequently hang by a thread. . Livestock waste lagoons, irrigation reuse pits and livestock watering dugouts fire common throughout the area. We drive past them without thinking about their danger but death awaits the unwary. Once in one of those pits, exit is difficult at best. We are only inches from death when our vehicles meet and pass but in our haste we exceed the speed limit and pass in areas of limited visibility. We drive in the center of a country road and watch the sky for the dust we expect will warn of an oncoming vehicle. Confident of our driving skills, we drink and drive. We leave our seat belts unlatched. We will never know why the Jeep was near the lagoon or what happened in the minutes before it slid into the lagoon. Neither will we know what caused the accidental death of a friend earlier this year. Like the Rundle and Kenley deaths, the exact cause of his death can not be explained. In high school physics class, we learned for each action there is a reaction. The same is true with our lives. The choices we make influence not only our lives but the lives of those with whom we associate. Unicameral Comments The special legislative session has begun. Its purpose as only to begin working out the state's fi- nancial problems. We must deal with interim cash flow problems in order to pay the bills, but more importantly, set the stage for the even tougher decisions we will face in January, when we set the budget for the next two years. I am generally in agreement with the governor's plan. out- lined to the legtslature early last week. The principles are sound. we should set priorities only at this point and not consider any tax increases. We should look at short term solutions in terms of lo0g range policy. There is room for disagreement about the de- tails, but few will disagree that we must begin now to contain the "big four" expenditures within the limits of our resources. The big four cost drivers are Medic- aid, higher education, K-12 edu- cauon, and prisons. All together, they account for 93 percent of the spending growth in the current budget. The proposals currently on the table leave K- 12 education at sta- tus quo for the time being. This makes sense for many reasons, but primarily to avoid shifting the cost to local property taxes, Medicaid cost containment is ad- dressed, appropriately, since it alone accounts for 43 percent of the increase in the current bud- get. Hopefully, by restructuring our eligibility requirements.to come closer to federally man- dated minimums, we will get a handle on runaway growth. If we don't, based on historical aver- age annual growth, the Medicaid portion of the state budget will double every five years. We must find a way to contain this growth while still providing protection for our most vulnerable citizens. Taking a look at the long run, I think we can have confidence in the state's prudent approach to budgeting. We obviously have problem now, and we have shown cuts can be made. but we have been able to rely on our reserves in crder to stay "in the black" when other states could not. The Illinois Legislature borrowed a billion dollars and closed the books on its fiscal year with nine cents in its general fund. The re- duced revenue of the economic recession led to our shortfalls. In the short term, this was unfore- seen, but in the long run, we ex- pect bad times. For this reason, since we became a state, Nebraska has required itself by law to spend less than it budgets. In modem By Sen. Ed Schrock times, we have held out a target of 3 percent cash in reserve for the unexpected. The tax increases of the last session were needed primarily to replenish the required reserve, like a savings account we use to keep our checking ac- count from being overdrawn. On July 1, there was about $56 mil- lion on reserve, not much to meet obligations that amount to about $52 million a week. At this point, it is a cash flow problem. Ulti- mately, our task is to begin re- structuring expenditures for the immediate future. If you have comments or ques- tions about these matters or any other issues, please contact me in Lincoln by phone at 402-471- 2732, via e-mail at eschrock@ unicam.state.ne.us or at home, 74274 K Road, Elm Creek, Neb. 68836. Country Roads I am beginning to believe hanging gunny sacks over windows is not such a bad idea. I never realized how difficult it would be to choose the right curtains for our new home. Of course, my husband thinks I am going to too much trouble trying to decide, and he was the one who suggested gunny sacks. Though the earthy color and the rough fabric texture would give the rooms a country "lived in" look. somehow I just don't believe that is the way I want to go. As I thumbed through catalog after catalog and visited stores, searching for the right look for the windows, I never dreamed there would be so much to take into consideration. Would curtains look best draped down at the top and sides of the windows? Or do I go with sheers with ascot valances at the top? There are various types of valances--waterfall, scalloped, blouson, crescent and flag--the choices go on and on. The decision about the valance does not stop at which to choose, but does one want fringe trim or tassels? The curtain panels can be tabbed at the top or have pinched pleats. Some tops of the panels call for a wider curtain rod. Instead of durtains, some people opt for mini blinds, For the patio or French door windows there are fabric or vinyl vertical blinds. The type of fabric is another difficult choice. Choices include lace, heavy cotton and polyester blends, flocked velvet, light, By Gloria Garman-Sehlaefli weight 100 percent cotton. There is also the fabric pattern to consider. The colors or style of the curtains chosen can depend on the decor of the room. I found the trendy style is "jungle" for the bedroom with animal or bamboo prints for the curtains. The European look has the neutral colors that are always so classic. For the living-dining room it seems the trend is toward blinds or sheers under valances. Tab curtains are in vogue for the kitchen. Sheer curtains can be plain or elaborate lace or embroidered in leaf and flower patterns. Sometimes the wrong length of curtain is purchased and this means another trip to the store. Sometimes the curtains purchased do not look good after they are hung, so once again an exchange has to be made. It all takes time.and requires a lot of contemplation and patience. After weeks of decisions and wgiting for the order to arrive for the master bedroom, I carefully hung the curtains at the window and then stepped back. Until I saw them, I believed I had chosen the right curtains. I asked for my husband's opinion, which he is often reluctant to give. He said he liked them and there was nothing wrong. It must have been the right answer, for suddenly I was at peace with this dramatic decision. One room's window curtains are down--or should I say up? I only have several more to go. ' By Blll Blauvelt =H : Rata appears to be serious about the suggestion residents a yowlly kitten that didn't want to let me out of his sight. 1 of this area consider raising insects as an alternative cash . SOUrce, Yesterday she brought to my attention a Wall Street Journal story about the "booming bug business." While reading the article I learned bug farms are called inseetaries. The 30 biggest insectaries in the United States and Canada are selling about $200 million in commercial bugs each year and their business is growing by an estimated 19 percent ! per year. But before I explore the bug business, I need to take care ; of some kitten business. This newspaper has an extra kitten. It has the potential of . making someone a nice pet but it should not a permanent resident of the newspaper plant. The kitten was about four weeks old when it claimed the newspaper's warehouse building as its home. We don't know where it came from but it quickly considered the newspaper ' employees to be friends, In turn we gave it an unique name and some much appreciated food. We now refer to the animal as "Cat." : I first made acquaintance with Cat one evening after all the i 01her er@!0yees had gone home. I went to the warehouse for a '. ream of paper and heard Cat howling. I suspected the animal was the latest in line of exploring icats, dogs and even a deer to be trapped by the warehouse's iclosed doors. I opened the building's overhead garage door and went about my business. I expected the kitten to dart out. I only had to open the walk-door a crack and the deer shot out but this kitten wouldn't leave through an unobstructed 16- toot opening. i left the garage door open and Went back to my desk. Two hours later when I returned to close the door I was welcomed by The next day we left the door open all day but the kitten didn't leave. With a pan of food for bait, Rata caught and attempted to move the kitten to a more acceptable location. She carried Cat about two blocks before it escaped her grasp. This editor had a sad supper companion for Rata was sure the relocation attempt had resulted in the death of the kitten. After supper, we went looking for the kitten, but it was no where to be found. Mid-morning the next day a hungry and scarred kitten greeted me. Cat had returned to the warehouse. We haven't tried to move Cat since, but we are regularly supply food. Rim brings milk or meat scraps twice a day. Michael has contributed dry cat food. I think Pat has shared tidbits from her lunch. It appears Cat hides when his human friends are not around. But whenever one of us enters the warehouse, Cat come out to play. He prefers we play with him but the only requirement is that we be present to watch. / Cat is a bit particular about his playmates. Saturday afternoon Bear accompanied Michael to work. For a few minutes it was thought the usually friendly dog had scared Cat away. Cat wasn't speaking and wasn't responding when called. Then we spotted the kitten perched at the top of a 12-foot step ladder, quietly eyeing the dog. Though Cat appears to like his quarters, the newspaper ware- house is nota safe place for a kitten. If the animal is someone's missing pet, we would Jke to reunite them. If it isn't, we would like to secure the animal a good home. For this editor the presence of a cat is being quite a disburbance. The first two days of this week were busy and Ididn't have time to play with Cat but I thought about Cat, alone in a hot warehouse. I still have headlines and editorials to write for this issue but I think they can wait. The cat is probably lonely. I must go talk to Cat. Hopefully, Cat has survived nother day. Member Nebraska Press Association t Superior Express Thursday, D -EuatA Superior Publlshirj Company, Inc. 148 East Third Street, PO Box 408, Superior, Nebrsska 68978 PRIZE WINNING WWW.OOm NATIONAL NEWSPAPER E-mail eul)edOxlllllellllLt ASSOCIATION Subscription rates: $18 per year or three years for $48 payable ,n Sdvanco In Nebraska. Kansas; year or three years for $51.02 (includes sales tax) Other states $25 per year or three years for $69. 2B :!i From the files of The Superior Express Seventy Years Ago A Ford sedan carrying six young Superior people turned over on the Bostwick road. It was driven by Clare Green. Receiving cuts and bruises were Lyle Keith, Don Humphrey, Ellen McConnell, Veda McKeown and Gertrude Shuck. With the largest attendance at the union service so far this sum- mer. The ELC church of Salem was in charge in central park Sun- day night. Rev. Chr. Bunge, pas- tordelivered the sermon. The choir was conducted by Mrs. Bunge. The First Presbyterian church will be in charge next Sunday. Lawrence Smith, Metal Smith, John and Irvin Schiermeyer drove to Hastings to attend the stock judging school held there. First class washing jobs $1 and first class greasing job 75 cents at Schwartz Master Service. Fifty Years Ago The grand opening of Chard Drug Store is planned for this weekend. The fountain equipment is all new and located at the north side of the main room. The store has been enlarged by 40 feet to the rear of building. The Nelson elevator and 25,000 bushels of corn were de- stroyed in fire when the building was struck by lightning early Sat- urday morning. The Nebraska independent league baseball playoffs will start Sunday. The Spedor Knights are the second place in the team in the league. The Ormond Norgaard family are new Superior residents hav- ing moved here from Fairbury. He will be assistant bookkeeper at the Farmers Union Creamery. The second Sabin vaccine dose, Type III will be given at the city auditorium Aug. 13. Forty Years Ago Myron Floren, accordionist of the Lawrence Welk band, arrived by Don Doher's airplane in Nel- son for a performance at the fair. Bethella Irvin and Joan Collins graduated from the school of nurs- ing at Mary Lanning Hospital, Hastings. John Maxwell, 81, was shot and killed at the filling station he was operating just south of Supe- rior on the Webber road. Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Head- rick and three children will leave Monday for Seattle to visit the World's Fair. Geraldine Marr' s Beauty Shop is now open at 650 Kansas Street, Superior. Thirty Years Ago Megan Moret returned home from a month's visit in Colombia, South America. She stayed at the home of Rodriogo Loiz, who had been a foreign exchange stu- dent here. Leprino Cheese has promoted Alfred Klassmeyer as a special processing foreman. The Superior Church of Christ offered free ice water to the Side- walk Bazaar shoppers Saturday. More than 250 persons gath- ered for a surprise retirement party for Joe Kotinek at the Lawrence Legion Club. He had been a rural mail carrier for 23 years. Twenty Years Ago The Jayceettes raised $1,000 to start a Birthing Room Fund for the Brodstone Memorial Nuck- oils County Hospital. James Jensen, is in critical con- dition in a Grand Island Hospital following the collision of two pickups at a county road intersec- tion near Stockham. A community bridal shower is being held for Arlene Miller and Ron Rempe at the 2-R school- house. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hill have returned from a trip to Washing- ton, D.C. They visited their'daugh- ter, Julie, who is serving as an intern for Sen. Ed Zorinsky. Ten Years Ago Ron Waggoner, 55, has been named the new administrator at Brodstone Memorial Hospital. Ron Thayer is the new owner and manager of the Superior Bowling Alley. Dustin Drohman, 11, received third degree bums when he threw gasoline on a trash barrel fire. Dwayne and Avis Bostelman attended the International Luth- eran Layman's League conven- tion in Milwaukee, Wise. The first two persons to re- Area Church United Methodist Churches Schedules for Sunday Schools and Worship Service Mankato Harmony: Worship, I 1 a.m. Sun. Sch., 9'.45 a.m. Ioni,: Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. Sd'l., 10.' a,m. Odtsa: Worship, 8:15 a.m Sun. Sch., 9:: a.m Esln: Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. Seh., 9:30 a.m. Burr Oak: Worship, II a.m, Evangelical Lutheran Church 201 South Center Mankato, Kan. Church 785-378-3308 Res. 785-378-3766 4"* Steve Little, Pastor !!! Sunday , Worship .................. 9:00 a.m. Sunday School ....... I0:30 a.m. First pti .... ty Ba st Jewell Coun Church Catholic Churches E. Hwy 36 Mankato 785-378-3655 Neolin Taylor, Pastor Sunday Services Sunday School ......... l0 a.m. Worship ................... I I a.m. Bible Study ................ 7 p.m. Wednesday Discipleship Training 6 p.m. i i Olive Hill Church Located five rnlles south and two tulles west of Super/or Phone 402-879-3676 Sunday Sunday School .... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............ 10:30 a,m, Lester Snyder, Pastor la/m/n Otrt S/nee Z878 i iii First miimunity Church Oak, Neb. Phone 402,225-2284 Sunday Sunday School .............. 9 a.m Morning Worship ......... I0 a.m Sacred Heart, Esbon iSaturday on first, third and 'fifth weekend ............... 6:30 p.m. iSunday on second and fourth weekend ............... 10 a.m. St. Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 Sunday ................................ 8 a.m. Fr. Allen Scheer, Pastor ii i Centennial Lutheran Church {Missouri Synod} SI N. Dakota Staler, Sulrlor, Neb. Phone 402-879-8137 Botm'dlty Worship .......................... 6:30 p.m. Stmdlay Worship Service ..................... 9 a.m. Sunday School-Blble Class ............................... I0 a.m. Paul Albrecht, Pastor Worship with us via Iloe broadcast each Sunday on KRFS Radio Please call f addttml worship and Bie study opportunttles. i,i i H Church Of The Nazarene 740 E. Seventh Office Phone 402-879-4391 Sunday Surday School ........ 9:30 a.m. Morning Serv/ee ..... 10:45 a.m. Evening Service ............ 6 p.m. Sunday Prayer Wednesday Prayer Meeting. Children's Ministry Meeting ................ 6:00 p.m. and Youth Group Meeting ... 7 p.m. Jim Dresser, Pastor Bible Centered Nondenomlnatlo , Salem Lutheran Church {ELC Hlghway 14 North, Superior, Neb. Sunday Sunday School ..... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............. I0:45 a.m. Rev. Daniel Hays Lutheran Vespers, KRFS. 7:30 o.rtu Holy Communion, first and th#'d II I I Living Faith Fellowship Word of lesith Church SIS N. Ceabld Phte 402-879-3814 Worshlp Serv/ce ............ I.0:30 a.m. = (Bv Setwlee ................... 5p.m. ! except 4th and 5th Sundaysl w Chrlsttsn Development Nht Adults and Children .......... 7 p.m. Rock Sglld Youth Group ...... 7 p.m. Radio Program, KRFS AM Sunday Morn/ng .......... 8:30 a.m. Pats), Buse, Pastor Denis Payne, Pastor Transportation and Nursery First Presbyterian Church Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 Sunday School ........... 9:15 a.m. Fellowship Coffee ...... I0:30 a.m. Worship ........................ I I a.m. Rev. Mark Diehl, Pastor iii i Our Redeemer Lutheran Church mgelical Lutheran Church in America 505 N. Kansas Superior, Neb. Sunday Morning Worship 8:30 a.m. Sunday School...F 9:45 a.m. Rev, Daniel Hays Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Kan. Olllce 785-361-2664 Res. 785-361-2070 Sunday Worship ................... 9:30 a.m. Sunday School ...... 10:30 a.m. Pastor Joyce Beam i iiiii Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church 99 w. Pearl, Jewell, Kan. 7SS-42S-3540 on-.l Wayne Felga]. Pastor Wednesday Youth Group ............. 7 p.m. Sun.day Sunday School ..... 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service 10:45 a.m. Family Bible Hour ..... 7 p.m. Afflilkated with the u1elll Free Chuh o(-A/nerlt i Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street Superior, Neb. Wednesday Evening Youth and Adult Blble Study 7 p.m. Sunday Worship Service ............. 9 a.m. Sunday School ........ I0:15 a.m, Evening Service ......... 6:30 p,m, A lot of kneellng keeps you in good standing with i Little Blue Christian Fellowship 'Old Pleasant View School 7 miles No. of Nelson [ Sunday Worship Serv/ee ............ I0 a,m, Wednesday Adult Blble Study .............. 7 p.m. Chlldren's Bible Study ' 7 p.m. Momlng PrayerI'l.d..,.,. 6:30 a.m. Pastor and Mrs, David Sellers Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 8T. PAUL LI/TIIERAN Hardy. Neb. Phone 402-279-3205 or 402-236-8825 Sunday Worship ........... 9 a.m. Sunday School and Fellowship Hour ...... 10 a.m. Rev. Howard Schroeder ii i United Methodist Church 448 N. Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Sunday Scrviee Church School ... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............. I0:45 a.m. Rev. Dorthea Fairbanks ceive college loans newly established Nichols Fund are vet's and Five Years t For customers 875 by Aliant perior office, is now beir center at the Sheriff's office. McKee Recycl a gray bench C It was made from jugs. Tony girls basketball Kan. One Kathy Swaim dren were rang house was house The mm dau been arrested in Adam Delka a cowboy in the "Texas", at Pale State, Park, Texas. The Living Faith Church will celebrate niver! More forth fight for Life, School Track. Church I18S. Mankato Sunday SChool Morning Worship, Thaddeus d. Hlnkle, 78  Phone Located eight miles Burr Oak and Sunday School .............. Worship .......................... Kenneth Smith, Grace ,m[eUeal Superior 423 IC. Fllth Pastor dl Home 'qnp' Grace Place Club .............................. 8tmd=Y Sunday School Morning Worship .............. ! Prayer Tlme ....................... Church St. Joseph's Superior, Rectory Dally Masses ...... Saturday ................ Sunday .................. Nelson-Sunday Father First Baptist 558 N. Pastor Church at Study ..... Worship ........ 10:45 Jewell Montrose Terry Jewell .s WtMntday. M.rning Worship ......... Ft,!lgwshi p Hour