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Honor a veteran--V00tc ';, If we look beyond the Nov. 5 general erection for a moment : to Veteran's Day we can find a true motivatic a to cast our vote. .... During the history of our "nation, conceived in liberty" thou- sands and thousands of Americans have fought a relentless battle , against the enemies of freedom with no alternative but to suc- ceed. When faced with such perilous challenges men and women have risked everything with tremendous courage, hope and perseverance to protect these freedoms. The most basic of these freedoms for Americans is the right to vote. Yet, as it was clearly illustrated in the primary election, we are caught in a trend of decreasing voter participation. The May prima., T saw the fewest number of registered voters go to the polls since voter registration became mandatory in 1967. Since the ratification of the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age to 18 in 1972, our country has observed a 20 percent- age point decrease in voting among 19-24 year olds. It has been estimated in recent elections that although this generation makes :" up to 39 percent ofthe voting age population, less than 20 percent ': of them go to the polls. We must, therefore, look to young A story from 1902... In October, 1902, a Santa Fe freight train made a pretty com- plete wreck of the freight house shared by the Santa Fe and Noah- western railroads. The next issue of a Superior newspaper reported on the accident which rrporter said, happened "at a late hour last night." The freight house was a big frame affair and set on a founda- tion of piles. At the west end of the building was a freight track In the dark, the engineer sent his train .: down the freight track too hard. q The bumpers at the end of the ?i track were knocked out and the train went plowing through 10 feet of heavy platform and into the building. The structure was knocked off the piling and twisted out of shape. The car which did the work was not damaged aside from losing its bumpers and having a small hole punctured in the end. Wm Davis, the engineer on the train which caused the wreck said he was pushing a long train and in the darkness supposed he was on the main track. The switch to the house track was open and unknown to him his train was on the wrong track. Letters To The Editor Editor: I recently was sent a campaign pamphlet from one of the candi- dates for legislature in the 38th District. The candidate claims the state of Nebraska has $3 billion in surplus funds available to be re- bated to Nebraska citizens.This claim is simply not true! The Com- prehensive Annual Financial Re- .. port (CAFR) is a"snapshot" of all :.the funds for which the state is "responsible. The general-fund is the state's checking account. The cash reserve fund is fike a savings account from which money can be withdrawn to pay bills, if there is not enough in the checking ac- count. Most of the alleged $3 billion s,rplus is funds of various kinds of which the state is custodian. end of the last fiscal year June 30, 2001. This "surplus" was taken from the agencies during the regu- lar session and special in 2002. By the way, this "surplus" accumu- lates from three major sources; spending less than is budgeted, fees and unexpected income. We must also maintain a "minimum balance" in the general fund so that the state's checks do not bounce. What disturbs me the most is the claim in the campaign mate- rial that the trust funds belong to the state. There are many of these types of funds. Among the largest are the fund the permanent school trust fund the University and the state col- lege foundation funds. The unem- ployment trust fund is maintained The remainder is surplus monies in separate accounts for each em- that existed in the accounts at the...ployer in the state. This is a fed- Nebraskan's who are still in school to help lead us out of this trend by becoming active citizens and life-long voters. One way we can try to instill the importance of voting into this age group is by using one of our most valu;ble resources--our veterans. The lives of these men and women are heroic as they made sacrifices to ensure our democracy and the freedom it sheds upon us all endures. By casting your vote you are not only selecting your preference for candidates and issues on the bal- lots, you are honoring our veterans and supporting our form of government. QThis year through a program in the Secretary of State's office called Vote in Honor of a Veteran I am distributing to all high schools in the state the story of a fellow Nebraskan, Bernard W. Nider, originally from the Plymouth area. On June 6, 1944 he was one of the first liberators to reach the Normandy shores in the against Nazi Germany. His account of that fateful morning, along with dozens of other stories from Nebraska veterans, is available in Ivan Schoone's Operation Recognition - Honoring Nebraska War Veterans. It is a great tribute to our veterans. Nider was assigned to the 116th Regt. Combat Team under the direction of "Big Red One' that landed on Omaha Beach early in the morning in the middle of a horrific German Firestorm that killed many of the men around him. He describes his struggle to survive, move forward and secure the beachhead. "We just have to push them back before they kill us," states Mr. Nider in his personal account. I hope high school students who are eligible to vote will be encouraged to read and discuss his explanation of D-Day, to experience, maybe for the first time, the commitment and contri- bution our veterans have made to our country. But my message is for all Nebraskans who are eligible to vote in November. If we take a few minutes to reflect upon the struggles and sacrifices made by family members no friends who served our country, the veterans who fought to protect our freedom, we may person- alize the importance of voting. Bernar:l Nider said, "I am proud to be an American with the freedom we have. We must never let that be taken away from us." Please vote in honor of a veteran on Tuesday, Nov. 5. ---John Gale Nebraska Secretary of State erai mandate in which every state is the custodian of the account. It is not state money. The perma- nent school fund is the principal received from the sale of school land many years ago and Js pro- hibited from being spent by our state constitution. The income from this fund must be distributed to the common schools. The higher education foundation funds are monies gifted or endowed to the bers is accurate. Tlere is no $3 billion surplus! I have served 16 years in the legislature, most of them on the revenue committee. For 10of those years, I was privi- leged to represent part of what is now the 38th District. I am retir- ing at the end of this year, but I still maintain a great interest in truth in government. Sincerely, Sen. George Coordsen funds. This list goes on and on, but I think you get the idea. This candidates' claim cast a shadow on the honesty of the en- tire legislature. I believe it is part of my responsibility as chair of the executive board to ensure that., the image of the work of its mem- ' colleges by individuals for a spe- Chairman Executive Board cific use. Their inclusion in the Editor: state budget report is for proper I am interested in Rural Eco- accounting. They are not state nomic Development. To make sure that we have economic growth it is important to ,have reasonable utility rates. It is also important that NPPD is a good neighbor and I would like to be part of that, Ken Schmieding Seward, Neb. Country Roads I am again enjoying living in the country. The warm autumn colors and sights along the West Limestone Creek may be ob- served from my kitchen window. I can experience the rural landscape up close, by taking a walk after I return home from my job. The walk with our dog "Lou" is a relaxing time. Lou is goo d company but as the sun sets I become concerned about the wildlife we may encounter. Having been raised on a farm, the sounds of coyotes howling at sunset are old hat. I'm not bothered by the cry of a ibcat but with reported sightings of mountain lions bccemmg more common, I am uneasy. My husband tells of a puma sighting on the bottom land, just yards from our house. I have also heard reports of sightings east of Burr Oak, on the outskirts of Burr Oak and north of Webber. Once sightings of cougars in Jewell County were often compared to the reports of adominable snowman sightings. Most could not be backed with proof. Now Charles Lee, Kansas State Uni,ersity wildlife expert, is asking Kansans to help him compile a record of sightings. He gets a few phone calls every year about big cats or big-cat tracks, and scratches. For many years 1904 was the last year a Kansan documented seeing a non-captive puma. Lee reports puma is the correct name for the animal we may call a mountain lion or cougar. Last month a puma attacked an Oklahoma woman near Newkirk, which is just 14 miles south of Arkansas City, Kan. In the weeks following, Lee received more than 40 calls. On Oct. 14, a Missouri motorist By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli traveling 1-35 in Kansas City, hit a cougar that police later had to destroy. Lee said every state that borders Kansas either has native puma in the wild or has been documenting the occasional free- roaming mountain lion for at least 10 years. Colorado has always been known as "cougar country" and Missouri has documented the existence of pumas in its forests. Oklahoma has been verifying the occasional puma for years. Nebraska has documented sightings in the central part of the state. Pumas are big and distinctive looking but are also elusive. "They could remain unseen for a long time, even near populated areas." He hopes to gather fairly precise location and date reports of recent sighting to give a better idea of the odds that puma really are in Kansas. He adds, "They're big and beautiful but puma deserve re- spect. If we have these predators in Kansas people will need to learn the skills and get know-how to coexist with them safely." Lee advises if we see a puma we should not run. Instead he says, stand tall and still, raise your arms to appear taller. Face thq puma and talk calmly and firmly but no not approach the animal. "Puma seem to prefer not to fight and will back down." As I walk through the countryside, I'm not looking for puma. I do want to be the one who calls Charles Lee with a sighting report. I prefer the puma remain unseen and elusive along the West Limestone. Editor's Notebook By Bill Blauvolt 1 Some times a small task can unexpectedly lead to much larger tasks, and what in the right situation is a good trait can almost be our undoing? In mid-summer an Omaha friend and subscriber thought of this newspaper while attending an auction. He purchased a small trailer load of items he expected we could either use or find buyers for. His choices were excellent but we have been a bit slow in deploying all the merchandise. Several pieces were stored through out the summer in the vacant Mullet store building. The items included a map and blueprint file. When the file arrived in Superior, I knew immediately where I wanted it and what I would store in it. However, I kept delaying the move until members of the Living Faith Fellowship began preparing the Mullet Building for their annual carnival night. I wanted the file in the newspaper library but until this Week moving it was an impossible task. The wide stairway leading to the library has been choked to a narrow path by unused computer equipment awaiting a more permanent storage place. Plans are to add shelving and adapt another former apartment room for use as a computer .... equipment storage area. Though the arrival improved equip- ment means much of the old will never again be used, I keep it in case it is needed. I haven't wanted to fill the new area until shelving is installed. Work on the shelves was started more than a year ago but then it stalled. Completion of the project is now in the distant future. Last week every stair step was covered with a computer or associated part. This newspaper has us:l a variety of computers since the. conversion to the offset method of printing in 1970 and most are ' represented in the upstairs storag area. Our first typesetting computer did much of the work now assigned to a laser printer. It was the size of a refrigerator, built in late in 1969 and output images onto photographic paper. Data was sent to that computer via a punched tape. It could set a maximum of four sizes of type but only one size at a time. We had a choice of two faces, News and, Sans. Only one of the type faces could be used at a time. That computer is one of several pieces of typesetting equipment members of the Nuckolls County Historical society accepted for display at the county museum. In the late 1970s, we purchased a video display terminal. The newspaper crew marveled at the invention. It had been a demonstrator and we considered ourselves fortunate to obtain such technology at a discount. When new the terminal had a $12,000 suggested price. It contained four memory cards costing approximately $1,000 each and came with a dual 8-inch disk drive. It was housed in two steel cases and must have weighed nearly 100 pounds. When not being used to set type, the terminal came with two games, cat and mouse and hangman. It was a forerunner to what we nog; call a personal computer. By late 1985it had been replaced by a Macintosh computer and moved to an upstairs store room. This week, the terminal began the trip to a computerrecycling center in Topeka. I'm still agonizing over the decision for I would like to have saved it. However, as I rolled it through the newspaper plant, I tried to tell fellow coworkcrs about the 1970s marvel. Pressroom com- ments showed hcw lilllc )c:pcct coworkers had for the terminal. One worker, born after the machine was built, said, "I have two better computers at home." Another said, "You surely aren't throwing that away are you? It has two fuses which might at sometime be useful." The terminal is gone. The map cabinet has been moved upstairs and later this week I plan to store in it a century old map. i iae Superior E ess Member  Nebraska Press Assoclatlon MEMBER PRIZE WINNING WWWJRIpedoI110.COIR NEWSPAPER E-mail lup0dorexprcss@ll IJlo: Subscription rates: $18 per year or three years for $48 payable in advance in year or three years for $51.02 (includes sales tax) Other states $25 From the files of The Superior Express Superior'snew iuefcury-vapor street lighting system will be turned on and dedicated Oct. 24. Baby boys were born to Mr. and Mrs. Erich Heitman and Mr. and Mrs. Aage Jensen and a girl to Dr. and Mrs. Robert McNabb. Land has been leased and equipment is on the way for a drive-in theatre at the north edge of Superior. Forty Years Ago Leroy Keith, 45, Nelson, died at a Hastings hospital following a one-car accident near Fairfield. Superior has 29 students "at- tending the University of Nebraska this year. There are 63 attending from Nuckolls County. The grand opening ofTowne' s Sinclair Service at 210 Bloom will be this weekend. About 175 Democrats turned out for their fund raising dinner at the Hotel Dudley. Jackets have been ordered for the high school band members to add uniformity to the band when they go on trips. Thirty Years Ago Terry Carpenter described himself as a 14 karat politician when his campaign for the U.S. Senate brought him to Superior Monday. Lee Ann Ray and Craig Bostelman also served as editors. Mrs. Arnold Bohling was adviser. Timothy Dull, 19, was killed in a motorcycle accident at Falson Air Force Base, Calif. He was the grandson of Grace Dull and Mr. td Mrs. Virgil Hall. Bo 1 Burge is in Nuckolls County Hospital where he is be- ing treated for injuries received while helping sort cattle. Twenty Years Ago A mail-order house purchased in the early 1900s from Sears, Roebuck and Company, by Rob- ert Blackwood, and then sold to Joe Herbek has been purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Brad Shuck and moved from near Nelson to south of Edgar. Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Yung will open a dormt shop on main street in Superior. The football game against Hebron was a bruising battle. Bruce Mueller broke his nose and Jim Schaaf dislocated his shoul- der. The team will be playing in the playoffs Wednesday. They have an undefeated season, last undefeated season was in 1949. Ken Kujath is the coach. Ten Years Ago Evelyn and Glenn Jackson have purchased Lynn's Music and Home Decorating Center. Seventy Years Ago W. L. Hilyard was honored on his 91st birthday. Among guests were his comrades of the Civil War, Charles Watson, Charles Childmss and T. F. Wilcox. William Mueller shucked 22.11 bushels of corn in 73 min- utes and will represent Nuckolls County in the state husking con- test. The contest held at the Leland Williams and Henry Meyer farms four miles south of Nelson. About 1,500 spectators watched the 16 entrants. Hallie Beck's pheasant hunt- ing went astray when investiga- tion revealed it was one of Mr. Farmer's fat tame geese he fired at. Cases of whooping cough are reported in the Godsey and Mont- gomery families in the cement plant neighborhood. Three new students at Beaver School are Ina, Ella and Gilbert Tordrup, transfer form Highland school. Fifty Years Ago Charles Stiles left from Keamey Sunday by train to go to new Jersey to report to Camp Kilmer. Attending the state firemen's convention at Kearney were Chief Willard Springer, Rex Knothe, Pete Petersen and Earl Osborne. Vernon Schneberger, Hardy, has leased the Superior Machine Works, formerly the Eyre Black- smith Shop. Barfknecht accepted a plaque and The Country Comer conve- firstplacecertificateforlastyear's nience store at Webber is having journalism class at press conven- a grand opening. It is operated by tion. Joe Morris and Gregg Mrs. Kenneth Garst. Area Church " United Method]st Churches Schedules for Sunday Schools and Worship Service Mankato Harmony: Worship, II a.m. Sun. Sch., 9:45 a.m. Ionia: Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. Sch., 10:30 a.m. Worship, 8:15 a.m. Sun. Sch., 9:30 a.m. Worship, 8:15 a.m. Sun. Sch., 9:30 a.m. Worship, 9:30 a.m. Odessa: Esbon: Burr Oak: II First Baptist Church E. Hwy 36 Mankato 785-378-3655 Neolin Taylor, Pastor Sunday Services Sunday School ......... l0 a.m. Worship .................. 11 a.m. Bible Study ................ 7 p.m. Wednesday Discipleship Training 6 p.m. Olive Hill Church David Watters Sunday Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Located five miles south and two miles west of Superlor ProclaiminB Christ Since 1876 First Community Church Oak, Neb. Phone 402-225-2284 Sunday Sunday School .............. 9 a.m. Morning Worship I0 a.m. Sunday Prayer Evangelical Lutheran Church 201 South Center Mankato, Kan. Church 785-378-3308 Res. 785-378-3766 . Steve Little, Pastor i!! Sunday Worship .................. 9:00 a.m, Sunday School ....... I0:30 a,m. Jewell County Catholic Churches Sacred Heart, Esbon Saturday on first, third and fifth weekend ..............  6:30 p.m. Sunday 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 Centennial Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 855 N. Dakota Street. Superior. Neb. Phone 402-879-3137 Saturday Worship .......................... 6:30 p.m, Sunday Worship Service ..................... 9 a.m. Sunday School-Bible Class ............................... I0 a.m. Paul Albrecht, Pastor Worship with us ula llve broadcast each Sunday on KRFS Radk9 Please call for addttDnal worshLp and Bible study oppountes, Church Of The N00m'ene 740 E. Seventh Office Phone 402-879-4391 Sunday Sunday School ........ 9:30 a.m. Morning Service ..... 10:45 a.m. Evening Service ............ 6 p.m. Children's Program ....... 6 p.m. Wednesday Meeting ................ 6:00 p.m. Dinner ............................... 6 p.m. Jim Dresser, Pastor Prayer MeeUng, Children's MLrdstry and Youth Group MeeUng .......... 7 p.m. Bible Centered Denis Payne, Pastor Nondenominational Transportation and Nursery Salem First Presbyterian Lutheran Church (ELC Highway 14 North, Superior, Neb. Sunday Sunday School ..... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............. 10:45 a.m. Rev. Daniel Hays Lutheran Vespers, KRFS, 7:30 amL Hohj Communion, first and third Church Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 Sunday School ........... 9:15 a.m. Fellowship Coffee ...... 10:30 a.m. Worship ........................ I I a.m. Rev. Mark Diehl, Pastor Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 505 N. Kansas Superior, Neb. Sunday Morning Worship 8:30 a.m, Sunday School ..... 9:45 a.m. a Rev, Daniel Hays Living Faith Fellowship Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Kan. Office 785-361-2664 Res. 785-361'2070 Sunday Worship ................... 9:30 a.m. Sunday School ...... 10:30 a.m. Pastor Joyce Beam Word of Faith Church 315 N. C4atral Phone 4oa-s79-3814 Sunday Worship Service ............ 10:30 a.m, Evening Service ................... 5 p.m. (except 4th and 5th Sundays} Wednesday ChrtsUan Development Nlght Adults and Children .......... 7 p.m. Rock Solid Youth Group ...... 7 p.m. Radio Program, KRFS AM Sunday Momlng .......... 8:30 a.m. Patsy Busey, Pastor Thursday, NA TIOI J e 25 years Ken jured in a dice America chO the Lawrence Janiee Hot'st fro tn office. Doris oredon Five Th, tperior( trator, Deaths Hobelmann Donald ,Ron,Moore der on the owned by One Quality owners of General store 133s those i} Julian Ohrt, change John and Mary have 10 Louisville, Ky. a quilt made more than 55 sold at the Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church 99 W. Pearl, dewell, Fan. 785-428-354O JmmI I Wayne Felgal, Pastor Wednesday Youth Group ............. 7 p.m. Sunday Sunday School ..... 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service 10:45 a.m, Family Bible Hour ..... 7 p.m. Amlltated with the Evalcal Free Church o(-Arnellca Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street Superior, Neb. Wednesday Evening Chris Chute 118S. C MankatO 785-3 Sunday School' Morning Worshi! Thaddeus J. Hil 785-378 No00,.l Phone 71 Located eight Burr Oak and t Sunday School .... Worship ............... Kenne S '*Where The   Grace Evangelical I 423 E. Fifth Stre Youth and Adult Bible Study 7 p.m. lama ..o, i Sunday ' Wed Worship Servlce ............. 9 a,m. Grace Place Chlldr Sunday School ........ I0:15 a.m. Club ......... S' Evening Service ......... 6:30 p.m. A lot ofkneelij keeps you in good standing with God. Little Blue Christian Fellowshlp Old Pleasant View School 7 miles No. of Nelson Sunday Worship Servlce ............ I0 a.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study .............. 7 p.m. Children's Bible Study ...... 7 p.m. FHd........ 6:30 a.m" Morning Prayer Pastor and Mrs. David Sellers Evangelical Lutheran Church ' in America ST. PAUL LUTHERAN 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 United Methodist Church 448 N. Kansas Street Superior, Neb. Sunday Service Church School ..... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............. 10:45 a.m. Rev. Dorthea Falrbanks Sunday School ......... Morning WorsblP ...... Prayer Tlme ............ i I AlIllllated with the Cat00' Church'00 St. JoP la's superl Rectory phone " Dally MasSes .... Saturday .......... Sunday ....... :'" "Nelson-SurdaY ' Baptist