Friday, September 21, 2018
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Letters to the Editor

FFA greenhouse is a winner

  1. I recently had the pleasure of being invited to visit the FFA greenhouse project in Gothenburg managed by Kaylee Beyea, a junior at Gothenburg High School.

I had heard about all the time and effort Kaylee and the landscaping class had put into this project and how important it was to them. I have always been a huge fan of the FFA program and the values it teaches the students. I decided to go on the opening morning.

I really think I was just expecting to go and see the greenhouse, buy a few plants,and help support the hard work of the students. Much to my surprise I walked into one of the most wonderful greenhouses I have ever been to. The plants are amazing; the greenhouse is very well organized.

The FFA students were very polite and extremely helpful. I did not leave until I had completely filled my car with plants. The prices were also very pleasant. I hope that people continue to support this project. If you have not been out to see the greenhouse yet, you should take the time to go out and take a look. I will continue to go back for more plants until Kaylee is sold out.

Mr Scherer and Gothenburg High School should be very proud of these students. They have represented you well. I look forward to many more years of purchasing my plants from this greenhouse.




Learn about Lions activities

Gothenburg Lions Club was founded in 1942, and has served the Gothenburg community throughout each year since.

Have you ever wondered who puts out the flags on holidays and special occasions? The Lions do. Have you been to the Christmas matinee at the Sun Theatre recently? The Lions sponsor that

Did you know that the Lions take out Meals on Wheels regularly, set up the Bloodmobile equipment for blood donor days, pick up trash with the Adopt a Highway initiative, provide for vision and hearing screenings at the Gothenburg Public Schools and offer scholarships to Gothenburg High School Seniors?

Members of the community can learn about these and the many other activities the Lions are involved with at an ice cream social that is being held in Ehmen Park next Monday from 7 p.m. Come along and enjoy the treat that the Lions are offering, and if you want to know how you can get involved in serving your community through your local Lions organization, members will be on hand to encourage you.


Nothing funny about this

Joe Knoedler (02-22-12) takes up argument against the premise that liberalism is turning young people’s minds to mush. At Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, President Obama told students “...every time prices start to go up...politicians dust off their 3-point plans for $2.00 gas.” (Laughter) “Been the same script for 30 years. It’s like a bad rerun.” (Laughter) While laughing at his jokes, students weren’t thinking about the long-standing practice of stifling energy production as a root cause for many of our economic problems. The comedian in chief certainly won’t enlighten them. I see no humor in it whatsoever.

He told them that drilling advocates say “...if we just drilled more for oil then gas prices would immediately come down...” Truthfully, advocates believe pursuing a more aggressive energy policy and cutting federal regulations 30 years ago would have brought about lower, more stable fuel prices long before now. Perhaps far fewer manufacturing companies would have left the country. Obama’s effort (alchemy) is turning borrowed money into failed “green energy” companies and Democrat campaign funds. We have lost billion$. Tell students that joke.

He repeated his diatribe that we have only 2% of the world’s known oil reserves. This misleading figure doesn’t include resources roped off by the government. According to industry experts, the U.S. has more than 1.4 trillion barrels of technically recoverable oil—enough to meet all U.S. needs for the next 200 years, without imports. Obama said, “Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.” (Applause) This may be happening during his administration, but it is not because of anything he has done. The Bush blamer is taking credit for production on public lands (he couldn’t stop) that was already approved by the previous administration. Drilling is occurring on private and state lands, in spite of Obama’s moratoriums.

His administration claims that oil and gas leases on public land increased 20% in 2011. Leases issued in 2010 were at the lowest level since the Bureau of Land Management began publishing the data. A 20% increase from there is meaningless. Taxpayers collected 258 times less revenue ($9.4 billion) from off-shore lease sales in 2011 than the last year of the Bush administration. He joked, if Republican presidential candidates “...were around when Columbus set sail (laughter) they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society.” (Laughter) The irony is, if his anti-energy policies and military budget cuts are allowed to continue, our navy will be the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

Obama told students there is no “quick fix” for high gas prices, he is “drilling at a record pace” and his opponents are against alternative energy sources. Students (and adults) laughed throughout the speech and applauded at the end. They most likely left there accepting what the snake oil salesman said as fact, not bothering to research the truth on their own. Is that Mensa, or is it mush? You decide.


Flight log books appreciated

Imagine my astonishment when I was notified by a very thoughtful friend who subscribes to the Gothenburg Times that an ad had been placed in the newspaper by the Gothenburg Airport stating that they had found numerous old pilot flight log books. The ad listed many names of pilots, including my dad, my uncle and one of my cousins whose flight log books had been in storage there for over 40 years!

Many of my childhood years were spent flying with my dad and my uncle. My dad, Kenneth Stapp, has been deceased since 1988. Along with my cherished memories of those days, I have all his flight school classroom items, his pilot’s license, and now thanks to the Gothenburg Airport, I have his pilot flight log book! In it is recorded in his own handwriting every flight that he ever commanded with points of departure and arrival, identification of the aircraft model and number, and remarks, procedures and maneuvers. I was overjoyed to read that I was his first official passenger he took on his first flight as a licensed pilot dated January, 29th, 19721

This is an amazing gift of inestimable worth and will be cherished for generations of my family for years to come all because of the kindness, generosity and goodwill of the Gothenburg Airport to allow family members to be able to go there and claim these valuable family heirlooms.

With genuine, heartfelt, immeasurable gratitude to all involved at the airport that brought this part of family history full circle for me,




Riders, ropers, helpers welcome

The Gothenburg Roping & Riding Club is a club for all ages interested in equine events in Gothenburg and the surrounding areas. We facilitate roping and riding practices at our arena just north of Gothenburg. We also many events including 4-H horse shows, ropings and barrel races.

A major focus of the Gothenburg Roping & Riding Club is producing the Pony Express Rodeo held annually on July 3 and 4. So if you’re looking for a place to ride and rope, or maybe just interested in helping put on a first class rodeo, the Gothenburg Roping & Riding Club may be for you.

For more information check out our next meeting on Wednesday (tonight) at 7:30 p.m. at the rodeo grounds or call club president Jared Slagle at 308-529-2139




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