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Archives Museum on this weekend's Heritage trail

Scene to be Seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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This weekend, Lincoln Area Archives Museum will open its doors as part of the “The Heritage Trail.” Look for the museum’s special miniature displays that depict scenes from the 1800s. There’s no admission charge although memberships are always welcome. Volunteer executive director Shirley Russell reports that this is the first year for Lincoln Area Archives Museum to be part of The Heritage Trail, which, for this weekend only, will offer free admission to18 museums from Lincoln to Lake Tahoe. Museums will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Also look for a free “Get Up & Go” card at any museum while on the tour. Cards stamped at four different museums will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of three gift baskets. To pick up an advance copy of The Heritage Trail guide, stop by the museum at 640 Fifth St. For more information, call 645-3800 or visit theheritagetrail.blogspot. com. Step up ... On Sunday, Poets Club of Lincoln hosts open mic in the Willow Room at Twelve Bridges Library, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, from 3 to 5 p.m. Fran Neves reports that Bay Area poet Richard Stella returns as a special guest. All poets are invited to share up to three poems. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Twelve Bridges Library at 434-2410. Let’s go for LEGO ... Last week, Lincoln Public Library may have dropped to seventh place from sixth place but there’s still time to reach first place in LEGO Group’s “Read, Build, Play” campaign. Between now and the Oct. 1 contest deadline, library supporters can vote daily. With your help, Lincoln Public Library still has a chance to win $5,000 from LEGO. As of Saturday, Mt. Airy Library was holding on to its No. 1 spot with more than 23,000 votes. Mt. Airy, N.C. has a population of less than 11,000. Lincoln had 3,321 votes and has a population of more than 40,000. So, with a concerted effort from all residents, Lincoln could win. In addition to the $5,000 prize, the top 200 libraries will receive literacy-education kits. Visit readbuildplay.com and use the drop-down menus to select California, Lincoln and then Lincoln Public Library. Discover something new ... Donations to Roseville’s American Cancer Society Discovery Shop “Closets for a Cure” campaign have started to arrive at Lincoln’s Wardrobe. From now until Sept. 30, Wardrobe will accept gently-used, new and clean contemporary women’s clothing on behalf of the Discovery Shop. In addition to tax receipts, Wardrobe will issue new clothing discount certificates starting at 5 percent off for the first item and an additional 1 percent for each additional item up to a maximum of 35 percent off. Discount certificates are redeemable for any new Wardrobe purchases from now through Oct. 31. For those who are overwhelmed by the prospect of cleaning out their closets, Discovery Shop’s manager Chris Silver has volunteers who are available to come to your home and help. For more information about “Closets for a Cure” and to arrange an appointment with a volunteer, call Discovery Shop Manager Silver at 786-7773 or e-mail chris. silver@cancer.org. Wardrobe is located at 517 G St. in downtown Lincoln. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves believes in the Constitution of the United States of America. And he believes in all its amendments. As a columnist for The Lincoln News Messenger, Jeeves pays special attention to the First Amendment. The First Amendment concerns freedom of the press. Jeeves does not take freedom of the press for granted. The First Amendment also concerns other freedoms such as religion, speech and the right to peaceably assemble. Over the last couple of weeks, some Lincoln News Messenger readers expressed concern about freedom of speech through letters to the editor and on-line posts. Jeeves believes that all readers should be free to express their opinions. But he also believes that they should be responsible for them. Jeeves and Kathy accept full responsibility for what they say or write. Sometimes there’s positive fallout and sometimes there’s negative fallout. Recently, they received two telephone calls about on-line postings that were attached to their Scene to be Seen column of July 26 (“Archives Museum part of Heritage Trail”). One call came from someone who identified herself as an advocate for gay rights. She took offence to a post by Mary Bahlke Nader who wrote in part “... I challenge Kathy to “come out of the Wardrobe”... Jeeves and Kathy are sorry that this caller was offended. But neither Jeeves nor Kathy knew what Mary Nader meant by the comment nor could they speak for her. So they suggested that this individual contact her directly. Another caller was upset by comments posted by Josh Nader. Two comments were directed at Editor Carol Feineman’s column of July 26 (“Council candidates’ top qualification: work as a team). One of his two comments included “Carol. There is no “I” in team. Your article should be taken to heart by the two incumbents whom need the civility lecture. You have the audacity to lecture people such as me, my father, mother. This article was poorly written since you didn’t even bother to interview any council members my self or my mother. Whom the hell are you trying to fool here? Why don’t you focus on the issues like I have and many other concerned citizens. Do your job and report on real issues. That’s if you can even do that.” Another comment was directed at Jeeves for his column of the same week. Josh Nader wrote in part, “I think its time the new (sic) messenger put a muzzle on jeeves for a while.” This caller worried about the level of Josh Nader’s invective toward Carol Feineman. And this caller wondered why Josh Nader would want to limit Jeeves’ freedom of speech. Neither Jeeves nor Kathy could offer an explanation. So they suggested that this caller contact Josh Nader directly. Just as Jeeves and Kathy enjoy freedom of speech, they believe that Mary Bahlke Nader and Josh Nader should enjoy the same freedom. But Jeeves and Kathy also believe that they should accept any fallout in return. Jeeves remembers a response to a Scene to be Seen column that appeared in January 2012. Attached to that column was an online post by a reader that said “Kathy you’re an idiot.” Jeeves won’t mention that reader’s name because of what happened later. But he will mention that such a comment can bring fallout. And fallout could be legal action. When such comments are written, they may be libelous. When such comments are spoken, they may be slanderous. But when Kathy read the online comments, she was less concerned with legal action. After all, she would have to prove damages. And she’s not yet sure the extent to which she was damaged. Time will tell. Instead, Kathy was more concerned with a different type of fallout. That individual’s online post included his employer’s name, which happens to be a nonprofit organization. He also serves as its executive director. Kathy was more concerned about the fallout to his employer. So she wrote to the organization’s board chairman. The chairman responded appropriately. The individual was directed to remove his employer’s name from his Facebook account and any future personal on-line posts. That organization’s chairman took steps to minimize fallout. But did it help? Time will tell. As much as Kathy believes in the objectives and activities of that nonprofit organization, she won’t support it. She believes that if its executive director has difficulty managing the employee’s Facebook account, he may have difficulty managing his employer’s accounts. Time will tell. Kathy is exercising her freedom of choice. Jeeves is exercising freedom of the press. And the Naders are exercising their freedom of speech. Like Kathy and Jeeves, Mary Bahlke Nader and Josh Nader will eventually find out what the fallout will be from their online posts - not only to themselves but to their other family members including respectively their husband and father, Councilman Stan Nader. Time will tell. Because Kathy and Jeeves have a family member who intends to run for public office, they are taking a hiatus until after the Nov. 6 election to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Please forward notices about upcoming events to Shoni Jones at shonij@lincolnnewmessenger.com or call 645-7733. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.