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Improving HHS Operations

Here at the State of Nebraska, we’re working every day to build a government which is more effective and more efficient. When I took office, I identified the Department of Health and Human Services...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: All I Want For Christmas Is Property Tax Relief

Nebraskans pay too much in property taxes. According to the Tax Foundation, Nebraskans pay the seventh highest property taxes in the nation. Nebraskans pay 1.65 percent of their home’s value in prop...

 

Empowering Individuals

Empowering people to achieve independence and productivity is our mission on the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, of which I serve as chairman. President Trump is urging Congress to focus on welfare reform after we finish our tax code ove...

 

Standing Up For Rural America

Shortly after the founding of our nation, American citizens engaged in a debate about what kind of country they and later generations would live in. No one understood the value of rural Americans more than Thomas Jefferson. Writing in a letter to...

 

Selling the Community With Personal Experiences

A casual observation of advertising indicates success is in selling the experience, not the product. Think about it. How many ads honestly admit “We got a pretty good product. Come buy some and find out.” Not many. Instead, there is the vision of...

 

Agriculture Grows Nebraska

Each spring, Nebraska farmers head to their fields to plant and prepare for their fall harvest. Their individual success depends on many factors and is a key part of our state’s overall economic...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: UNL Values Should Reflect The State's

On Thursday Nov. 16 Sen. Brewer (LD43), Sen. Halloran (LD33), and I, Sen. Steve Erdman (LD47), had a two hour meeting with University of Nebraska President, Hank Bounds, and Chancellor Ronnie Green. D...

 

Tax Reform Benefits Ag

The House passage of the tax reform bill is an important milestone, but there is still a lot of work to be done. The Senate is currently considering its version of the bill, and then the two chambers will come together and settle the differences thro...

 

Shopping Local

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. We love visiting with family and friends, sharing a meal and catching up with relatives—some whom we may not have seen since last year. After the plates have been washed and the turkey put away for this wee...

 

Confused About Harassment Charges - Letter to the Editor

I’m really starting to get a little confused about all these sexual harassment charges by females being brought up against men when in fact all male sexual enhancement and stimulating drug advertisements on radio, TV and in magazines are done by...

 

Serendipity

About fifty years ago, my dad lost his wallet while driving his tractor in a field. From a neighbor named Sam, he borrowed a metal detector, because he had some dimes and quarters in the coin purse in the wallet, but the field was too big. Twenty...

 

Thanks for the 'givingness'

In a few days, the ovens will be heated, smokers will be flaming and last-minute errands for forgotten ingredients underway. The sports channels are double-checked for the football lineup. The grand...

 

Straight Talk: Working out of budget crunch

The Nebraska Forecasting Advisory Board meets periodically to forecast (or guess) how much money they think will be coming into the State’s general fund. Lawmakers use these projections to craft...

 

Herbert J. Clark

VETERAN'S HISTORY PROJECT At about 20 years of age, Herbert Clark (Herb) was on a student deferment that enabled him and others to continue college studies. Each evening, the newscasts reported young men of his age being killed or wounded. Herb felt...

 

Brad A. Craig - Service Notice

Brad A. Craig, 58 of Sidney, passed away at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO, Thursday, September 22, 2016. Memorial services will be at 9 a.m., Thursday, September 29th in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Dave Hall...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Opinion    July 9, 2016

Cheryl L. Koski, US Navy, 1972-2012

larry Nelson Veteran’s History Project Cheryl L. Koski was in college at the University of Connecticut. She learned of a scholarship program offered by the US Navy. The Navy would fund a student’s year in college and would expect two years...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Opinion    June 24, 2016

Sergeant Erwin L. Kuling, U.S. Army 1967-1978

Just before graduating from high school, Erwin Lee Kuling (Lee) and other seniors took a week off from school and likely did some things they weren’t supposed to do. It significantly irritated the administrators of the school who told Lee and...

 
 By Delaney Uhrig    Opinion    May 20, 2016

Walter S. Cummings, PO 2nd Class, U.S. Navy Master Sgt., U.S. Air Force Viet Nam World-Wide 1962-1985

In 1962, there weren’t many jobs to be had. A young man who had quit school might not get a job if there was one to be had. Walter Cummings (Walt) had wanted to help out at his Grandparent’s farm and didn’t consider school so important so he...

 
 By William Benson    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Housing costs

In 1890, a young Danish immigrant named Jacob Riis published his book, How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York. He began his introduction, “Long ago it was said that ‘One half of the world does not know how the other...

 
 By Anthony Ruiz    Opinion    May 3, 2016

Chasing windmills

All last week, I heard from coworkers and people around the community about the possible snow that was coming. Not being from this area, snow in late April or early May just sounds ridiculous to my so...

 

Letter To The Editor: Get serious of U.S. problems

Non-metropolitan Nebraskan are predominately conservative, and more likely to support candidates who profess these views. However, this year is unlike any year in my memory since Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was the Democratic candidate in the 193...

 
 By Stan Fox    Opinion    April 26, 2016

Letter To The Editor: Is it possible?

Dear Editor, Anthony Ruiz’s picture of a panoramic view of the new Deadwood fitness and exercise trail was really neat! (April 12th edition of the Sun-Telegraph). Is it possible that Sidney could offer the basic services that traveling cyclists are...

 

Letter To The Editor: Fed up with policians

Dear Editor, We the people are fed up with the lies and deceit of the greedy politicians who think more of themselves than the people they represent. They are a group of self-righteous individuals who capitalize on every opportunity to benefit... Full story

 

Jane Goodall

The adventure writer Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote some eighty novels based upon two characters: Tarzan and John Carter. Tarzan lived among the apes in Africa, and John Carter transported himself from...

 
 By Anthony Ruiz    Opinion    April 19, 2016

Balancing my life (part 2)

In my last column, I wrote about how I used to weigh north of 250 lbs. and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes by the time I turned 30 years old. During a rough period in my life, I decided to take cha...

 

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