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 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    December 8, 2021 

Choosing Educational Excellence Over Ideology

Chancellor Ronnie Green believes the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is racist.  Under his leadership, UNL recently released a plan to address “institutional racism” as part of its...

 

Honoring and Supporting Our Veterans

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” – President John F. Kennedy America is the greatest country in the world because...

 

Growing Through It Together

The last 18 months have been a roller coaster for the entire world.  While many places have struggled, even in America, Nebraskans have come together to power through the pandemic.  Our healthcare...

 

Made in Nebraska

October is Manufacturing Month here in Nebraska.  It is a great opportunity to celebrate the innovators and makers creating jobs across the Cornhusker State.  Our state has a rich tradition of...

 

Remembering 9/11, Renewing Our Patriotism

Twenty years ago, the United States suffered the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  No one old enough to remember that day will ever forget it.  It was surreal to watch the Twin Towers collapse...

 

Strengthening Energy Reliability and Independence

Energy reliability and independence are pillars of our country’s national security.  A reliable power grid has helped our nation build the world’s largest economy, and our focus on developing...

 

Standing Up for Life

 In the next year, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make its most important decision regarding abortion law and states’ rights in over a quarter-century.  The Court’s ruling could overturn...

 

Marxism Reinvented

In 2021, communism seems like a distant threat to many.  Generations of Americans have learned about the atrocities committed by Stalin and Lenin in Russia.  Many are familiar with Mao’s Great...

 

Countdown to the Nebraska State Fair

We’re only a month away from one of the most important annual events for our state—the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. This year, the fair will run from August 27th through September 6th....

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 28, 2021

The 30 x 30 Land Grab

On January 27, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed his “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” In this order, President Biden set a “goal of conserving at...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Creating Opportunity for All Nebraskans

Over the past year, Nebraska has been enjoying rapid growth, creating lots of great-paying job opportunities here in the Good Life.  We have the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation at...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 14, 2021

One Hundred Years of Communism in China

As America emerges from the Fourth of July weekend, there’s another important reminder this month of why we should cherish our freedom and liberty. July marks the 100th anniversary of the Chinese...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Back to Basics

Martin Luther King, Jr. once famously said that “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Reconnecting Nebraska

The coronavirus pandemic has been a long journey, but through it all Nebraskans have pulled together to keep people healthy.  On March 6, 2020, Nebraska reported its first positive case of the...

 

Celebrating and Savoring Nebraska Beef

Nebraska has long been known as the Beef State and May is Beef Month, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy a delicious burger or steak. Agriculture is our state’s largest industry, and beef is the...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Protecting Our Land and Water

Here in the Cornhusker State, agriculture and conservation go hand in hand. Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists. Agricultural families in our state have been growing...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Fighting for Our Rights

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took office a little over two months ago. In his inaugural address, President Biden dedicated himself to “bringing America together.” In the weeks since then, he has...

 

Halftime at the Unicameral

The Nebraska Legislature is halfway through its 2021 session. Senators are working on passing a budget that controls spending and delivers on Nebraskans’ top priority — property tax relief. The Un...

 

Celebrating and Growing Nebraska Agriculture

From March 21-27, 2021 we celebrate National Agriculture Week in Nebraska. It’s a great opportunity to highlight the hard work our farmers and ranchers do to produce high-quality and affordable...

 

State Achieves All-Time High in Daily Vaccines

LINCOLN – On Friday, Feb. 5, Gov. Pete Ricketts gave an update on coronavirus vaccination across the state. He noted that Nebraska administered over 14,000 vaccinations yesterday—the highest...

 

Let the States Lead

On January 20, the United States carried out a distinctive national tradition: Our country underwent a peaceful transition of power. Looking back on the history of nations, this is not typical....

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year

Christmas and New Year’s Day are welcome opportunities to slow down, connect with loved ones, and look forward to 2021. As we approach the year’s end, I am thankful for the many sacrifices...

 

Successfully Slowing the Spread

Nebraskans are known for common sense, tenacity, and grit. When faced with a major challenge, we don’t panic or abandon core principles and long-standing traditions. Instead, we pull together to do...

 

Giving Thanks in Adversity

It’s fitting to set aside time each year to express gratitude to God and to one another for the many blessings we enjoy.  In seasons of peace and plenty, as well as in times of war and loss,...

 

Giving Thanks in Adversity

It’s fitting to set aside time each year to express gratitude to God and to one another for the many blessings we enjoy. In seasons of peace and plenty, as well as in times of war and loss,...

 

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