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 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    May 18, 2022

When Disaster Strikes, Nebraskans Show Up

Grit and determination.  Readiness to help at a moment’s notice.  Willingness to work long and hard.  Steadfastness in the face of difficulty.  These are the qualities that define us as Nebraska...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    May 11, 2022

Unfinished Business: Enhancing Nebraska's Commitmentto Protecting Second Amendment Rights

Nebraskans have long been strong supporters of the right to keep and bear arms.  Nearly 85 years after it was enshrined in the Second Amendment at the federal level, Nebraska’s leaders chose to...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    May 4, 2022

A History-Making 60 Days

The 2022 Legislative Session will go down in history as one of the Nebraska Unicameral’s finest.  In just 60 days, the Legislature passed record tax relief, made critical public safety...

 

Nebraska the Beautiful: Conserving our Land Without the Heavy Hand of Federal Government

In Nebraska, we know the importance of good stewardship.  Our farmers and ranchers responsibly cultivate the land so future generations of Nebraskans can continue enjoying the Good Life for years to...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Time for Action, Not Antics

As we approach the final days of the 2022 legislative session, the Nebraska Unicameral has the opportunity to deliver smart criminal justice reforms that will enhance public safety and benefit all...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Controlling Spending to Cut Taxes

In the remaining days of the 2022 Legislative Session, we must work together to strike the appropriate balance between managing government spending and returning excess revenue to the people.  That...

 

Voting for Our Future

The Nebraska Legislature has reached a critical juncture.  In the coming weeks, Senators will make important votes on a budget that will shape the future of our state. On March 11th, the Legislature...

 

"Emergency" in Name Only: The Second Round of the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program

As Nebraskans, we value resourcefulness and self-reliance.  We also care for our neighbors.  We recognize that extraordinary times—like a natural disaster or a global pandemic—warrant extra...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    March 9, 2022

An Energetic Response to Russia

Russia’s attack on Ukraine is an assault on freedom everywhere.  As leader of the free world, the United States must issue a strong response that will isolate Russia – and the world must follow...

 

Nebraska Must Act Now to Secure Our Water

Nebraskans know every drop of water is precious.  Agriculture is our top industry.  It makes up 20% of our economy, and it generates one in four jobs in our state.  Access to water makes this...

 

State Growth Through International Trade

Don’t let Nebraska’s location in the middle of America fool you.  Our state touches every corner of the globe with the crops we grow, livestock we raise, and products we manufacture.  Each...

 

Enhancing Public Safety in Nebraska

Here in the Good Life, we must not take our public safety for granted.  We’ve seen other states fail to support law enforcement and underinvest in their corrections.   News stories with video...

 

Putting An End to Human Trafficking in Nebraska

The most heinous crimes often target vulnerable members of our society.  To protect our innocent, Nebraska is hard at work to expose human trafficking and root it out of the Good Life. Human...

 

Growing Nebraska: A Year in Review

If you’ve read my weekly columns, tuned into a press conference, or heard me speak before, you are no stranger to my guiding vision for the state: growing Nebraska.   It’s been the mission of my...

 

Nebraska's Growth: Routed in Agriculture

Agriculture is the heart and soul of Nebraska.  Through the years, our farmers and ranchers have built a reputation for producing crops and livestock that are second to none.  Among U.S. states,...

 

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...

 

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