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 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    September 23, 2020 

Collectivism vs Individualism

The ideological war we’re witnessing in America is as old as civilization. We’ve see the pattern played out over and over throughout history. Prosperous and powerful nations become corrupt and...

 

A Fan's Perspective

I ran across a book a few years ago called “Not A Fan.” The storyline is about getting up and being involved, not contently sitting in the bleachers. But to apply the words a little differently, w...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights that I will begin outlining today will be included in legislation I will introduce in January for the consumption tax. The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights consists of ten...

 

Becoming the Best State for Veterans

In Nebraska, our goal is to be the most welcoming state in the country for veterans and military families. Our servicemen and women make tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. While we can nev...

 
 By Deb Fischer    Opinion    September 23, 2020 

Remembering Investigator Mario Herrera

I was deeply saddened to learn that Investigator Mario Herrera, a 23-year veteran of the Lincoln Police Department, had passed away after being shot in the line of duty on August 26. He was helping...

 

DAV Celebrates Century of Service

DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is a nonprofit veterans service organization composed of more than 1 million wartime service-disabled veterans that is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and...

 

Send Netflix a Message

My household canceled our Netflix subscription months ago. We’d been grumbling for some time about the increase in programming that mocked our values and was either borderline pornographic or...

 

Counting Our Blessings

In even the best experience, high school has a way of making a student feel like he’s passing through a blender. Don’t get me wrong. High School can be a fun experience. It is a fun and learning...

 

Coincidences

Ian Fleming divided his 7th James Bond novel, Goldfinger, into three parts: “Happenstance,” “Coincidence,” and “Enemy Action.” Three times Bond intervened in Auric Goldfinger’s...

 

Where Did We Go Wrong?

The great American experiment set about answering whether free people could govern themselves or not. If things progress as I fear they will, the answer will be no. Why? Because, as our second...

 

Making Sense Out of Chaos

Several years ago, sometimes it feels like yesterday, my wife and I found ourselves in a script we didn’t write, we didn’t want and we couldn’t escape. In what seemed like a heartbeat of time,...

 

A Successful Session

The Nebraska Legislature’s “short session” went much longer than usual this year due to coronavirus.  While the session didn’t wrap up until August, it was worth the wait for Nebraskans....

 

Straight Talk from Steve

Just before noon on Thursday, August 27th, a fire was observed in northern Banner County near the Hubbard gap road. Due to extremely dry conditions, it expanded rapidly. The fire started on the Terry...

 

Time and Labor Day

On a calm summer day in 1823, in northwest South Dakota, a mountain man named Hugh Glass experienced absolute terror when he stumbled across a she-grizzly bear and her two cubs. He was alone. She...

 

A Moment of 'Mental Vacation'

I went for a ride recently using a variation of my typical routes. That alone isn’t a big deal. It is like throwing a dart at the board and deciding “today I’m riding the bowtie route (bowtie...

 

Education Options

It is generally easier and wiser to avoid hot topic issues. At the same time, my summer has been completely consumed by working with parents who are trying to decide what route of education they will...

 

The Necessity of Objective Moral Truth

Perhaps you, like me, have seen or read with utter disbelief news reports in which a blatant and obvious lie is declared to be truth and fact. Maybe it was a reporter standing in front of burning...

 

The Best of Classrooms

We watched a movie this weekend that puts a different spin on education. It is a little bit off center as far as a recognized title. However, it is based on a true story. As the story goes, a...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    August 26, 2020

News You May Not Have Seen

Somewhere between screams of “ORANGE MAN BAD!” and prolonged shouts of “TRUUMMMMP!” in the national social discourse we find legitimate news stories that, had they occurred in a less...

 

Marijuana Impairs Workers, Endangers Workplaces

Despite a constant push by big marijuana to promote marijuana legalization so that it can cash in on new markets, Nebraska has wisely rejected the lobbying of drug advocates.   The $13.6 billion...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    August 19, 2020

The Guns of August

In 1962, the historian Barbara Tuchman published her work, The Guns of August. In it, she described the thirty days in August of 1914, when Europe's governments prodded their countries into a Great...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    August 19, 2020

You Sure You Really Want to Do That?

While no one knows precisely how many Americans own guns, the figure that is most consistent in surveys is 30 percent. The number is likely higher because there are citizens such as myself who choose...

 

Judged By Your Surroundings

We recently celebrated a nephew’s wedding. It required travel to a metro area, more than many COVID restrictions encourage. Fortunately, most everything I was led to believe about the weekend was...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

The Nebraska Legislature has now adjourned for the year. I have now completed my fourth session in the Legislature. This was the first time since I have been elected that we completed the full session...

 

A Good Bar of Soap

As a child my family and I would make an annual trek to Las Vegas to visit my grandparents. My Grandma Dorothy was a really, really tough woman. Her husband died at the young age of 45 of a heart...

 

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