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A Lack of Respect

Bike rides, especially longer ones, offer plenty of time for reflection. When the only conversation is the breeze blowing through the grasses and the hum of traffic competing for the same segment of...

 

'Good Morning, Vietnam'

Two Viet Cong terrorists—Hynh Phi Long and Le Van Ray—parked their bicycles on the riverbank across from My Canh, the Mekong Floating Restaurant, in Saigon, and left behind bags strapped to their bikes’ handlebars that contained bombs aimed at...

 
 By Our Opinion    Opinion    March 9, 2018

Right Time, Right Approach, Right Place

As it has progressed more from an idea to proposal, Sidney’s Hickory Square project has come more to the forefront in discussion lately, both public and private. The project’s backers, simply put, are following a sort of “if you build it, they...

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Editor, I see the city council approved LB840 funds to support the hickory square project. They say this comes from the one-half cent sales tax that was approved by the voters in 2012. If the city officials and city council go back and see how this...

 

Calling Third District Students

Encouraging Nebraska students to engage with their government is important to the future of our state and country. For young people in the Third District, my office has great opportunities for students of all ages and interests to get involved....

 

STRAIGHT TALK: Petition Drive For Tax Relief Begins

Last week was a very busy week for me at the Capitol. On Monday the petition drive for the property tax relief ballot measure was launched. The petition drive will put onto the November ballot the...

 

Growing Nebraska After 150 Years

This week, Nebraska turns 151 years old. On March 1, Nebraska celebrates Statehood Day, the anniversary of President Johnson signing Nebraska’s statehood proclamation in 1867. We have come a long...

 

OUR OPINION: Seeking A Balanced Approach To School Safety

Funerals are taking place of students caught in the aim of another gunman. The location is Florida. The suspect is a recent student who was expelled for behavior issues, a 19-year-old who by news reports had an assortment of firearms. The sober...

 

Supporting Those Who Serve

The members of the American military have been putting their lives at risk to defend our country since our founding. As they protect our way of life, they deserve to have what they need to get the...

 

Washington's Advice Rejected By Both Parties

Avoiding national debt was one of George Washington’s greatest admonitions yet neither liberals nor conservatives have paid much attention to it. It would be well to reflect on his advice this President’s Day. The trillion dollar Republican...

 

Whistleblowers

In December of 1773, near the time of the Boston Tea Party, Benjamin Franklin admitted that he had passed on to the Boston Gazette twenty letters that the Massachusetts governor, Thomas Hutchison had written, calling for an “abridgment of the...

 

Winning The Nebraska Way

Life is precious. It is something that we can never take for granted. From our country’s earliest days, our Founding Fathers recognized life as the first right in the Declaration of Independence....

 

Letter to the Editor: Reader: Hickory Square Project Not A Good Idea

I see the Chamber is pushing for the Hickory Square project at a cost of $732,000. If this project works like other projects the city has done the cost will double. The city of Sidney is in debt over 14 million dollars and they want to add to it. The...

 

Norway

On January 11, President Trump met with Senators in the Oval Office to discuss immigration. At one point a Senator mentioned that the U.S. should also “admit people from Haiti, El Salvador, and certain African nations,” a suggestion that enraged...

 

The Ongoing Scavenger Hunt

The move finally happened. Well, mostly. My wife and I decided months ago it will make sense to live in the Sidney area. An effective news editor needs to be part of the community, and a 40-mile...

 

Renewed Optimism and a Strong Economy

Since the passage of tax reform, every day we seem to see a new story touting the success of this legislation and our economy. Falling unemployment, continued economic growth, and a booming stock...

 

Reviving The American Dream

Whether they are struggling to find a job or have stopped trying, unemployment is holding down millions of Americans. For them, the American dream feels out of reach. With the passage of tax reform, our attention needs to be on getting everyone who...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: Tax Relief Bills Going To Hearing

On January 25 public hearings will be held on my two property tax relief bills, LB829 and LB899. If you would like to testify at the public hearing for either bill, please arrive at Hearing Room...

 

Improving Educational Outcomes

Like many Nebraskans, my life has been shaped by agriculture. For over 40 years, I’ve worked with agriculture and rural development organizations across our state and recognized how the success of...

 
 By Jim Vokal    Opinion    January 19, 2018

You Can In Nebraska

I've lived in Nebraska my entire life, and I really believe our state can be the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family. Certainly, there are some who look down on Nebraska (maybe...

 

Working Together On Reform

Cutting and reforming taxes is key to growing Nebraska. Over the years, together, the Legislature and I have done the hard work needed to hold the line on taxes. Additionally, we have worked together...

 

Access To Air Travel

Small and regional airports throughout Nebraska serve as the connection between rural communities and their families, the economy, and the world. They also act as access points that help attract...

 
 By Doug Kagan    Opinion    January 19, 2018

Reader Opinion

Editor, High property taxes in Nebraska are taxing people, especially senior citizens, out of their homes. Farmers and ranchers in the current economy cannot hold onto their land or consider passing...

 

Prioritizing Rural America

To kick off 2018, the American Farm Bureau welcomed President Trump to their annual meeting. It was the first time a U.S. president addressed this gathering in 26 years. Our country depends on ag producers every day for our food, feed, fuel, and...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: LB829 Would Provide Necessary Tax Relief

LB829 is the number assigned to my property tax relief bill. LB829 will allow tax payers to get a 50 percent credit or refund on that portion of their property tax bill which goes to fund public...

 

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