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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...

 

Western Heritage Responds to Resident Concerns

The Sidney Housing Authority wants to thank everyone for their support as resident concerns at Western Heritage are evaluated. Both the Board of Commissioners and the management have always been responsive to the resident concerns. The Western...

 

Para bellum

America is at war. It has been for some time. But now the conflict has spilled into the streets. Shots have been fired. Blows have been exchanged. And we’re witnessing a fascinating blend of...

 

Living On a Movie Set

I remember some of the shows from my early years. They were odd, challenging and mysterious all at the same time. They were mysterious because even at that time, “the latest in polyester and...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

We are now in the home stretch in the Legislative Session with only 3 days remaining to complete the 60 days requirement. Last week there was a compromise bill brought to the floor (LB 1107) that...

 

Clean Your Glasses

"If you want to see evil, evil is all you will see." Many years ago now, I was driving what was then a rural section between two cities in Colorado. The sun was just beginning to set and the colors...

 

For Just a Moment, American Greatness is Displayed Again

Did you see it? It didn’t last very long. But on Sunday afternoon, just before 1 pm Mountain Time, an American spacecraft with two American astronauts on board descended from the sky over a calm...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    August 5, 2020

Authoritarianism

Certain individuals desire a headstrong official to govern. They submit to that man or woman who claims all power belongs to him or herself. They follow. They obey. They do what they are told. They...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Your article in the July 29, 2020 Sidney Telegraph, made me smile “SRMC Conducting a Community Health NEEDS ASSESSMENT.” My friends and I have contacted some of the board members of SRMC about the needs we think are VERY important...

 

Defining Distance

Sometimes I wish there could be a way to record quick thoughts from a radio broadcast. The problem or challenge is that I heard this particular comment while driving. I’m pretty sure the only thing...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Homeschooling? Yes, You Can

It was reported last week that filings to homeschool are up 21 percent in the state of Nebraska. It's a trend seen nationwide. And, according to an April study released by EdChoice, a national...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Inspectors General

On Saturday night, October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon instructed Attorney General, Elliot Richards, to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Elliot Richards though refused to comply...

 

I Still Like Him

My cowboy and I are about to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. In the scheme of anniversaries it seems somewhat insignificant. We seem to get excited about those divisors of 5 – 15th, 20th,...

 

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