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 By Jim Pillen    Opinion    January 26, 2023 

Cut Taxes, Invest in Our Kids

LINCOLN, NE – Our current tax system fails Nebraskans and needs reform now. For too long, our tax code has not been competitive. We rank 29th in the country for personal income tax rate and...

 

An Unkind Reflection and a Call for Kindness

There's no nice way to put this, so I'll cut right to the chase: Last night, my brother Mike collapsed and, as a result of a massive brain bleed, died hours later. For obvious reasons, I considered ta...

 

Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Four

"'For I know the thoughts I have toward you', says the Lord, 'thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (expected end).'" Jeremiah 29:11 Find the right church for you, even...

 

The Last Open Door

We have read, been told and heard through the grapevine that our local government entities are nefariously "keeping stuff secret." For the most part, they're not. One of the last great freedoms people...

 

Rules Hearing

This year I was elected chair of the Rules Committee. At the beginning of each biennial session of the Nebraska Legislature new rule changes get proposed by State Senators and so it becomes the job...

 

Profiles in Courage

John F. Kennedy served in the U. S. Congress for fourteen years, from 1947 until 1960. Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, JFK was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1946, and he stayed th...

 

Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Two

"Where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in the midst of you." Matthew 18:19. No matter the question or circumstance, the answer is in the Bible. Make it first and final Authority!...

 

The 108th Legislature

The 108th Legislature has begun. The legislative session began on January 4 and will extend through the month of May. This will be the longer 90-day session. The reason for the longer session has to...

 

Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Two

I beg you, Brethren, by the mercies of God, that you not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable will of God...

 

Pushing Buttons

Do you remember the TV show this quote is from: "Push the button, Max!" It was invariably followed with, "That's the wrong button!" instantly followed by chaos. No fair peeking at the answer. After...

 

Letters To The Editor

Great article on the HVAC! I just finished reading the headline article on your paper today about the HVAC system. It was nice to read an article that gave the facts for both sides, without bias! Or, maybe I'm biased, but you named both sides equally...

 

Straight Talk From Steve: N-CORPE - Nebraska Republican Platte Enhancement

One of the bills that I will introduce next year is the result of an interim study that I conducted with our State's Natural Resources Districts (NRD's) back in 2021. LR23 was a Legislative...

 

Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week One

Jesus speaks, "Behold! (Wow! Look at this!) I make all things new!" Revelation 21:5 "No one puts new wine into old wineskins; else the new wine bursts the wineskin. Wine is spilled and the wineskins...

 

Shortcuts to Winning

How does a player cheat at chess? When playing on-line chess at home, on his or her computer, a cheater receives instructions, hints, and directions from a second computer, standing beside the first,...

 

Together, We've Grown Nebraska

Last week, we celebrated the arrival of Nebraska's 2022 Silver Shovel. This prestigious national award recognizes states that have successfully attracted major economic development projects. And it's...

 

Straight Talk From Steve: Moving Game and Parks Commission to Sidney

One of the bills I will introduce in 2023 is a bill to move the headquarters for the Game and Parks Commission to Sidney. I believe moving the headquarters to Sidney would be advantageous for Western...

 

Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 51 - New Year's 2023

"Give me Your Word. Make it plain and clear to me. Give me Your Word. It's a light that I might see. Give me Your Word for my total victory! In every situation, give me Your word." Song by Nancy...

 

Getting a Short Course

Aside from using a Kodak Brownie (which I doubt few today even recognize the name!) and borrowing dad's old 35mm Argus a couple of times in high school, I didn't know much about taking pictures, much...

 

It's Always the Season to Serve Others in Nebraska

The holiday season is full of examples of Nebraskans taking the time to help one another. Just think of the bells we hear and the red Salvation Army buckets we see at the entrances of the stores...

 

White Christmas

 The crooner Bing Crosby first sang "White Christmas" live on the "Kraft Music Hall" radio show on December 26, 1941, nineteen days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. It was a frightening time...

 

Straight Talk From Steve: National Motto

One of the bills that I will introduce next year is a bill to put posters displaying our national motto, "In God We Trust" in all of Nebraska's public schools just like we have in all of our...

 

Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On With Ivy Joy Johnson

Week 50 Christmas; The Art of Reconciliation   God's Master Plan started in the Garden of Eden to legally reverse the curse on mankind. Genesis 3. Adam chose to put all God created under satan's...

 

Straight Talk From Steve: The TERC (Tax Equalization and Review Commission) Bill

One of the bills I will introduce in January will affect the way properties get valuated once an appeal has been filed with the Tax Equalization and Review Commission. The current process is a mess an...

 

Together, We've Made Nebraska a Global Brand

In Nebraska, the crops we grow, livestock we raise, goods we manufacture, and innovations we develop make an impact far beyond our borders. Nebraskans have long known that. Increasingly, the world...

 

In Defense of Freedom

There are those who are so scornful, or maybe afraid, of the past history of the United States of America they want to remove the study of American history and our nation's system of government from...

 

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