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The Two Sides of Free Speech

In the early 2000s, there was a program that allowed people to connect. It was fun. It was new. It was treated as playful and cutting edge. It predated the platforms most of us use today. About the...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    October 21, 2020 

No Good Choices

I’ve made no secret of my independent political leanings in recent years. Over the course of my life I’ve held views that were alternatively considered quite liberal, quite conservative and...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    October 21, 2020 

Ricketts: Reject State Bailouts

As pandemic restrictions loosen, Nebraska is growing again. While some states continue to struggle through the current coronavirus impacted economy, Nebraska now has the lowest unemployment rate of...

 

Reprehensible

I spent nearly half my life working in TV and radio newsrooms. Much of that time was spent working as a weatherman, but often I was tasked with double duty. Over the years I worked as a producer,...

 

Fond Memories

There are some experiences in life that never fully get filed away in the caverns of memory. They have a way of always staying near to the top. Compare them to the worn-out hiking boots or jeans your...

 

West Bank Settlements

In June of 1967, Israel’s army captured the Sinai and Gaza Strip from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, and East Jerusalem and the West Bank from the Jordanians. Although Israel returned the Sina...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    October 7, 2020

Civil War?

There is open talk of civil war in America. The Washington Examiner last week published results of a poll showing 61 percent of Americans say the U.S. is on the verge of a civil war, and 52 percent...

 

A Story of Feuding Stage Fellows

I admit I didn’t see the debate last week. I had a higher calling. Quite honestly, the fifth quarter reviews were enough. The stage was set with two men who, by their life experiences, should have...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

As you may know, each week I have been writing about what I am calling the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Last week I discussed what is wrong with taxing incomes. This week I will expose what is wrong w...

 

Everyone Please Calm Down

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RGB) earlier this month and President Trump’s subsequent nomination of Amy Coney Barrett (ACB) to fill her seat has set in motion a chain of e...

 

Good Writing

Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the wrong word is really a large matter. ‘Tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Some writers choose...

 

Public Opinion and Moral Values

“Without a vision, the people perish.” That might sound a little preachy, critical, or condemning even. It might even sound a little egotistical. Go my way or you’re wrong. Well, actually that...

 

Is Civil War Upon Us?

With a houseful of cowpokes it feels like there is always a civil war erupting – there are guns going off, military pursuits, friendly fire and an array of combat situations. "Mama, he hit me on...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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