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 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    May 27, 2020 

Hard Choice? Not Really

I hope you feel as blessed and grateful as I do that we don’t live in a large city. One thing I hope we learn from this virus mess is that God never intended for millions of people to live on top of...

 

Seasons Lost

Conversation is on again about activating pro sports seasons. The newscasters were punctuating the excitement of the Rockies hitting the field, the Broncos prepping for the fall season and the list of...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    May 27, 2020 

Stay Connected During Coronavirus

It’s hard to believe we’ve been battling coronavirus in Nebraska for over two months now.  I applaud Nebraskans for working together and successfully slowing the spread of the virus.  The...

 
 By Brandee Gillham    Opinion    May 27, 2020 

There Is Hope

What is hope? According to good 'ol Webster, the definition of the word hope as a verb is "to expect with confidence; trust," and the definition of the word hope as a noun is "desire accompanied by ex...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    May 27, 2020 

Israel's Independence Day

On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel's Declaration of Independence. He said that the new State of Israel will "uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens,...

 

A Dulled Daytrip

I went for a drive recently, to a region I haven't seen for, well, since the coronavirus was officially acknowledged. It is a location treated almost like a day trip destination. Go and do some...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    May 27, 2020 

Straight Talk from Steve

Enough is enough! We are now 60 days into the COVID-19 pandemic. When the pandemic first reached American soil, predictions were made by medical experts about its severity and mortality rate. At that...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    May 13, 2020

Jobs As We Knew Them Are Over

We are discovering many things as a result of the corona virus and its impact. Among them are that work and jobs centralized in office buildings and business parks are over. Prior to 2020, only about...

 

What If?

Two months ago, give or take a few days or so, “normal” took a left turn in the Panhandle. We were strongly encouraged to stay home unless on an essential errand or duty. The “encouragement...

 

Give Me Liberty

If you have not read Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty” speech in the last week, look it up right now and give it some time. Mr. Henry gave this speech in 1775 to reluctant members of the Second Virginia Convention to develop a military...

 
 By Deb Fischer    Opinion    April 8, 2020

Together Apart

Nebraskans are tough, resilient, and generous. Our strength of character is revealed on an everyday basis, but it’s especially illuminated during difficult times like we are facing right now with...

 

Staight Talk with Steve Erdman

As I write this article this week I am very concerned with the continued struggle that the COVID-19 virus has presented us with. This crisis has affected every person not only in my legislative district, but throughout the State of Nebraska, througho...

 
 By Deb Fischer    Opinion    April 1, 2020

Relief in a Time of Crisis

In a matter of just a few weeks, the outbreak of COVID-19 has upended how Nebraskans and all Americans are living their lives. Schools have closed their doors, bars and restaurants have shut down, and...

 

Losing Man's Best Friend

I remember watching the movie “Marley and Me” and relating to some of the events. Owen Wilson played the part of an aspiring writer and columnist fresh to the Florida community. It is a little...

 

It Doesn't Have to be Hard

Christmas is upon us. It's a Christian holiday established by Pope Julian I in 4th century A.D. to mark the intervention of God in the events of human history by sending a savior to not only offer...

 

The Best of America

On Christmas Eve, 1968, the Apollo 8 crew reached the lunar orbit. The year, as we all know, was full of deep division. But on that night, more than 50 years ago, the astronauts understood they had...

 

The Fourteenth Amendment

After Congress and enough states ratified the thirteenth amendment that terminated slavery, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. This law declared that “all people born in the United...

 
 By Dan Carson    Opinion    October 30, 2019

What's Your Biggest Fear?

It's a chilly Halloween in western Nebraska and it may be hard to make out the true identities of masked ghouls and goblins, superheroes, cowboys and princesses knocking on our doors in necessary...

 

Addressing the Dash

I turned on the radio on my way to the office recently and found myself in the middle of a discussion. It was a familiar discussion. At least, the symbolism was familiar. It was familiar because it...

 

The Sorting Crash

It's a wonderful time of year. The "fall run" is on and cowboys all over the country are celebrating as they ship calves. Many ranches today precondition (vaccinate) the calves a few weeks before...

 

View From The Handlebars: A Question of Values

I have to admit I’m a little surprised at the number of states tightly limiting abortion. Call it a rebellion or whatever you like, but there is a trend against allowing abortions when a heartbeat...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 5, 2019

The Results Are In

Last week, Senators wrapped up the First Session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature. From property taxes to a new pro-life law, the Legislature did important work on a wide variety of issues. Here are...

 

Reader Opinion: Public Should Weigh In At Meeting

Editor’s Note: The following letter was edited for length. Editor, There are happenings with the City of Sidney City Manager and the City of Sidney City Council that I want you to know about. On Tuesday evening, the 9th of April 2019, a public...

 

How 'Toxic' is Manhood?

The few seconds I’ve seen of the Gillette commercial doesn’t do much for the image of manhood. A row of men standing in front of charcoal grills as if that is their lot in life. They are cavemen...

 

California's Farm Workers

Michael Greenberg, reporter for the New York Review, examined California in two recent articles, the first in December on agriculture, and the second in January on housing’s high cost. In the first, he paints a stunning picture of agriculture in Ca...

 

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