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 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    July 28, 2021 

Follow The Science

A mantra recited often since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak is “follow the science.” Sadly, science has become politicized like nearly everything else these days, and the exhortation to...

 

Questions Not Being Answered

Several years ago, when I was just starting this adventure called community journalism, I was taking pictures at a gymnastics event. The picture turned out decent, but I was a little nervous about...

 
 By Deb Fischer    Opinion    July 28, 2021 

More Choices and Cleaner Fuel at the Pump

As we emerge from the pandemic and the economy begins to rebound, I’m focused on ensuring the industries that provide Nebraska jobs can continue to grow and thrive. The ethanol industry is one of...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 28, 2021 

The 30 x 30 Land Grab

On January 27, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed his “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” In this order, President Biden set a “goal of conserving at...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Iceland

In recent days a native Icelander named Egill Bjarnason published a book, “How Iceland Changed the World.” I wonder about that title’s bold claim, but nonetheless he writes well, is...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Resistence Must Begin at the Local Level

Warning: this column contains references to sexual content some may find offensive. The Sidney School Board recently voted unanimously to reject the Nebraska Board of Education’s proposed Health...

 

Potter-Dix School Board Opposes Proposed Health Standards

Dear Editor, The Potter-Dix Board of Education wants you to be aware that the following resolution was unanimously passed by the members present at their meeting on July 13, 2021. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICT NO....

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Straight Talk From Steve

The popular definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. This popular definition of insanity describes what it is like to work with the...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Creating Opportunity for All Nebraskans

Over the past year, Nebraska has been enjoying rapid growth, creating lots of great-paying job opportunities here in the Good Life.  We have the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation at...

 
 By Jeff Yost    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Interns Focus Fresh Eyes on Familiar Surroundings

At Nebraska Community Foundation, we say change happens along the lines of relationships at the speed of trust. New ideas are great, but positive change that sticks happens person to person, friend...

 

Murphy's Laws of Government and Politics No. 2

Warning: Much of the following is capable of generating anger, frustration, nervousness, hot and cold sweats, and other adverse reactions to those of the left-leaning liberal political persuasion. To...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    July 14, 2021

The Beginning of the Final Frontier

On Sunday morning, Richard Branson became the first billionaire in space when he rode Virgin Galactic Space Ship Unity to an altitude of approximately 53 miles, beating out private-sector spacefaring...

 

A Look Through the Window(s)

One of my favorite pictures was taken at a home construction. I was in another country, generally doing things the way they did things, when I saw an image that felt as much emotional or spiritual as...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 14, 2021

Straight Talk From Steve

There is a necessary connection between economics and a republican form of government which gives rise to individual liberty. Whenever you alter either a constitutional republic or an economic system,...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 14, 2021

One Hundred Years of Communism in China

As America emerges from the Fourth of July weekend, there’s another important reminder this month of why we should cherish our freedom and liberty. July marks the 100th anniversary of the Chinese...

 

Murphy's Laws of Government and Politics No. 1

Warning: Much of the following is capable of generating anger, frustration, nervousness, hot and cold sweats, and other adverse reactions to those of the left-leaning liberal political persuasion. To...

 

An Oddest of Challenges

I read a comment recently that would probably make most parents drop their morning coffee. The earth-shaking comment goes against everything most parents would consider “fair and holy.” It is the...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Straight Talk From Steve

Last week the National Education Association, which is commonly referred to as the teacher’s union, adopted a measure to combat attacks on Critical Race Theory. The National Education Association...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Patriots vs. Loyalists

As the year 1776 unfolded, American colonists were confronted with the question of independence. Some favored it, others rejected it, and a third group remained uncommitted.  This political question...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Innovative Economic Development Strategy Works

My column in these pages has been missing the last three weeks because my wife and I took a road trip to Virginia Beach to see our children, whom we’ve not seen in nearly two years. Our travels...

 

Will I Fight for Equality? It Depends

In colonial America you were an Englishman, or you were not. The common claim was that an Englishman was an Englishman no matter where he stood in the world. The colonists increasingly took this to...

 

Game Time for Society

Over time, I’ve heard several coaches bark at their teams “practice like its game time,” and likewise “the play isn’t over until the whistle is blown.” They’re references that probably...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Straight Talk From Steve - John Stark

245 years ago our founding fathers declared their freedom from Great Britain and began a war for independence against the world’s number one superpower. In the end, they earned their freedom. But, w...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Back to Basics

Martin Luther King, Jr. once famously said that “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true...

 

The Price of Freedom - Part 2

In my high school days I was honored to receive invitations to speak at the many local and area civic organizations' meetings. This is part 2 of a speech I delivered to the Fairbanks Rotary Club just...

 

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