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 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    October 20, 2021 

The Mark of the Beast

“Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, th...

 

Excuse Me!

We are hearing a lot these days from a certain boisterous and routinely violent segment of our nation about how privileged a certain portion of us are. These claims of privilege are based strictly on...

 

A Balancing Act

Once in a while, there is a glimmer of reality in our trip on this crazy ride. There is a sitcom recently introduced that plays with the concept of an Afghan interpreter moving to the U.S., and...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    October 20, 2021 

Straight Talk from Steve:

The Nebraska State Board of Education has lost all credibility with the people of Nebraska. On August 6, 2021 I called for all of the members of the State Board of Education, including the Education...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    October 20, 2021 

Growing Through It Together

The last 18 months have been a roller coaster for the entire world.  While many places have struggled, even in America, Nebraskans have come together to power through the pandemic.  Our healthcare...

 

Right Versus Wrong

Sorry folks, I wish I could write numerous articles full of laughter and fun, but I can’t. After watching the evening news and comparing the way various news channels handle reporting the same event...

 

Will You Trade Convenience for Control?

Talk of a cashless society has been around for decades, but the explosion of interest and participation in cryptocurrency markets, coupled with better and faster computing power, has moved such talks...

 

Tough Enough to be Kind

Twice in a short period of time I’ve heard the phrase “be fiercely kind.” It sounds like the craziest of oxymorons. Be fierce, and be kind. Kind, fierce. Opposite ends of the spectrum, or...

 

Answers on Afghanistan

The withdrawal from Afghanistan is the biggest U.S. foreign policy blunder in decades. We left hundreds of American citizens and thousands of our Afghan allies at the mercy of the Taliban, the same...

 

Made in Nebraska

October is Manufacturing Month here in Nebraska.  It is a great opportunity to celebrate the innovators and makers creating jobs across the Cornhusker State.  Our state has a rich tradition of...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

Fall is the time for writing new bills. Therefore, this week I would like to tell you about what kinds of legislation I have been working on for next year. There are many issues facing our State...

 

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University is a “private, historically black, land-grant university” in east central Alabama, with an endowment of $129 million, as of 2019. That same year 2,876 students were enrolled,...

 

Eve of Destruction

During the 1960’s Barry McGuire sang a rather bleak soul-shaking song called the Eve of Destruction. In it he lists various reasons why he believed the world was on the brink of destruction. Among...

 

Straight Talk from Steve

The special session of the Nebraska Legislature for redistricting has now ended. The last three weeks of September have been filled with the most intense negotiations I have ever been a part of....

 

Congress - Don't give the IRS access to consumers' bank accounts

Credit unions and banks across the country are jointly opposed to an item being considered as part of the proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. The bill may include a provision requiring credit unions and banks report to the IRS the account...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    October 6, 2021

Understanding the Shortages?

Perhaps you, like me, have gone shopping for a specific product recently, only to learn the store was out of stock with no indication as to when replenishment would take place. This is becoming...

 

Flawed Short Term Memory

Our country’s collective memory appears to be seriously flawed, so I’m going to take this opportunity to remind us of a couple of very important facts. The following seems to have been either...

 

Straight Talk From Steve: Redistricting

Once every 10 years the Nebraska State Legislature must create new district maps for all of our State elected officials. This process is known as redistricting. The Nebraska State Senators have been...

 

Letter Writer Objects to Ricketts', Erdman's Position on COVID-19

Many of us remember a time when Americans were kinder, or thoughtful of others, where “what can we do together for each other” was the norm rather than “It’s all about me.” Yes, as a youngster I remember very well the personal and family...

 

Sidney Park Project Update

The Sidney Park Project would like to provide an update regarding the current status of the project. The Project includes a complete remodel of the current Legion Park next to the pond in Sidney. The project grew from a dream shared by Madi...

 

To the Sidney Schools Staff, Parents, Students, Community

As we move into our sixth week of school I want to commend everyone for a successful beginning of the school year. We want to continue moving forward with in person learning, no masks and as few cases of Covid-19 as possible.  We are also...

 

Small Pox

Called “the most dreadful scourge of the human species,” smallpox begins with fever, muscle pain, headache, and fatigue. Days later lesions will appear first inside the mouth and on the tongue, an...

 

Count the Cost

I wrote last week about increasing open discussion among commentators and pundits about attempting to find ways to peacefully split the U.S. into two or more new countries. The premise of the...

 

Questions That Need To Be Asked

When President Trump proposed building a wall at the southern border, and entering the country could only be done through official entry points, he was called a racist and a list of other names. Compl...

 

I Was Privileged?

Yes, sir! I was a real privileged young Caucasian. I was able to experience things that the vast majority of today’s youngsters never will. It was late fall in 1956 when the Sunderland family pulled...

 

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