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 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    April 7, 2021 

'30 x 30' Examined

On January 27 of this year, President Joe Biden signed an executive order called “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” You can read it online, but direct your attention to Section 216...

 

Watching Easter Unfold

I remember the time when the Easter season meant the television media would overload viewers with visions of artificial green grass, the sound of clucking, colorful eggs and the camera panning to the...

 
 By Mike Sunderland    Opinion    April 7, 2021 

Conducting a Eulogy for a Good Friend

I never thought I would see the day when America would follow in the steps of Nazi Germany when they burned “banned books” by the thousands. We haven’t quite reached that level of fanaticism...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    April 7, 2021 

Straight Talk from Steve

Last week my priority bill for this year was voted out of committee. The Revenue Committee voted 6-2 to advance LR11CA to General File. LR11CA is my resolution for a constitutional amendment to repeal...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    April 7, 2021 

Fighting for Our Rights

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took office a little over two months ago. In his inaugural address, President Biden dedicated himself to “bringing America together.” In the weeks since then, he has...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    March 31, 2021

The Coming War on Rural America

Last week we had yet another indication the Biden administration is woefully ignorant about life in rural America. Pete Buttigieg, the new U.S. Transportation Secretary, expressed support for a new...

 

Live Fully, Not in Fear

The shooting at a Colorado grocery store is tragic.  That we should all agree on. It is tragic to start with because any violent loss of life has more than one victim, for a time at least.  It is...

 
 By David Bryan    Opinion    March 31, 2021

Animal Farm in Comparison

In an earlier article I used George Orwell’s novel “1984” as the basis of my thought process. Two years before George Orwell wrote “1984” (in 1945) he wrote a novella entitled “Animal...

 

Halftime at the Unicameral

The Nebraska Legislature is halfway through its 2021 session. Senators are working on passing a budget that controls spending and delivers on Nebraskans’ top priority — property tax relief. The Un...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    March 31, 2021

Straight Talk from Steve

The most important principle of communism is the abolition of private property. When Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto back in 1847 they declared the first principle of...

 

Do I Live in a Split Level Head?

For those who do not recognize the reference in the title, it is taken from a song by Napoleon XIV, the pseudonym of Jerry Samuels, who had a one-hit wonder in 1966 with his novelty song,...

 
 By Deb Fischer    Opinion    March 31, 2021

Advancing Telehealth

I know I am not the first person to say that the pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives. In some cases, such as mask-wearing and social distancing, these changes are temporary and...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    March 31, 2021

Truth vs Illusion

Two weeks ago, there appeared in “The New York Times Book Review” a review of Derk DelGaudio’s just-published memoir, Amoralman: A True Story, and Other Lies, even though he says, “It is not...

 

Racism: Real or Exaggerated?

I was recently asked to fill out a law enforcement survey on hate crimes from a television broadcaster. I filled out their survey a short time after having gone through Nebraska’s mandated...

 
 By David Bryan    Opinion    March 24, 2021

'1984' Revisited and Re-Imagined

In 1947, a man named Eric Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, started a novel entitled “1984.” He described the novel in his own words as “a most dreadful mess.” This novel was...

 

'Good' Is Not Always 'Safe'

Several years ago I read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the first in The Chronicles of Narnia series. Actually, that is probably when I reread the classic tale. Later I watched the movie. It...

 
 By Mike Palmer    Opinion    March 24, 2021

Choose ACE, Choose Nebraska

ACE, the Public Alliance for Community Energy, will again be a competing natural gas supplier in the upcoming Nebraska Choice Gas selection period, which has been extended this year and runs from March 18 through April 22. Formed by Nebraska...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    March 24, 2021

Is the Second Amendment a God-given Right? Part 2

I last week pointed out Bible passages endorsing our right to self-defense. Critics will point out guns are not mentioned in the Bible. True. They also are not mentioned in the Second Amendment,...

 

Newspapers

Sometimes life in the State Legislatures is like searching for gold only to die without anything to show for your efforts. Last week a bill came up in the Legislature that several State Senator...

 

T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L. Part 2

For those of you who did not read my first installment on this topic, T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L. translates as: There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Science fiction author Robert Heinlein used this...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    March 17, 2021

Is the Second Amendment a God-given Right?

Americans' right to keep and bear arms is under assault. New anti-gun bills were introduced last week that would mandate background checks whenever a gun is sold or given to someone, outlaw so-called...

 

So Long to Imagination

Dr. Seuss, at least some of his published work, has been added to the academic hit list. It seems 21st century critics have discovered he was not always a nice guy by today's standards, some of his...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    March 17, 2021

Straight Talk from Steve

By now many of you have heard about the new sex education standards being proposed to the Nebraska Department of Education. These new standards would teach children as young as five years-old about ge...

 
 By Deb Fischer    Opinion    March 17, 2021

The Remarkable Life of Andy Hoffman

I first met Andy Hoffman at a chili cook off in Butte, Nebraska, in October of 2004. I was running for my first term in the Nebraska Legislature. I was walking from group to group, talking with the...

 

Fort Report: Are Our Drugs Safe?

Drug Administration (FDA) gets on inspection of our drugs, according to the director of health care at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO recently conducted an extensive study on the safety of our drug supply and discovered that FDA...

 

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