George Ayoub

George Ayoub

George Ayoub filed nearly 5,000 columns, editorials and features in 21 years as a journalist for the Grand Island Independent. His columns also appeared in the Omaha World-Herald and Kearney Hub. His work has been recognized by the Nebraska Press Association and the Associated Press. He was awarded a national prize by Gatehouse Media for a 34-part series focusing on the impact of cancer on families of victims and survivors. He is a member of the adjunct faculty and Academic Support Staff at Hastings College. Ayoub has published two short novels, “Warm, for Christmas” and “Dust in Grissom.” In 2019 he published “Confluence,” the biography of former Omaha World-Herald publisher and CEO John Gottschalk.


Fewer ‘friends,’ more coffee

By: - February 6, 2023

As Nebraska’s three House members voted to gut the Congressional Office of Ethics and add $114 billion to the deficit and Nebraska State Sen. Steve Erdman dissed George Norris, I was celebrating being Facebook free, lightening my already reedy-thin social media footprint. A non sequitur? Hardly. While the percentage has recently declined, research shows that […]


Schools need more than fakes

By: - January 30, 2023

Competition soared this month in the sky-is-falling sweepstakes. Among the honorable mentions is U.S. Rep. Mike Flood, R-Neb., who, rather than being serious about serious problems, I found on Twitter making breakfast on a gas stove because, well, gas stoves, you know. Apparently that whole debt ceiling thing is a trifle. Maybe, too, Congress should table […]


Two new words of the year

By: - January 5, 2023

The 2022 Word of the Year, as chosen by our lexicographic friends at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “gaslighting.” The dictionary bases its decision on the number of lookups the word gets, and for gaslighting that was an increase of 1,740%. Gaslighting: “the act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for a personal advantage.” In […]


Hating ourselves into paralysis

By: - December 28, 2022

I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. Robert Frost is on to something. His poem “Fire and Ice,” from which I’ve culled the lines above, contemplates the end of the world by ice: hatred. But how about a nation? Especially one whose self-proclaimed […]


A promise of investigations, not inflation solutions

By: - December 6, 2022

We’re awash in political surprises. Who knew the formulas for solving inflation were on Hunter Biden’s laptop? Or that crime would plummet overnight once power in the House of Representatives changed hands? That caravans lurching toward the border would inexplicably lose their value as news? That those prices at the pump would miraculously move in […]


Getting elected is the easy part

By: - November 16, 2022

With the 2022, $16.7 billion midterm election (almost) in the books, what’s left to do is to count any outstanding votes, pull up yard signs and, in Nebraska, start thinking about what to wear for our voter ID photos. I heard they are going to be strict on the Groucho nose and glasses getups. Oh, […]


Real education problems, not contrived ones, need attention

By: - October 31, 2022

Our future is on the ballot November 8. Sure, races for governors, U.S. senators and a majority in Congress may capture headlines, but perhaps the most critical decisions we make will be closer to home: Who gets to sit on Nebraska’s Board of Regents, State Board of Education and dozens of local school boards across […]


Most important story of our times continues

By: - October 24, 2022

Keeping up with the news requires diligence these days. Headlines continually crackle with reports of major missteps, critical announcements and shouts and murmurs about both. Note: That’s news in the mainstream sense, not a million takes on social media or the latest from from the pajama-ed Uncle Bob in his basement. Among the crowded […]


Hindrances, impediments and photo IDs

By: - September 26, 2022

If I’m supposed to feel safer, I don’t. If I’m supposed to break out in a freer and fairer dance, the music is silent. If I’m supposed to recognize an uptick in integrity, I missed it. From the sky-is-falling department comes the latest installment of Nebraska’s decade-long attempt to change the state Constitution. This time […]


Punts, passes and political debates

By: - September 12, 2022

The debate over Nebraska gubernatorial debates continues. In the scheme of all things political, that may be down the list of importance, what with election deniers running for office, threats of violence against the FBI for doing its job and a continued sundry of silliness and lies passed on as political information. Nevertheless, debating season […]


Hit me with your best shot of science

By: - August 29, 2022

The recent photographs from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope mesmerized millions of Earth-bound mortals, myself included. On display was both the spectacular beauty of deep space and the power and creativity of science. Shortly after those photos arrived on our timelines did we learn of the uptick in cases of polio in the U.S. On […]


Three lives from both sides to inspire

By: - August 19, 2022

In a world of loud mouths, liars and cynicism, be Vin Scully. In a world of hypocrites, sycophants and political opportunists, be Bill Russell. In an atonal world of calamity, discord and despair, be Joni Mitchell. Vin Scully, Bill Russell and Joni Mitchell reminded us this summer of what can be best about us — […]