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.


Turnaround on border security beyond troubling 

By: - February 19, 2024

I hung up on my congressman. His polite pre-recording invited me to participate in a town hall meeting via the telephone. The hardest of passes, sir. Not only has Congressman Adrian Smith lost my vote (again), I’m having difficulty finding much respect for the entire congressional majority after its latest stunt. Never mind that Smith […]


Believing professionals doing professional things

By: - February 12, 2024

Now that the Super Bowl is over and we’ve survived Taylor Swift’s attempt to undo the Republic, perhaps we should consider more mundane endeavors. Writing good public policy, drafting effective legislation, making progress … that sort of thing. To wit: Gov. Jim Pillen accomplished none of the above on his latest trip to the Texas/Mexico […]


Extending respect to semantics

By: - February 5, 2024

The right words at the right time in the right order for the right reason with the right meanings should be applauded … and expected. We demand zero tolerance in machining, precision in surgery and exactitude in engineering. Why not the same accuracy in language? Given two recent examples from public figures showcasing the intentional […]


An unfunny thing happened on the way to AI

By: - January 29, 2024

Sometimes I open my mouth and a grumpy old(er) man comes out, a cartoon character in mismatched plaids and pants hiked way up. Inside the comic strip bubble above my head I’m yelling, “Hey, get offa my lawn!” This may be one of those times. Only now the bubble reads, “Hey, Biff. Just because you […]


Bad idea has a shot in the Legislature

By: - January 22, 2024

A proposal in the Nebraska Legislature would do away with tenure for the state’s public college professors. Similar bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Texas, Florida, North Dakota and Iowa. And if there’s anyone we want to emulate, it’s Texas, Florida, North Dakota and Iowa. Right? If state senators want the brain drain […]


A question still worth asking

By: - January 15, 2024

At one point in our history, decency in public life was honored. It counted for something. For example, in 1954, during testimony in what became known as the Army-McCarthy hearings, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, self-appointed crusader against homegrown communism, launched an attack against a young lawyer representing the Army, insinuating he was a communist sympathizer. As […]


Sanity, respect cost nothing

By: - January 8, 2024

From the office of We’re-Once-Again-Defining-the-Problem-but-Still Remain-Without-a-Solution comes this: 900. That’s the number of Nebraska classrooms missing certified and qualified teachers. according to a recent Nebraska Department of Education survey. Last year the number was 760. The vacancies stretch across grade levels and content areas in districts decidedly rural, obviously metro and everything in between. The […]


Calendar turn to 2024 brings elections, work to be done

By: - January 1, 2024

Some New Year’s speculation has Janus blindfolded on one side: either not wanting to relive the low spots of 2023 or face the next 365 before us. Perhaps the Roman God of entrances, thresholds and transitions, a deified gatekeeper of sorts, simply wants to rest his eyes as 2024 arrives. Even omnipotents need a break […]


Remembering a home for the holidays journey

By: - December 25, 2023

Among my favorite Christmas memories is one from 1982. My wife and I spent the Yuletide in Denver. At the airport. Stranded in an epic blizzard. Out of money. Out of food. Out of options. Did I mention that particular Christmas is one of my favorites? We left Los Angeles where we lived just before […]


Democracy’s responsibilities require some effort

By: - December 18, 2023

The Snake Oil Huckster Fest closed earlier this month as the House finally got around to expelling New York Rep. George Santos. Santos, who rode an embellished resume and litany of lies to victory in New York’s 3rd District, is only the sixth sitting member of the House to be 86ed.  Nebraska representatives’ card was […]


When the time clock is in your kitchen, you can still be productive

By: - December 11, 2023

The brave new world workplace has arrived in Nebraska, specifically in state offices. Gov. Jim Pillen has announced that those who work for the state in virtual offices such as their homes need to unplug and head back to the brick-and mortar confines starting Jan. 2, 2024.  He’s getting pushback. NAPE, the Nebraska Association of […]


Charting a peaceful course for all seasons

By: - December 4, 2023

As the holiday season swings fully into view from its early July origins, Nebraska, indeed the nation, is once again awash in the verbal holiday trimmings of December. One of those adorns the editorial cartoon accompanying this commentary. The drawing was actually designed to run on New Year’s Day, but we trumpet the cartoon’s sentiment […]