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.


Seeing the truth as it is

By: - November 27, 2023

Rudy Giuliani must have been booked. John Eastman, too. (No pun intended.) I’m assuming the dance card of Frank Abagnale was filled. Rosie Ruiz is no longer with us, but George Santos may have some free time soon. Where’s a truth bender when we need one? Fear not, the Nebraska Republican Party has decided to […]


What we do with the numbers is the critical question

By: - November 20, 2023

When Nebraskans sit down to a Thanksgiving meal this week, one in 10 of us will be overly familiar with the pang of hunger that may arrive just before we say grace. Actually, the number is slightly higher than that. According to a Department of Agriculture report last month, from 2000 to 2022, the number […]


November reminders of hair and health

By: - November 6, 2023

Let’s pause for a moment — amid the fire and ice of war; the GOP House conference congratulating itself for choosing an election denying, conspiracy theorizing speaker; and more murderous consequences of our infatuation with an unregulated militia — to bring you this announcement: As of this writing, I’ve shaved every day since Halloween. If […]


Beliefs, attitudes are important; behavior more so

By: - October 30, 2023

A sophomoric sitcom called “Men Behaving Badly” fouled our TV screens from September 1996 to December 1997, when it was canceled for low ratings. I would add for cause, too, but that’s just me. My take then, as it is now, was that we already had enough real men behaving badly. Why should I entertain […]


History encourages optimists

By: - October 23, 2023

If truth is the first casualty of war, the loss of hope surely runs a close second. As war now diminishes us on at least two fronts and expectations for peace dim further, a genuine sadness permeates our days. Adding to the malaise is dysfunction permeating our politics and the stench of intolerance, bigotry and […]


A serious dose of seriousness needed

By: - October 16, 2023

For those of us among the chattering class, a persnickety pain in the tuchus is the charge that we’re out over the tips of our skis with a particular subject. That we’re commenting or criticizing something about which we little know or understand. A word for such a transgression even exists: ultracrepidarian, adj. — “noting […]


Death of evidence alive and at work

By: - October 9, 2023

Last week Nebraskans began reaping the benefits of Legislative Bill 574.  Women are now forced to cede yet even more autonomy over their bodies, setting a place at the most personal of tables for a government official to weigh in on the details of their family planning.  Young Nebraskans for whom the question “Who am […]


Banned Book Week now a party for adults, too

By: - October 2, 2023

First they came for the textbooks. Then they came for the school library books. Now they’re coming for your public library books. That’s the latest word from the American Library Association, which tracks the distemper of book banning. In its report on book challenges during the first eight months of 2023, it found 49% of […]


Problems outpacing solutions, ideas

By: - September 25, 2023

To: U.S. Reps. Adrian Smith, Don Bacon, Mike Flood From: Nebraskans Re: We have a list. We read where the poverty rate for children in America more than doubled in the last year. Perhaps you read that, too. At least we hope so. Thousands of those kids live in Nebraska. According to most reports, allowing […]


Dignity, statesmanship from diamonds open and closed

By: - September 18, 2023

Among my most prized possessions is a faded, white T-shirt. Here’s why: Being in the professional writing game for a considerable stretch, you eventually meet people you normally wouldn’t without a notebook and pen handy. Some of them are truly impressive: brilliant, genial and altogether human. Others … well … not so much. Populating my […]


Seinfeldian truths play well only on TV

By: - September 11, 2023

“Jerry, just remember. It’s not a lie… if you believe it….” —George Costanza, Philosopher and Architect *** As post-truth America edges toward the Costanzafication of its public institutions and body politic, we sit idly by at our own peril. Rumors of the death of evidence are no longer rumors. Belief has replaced facts, which, as […]

border security

Border problem being solved in the wrong place

By: - September 4, 2023

You’ll know us by the company we keep. Which, for some Nebraskans, may strain incredulity given the crowd with whom we seem to be hanging. To wit: Gov. Jim Pillen is now apparently palling around with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. That’s palling around as in spending a couple million bucks from the state’s saddlebags for […]