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Proposed digital ads tax would devastate small businesses like mine

BY: - April 9, 2024

Eighteen years ago, my friend and I started a business selling handmade, custom-churned ice cream. Our one-of-a-kind flavors – like red velvet cake and maple blonde brownie – have made our old-fashioned parlor a longtime favorite in Omaha. But our biggest success has been selling our ice cream online. We market our ice cream as […]

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Inconvenient truth, inconvenient story

BY: - April 8, 2024

Nebraskans love farms: Corn, cows and crops that feed the world. They may even love good farmers more. I wonder, however, what they might think about “engagement farmers,” those modern social media marketers who plant posts online to grow an audience: followers, retweets, likes, shared videos, all of which increase engagement, more clicks if you […]

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Conservation is the future for Nebraska farmers

BY: - April 5, 2024

In the 1930s in Nebraska, after an extended drought, great clouds of dust picked up and blew away the very topsoil that this state – and the entire Midwest – depends on to support farms, families and this nation. It would lead to the displacement of 2.5 million people, my own family included. This event would […]

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More regulation at just the wrong time 

BY: - April 2, 2024

Over the past several years, Nebraska’s leadership has helped put our state on the map for energy production. Today, more than a third of our electricity comes from renewable energy sources, which Nebraska has in great abundance, and we are reaping significant economic benefits as a result. Unfortunately, an ill-conceived policy change — in the […]

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Smart — with a healthy dose of compassion, kindness

BY: - April 1, 2024

Props to the Nebraska Legislature and State Sens. Tom Brewer and Justin Wayne for recognizing that sometimes the crime needs less punishment and more solutions … with a dose of compassion and simple kindness thrown in.  Brewer’s smart Legislative Bill 253 would allow Nebraska judges an option to connect veterans facing criminal charges with services […]

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Warrant-proof encrypted devices hinder law enforcement

BY: - March 28, 2024

On any given day, FBI agents, task force officers, analysts and mission support staff across Nebraska and Iowa respond to and investigate bank robberies, cyber intrusions, human trafficking, terrorism threats, civil rights violations, crimes against children, hostile intelligence activities, public corruption, bomb threats, drug trafficking, gang violence or other crimes. Although these threats can strike […]

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Just saying … so to speak

BY: - March 25, 2024

Nebraska politicians say the darnedest things. Not particularly funny, insightful or even accurate. Just the darnedest. Let’s have a look: After State Sen. Loren Lippincott was accused of misleading the Clerk of the Legislature when he booked a meeting room in the Capitol for a religious group that held a Bible studies there, he dismissed […]

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Canada leads on critical minerals while the U.S. falters

BY: - March 22, 2024

While the United States dawdles, Canada has quietly taken the lead in countering China’s grip on the global supply of critical metals. Both the United States and Canada have raised the alarm over China’s control of mineral supply chains, but only our northern neighbors are taking decisive action to do something about it. It is […]

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Who’s for Nebraska?

BY: - March 20, 2024

For some folks, the “Good Life” just isn’t good enough. Consider: In early 2023, Ben Sasse, a Fremont native and the pride of Dodge County, resigned as junior Senator from Nebraska to become president of the University of Florida. They’re doing “amazing stuff in ag and coming ag-tech,” he told a reporter. No offense, University […]

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Recent history brought one pandemic, two traumas

BY: - March 18, 2024

Four years ago this week we made history. I’m not celebrating the anniversary.  Four years ago this week we shut it down: We stayed home. We worked remotely. We homeschooled our kids. We closed our businesses. We had our food delivered. We wore masks when we absolutely had to go out. We kept our distance. […]

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Protecting access to 340B program for affordable medications

BY: - March 13, 2024

Last year, over 116,000 Nebraskans accessed health care at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Medical, dental, behavioral health and supporting services like transportation and interpretation services are available at all seven Nebraska health centers. Some health centers offer in-house pharmacy services while others rely on partnerships with outside pharmacies. Each health center is committed to […]

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Safe syringe programs can improve the lives of addicts and their families

BY: - March 12, 2024

Drug use, especially injection drug use and its treatment, is only controversial inasmuch as stigma continues to dominate the discussion around it. In the medical community, we are called to treat all patients with respect and dedication to the best evidence and guideline-based care. For those suffering from opioid use disorder specifically, we have long […]