Commentary

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 […]

How the setter position in volleyball imitates the best leadership on your team

BY: - September 19, 2022

An occasional column about leadership. I do not think I can overstate the importance of the setter position in volleyball. I also do not think we can overstate the importance of the relationship between the setter and the head coach in volleyball. Some of you may know that for the majority of my career I never […]

Conference speaker says U.S. can stay competitive by investing in children 

BY: - September 15, 2022

In 2021, the New York Times published a startling bar graph showing how much governments across the globe spend on care for young children. Norway topped the list, spending, on average, nearly $30,000 per child each year. Where was the United States? All the way at the bottom, below Chile, Slovenia, Germany, Australia, and a […]

Better Business Bureau continues to its Torch Awards for Ethics

BY: - September 13, 2022

Twenty-seven years ago, the Better Business Bureau held the first iteration of its Integrity Awards in a diminutive hotel room for a handful of guests. This month, the BBB will host hundreds of community and business leaders for the 2022 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics luncheon, the 25th anniversary of the event. Each of the […]

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 […]

The federal government’s potential cases against Trump look legally weak

BY: - September 10, 2022

The FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s home has generated a great deal of political controversy. However, in my opinion, based on the laws involved, there are multiple reasons the government’s case(s) will likely fail. First of all, The Presidential Records Act, 44 U.S.C. chapter 22, gives every former president the legal right to […]

Volunteers lend their support to women seeking abortion

BY: - September 9, 2022

As she opened her car door, I could see the tears start forming in her eyes. As I walked her from the parking lot to the doors of the Lincoln Planned Parenthood health center, we both could hear the shouts from the sidewalk out front: “Don’t kill your baby!” “We can help you.” “We have […]

America is in the middle of a labor mobilization moment

BY: - September 5, 2022

Labor Day 2022 comes smack bang in the middle of what is increasingly looking like a pivotal year in the history of American unions. The summer has seen a steady stream of workforce mobilizations. Employees at Trader Joe’s locations in Massachusetts and Minneapolis both voted to unionize. Meanwhile, restaurant chain Chipotle saw the first of […]

The coyote coach

BY: - September 2, 2022

An occasional column about leadership. We live on a bluff above an oxbow in Fossil Creek, looking west toward Long’s Peak, the Indian Peaks and the rest of the Front Range. On the far side of the creek, native grasses and thickets served as a home to prairie dogs, rattlesnakes, bald eagles, hawks, voles and coyotes. […]

Turmoil in Nebraska Republican Party is self-inflicted

BY: - August 30, 2022

There is a great amount of turmoil in the Nebraska Republican Party these days, and it’s entirely self-inflicted. As a longtime participant in Republican politics in this state and as a current member of the Nebraska GOP state central committee, which governs the party between its biennial conventions, I am disgusted and somewhat horrified by […]

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 […]

Discontinue use of American Indian mascots

BY: - August 27, 2022

During the 2022 Nebraska legislative session, Legislative Bill 1027 was introduced to incentivize public schools in Nebraska to discontinue use of American Indian mascots. Schools that elect to change their mascots would be eligible for grant funding from the Nebraska Department of Education to cover the costs associated with replacing their mascots. The bill did […]