Commentary

Why is turkey the main dish on Thanksgiving?

BY: - November 24, 2022

  Have you ever wondered why Thanksgiving revolves around turkey and not ham, chicken, venison, beef or corn? Almost 9 in 10 Americans eat turkey during this festive meal, whether it’s roasted, deep-fried, grilled or cooked in any other way for the occasion. You might believe it’s because of what the Pilgrims, a year after […]

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts

Nebraska as fiefdom

BY: - November 21, 2022

As is the case with the governor of any state in the country, the governor of Nebraska has a great deal of power to set public policy and direct the mechanisms of state government. The governor appoints all heads of code agencies, sets priorities for the thousands of state employees in those agencies, appoints numerous […]

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, […]

Tale of an Ak-Sar-Ben Knight on Veterans Day

BY: - November 11, 2022

Editor’s note: Brad Ashford, a former Nebraska legislator and member of Congress, wrote several columns for the Nebraska Examiner before his death in April of this year. His widow, Ann Ashford, continues to share some of Brad’s essays with the Nebraska Examiner. Here is a note she sent us ahead of Veterans Day. Brad wrote […]

Nebraska Environmental Trust

The next governor should sweep the Nebraska Environmental Board clean

BY: - November 4, 2022

The incoming governor of Nebraska should carefully examine the voting, statements and activities of the entire board of the Nebraska Environmental Trust to ensure they align with the law, rules and regulations, and principles of the Trust. The winner of the Carol Blood-Jim Pillen race for governor should sweep the board clean after taking office next […]

Yo Voté (I voted) stickers

There’s no one ‘Latino vote’ — religion and geography add to voters’ diversity

BY: and - November 2, 2022

Nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States today are Latino, and “the Latino vote” has attracted significant news coverage as their political voice grows stronger. Yet considering all 62 million Latinos as a group isn’t necessarily all that helpful in understanding attitudes or voting patterns, as some scholars and journalists have pointed out. […]

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 […]

Young voters are more likely to skip midterm elections than presidential races

BY: - October 27, 2022

Midterm elections typically have lower voter turnout than presidential elections, but there is another crucial difference beyond just how many people vote: how old they are. If past turnout patterns hold in 2022’s midterm election, most demographic groups will be represented as much as they are in presidential elections, with one major exception. People ages […]

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 unclebob.com from the pajama-ed Uncle Bob in his basement. Among the crowded […]

Minimum wage could be both blessing and curse for employees

BY: - October 18, 2022

In 2014, Nebraska voters passed Initiative 425 by a margin of almost 20 points (59.47% to 40.53%). This initiative raised Nebraska’s minimum wage above the federal minimum wage, going from $7.25 to $8 on Jan, 1, 2015, and then to $9 on Jan. 1, 2016. Once again, Nebraska voters will weigh in on the minimum […]

Where’s the line separating journalists from politics?

BY: - October 14, 2022

A TV news director in North Platte, Nebraska, was fired recently for getting too involved in politics. It raises good questions about journalism and politics. What can a journalist do in his or her personal life? What rights do they give up? And, what is over the line? Press reports say Melanie Standiford was fired […]

Authoritarian rule threatens America’s democracy

BY: - October 10, 2022

Never in my wildest dreams did I think America would be on the verge of changing from a democracy to authoritarian rule. But overwhelming evidence abounds that voters and a political party are purposely changing their behavioral traits. With three grandchildren — ages 11, 8 and 4 — I truly fear for their freedoms of […]