Commentary

Hating ourselves into paralysis

BY: - December 28, 2022

I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. Robert Frost is on to something. His poem “Fire and Ice,” from which I’ve culled the lines above, contemplates the end of the world by ice: hatred. But how about a nation? Especially one whose self-proclaimed […]

Diverse range of influential women largely overlooked in Omaha history

BY: - December 26, 2022

Some were madams and bootleggers. Others were nuns. Some battled for suffrage while others opposed it. They started the city’s schools, hospitals, major businesses, human service institutions and fine arts. They fought for civil rights, won cycling championships and taught Omaha how to eat pizza. But these diverse Omaha women have something in common. They […]

Happy Poinsettia Day – I mean Cuetlaxochitl Day

BY: - December 24, 2022

One of my most precious possessions is a round, painted ceramic cookie tray in the shape of a poinsettia that was given to me by my mother. Every Christmas, this vivid red tray with a yellow blossom in the center has held the sweet holiday treats and candies we’ve prepared to mark this season, so […]

Animal adoptions surge at the holidays. So does pet adoption fraud.

BY: - December 16, 2022

For some, the holidays are a time for reflection. For others, they are a time to sit back and enjoy commercials for luxury midsize vehicles topped with outrageously large red bows. For still others, they are a time to add a furry friend to the household. Animal adoptions spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they […]

Drop the student loan lawsuit and help the Nebraska economy

BY: - December 15, 2022

If any of the rumors and misconceptions circulating about the Biden administration’s student loan cancellations were true, I’d be on the front lines opposing the cancellations. Such as the claim that the cancellations are a regressive transfer of wealth from the working class to the professional class; or the idea that borrowers knew what they signed […]

High-quality early childhood education is an important component of the quality of life in Nebraska

BY: and - December 12, 2022

LINCOLN — In Nebraska, more than 76% of children under age 6 live in homes where all adults work, a figure that is higher than the national average. With this high percentage of young children needing care outside the home, accessible, high-caliber early childhood education becomes an even more important component of the overall quality […]

Now is the time to recognize the contribution of coal and nuclear power to energy security

BY: - December 10, 2022

As freezing weather sets in, is there any doubt that few things are more important than heat and light? In Nebraska, we’ve enjoyed the benefits from abundant energy production for so long that we’ve taken them for granted. But the need for a secure supply of electricity has reminded us that maintaining power reliability is […]

A promise of investigations, not inflation solutions

BY: - December 6, 2022

We’re awash in political surprises. Who knew the formulas for solving inflation were on Hunter Biden’s laptop? Or that crime would plummet overnight once power in the House of Representatives changed hands? That caravans lurching toward the border would inexplicably lose their value as news? That those prices at the pump would miraculously move in […]

Nebraska needs to heal, not punish, physicians with addictions

BY: - November 30, 2022

The stigma of addiction is alive and destructive in the state of Nebraska.  I am an addict in recovery, and I am a physician. In Nebraska, that is a bad combination because there is a system in place that can destroy careers. The Nebraska Board of Medicine and our legal system aggressively work to punish […]

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, […]