Are voter ID laws partisan?
I thought it was a good time to address this talking point with our off-year elections only a few days away. Voter ID laws ARE partisan but not for the reason many people suspect. Since 2011, 13 mostly Republican-controlled states, including Texas and Wisconsin, have introduced laws demanding voters provide a photo ID, such as a driver's license or a passport. ...
We should be careful of machines
I think I've lived during some of the best times in human history. I grew up in the '50s in a small town in Arkansas where things were leisurely and relaxed. Those were the days of flat-top haircuts, wheat jeans and penny loafers and every day during the summer was fun. ...
Daydreaming of pillows and punching bags
I was folding clothes one afternoon earlier this week, daydreaming about the upcoming Rams game, when Declan said he wanted a pillow with my face printed on it for Christmas. I was flattered and continued to fold clothes as the comment shifted my imagination away from sports and towards a more serene setting...
My 'Odd' goodbye to working on the McCook stage
This week, instead of my usual fiddle-dee-dee, I've decided to cover some personal territory. If you indulge me by reading it, I'm thankful. Of course, you may feel free to ignore this one -- not that you need my permission to do that. Sunday afternoon, I stepped onto (and then, about three hours later, off of) a McCook stage for the final time. And it was all I had hoped it would be...
Hang on, there's an a election in a couple of weeks
Remember when -- what now seems like ages ago -- I suggested that you keep track of the Nebraska Primary Elections by using a large sheet of paper, a pencil and an eraser to write the names of the gubernatorial and senate candidates and keep track of them?...
Grannie Annie has been on my case this week for being a little hard on politicians in this column as of late. It is hard to resist, this being election season when the airways are filled with incumbents trying to defend a record of poor judgment, and hopefuls making promises that we know won't be remembered. Oops!...
Finish what you start
We've developed a malady in this country that involves quitting before we're finished and it's especially bad among young people. They're so accustomed to instant gratification that when something tends to be tedious or too detail oriented, they quit and go on to something more fun and exciting. The thrilling element partly explains the interest young people have in playing video games. They don't get bored while they're doing it because every game is different...
Of this and that
Received a little insight into the ongoing, so-called Ebola crisis and our President Obama. Remember one of the first things he did after becoming president was to wage a big liberal campaign against "big pharma," the large U.S. drug manufacturing companies...
One year later
On this day a year ago, I was in the cardiac care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney after an emergency stent had saved my life the day before. For several years, October 9th had caused good feelings to well up in my heart but last year there was nothing good about October 9th and no one was more surprised than me...
Native Americans, rock legends and the pipeline saga
Help me get my head around something here friends. There are nearly 21,000 miles of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines in Nebraska already. So what makes the battle over the latest one proposed -- the Keystone XL -- so special? Just asking. Nearly 8,000 people gathered on an Antelope County farm on a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon to listen to music legends Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform. ...
Fifty years and counting
A wise man said that "You can't go back" and he was right because things change. Change they did because we did go back and in the 49 years since we last left Cape Cod, it was a little hard to recognize our old haunts. Some 50+ years ago Uncle Sam saw fit to assign Grannie and me plus one baby to duty at Otis AFB on Cape Cod. ...
Who's the enemy?
We're at war once again without boots on the ground or without an affirmation by Congress. Obama didn't send it to Congress because they didn't want it. That way if it fails, they can blame the President, if it succeeds they can say they were behind him. That's the state of politics in our country today...