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Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
The first month (02/17/17)
Regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump, no one from any political persuasion can accuse him of not doing what he said he was going to do on the campaign trail. He's writing Executive Orders as fast as he can write them and there has been some sort of crisis at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since the day he took office. ...
School choice (02/14/17)
It has been interesting watching the U.S. Senate debate the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to become Secretary of Education. It seemed to be that a large number of the Senators that opposed the confirmation were also the same Senators who took large amounts of teacher's union money in their campaigns for office...
A world at war (02/10/17)
Throughout recorded history, there have been very few occasions when the whole world was at peace and the same thing holds for the United States. Infowars.com states that America has been at war 93 percent of the time since 1776; 222 out of 239 years. The only time we went 5 years without war was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression. So we are not unlike other cultures and societies; in fact we are just like them...
McCook's birthday (02/10/17)
This is the year of Nebraska's 150th birthday and McCook's 135th and plans are already going strong for several special celebrations during the year to acknowledge these two landmarks! SWNGS is no exception when it comes to wanting to provide the public with both entertainment and enlightenment covering the early years of our state and hometown...
A world at war (02/10/17)
Throughout recorded history, there have been very few occasions when the whole world was at peace and the same thing holds for the United States. Infowars.com states that America has been at war 93 percent of the time since 1776; 222 out of 239 years. The only time we went 5 years without war was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression. So we are not unlike other cultures and societies; in fact we are just like them...
Out of sight, out of mind (02/07/17)
Yes it was out of sight and out of my mind until ... The septic system for my hangar was working fine until the big mess backed up and over ran the stool. The septic tank with leach field was installed as there is no city sewer system connecting to our airport. My system is shared with the local air ambulance group for the crew lounge building when they, thankfully, located at our airport. It is what it is...
Activity picking up around statehouse (02/06/17)
As you would expect activity is picking up in the Legislature. This past week we passed LB 22 from the first round of debate, which is General File on to the second round which is Select File. Hopefully by the time you are reading this we will have passed it from Select File on to Final Reading. LB 22 is the budget bill that we need to pass in order to close the revenue short fall that must be met between now and June 30th, 2017...
Stereotypes of racial prejudice (02/03/17)
Imagine yourself as a young black teenage boy living on the south side of Chicago. There has never been a dad in the family that you can remember. Your mom is a decent caring person but she started having babies when she herself was a child and is now working two or three low-paying jobs just to put food on the table and clothes on the backs of her three children because you have a younger sister and an older brother. ...
Sen. Kintner's resignation: Sen. Chambers' residence (01/31/17)
Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion held a morning press conference on Jan. 25 to announce that he has resigned from the Legislature. He specified that he had handed in his letter of resignation to Speaker Jim Scheer stating that his resignation would be effective at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 30. This has been a pressing issue in the Legislature this session and I am glad that we are now able to put this issue behind us. I and many others had been encouraging Kintner to resign since this last summer...
Elections have consequences (01/31/17)
In January of 2009, Barack Obama -- the soon-to-be president -- famously boasted: "Elections have consequences -- and at the end of the day, I won." Yes, elections sure do have consequences and the democrats in congress don't like what the election of President Donald Trump has meant for today's world. ...
When the circus came to town (01/27/17)
When after 146 years of operation the Ringling Brothers circus announced their decision to close their business, I was thrown back into childhood memories. The one circus I remember seeing as a child was held in, of all places, the City Auditorium. I remember being there sitting in the upper seats watching the performance below. ...
The nature of the beast (01/27/17)
When I was a first-year Ph.D. Student in Sociology at Oklahoma State University, I was taking a criminology class and the professor asked the class why man is still so violent and reactionary after thousands of years of socialization not to be. I replied that it was the nature of the beast and a second-year student laughed at my response. ...
Rogue agency (01/24/17)
Big fuss between President Trump and now former CIA Director Brennan. Obviously, Brennan had a good working relationship with President Obama but sparks fly when head-to-head with the new President Trump. The contest won't last long with Senate confirmation of Congressman Mike Pompeo to lead the CIA. Fun to watch for your old columnist and political junkie...
Eighteen amendments, 667 bills introduced (01/24/17)
Wednesday, Jan. 18 was the last day to introduce legislation. There were 667 bills and eighteen Constitutional Amendment's introduced this year. I introduced 11 bills on various topics related to District 44. The entire list of introduced bills are on the Legislature's website (www.nebraskalegislature.gov). ...