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-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Should I or shouldn’t I? That is this week’s question. Should I dole out money to enter newspaper contests? Or, instead, should I reinvest those entry fees in my employees and business? It’s a...

 

DeKay introduces six legislative bills

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Gov.Jim Pillen delivered his first State of the State address to the Legislature. The beginning of his speech focused on his team’s transition since the November general...

 
 By J.L. Schmidt    Opinion    February 2, 2023 

Critics question sustainability of governor's proposed tax and education plan

The new governor says his proposed tax cuts are historic. Critics say they are not sustainable. Rookie mistake by the pig farmer politician who is backed by his Republican party and most of the 32...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Here’s a tip: Leave one. Or, don’t feel pressured to leave one. According to a recent Associated Press report, requests for tips are growing out of control. With digital payments trumping cash,...

 

DeKay introduces six legislative bills

Late last week I learned of my appointment to three special committees: justice reinvestment oversight, state-tribal relations, and statewide tourism and recreation water access and resource...

 

Should we even consider a two-house Legislature?

Every session of the Nebraska Legislature features what promises to be a real clunker of a bill. This year's prizewinner – so far – is a proposal to change from a unicameral to a two-house...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

I’m not sure who is responsible for this quote, but I saw it last week and found it appropriate: “I have to find hobbies that don’t include my debit card.” I’m sure Scott would echo the...

 

DeKay tabbed to serve on Transportation and Telecommuncations, Judiciary committees

I'd like to introduce myself. I am Senator Barry DeKay, newly elected to represent District 40 in the Nebraska Legislature. District 40 consists of Antelope, Cedar, Dixon, Holt, Knox and Pierce...

 
 By JL Schmidt    Opinion    January 19, 2023

The fix is in, Legislature off to rocky start

My observation from the opening days of the 108th Nebraska Legislature: “The fix is in!” Google it, information worth having as this highly partisan-influenced session stumbles on. In the 20s, when the term first surfaced, it meant the deal was...

 

State Board of Education update

On Nov. 8, 2022, I was elected to represent the people of District 6 on the Nebraska State Board of Education. District 6, located in central and northeast Nebraska, is comprised of the following coun...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Where were you when the world gathered together in prayer last week, as 24-year-old football player, Damar Hamlin fought for his life? I was working on last week’s edition, partially listening to...

 

Celebrating National Law Enforcement Day

Monday was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day — an opportunity to thank the men and women who keep Nebraskans safe. It’s particularly important that we use this special day to celebrate...

 

The other skin cancer

When people talk about skin cancer, the type that most people think about is melanoma.  This skin cancer follows the ABCDE rules for diagnosis.  A – asymmetry, B – irregular border, C – more...

 
 By JL Schmidt    Opinion    January 12, 2023

Partisanship on the line, urban-rural divide too?

There’s been a lot of talk about preserving the officially nonpartisan nature of the Nebraska Legislature. But there is another issue, occasionally discussed with similar zeal in years past, that’s creeping up again. (Gasp!) It’s the urban-rura...

 

-Isms: View on life in rural America

Last week’s column focused on optimism. I figured it was appropriate as we were ready to open a new chapter for the new year. The column included examples of how optimism leads to improved mental an...

 
 By JL Schmidt    Opinion    January 5, 2023

It's a new year and there's a whole lotta new going on

Welcome to 2023, a new year with a whole lotta new going on at the State Capitol. There’s a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor and 14 new state senators assuming leadership roles in the Republican-dominated Nebraska...

 

-Isms: Original views on life from rural America

Optimism is a positive attitude that can have a powerful impact on our lives. It involves looking at the world with hope and a belief that things will get better, rather than dwelling on negativity...

 

Accurate information crucial to state receiving funding for rural broadband

Accurate data is a must if Nebraska is going to improve broadband access in rural areas. Due to recent federal legislation, accuracy is also the key to ensuring states receive their full share of...

 

Where have we been? Where are we going?

Here we are sandwiched between Christmas and New Year. Time to take stock of what we've been through as it impacts what lies ahead. In case you were somehow fortunate enough to sleep through it, 2022 was an election year. A couple really rich guys...

 

Why I love pastoring in a small rural town

When we started praying and talking about moving to Ewing, we were concerned about will the community invite us to be a part of the community. Would we be outsiders? People said it would be tough and... Full story

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Kitchen: a gathering place for friends and family, a place where memories are homemade and seasoned with love. So many holiday memories center around the kitchen, from preparing a meal to sitting...

 

Say a prayer, Pillen wants lawmakers to tackle school finance … again

There’s an acronym that has been stirring things up in government for the last 30-plus years. It’s called TEEOSA and the mere mention of its name sends senators to consult with staff, lobbyists...

 

As prices rise, resources to help Nebraskans put food on the table remain vital

A study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates between 2018 and 2020, close to 120,000 households in Nebraska faced food insecurity, which the agency defines as a lack of consistent...

 

Out my kitchen window

Christmas can be many colors and styles. There is traditional red and green, then comes gold and silver. There’s a plethora of color schemes to decorate your tree. I change mine out every now and...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

If I asked 20 Nebraskans, “What is your favorite holiday dessert,” I imagine I would receive 20 different responses. My favorite treat: bing bars. No shock to those of you who know me well. I...

 

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