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 By LuAnn Schindler    Opinion    August 6, 2020 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Who is your favorite sitcom dad? Think about it before committing to a final answer. Several come to mind - strong role models who believe in family, the hate-to-love protagonist who struggles with...

 

Report showcases actionable climate change solutions

KAYLA BERGMAN Policy associate Center for Rural Affairs A bipartisan committee in the U.S. House of Representatives recently released a comprehensive plan outlining the policy steps needed to address climate change. The report, “Solving the Climate...

 
 By Sen. Tom Briese    Opinion    August 6, 2020 

Floor debate contentious at times

The last two weeks in the Legislature have seen a flurry of activity, as senators worked hard to get a great number of bills passed in a short number of days. There were some heated debates on the...

 

Legislators give nod for budget approval

The Legislature passed the budget bills this past week, containing their recommendations for adjustments to the biennial budget that was passed last year. Now it will be up to the governor whether he...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

It’s either black or white. No gray area exists. A former student - we’ll call him B - once told me the above-mentioned statement. From his perspective, things either happened a particular way or...

 

Eight tips for farmers marekts

ERIN SCHOENBERG Project associate Center for Rural Affairs Are you a part of your local farmers market, as a customer, vendor, manager, cheerleader or funder? Markets carry great tradition and whatever your current or future role is, here are some...

 

Legislature debates priority bills

State senators resumed the legislative session July 20, after breaking for almost four months due to coronavirus. We are set to complete this 60-day session Aug. 13. During this first week back, we...

 

-Isms

How many lifequakes have you experienced? After listening to Bruce Feiler on a podcast, and watching a segment with him on the Today show, I have to answer, “Quite a few.” A lifequake is exactly...

 

Property tax relief, business incentives on legislative front burner

The Nebraska Legislature reconvened on July 20, after a break of more than four months due to the pandemic. When we recessed, we had 17 working days remaining to debate and pass legislation, and...

 

Medicaid expansion enrollment begins August 1

TRENTON BUHR Policy Assistant Center for Rural Affairs Nearly two years after voters approved a measure to expand Medicaid, Nebraskans will finally start to see the benefits take shape. Enrollment will begin Aug.1. To be eligible, an applicant’s an...

 

-Isms: Original views on life in rural America

We made it. Happy first anniversary to the Advocate-Messenger family. One year ago, Jenna, Cassidy, Sandy and I were using my dining room table as a desk and took over the Schindler hacienda,...

 

Libraries live on with community support

ERIN SCHOENBERG Project Associate Center for Rural Affairs Recently, rural Americans have missed out on many services usually offered in their communities. However, library employees have worked even harder to provide for their patrons. For example,...

 

My thoughts on TikTok

After the pandemic started, I was sent home from college. With no classes to attend or any of my school friends to see, I had to find something to fill up all of this new amount of time. I, like many...

 

-Isms: Original views on life in rural America

Some weeks, I know exactly what I want to say when it comes to this column. The idea takes root and over the weekend, I write and rewrite in my mind before committing word to paper. Other weeks, it...

 

Center applauds bipartisan leadership for carbon market legislation

CENTER FOR RURAL AFFAIRS On June 26, U.S. Reps. Don Bacon, a Nebraska Republican, and Abigail Spanberger, Democrat from Virginia, members of the House Agriculture Committee, introduced a companion bill to the Growing Climate Solutions Act, H.R....

 

Enjoy the simple pleasures of summer

A look out the kitchen window into the flower garden this morning revealed the usual lilies, zinnias and petunias in bloom. The tiger lilies green buds hang down waiting for their turn to open. In this hot, dry season I’m lucky to have color. Liste...

 

-Isms: Original views on life in rural America

This is my favorite time of year. Sweet summer is in full swing, sun lights the sky until late evening, we fire up the grill nightly and outdoor activities occupy spare time. Summertime means my...

 

Proposed legislation a positive step forward in addressing climate change in rural areas

Kayla Bergman Policy associate Center for Rural Affairs A recently introduced piece of legislation into the U.S. Senate is a positive step forward in addressing climate change in rural areas. The Growing Climate Solutions Act, intended to establish...

 

-Isms: Original views on life in rural America

I first met Vinne about 10 years ago, when he ventured from Boulder, Colorado, to Norfolk, to participate in the amateur division of the Great American Comedy Festival. He had a presence on stage...

 

-Isms: Original views on life in rural America

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy board games, and that’s good enough.” It is unclear who initiated this statement, but it’s true. Money spent on board games is money well spent....

 

What matters in this world

I do not consider myself a conservative and I do not consider myself a liberal - I do not identify as either. I see myself as a person for humanity who believes in doing what is right and finding the...

 

COVID-19 hits Nebraska solar industry

LU NELSEN Policy associate Center for Rural Affairs As the global COVID-19 pandemic has swept across Nebraska, it has taken many clean energy jobs with it—especially in the solar energy industry. According to the Solar Energy Industries...

 

-Isms: Original views on life in rural America

We all have one, an area where our view is obstructed. A blind spot corresponds to a specific area in one’s eye that is insenstive to light, where the optic nerve connects with the retina. At that j...

 

Building on-farm resiliency reduces stress in changing climate

KAYLA BERGMAN Policy Associate Center for Rural Affairs Planting and emergence progress for both corn and soybeans are currently ahead of the five-year average across the Midwest. But, still fresh in farmers’ minds is the 2019 planting season,...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

One of the most fitting quotes I have read concerning protests for the death of George Floyd is the simple truth. “Speaking out against white supremacy and race-based violence does not make you...

 

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