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She was a spitfire. From the first moment she walked into my classroom at Lutheran High Northeast, I knew Janelle would be one of those students: the ones you forge a bond with and see the potential...

 

Nebraska's child care problems are hurting businesses and the state's bottom line

Together, and only together, Nebraskans can rebuild the state’s struggling child care system, which is reeling during COVID-19. We can do it in a way that makes age-old problems, like a statewide shortage of quality child care, largely disappear....

 

Civility before, during and after election day

Discussion and debate has always been a part of rural America. From coffee shops to the local co-op, rural residents aren't afraid to show their loyalty for one candidate or another, share their thoug...

 

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“Do one thing every day that scares you.” When our 10-year-old grandson was relaying a story about reading aloud in class, Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote came to mind. It’s not that he dislikes rea...

 

Identifying, verifying and diversifying your news

d it to make informed decisions as we navigate life. But, we must challenge ourselves to think deeper about the media we consume. Misinformation and disinformation campaigns are increasingly...

 

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Last week, I spent part of Thursday, Friday and Saturday meeting colleagues via Zoom, taking part in sessions of the National Newspaper Conference. The socially-distanced version offered multiple...

 

America needs journalists – and America's journalists need our support

In a year of fighting a global pandemic, historic protests for racial equality and the rapidly approaching presidential election, America needs journalists to bring them critical reporting. The...

 

Time to crunch with farm to school

Fall is here which is the perfect time for students to bite into local foods. October is Farm to School Month when Nebraska will be defending its title in the Mountain Plains Crunch Off. During this event, our state competes with Colorado, Montana,...

 
 By Bev Wieler    Opinion    October 8, 2020

Out my kitchen window

There’s a rustle as I walk through the flower garden. It’s autumn and leaves are scattered on the ground. Moving indoors and looking out the kitchen window, the color in the flower garden has chan...

 

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We, at the Advocate-Messenger, are gearing up for National Newspaper Week, which is celebrated Oct. 4 through 10. This year’s theme - America Needs Journalists - has never been more timely. In a...

 

Additional aid available for farmers in new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened applications on Sept. 21 for the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2. This program will offer payments to farmers and ranchers who may have suffered...

 

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I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. I have a love-hate relationship with social media. While I appreciate being able stay informed about family members, I don’t like the divisiveness I see...

 

Give plants a good drink before winter

With the recent rain, I’m able to look out my kitchen window and still enjoy color in the flower garden. Just a few weeks ago I was ready to pull flowers out and hope for the best for wintering over...

 

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Walt Disney once said, “There’s no magic in magic. It’s all in the details.” I have a feeling Walt’s magical wisdom applied to people, too. If you’re lucky enough to have an edge when it...

 

Federal pandemic aid still needed for struggling Nebraskans

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit the Midwest hard, Nebraska stands apart as the only state in the union halting the emergency boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits from...

 

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Since Breonna Taylor’s death in March and George Floyd’s death in May, I have heard people from all walks proclaim racism does not exist in our country, let alone in the great state in which we...

 

Back to school with locally-grown food

As the new school year gets underway, we see a renewed focus on agriculture education and local food. Next to many schools, greenhouses are a common sight. With these come educational curriculum on...

 

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Random thoughts ... a.k.a. I am multi-tasking and a million ideas are racing through my mind. I’ll number them to give this column some semblance of order. 1. Best quote I have read in a long time....

 

The Importance of USPS to rural America

In rural America, we understand the importance of postal mail to connecting our republic. Sites across Nebraska’s Third District on the Pony Express Historic Trail commemorate the value of this...

 
 By LU NELSEN    Opinion    September 3, 2020

Balanced zoning, setbacks key to rural clean energy future

The wind energy industry remains one of the fastest growing in the U.S. It has not only increased capacity but provided consumers and utilities with clean energy while creating additional economic...

 

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Sometimes, intuition and curiosity take you down a rabbit hole. Last week, in this column, I wrote about my maternal great-great-grandmother and mentioned I didn’t know much about my paternal...

 

Protecting the U.S. Postal Service also safeguards access to information

Facing a fierce public outcry, the U.S. Postal Service is “suspending” its sudden cost-cutting moves — tossing out high-speed sorting machines, uprooting collection boxes, reducing Post Office...

 

Alternative Assessment

The ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions is the definition of the adjective resilient. Since March, resiliency has been shown on many levels, at many ages and in many...

 
 By Jeff Yost    Opinion    August 27, 2020

Young Nebraskans already love their hometowns

The siren song of the big city is quiet in greater Nebraska. Youth today overwhelmingly prefer the connections and comforts of smaller communities to the grind of major metropolises, according to Nebraska Community Foundation’s recent survey of...

 

Guest Opinion

Small businesses continue to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. While they are doing their best to keep the doors open, they are hurting. That is especially true in our rural towns. Congress has acted to provide businesses with loans...

 

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