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 By LuAnn Schindler    Opinion    June 17, 2021 

-Isms: Views on life in rural america

Emily Dickinson wrote, “Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.” So true. I’ve been sentimental lately, tears have flowed fairly steadily, as Father’s...

 
 By Sen. Tom Briese    Opinion    June 17, 2021 

Legislature will address redistricting process

I would consider the recently completed legislative session successful for Nebraska taxpayers. Among other items, we passed, and the governor signed into law, bills to provide a sales tax exemption...

 
 By Jonathan Hladik    Opinion    June 17, 2021 

Small business assistance program a valuable tool for rural entrepreneurs

JOHNATHAN HLADIK Policy director Center for Rural Affairs Small business entrepreneurship is a key source of job creation for rural counties. These businesses generate economic activity that can...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

“Someone is going to die.” Naturally, this sentence piqued my attention. I wasn’t eavesdropping on the conversation where the above-mentioned line was uttered. Oh, contrare. It was said during...

 

Guest Opinion: Extending Microenterprise Tax Credit a show of support for small businesses

JONATHAN HLADIK Policy director Center for Rural Affairs With a nearly-unanimous vote last month, the Nebraska Legislature retained and improved one of the only incentives available to businesses of...

 
 By Jill Kruse    Opinion    June 10, 2021

Patients deserve clarity

JILL KRUSE, D.O. I was sitting in my beach chair on vacation soaking up the sun when I overheard the couple next to me sounding concerned. They were throwing out lots of big medical terms but were...

 

-Isms: Original views of life in rural America

Wow, what a weekend in Ewing. One hundred fifty years, plus one, definitely looks good on you. It took a lot of planning and quite a number of people were involved in pulling off a weekend filled...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

I’m not sure who first said this, but it’s true: You can’t have a million-dollar dream on a minimum wage work ethic. I know it’s true. Teaching and freelancing both required a high level of...

 

Legislature prepares for final day of session

The speaker of the Legislature has announced that senators will complete their work a few days early, adjourning sine die on May 27 rather than June 10. This is partially due to the many late nights...

 
 By Mark Mahoney    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Remarks from Mark

Time seems to fly by to fast when you're a father. My daughter Hazel turned 18 months old on Saturday, a fact I can hardly believe. It seems it was just yesterday that my wife, Christina, and I were h...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

The best laid plans don’t always work out. Last week, the graduation section kept me busy, but a great column was brewing and I began penning it Wednesday. I added a bit more over the next few days....

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

I’m taking a break this week, trying to catch my breath and recoup energy. This week’s edition of the Advocate-Messenger includes eight pages of graduation coverage, including senior photos and...

 

Property tax relief bills defeated

Two major pieces of legislation that would have provided property tax relief were defeated this past week. Generally, I am supportive of proposals that attempt to lower property taxes. LR 11,...

 

Microenterprise Tax Credit bill advances in legislatu

The Legislature continues to work through the stack of priority bills, sometimes working into the evening and adjourning between 8 and 10 p.m. Since my last column, we’ve debated a couple of bills...

 
 By Bev Wieler    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Blankets and boxes are out My Kitchen Window

BEV WIELER April showers have brought May flowers and I can hardly wait for blooms that fill out the rest of May and lead us into June and summer in the garden. There was a little set back recently...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    Opinion    May 6, 2021

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Oh, to be on the edge of 17 again, ready to explore the world, ready to turn the page and start a new chapter of life. One of my parents told me, at the time, I thought I knew everything, that my...

 

Social security taxation discussed in legislature

Governor Ricketts signed the budget bills this past week with no line-item vetoes. He praised the Legislature for passing a budget that limited spending growth and placed an emphasis on increased...

 

-Isms

What is enough? It's a deeply personal question, so I will give you a couple minutes to consider your answer. As Maria Shriver ponders in this week's edition of the Sunday Paper, "When do you know...

 

Property tax relief, school funding bills heard at statehouse

The Legislature passed the budget bills this past week. Governor Ricketts has five days (not counting Sunday) to decide whether to sign the legislation. The governor has the authority to line-item...

 

Briese bills debated during last week's legislative session

The Legislature debated several of my bills last week. On Tuesday afternoon, we debated my amendment to my LB 561, a bill to further define and implement the voter-approved initiative on casino...

 

-Isms

Allen Ginsberg wrote, “Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the...

 

LB 406 may have economic impact on northeast Nebraska

SEN. TIM GRAGERT The Legislature gave the budget bills second-round approval this past week, making only minor adjustments. After the budget is passed, the speaker plans to schedule taxation and...

 
 By Mark Mahoney    Opinion    April 22, 2021

Remarks from Mark

MARK MAHONEY Hazel has a secret to share – she's going to be a big sister! My wife, Christina, and I are expecting our second child later this year. Her due date is Oct. 29. It seems so surreal....

 

Guest Opinion

NATHAN BEACOM Senior policy associate Center for Rural Affairs Legislative Bill 108, a bill to fix a flaw known as the "cliff effect" in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, received first round approval in the Nebraska Legislature last...

 
 By Bev Wieler    Opinion    April 22, 2021

What color will prevail in this year's garden out my kitchen window

BEV WIELER It’s April and I’ve walked through my garden checking if bushes are leafing out and watching as each day more color appears on tulips buds. Tiny grape hyacinth flowers seem a much...

 

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