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 By LuAnn Schindler    Opinion    May 19, 2022 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Is it good or bad that between 40 and 50% of voters turned out for the May primary election? While the number seems above average for a mid-term election, it’s still concerning that more than half...

 
 By Sen. Deb Fischer    Opinion    May 19, 2022 

National Police Week

May 11 to May 16 was National Police Week. It’s an opportunity to show our gratitude and appreciation to the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our people and communities safe....

 
 By Lindsay Mouw    Opinion    May 19, 2022 

New programs prioritize investment in rural communities

With the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure law last November—a $1.3 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure—major funding is now available to rural communities. These funds...

 

Parenting advice

I don’t know how you feel, but in my opinion, parenting is hard. Someone must have forgotten to hand me the instruction manual when my children came home. I have yet to meet a parent who wouldn’t...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Alexander Pope said, “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” Oh, so true. It’s also why I look forward to attending two industry conventions, which take place annually in April. Nebraska...

 

Traveling the Third district

While traveling the Third District in recent weeks, I have been encouraged by the expertise and creativity our communities possess and sobered by the challenges we face. We have much to be thankful...

 

Congratulations to our graduates

It’s an exciting time of year. The robes, mortar boards and tassels are on display as Nebraska’s graduates are celebrating with their friends and loved ones. I am always so encouraged to see our...

 

Mentioning the unmentionables

Over the course of my career, I have performed countless pelvic exams on women of all ages from all walks of life. There are two common patient behaviors that I have observed. First, most women leave...

 
 By Kate Hansen    Opinion    May 12, 2022

Every operation counts as USDA begins ag census

Large or small, all farms and ranches are important to our country’s agriculture sector. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    Opinion    May 5, 2022

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

To the Class of 2022: Wear sunscreen. Wait. That’s a line from some 90s commencement address-turned- song. It’s good advice, though, so tuck it in your memory bank for later use. Years ago, when...

 
 By KC Belitz    Opinion    May 5, 2022

A bright and promising future for Greater Nebraska

The future of Greater Nebraska hasn’t looked any brighter for decades. And we can prove it. At Nebraska Community Foundation, we do lots of things. We help communities identify their local assets, t...

 

Take a Moment to Breathe

The act of breathing is essential to life and can be done with or without thinking about it. You can control your breath and vary it, but eventually, air must come in and air must go out.  The...

 
 By Kalee Olson    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Nebraskans show support for voluntary conservation

A recent bipartisan survey of 501 Nebraska voters, conducted by New Bridge Strategy, revealed that 97% of participants, both rural and urban, support voluntary conservation and the benefits it...

 

Isms: Views on life in rural America

“Daily newspapers have traditionally constituted the heart and soul of local news media and they have provided the lion’s share of original reporting upon which all other news media depend,...

 

Legislative session ends

The 107th Legislature, second session, has adjourned sine die. The last day was filled with last-minute items, the governor’s closing speech and ceremonial procedures. The 13 senators who won’t...

 

Smokeless tobacco is a cancer risk

From Babe Ruth to John Wayne, Americans have seen chewing tobacco in popular culture for over a century. Spitting chew has been a trademark of cowboys and professional athletes alike and chewing...

 

With risk increasing, small businesses can protect themselves from cybercriminals

JESSICA CAMPOS Center for Rural Affairs Women’s Business Center director Many small business owners wonder how cybersecurity pertains to their business or think they could never fall victim to...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

If you could rewind to your first day in high school (maybe even junior high), would you choose the same path when it comes to course selection? Or, would you rethink those choices, reconsider your...

 

Funding will help rural entities regain their footing

With their approval of several key pieces of legislation, Nebraska lawmakers solidified the importance of small entrepreneurs, local meat processors and family farms to our state’s economy and way...

 

STAR WARS bill passes in legislature

The Legislature passed nearly 100 bills during the first three days of this past week. We will now recess for several days, thereby giving the Legislature the opportunity to override any potential...

 

The skin you're in

Skin is the largest organ in the human body, but it’s easy to take it for granted. Unless we notice pain or itching or funny spots, most people don’t give it much thought. However, the skin is...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Etch these names in your mind: Greg, Gary and Kelly. They belong to the Sage brothers, of Niobrara. On June 3, 1969, these three native sons were on board the USS Evans, positioned approximately 100 m...

 

Legislators override all but one line-item vetoes

Many major issues were dealt with this past week in the Legislature, with the most significant being the passage of LB 873. When fully implemented, LB 873 will result in almost $900 million in annual...

 

Recognizing PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, was first listed as a medical diagnosis in 1980. However, it has been recognized and called by many different names throughout history. The first recorded...

 

Crisis at the border continues

There is a crisis at our southern border and President Biden is only making it worse. At the end of March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it was on track to surpass one million...

 

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