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Tuesday 02/09/2016

Well, we made it through another Super Bowl Sunday.

Prioritizing Taxpayers

Each week, I have the privilege of traveling Nebraska. 


Have you ever said, “Why in the world was I doing it that way?”

Saturday 02/06/2016
Bewildered Boomer

• I can’t comprehend how weather forecasters were able to lock in on our recent blizzard and begin issuing warnings … warnings that time proved to be uncannily accurate … while the storm was still in the middle of nowhere over the Pacific.

Half of Me

If your week was anything like mine, you were able to enjoy two lovely snow days filled with warm coffee, Netflix binges and at-home productivity.

Friday 02/05/2016
What About Bob

The internet is full of lots of fun tidbits . . . here are few that certainly apply to most of us:

Heavenly Homemaker

I have now come up with several varieties of this Low Sugar Cookie, playing with different flavor options. 

Thursday 02/04/2016
Just Melanie

As I listened to the ferocious winds this week and saw the blinding snow, I remembered a time so long ago.

Nebraska’s Heroes

Nebraska has a rich and powerful history of answering the call to serve. For nearly 150 years, our state has witnessed this bravery in each of America’s wars. The past decade is no different. Time and again, the men and women of Nebraska have risen to defend our precious freedom in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the globe.

Young Leaders in Nebraska Agriculture

Speaking with nearly 200 young farmers and ranchers from across our state recently reinforced to me how bright the future looks for Nebraska agriculture.

Leaving dogs outside is abuse

The blizzard that we just had is one that caused all traffic to stop, closed schools and businesses, and most people hunkered down inside their homes to wait it out.

Wednesday 02/03/2016
An American Showcase

The 2016 Crossroads Conference (CRC) basketball tournament played out last week at City Auditorium.

Wednesday 02/03/2016
State senator’s bills are heard in session

The third week of the 104th Legislature, Second  Session continued with committee hearings for the hundreds of bills introduced this year by the Unicameral.

School Choice, School Spending, and Property Tax “Relief”

School choice, public school spending, and property tax relief continue to be “hot topics” around Nebraska so I thought I would weigh in on these important issues from my perspective as the superintendent of schools in York, Nebraska.

Tuesday 02/02/2016

With the predicted snow storm coming, it made me think about growing up in Omaha.  


In a time when plenty of words are slung about, I’d like to share some real actions that are leading to a better world. 

Medicaid Expansion: Expensive, Unreasonable Risk

“There is no such thing as a free lunch,” said Milton Friedman, winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. 

From the Front Row

There are a lot of perks to being a sports editor.

Saturday 01/30/2016
Bewildered Boomer

These electronic words are being scrawled Friday morning.

School Choice: Educating Students as Individuals

As a parent, I am encouraged and inspired when I see school leaders who are proud of their schools.

Half of Me

I’m going to level with you.

Friday 01/29/2016
Chamber Chat

Looks like I have piqued your attention for the 2016 Home and Garden Show.

The true joys in life

This past weekend I was reminded of what really matters in one’s life.

Get it done for Dave Wessels

As a personal friend of Dave Wessels and a fairly active volunteer at most of our major events, the recent and very unfortunate events are very disturbing.

Heavenly Homemaker

My friend Emily is the one who told me about these Sour Cream Drop Biscuits as we stood in the church foyer solving all the world’s problems and talking about recipes.

Marik it Down

This is my second year covering the Crossroads Conference Basketball Tournament, and my first year covering every single game – 15 of them as of early Thursday morning – with a deadline.

Thursday 01/28/2016
Just Melanie

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the tragedy known as the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Stand Up for Life

Each year, January 22 marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in the case of Roe v. Wade.

Defending life essential to defending freedom

During my travels around the Third District this week, I thought often of those traveling from our state to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. 

Vincent's Views

Here we go again with one of the most exciting annual sporting events in York County.

Wednesday 01/27/2016
A 225 Year Argument

Some 225 years ago George Washington traveled to Massachusetts and found that the state’s governor, John Hancock, felt that he outranked the President.

Bill introduced to protect foster children

Last week, I introduced Legislative Bill 975, the Child Welfare Services Preservation Act.

Tuesday 01/26/2016

It’s that time of year, to do some cleaning.

Publisher weighs in on Wessels board issues

The Wessels Family History Farm board took a big hit in December when five directors resigned from the board.

The Long Game on Property Taxes

Last week, I delivered my second State of the State address to the Unicameral, and then I went on the road for 10 statewide stops to talk directly with Nebraskans in South Sioux City, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, North Platte, Sidney, Scottsbluff, Alliance, Valentine, and Fremont. 


Well, after I had my little political rant last week and publically had to respond to a family member who disagreed (Donna, I love you so much), I thought I should sit down, settle down, take a deep breath and share a few thoughts on a few subjects.

Saturday 01/23/2016
Bewildered Boomer

Folks who live farther ‘out there and up there’ than Nebraska, say northwest Wyoming for instance, have up-close, easy viewing of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep this time of year.

Saturday 01/23/2016
Marik it Down

So I had an interesting Tuesday night.

Half of Me

In college I practically lived on packaged ramen.

Friday 01/22/2016
What About Bob

Hats off to Madonna and Michaela at the Chamber and their Ag Committee for an amazing effort in putting on the first-ever Ag Expo at the Holthus Convention Center last Wednesday and Thursday.

Pastor responds to comments on his Wessels-related editorial

Here is my response to Judy Krysl’s Dec. 15, 2015 response to my original Dec. 12, 2015, letter to the editor.

Walk for Life to be held

Dear editor:

Heavenly Homemaker

It used to be me. Or so I thought.

Thursday 01/21/2016
Just Melanie

We live in an age where prescription drugs are big money and marketing those drugs is as well.

A Prosperous Nebraska

Recently, President Obama made his first official visit to Nebraska as president.

Taxpayers are not enemies for questioning policies

Dr. Mike Lucas seems frustrated. He thinks organizations advocating for tax relief are being too hard on school districts. His feelings are not entirely unwarranted.

Mentoring — good for you, good for your child

It’s National Mentoring Month!

Wednesday 01/20/2016
When I’m Sixty-Four

I recently had a birthday, and just prior to that date I asked my wife the musical question “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64.”

Legislature begins session, senator is new chair

The Legislature convened Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m., kicking off a short 60-day session.

Tuesday 01/19/2016

OK…every few years I find something to completely take over my life.


An excerpt from the Bloomberg Business News article entitled:  “The Crop Surplus is Bad News for America’s Farms” by Alan Bjerga reads, “With the prices of corn and soybeans, the nation’s biggest crops, down by more than half from records in 2012, net farm income probably tumbled in 2015 to a 13-year low of $55.9 billion, down 55 percent from a record $123.3 billion in 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. 

Reader weighs in on Trump


Investing in Infrastructure

Good infrastructure facilitates the lives we live and connects communities. Every day, we rely on our transportation system to take kids to school, care for our families, get to work, and transport our products to market. 

Saturday 01/16/2016
Half of Me

The phrase echoes in my brain.

Thoughts about the government

Dear Editor, with a couple of thoughts on my mind:

From the Front Row

Do you have anything going on this week or weekend?

Friday 01/15/2016
Heavenly Homemaker

Once upon a time, I was dating my husband. I mean, my boyfriend. I mean, we weren’t married yet when we were dating but then we did get married and all of that barely has anything to do with this recipe.

Thursday 01/14/2016
Oatmeal - Whole grain goodness

January is oatmeal month and oatmeal is a whole grain that can be a delicious, warm way to add whole grains to your eating patterns during the cold winter months.

Just Melanie

From the time we moved into our house in York, we’ve always recognized that the weird little “porch” on the front of the house was just odd.

The year ahead

Each year, our country witnesses a tradition taken straight from the Constitution.

Wednesday 01/13/2016
Burr, Bundy and the West

Aaron Burr and Ammon Bundy are very different men whose narratives have one thing in common.

The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?

The common meaning of “professional” is partly captured by such words as expert, ethical, responsible. 

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