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Wed
23
Sep
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On to phase two with Japan

On to phase two with Japan

Smith

Expanding trade opportunities by opening more markets for U.S. ag producers, manufacturers, and service providers is one of the best ways to strengthen our economy and provide stability for producers and consumers. Finding new trading partners while strengthening existing relationships with allies like Japan, is of the utmost importance. The market access we gained in Phase One of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, which President Trump signed last year, was significant and we should not squander the opportunity to complete the deal. Now is the time to prioritize Phase Two of the agreement.

 

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Wed
23
Sep
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Court decides ballot issue for November election

Court decides ballot issue for November election

Ricketts

The state Supreme Court has twice reversed Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen and decided what issues will be on the November ballot. Expanded gambling and a cap on the interest rates that so-called “payday lenders” can charge will be on the ballot. Medical marijuana will not.

In a 4-3 decision, the high court ordered Evnen to place a three-pronged casino gambling initiative on the November general election ballot. It would authorize casino gambling at Nebraska horse race tracks and allocate the bulk of the funding derived from that new state revenue source to local property tax relief. Evnen had argued that it did not adhere to requirements for a single topic because it was split into three separate votes.

 

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Wed
16
Sep
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Time is irrelevant

Time is irrelevant

Since March, time has become irrelevant. At some point in the year, when things really started to slow down and there came a point where there was nothing to truly cover, the days of the week started mashing together.

Eventually, there came a point when you’re in May or June and then suddenly it’s September, and I’m still not sure how we got to this point already.

We all know this year is crazy. Between the pandemic, protests, riots, wildfires, deaths, and everything in between, trying to keep “normal” a thing has been a taxing effort.

 

 

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Wed
16
Sep
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It’s more than just the game on the field/court

It’s more than just the game on the field/court
It’s more than just the game on the field/court

Some of you may chomp at the bit with my column this week, because I’m going to kind of refer to myself as an old man, even though in my heart, and my mind, I’m pretty young for sure.

But here’s the deal, the older I get the more I pay attention to things that go on off the court or field of competition and pay attention to things that happen on the sidelines.

Does that distract from my reporting of sports? Nah! I think it enriches what I do and what I pay attention to each week when I cover an event, whether sports related or otherwise.

Some of the best moments that I’ve gone through or lived through in this newspaper business don’t happen on the field of competition, or don’t happen with something that’s expected, rather they happen when it’s the most unexpected.

 

 

Wed
09
Sep
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Missing Old Trusty

Missing Old Trusty

This weekend should be the Old Trusty Show, but thanks to a certain virus it was necessary for those who put the show together each year to cancel the event.

Which I fully understand—Old Trusty brings in hundreds of people from all over Nebraska, plus out-ofstaters. Besides, even being on the fairgrounds there’s not much room to avoid people in the six-foot span being required.

While OT being cancelled may not be some sort of life-altering action, it’s still an annual event I and many others have come to look forward to each fall.

Also, this year Allis-Chalmers was being featured and it’s tied with John Deere as my favorite tractor.

 

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Wed
09
Sep
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Things I know and the things I think I know

Things I know and the things I think I know

The things I know and the things I think I know, or feel. It’s hitting my brain more and more this year, with all the craziness of 2020 and then throw on top of it an election year. That at least to me, is about as crazy as crazy can get, at least with the presidential ticket and yes, even some of our other federal races.

One thing is for sure, which in my mind goes under the things I know... there is absolutely no middle ground what so ever in the race for the president’s office this year.

Either people are voting red, or they’re voting blue. Whether it be on a news channel or through social media, the verbal slander and the language of this election year is at times outrageous.

 

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Thu
03
Sep
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Suddenly it’s autumn

Suddenly it’s autumn

Autumn is hands down my favorite season. Not super fond of the season that follows, but I appreciate the fall season for as long as physically possible.

For those who know me pretty well...or really anyone who has read my column the past five-anda-half years, has a good understanding of how much I love what I often refer to as spooky season.

Everything from the leaves changing color, to the cooler temperatures and then being able to wear all of my sweatshirts, and, of course, Halloween and pumpkins.

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Wed
02
Sep
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Things I’ve learned: The view through the lens

Things I’ve learned: The view through the lens
Things I’ve learned: The view through the lens

Apologies might be needed this week, because for what I’m about to share in the Bull might just be a repeat of several columns over the last 10 and 1/2 years.

But over the course of the last week to 10 days, getting back into the action with high school activities, I’ve reminded myself many times this past week and a half...“Tory, find that picture that tells a story without a caption.” Whether I did or not this week, it’s been really nice to cover activities.

Wed
26
Aug
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MURMAN’S CORNER

MURMAN’S CORNER

Hello Neighbor,

A bill I was privileged to introduce over the past two years was LB 705, which dealt with ABLE accounts. ABLE accounts offer tax free savings options for education, housing, and other needs of a disabled person.

These accounts allow those who are disabled to receive donations from family or friends and not have such donations count against their income that would otherwise put them over the income cap for receiving assistance.

Previously, upon death, ABLE accounts were only allowed to be transferred to the ABLE account of a disabled sibling of the original owner. Otherwise the funds would be given back to the state. Very few families have more than one child that is disabled, so most of the funds were being given back to the state to do with what they wanted. Those funds should be able to go to someone else who has an ABLE account.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
26
Aug
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Be careful before you judge, scold or criticize

Be careful before you judge, scold or criticize
Be careful before you judge, scold or criticize

There is no doubt that we live in some pretty tough times. A presidential election that is dividing people, not to mention upheaval and protests that are causing much divide as well.

But in reality, the biggest uphill battle we all face, whether in business or at home, this pandemic has put a lot of stress in everyone’s lives.

This week’s message, “be careful before you judge, scold or criticize,” is very real.

Sometimes things are out of our control, whether it’s our schedules, our lives, our time at home or not at home. I interestingly read in a newspaper this past week a little quote that just filled some space. Put simply it read, “It’s free to be nice.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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