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Wed
03
May
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Tax Bill Decided Before the Debate Even Began

By Schmidt

It appears that the Nebraska Legislature has begun the dangerous slide down the slippery slope of becoming like Kansas, thanks to the efforts of Governor Deep Pockets and his Gang of 29 cheered on by the Americans for Prosperity.

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Wed
26
Apr
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Reminded what’s important at NPA

By Ashley Swanson

This past weekend, as I’m sure you read last week in Tory’s column, we traveled to Lincoln for the 143rd Nebraska Press Association Convention. During this two-day convention, there are several sessions based around anything you could think of when it comes to a newspaper. There’s also banquets where people are recognized; there are speakers and awards are given out for various things.

The sessions are one of my favorite parts about the convention because of what you are able to learn. This year was no different. I learned a ton of information that I’m planning on spreading around the office and making sure we continue to move forward in being the best news source for our faithful readers

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Wed
26
Apr
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Learning from your peers, friends

By Tory Duncan

Each April, the masses that associate themselves as newspaper folks gather for a two-day convention, which ultimately is used as a learning tool for us all. Each year also brings to the front of my mind how many things one can learn, whether it be in seminars or classes, or just sitting down at a table and talking to others that I may not see often, outside of a state tournament or a state association board meeting.

Wed
19
Apr
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Time for Tax Reform

Each year, Tax Day is an unpleasant reality check on how complicated and outdated our tax code has become. Tax reform is next on our legislative agenda, and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lessen the burden on American families and businesses.

When Washington last undertook comprehensive tax reform, Ronald Reagan was president, the average price of a new home in the U.S. was $111,900, and a gallon of gas cost 89 cents. Much has changed in our country since 1986, but our tax code has only become more complicated.

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Wed
19
Apr
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He said it and he meant it, a good lesson

“I did not take this job to perpetuate myself in politics but to make the hard and firm decisions that need to be made to make Nebraska progress.” -- Nebraska Governor Norbert Tiemann, 3-13-67.

I will admit that Norbert Tiemann is my hero. I wasn’t old enough to vote for him (missed it by a year and 6 weeks back when you had to be 21 to vote), but I sure would have. I liked what he had to say.

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Wed
12
Apr
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The final run for the senior class

By Tory Duncan

Some times during the course of a week, when I finally sit down to pen the Bull there becomes thoughts that I almost would rather just pass on, a week now and then, from writing this column.

This week is one of them. A great deal of thoughts and personal views have come and gone, some of which would turn heads for the good and not so good, other thoughts this week just wouldn’t matter.

So, I turn to an easy going thought for the week, that being the end of the school year.

With just over a month to go before the three graduating classes of seniors take the step into the next stages of their lives, it draws me back to those final weeks of my senior year in high school...1983.

I recall some of our classmates constantly saying they just can’t wait to be done and move on.

Wed
12
Apr
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Confessions of a coffee addict

By Ashley Swanson

When I first had my sip of that black, bitter liquid steaming out of that white mug, I was really little. I was sitting with my grandpa, dad and uncle and was told that if I was going to sit up at the big table with the guys, I had to drink coffee.

Well....fast forward about an hour or two and I distinctly remember taking a sip and deciding it was disgusting as my cup turned cold. I was later excused from the “big table.”

Moving forward, I rarely ever had coffee growing up, and if I did, it was super sweet and was more a latte (lots of sweetner and cool whip) than actual coffee.

However, my brother and I did take turns brewing a pot of coffee for our dad each morning so we could fill his thermos before he headed off to work...I loved the smell of coffee back then, and only the smell.

Wed
05
Apr
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Spring sports weather is hard on a guy

By Tory Duncan

How many times over the past week did you hear... I need some sun? It became very apparent while taking in a few hours of the Thayer Central track and field meet in Hebron that Mother Nature is a little goofed up.

Most of the month of March (until the spring sports season began, anyway) was really a month of warmth and sunshine, but since the start of track and golf seasons for our local schools, weather hasn’t been the nicest to the athletes and fans alike.

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Wed
05
Apr
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Someone make time stand still

By Ashley Swanson

Time always moves faster after daylight savings time, or so it seems.

Once we jump forward an hour, all-of-a-sudden, it’s May and people are graduating and Memorial Day is here and then boom, summer’s over and it’s back to school and wouldn’t you know it, I think I hear sleigh bells...

...Okay, so maybe not that fast, but honestly, it does seem like that some years.

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Wed
29
Mar
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Gearing up for the end of the school year

By Tory Duncan

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, it turns my thoughts toward spring weather, activities of a different sort, with the return of community celebrations and activities taking place outside.

Track and golf athletes may not be happy with the start of their respective seasons, with cool (even cold) temperatures and rain plaguing the start of the spring sports season, but we all know that it will soon change to much better weather to better enjoy a track meet, or take in a round of golf.

Several communities have begun planning their summer community festivals, with talks going on throughout the county for the summer activities.

Baseball season...well, practice anyway...is well underway. Ag producers are working diligently to prepare acres and acres of ground for the pending planting season, leading us into the growing season.

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