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Wed
01
May
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Tax relief for our affected communities

After the historic blizzards and flooding rolled through Nebraska and devastated our communities, we’ve heard countless stories of neighbor helping neighbor, and donations and help pouring in from across the country for our hurting communities, farms, and businesses.

I have been working hard in Congress to provide our state with relief – and I am proud to introduce legislation that would give a hand up to individuals and businesses.

Recently, along with Congressman Adrian Smith, I introduced the Disaster Tax Relief Act. This bicameral, bipartisan measure would deliver much-needed tax benefits to communities that were recently designated as “disaster areas.”

 

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Wed
01
May
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The writing of history

It’s a rare occasion when you are able to influence or even write history. When average Nebraska citizens lost their right to petition their government in 1994, many - no, actually most - didn’t even notice or pause to care if they did.

This loss of voting rights came in the form of a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling on Friday, May 13, 1994, with only four of the seven regular members present (two of them retired later that year). They doubled the signature threshold for all statewide petitions; financially inhibiting grass roots ideas and issues - leaving Nebraska with the highest signature requirement in the country.

In response, and for only the third time in U.S. history, the citizens removed the junior Justice who wrote the decision in an unprecedented grass roots, door-to-door campaign to “Vote NO on Judge Lanphier.” The campaign signs called for his removal in every neighborhood across much of Douglas, Sarpy and Cass counties.

 

Wed
24
Apr
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Afterthoughts of the flooding

RAMBLES

For Easter I traveled north to my mom and stepdad’s house, and along the way I passed through several areas where the flooding had wreaked havoc.

Thinking the bridge near Uehling was still gone, I drove through Seward and North Bend to get to my brother’s house in Snyder—to pick up my niece and nephew—before heading to Oakland.

Despite the entire town being covered with water, North Bend looked good. Although I didn’t take the time to drive through the entire town, and I’m sure there’s a ton more work to be done, from what I could see driving in to town and heading down Main Street, it looks as if everyone has done a tremendous amount of work.

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Wed
24
Apr
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Hang on to your hats folks...the rush is here

BULL

There’s and old saying/ quick phrase out there that goes....“Whoa Nellie.” I can’t remember who started that, but it’s a fitting start to this week’s Bull session as that annual end of the school year stretch is upon us, and it’s about to get crazy busy over the next 4-5 weeks before we gear up for all the summer activities.

This weekend, as all three of our county track teams head to their respective conference track meets, is the annual signal for me as to the “storm” that is about to hit.

Sandy Creek and Sutton head to Milford for the Southern Nebraska Conference meet, which begins at 10 a.m., while the Harvard Cardinals have an easy trip south to Sandy Creek High School, where Lawrence-Nelson will host the Twin Valley Conference junior high and high school track and field meets, slated to begin at 9 a.m.

Wed
17
Apr
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A great weekend spent with others

Last weekend those involved with HART Legacy got together for their first-ever Boots and Blue Jeans Ball in Clay Center.

Typically at these events I’m out front either helping out in some way or taking photos.

This time, however, I was in the back with the kids, and let me tell you how fun that was...not that I don’t have fun with all the adults, because I do.

We had a ton of activities set up for kids to play with, including jump rope, play-doh, orbeez (which starts as a tiny hard ball and grows into a squishy ball after being soaked in water), and several bouncy balls.

We had four kids and man did those kids keep us on our toes. They definitely have 20-times the amount of energy I do.

The kids, and I’ll be honest, the “adults”—four students from Harvard and Hannah—had a ton of fun playing with the orbeez.

 

Wed
17
Apr
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Let’s take a stand before it’s too late...

Something has come to my attention here in recent weeks that makes me feel like Clay County is “under siege,’ in a way.

Illegal substances, such as methamphetamines, marijuana and other illegal drugs, along with the crime that goes along with drug use, has started to get a grip on our home county, and so many counties around us.

It really hit home for me on April 8 when I witnessed a bust go down just outside the back door of the Clay County News office. That feeling of being invaded, that problems are affecting our communities, our kids, our families, our livelihoods and it has to stop, not only in Clay County, but it has to be brought under control nationally. For these problems affect people that I care about, that have to live with these types of illegal substances near my office, my home, I call on citizens of Clay County to step up and help.

Wed
10
Apr
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Rewards of being a newspaper gal

 

Nebraska’s Press Association Convention is one of my favorite times of the year.

This year’s marked my fifth anniversary of attending, which falls far below the many wonderful veteran newspaper persons from around the state.

This year’s convention also got me out of my comfort zone. I’ve gotten better with my shyness; I engage with people more and I’m not such the fly on the wall at events as I used to be.

However, the challenge given to me was to become the secret Ms. X and shake 100 people’s hands, and it proved to be a bit harder than anticipated, but the challenge was the best thing to happen to me.

When you are selected as Mr. or Mrs./Ms. X, only yourself and the person who nominated you know, and your goal is to shake 100 or more hands, but the 100th person you shake hands with gets $100.

Wed
10
Apr
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All the sudden, I’m one of the ‘veterans’

Thinking back to my younger years in the newspaper business, even my junior high and high school days when I would tag along with my parents to the annual Nebraska Press Association’s convention, never in my life did I think I’d become one of the old(er) folks of our associaton.

The crazy thing is, I’m not sure why I never thought I’d never be, shall we call it, a “veteran” newspaper person, but sure enough, this weekend as I attended our 145th convention in Kearney, there were a few moments where I felt like I was one of the members of the association that attended the very first convention.

The NPA is the oldest trade association in the state and for whatever reason this year, it hit me that I’ve hit the ranks of one of those veterans.

But, despite my shocking discovery/feelings, it was a fantastic weekend for our team.

 

Wed
03
Apr
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A personal reflective week ahead

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This is a week for me that always takes me back over the years as I was growing up in my family’s community newspapers in Shelton and Gibbon. It’s the 145th annual Nebraska Press Association’s convention, and this year, because I’ve been “around the block” just a few years, it’ll be a strongly reflective year.

As I’ve shared many times in this log of information I call the Bull, my column title is not original to me....It was my dad’s column title for over 30 years that he penned the Bull.

I revived the title when I returned to the business in 2009. This year also marks the 25th year since my father received one of NPA’s most distinguished honors, the Master-Editor Publisher award.

As I walk the halls of the Kearney Holiday Inn and take in sessions, I’ll not only walk and learn with my dad on my mind, but I’ll also be surrounded by many that have molded my life in this business, both in person and in spirit.

 

Wed
03
Apr
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Column of a lot of topics

RAMBLES

Last weekend I was able to join several members of the Allegro Wolf Arts Center Board, a friend from New York, and community members for a Murder Mystery Dinner called “Easy Money.”

This was the first time I had ever done a murder mystery, and it was amazing!

My character was Detective Jesse Van Eck, who came to investigate the murder of my sister, Vee. It was fun watching all the suspects—who, in my opinion, were all crazy—mingle and try to sway the opinion with attendees of the dinner.

Thank you everyone who came out to support Allegro Wolf and our summer Broadway Academy!

 

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