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Wed
06
Apr
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Letter to District #38 Citizens

by Senator John Kuehn

The past week, the Nebraska Legislature began floor debate and advanced two bills beginning to address the disparity in property tax impact between agricultural land, commercial property and residential property. The debate over the bills exemplified the differences in perspective among senators about the magnitude of the property tax problem, as well as the proper approach to addressing it. Although wide sweeping structural reform was not passed, initial steps were taken to begin addressing property taxes.

 

Wed
06
Apr
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The End Is Near, Haste Makes Waste

by J.L. Schmidt

As the 104th Legislature wraps up its work with a hurried tax plan, it’s a good time to remember that, “haste makes waste.” Somewhere in my newspaper archives (read that “box of stuff in the basement”) I have a 72-point slug of type (that’s big)from a Ludlow machine that says etsaw sekam etsah. Every editor, printer and reporter can interpret that. It was a “gift” to me from my first post-college real boss who wanted me to remember a mistake that I had made. No words were necessary. Just that shiny chunk of lead strategically placed on my desk some 40-plus years ago.

 

Wed
30
Mar
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The Watched Pot Begins to Boil

by J.L. Schmidt
 
With apologies to Poor Richard’s Almanac, it appears that the watched pot has started to boil. Many have paid lip service to the problems in the prison system and lawmakers have approved a plan to provide money for more beds at an existing facility. But, following the governor’s lead, the focus has been on property tax relief and limiting the spending of schools and local government. Some lawmakers have been promoting a plan to provide health insurance for thousands of Nebraska’s working poor.
 
Wed
30
Mar
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Letter to District #38 Citizens

by Senator John Kuehn
 
The start of the next week of the Nebraska Legislature will begin with debate over LB 1032, the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act. Although it has been referred to by several different names, it is the fourth attempt at expansion of the Medicaid program in Nebraska. Under the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” states receive additional federal dollars at a match rate higher than existing Medicaid programs to expand the number of people eligible for government health coverage. Previous unsuccessful efforts have attempted to expand traditional medicaid coverage. The current proposal, LB 1032, uses federal and state dollars to purchase private health insurance for working adults who meet income limits.
 
Wed
23
Mar
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Common Courtesy

by Ashley Swanson

My mom, Amber, lives in Oakland, NE, with my step-dad, Jeramie, and for my entire life, my mom has had a love for older/abandoned houses. Over the past couple of summers in Oakland, I’ve noticed more and more houses being torn down—not because they were not sturdy/safe enough for people to live in, but because many people wanted the lots, or thought of the houses as eyesores.

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Wed
23
Mar
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Lighten up Duncan...

by Tory Duncan 

Evidently, over the past few weeks, there’s been a few folks out there that thought perhaps I’m being a little critical, or shall we say, harsh? At times, that is just the way it goes. Any business person knows this, no matter what business type you’re operating.

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Wed
16
Mar
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Patience & Consistency

by Ashley Swanson

It’s my favorite time of the year, the season for thunderstorms! The first real thunderstorm of the year greeted me as I left Harvard, following my viewing of their musical, “Annie.” (Which, by the way, is a great musical and the kids do a fantastic job, so go see it.) 

 

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Wed
16
Mar
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Nothing to Do???

by Tory Duncan

I always find it kind of hilarious when somebody comes up to me, or says in a group that I’m in, “how boring small town life is.” Seriously??? Take a look at what is in front of you, no matter what small town in Clay County, or for that matter, anywhere, because if you’re bored, then quite possibly, you might not be looking that hard.

 

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Wed
09
Mar
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As Old As You Feel

by Ashley Swanson

I was browsing through Facebook when I came across these photos with the headline, you’re only as old as you feel. Each photo depicted an older person, one of them of a man holding in laughter as he held the cord to an unplugged vaccum, while another man questioned why it wasn’t working. Another, showing a woman standing on a scale and a man pushing his foot down on the scale, completely oblivious he was standing behind her. It’s the little things that keep our sense of humor around, despite our age.

Wed
09
Mar
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Change is Hard...

by Tory Duncan

As we move closer and closer to the seventh complete year at the Clay County News, I took a look back of my years in this business, and thinking many times, that changes can be so hard to make in any process, no matter the business type we’re in. Thanks to an amazing friend, I have in my possession some very valuable relics from the past, including a copy of the front page of my parents’ first ever published issue of the Shelton Clipper.

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