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Wed
27
Apr
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Memories Abound...

by Tory Duncan
 
Each year, when members of the Nebraska Press Association and Nebraska Press Advertising Service gather for conference time, I always find myself perhaps learning more from my peers and other leaders of this business we call the newspaper business. Of course, we attend to soak in new ideas and information from sessions, as well as from other people in the business. But by in large, the true gathering is to recharge the batteries through conversations and ideas shared, while standing in a group of news people or just having a one-on-one conversation.
 
Wed
20
Apr
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Dancing & Music

by Ashley Swanson
 
This past weekend was filled with dancing and music—my favorite kind of weekends. Friday evening, I watched as the Deshler choir kids put on their musical, “The Little Mermaid;” my cousins were involved in it.
 

 

Wed
20
Apr
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April 15, 1994.....

by Tory Duncan
 
While digging through a few momentos this past Sunday, I ran across a letter from my father, yes, a real letter, mailed and all, not an email, but a letter. The letter, dated April 15, 1994, preceded what would be my dad’s final Nebraska Press Association Convention held that year in Lincoln.
 

 

Wed
13
Apr
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Regulation Rewind Rolls On...

by Rep. Adrian Smith
 
The Obama administration just finalized its fiduciary rule, an overbearing regulation which would hinder access to financial advice for nearly seven million Americans and create new hardships for small business owners. As with many regulations issued by the Obama administration, input from stakeholders was ignored when churning out this new red tape. Unfortunately, the fiduciary rule is only the tip of the regulatory iceberg.
 
Wed
13
Apr
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Voting No? Do You Have a Better Solution?

by J.L. Schmidt
 
Daddy, can we have a puppy? No! Why not? Because I said so! Governor, can we have an affordable health care plan for the working poor in Nebraska? No! Why not? Because I said so! But Governor! No. This would expand Medicaid under Obamacare in Nebraska. There will be a different national administration next year and maybe we’ll look at working with them.
 

 

Wed
13
Apr
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UNL Future Certainly Brighter with Green

by Managing Editor Tory Duncan

For those of us lucky enough to have had the chance to get to know Dr. Ronnie Green and his family, when Dr. Green stepped to the podium, just seconds after being named the Chancellor-Elect for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, it was quickly evident that Dr. Green was ready for the next step in his career and that his family is certainly ready for the next step in their lives together. “There is indeed no place like Nebraska - Go Big Red,” exclaimed Green.

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.
 

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