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Sunday 05/24/2015
A day to honor those who died for our country
Posted: May 24, 2015

The first official Memorial Day observance took place in May 1868, which was almost three years after Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate Army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865.

Thursday 05/21/2015
Softening state’s approach is not the best option
Posted: May 21, 2015

n Editor’s note: This column was written before the vote to repeal the death penalty was tabulated in the Unicameral.

Wednesday 05/20/2015
Shame on senators Kintner and Schnoor
Posted: May 20, 2015

We each do our best to make good choices. Should I get a different car? Can I afford that vacation? Should I look for a new job? What discipline will be imposed for my child’s recent transgression?

Tax relief won’t be an easy fix
Posted: May 20, 2015

As I continue to focus on property tax relief, I received a letter that my valuation will go up 17 percent on top of the assessed valuation increases. Valuation increases do not need to turn into tax dollar increases. Local school boards, county commissioners, NRD boards, community college boards and city councils have no excuse not to offset the valuation increases by lowering your tax levies. For example, the school board can lower your tax rate from 105 to 95 without doing harm to their state aid.

Sunday 05/17/2015
Our community is very blessed
Posted: May 17, 2015

This time of year brings potential for disaster in our area of the world.

Wednesday 05/13/2015
A rule change is needed for appropriations
Posted: May 13, 2015

We have 13 working days left in this session and the budget is sailing along without much debate. I have come to understand the power of the Appropriations Committee. A real concern I have is that a senator on the Appropriations Committee can sponsor legislation that is heard by the Appropriations Committee. That procedure leaves out the three rounds of debate on the floor that all other legislation must go through in order to become law. For example, the $25 million for the UNMC’s Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning and its annual $5 million operational funding was tucked into LB 657 — the 144 page, $10 billion appropriation bill to fund state spending. I will look into proposing a rule change.

Thanks for generations of selfless service
Posted: May 13, 2015

As Americans, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our veterans. Last week, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. As we watched vintage airplanes soar over the U.S. Capitol last week, it brought to mind the countless heroes who gave their lives so we could live in freedom. Earlier this month, I was honored to help welcome home current service members of the Nebraska Army National Guard, who were returning from deployment in Kuwait.

Wednesday 05/06/2015
Housing in North Platte needs to expand
Posted: May 06, 2015

That creaking noise you hear is the stretching of the seams of North Platte’s residential housing market. Our town currently is experiencing far more demand for houses than what is available for purchase.

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