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Weekly Columns

  • Nebraska’s Ag Tech Leadership

    September 14, 2021

    Agricultural technology has come a long way since farmers used oxen and horse-drawn plows to break the prairie sod.  Huge advancements are being made each year in ag tech, and Nebraska’s companies and universities are leading the way.  The technologies they’re developing run the gamut from pioneering livestock management techniques, to innovations in the way crops are grown, to advancements in equipment.

  • Remembering 9/11, Renewing Our Patriotism

    September 03, 2021

    Twenty years ago, the United States suffered the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  No one old enough to remember that day will ever forget it.  It was surreal to watch the Twin Towers collapse and heartbreaking to see images of first responders covered head to toe in dust, searching through the debris in Manhattan.

  • Investing In Our Greatest Resource

    August 31, 2021

    Over the past year, Nebraska’s economy has been booming, creating more and more great opportunities here in the Good Life.  We currently have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.3%.  That equals our state’s lowest rate ever and is less than half of the national unemployment rate of 5.4%.  According to Local Area Unemployment Statistics from the Nebraska Department of Labor, 92 of our 93 counties have an unemployment rate at or below 2.7%.  Statewide, our manufacturing employment ... read more

  • Strengthening Energy Reliability and Independence

    August 24, 2021

    Energy reliability and independence are pillars of our country’s national security.  A reliable power grid has helped our nation build the world’s largest economy, and our focus on developing domestic sources of energy has made our country’s fleet of automobiles and airplanes less dependent on overseas oil.  Earlier this year, U.S. News and World Report ranked Nebraska #3 nationally for power grid reliability and #8 overall in their energy category which “tracks the reliability of ... read more

  • Standing Up for Life

    August 17, 2021

    In the next year, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make its most important decision regarding abortion law and states’ rights in over a quarter-century.  The Court’s ruling could overturn Roe v. Wade and give states more latitude in passing pro-life initiatives, including legislation limiting abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. 

  • Marxism Reinvented

    August 09, 2021

    In 2021, communism seems like a distant threat to many.  Generations of Americans have learned about the atrocities committed by Stalin and Lenin in Russia.  Many are familiar with Mao’s Great Leap Forward, which led to the Great Chinese Famine and starvation and death for millions. 

  • Taking Action to Stop 30 x 30

    August 03, 2021

    A week after taking office, President Biden signed Executive Order 14008 that set a goal “of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.”  This goal is also known as 30 x 30.  The order parrots the policy goals of radical environmental groups.  For years, environmental groups have sought government support for policies that are harmful to agriculture and a productive economy.  

  • Countdown to the Nebraska State Fair

    July 26, 2021

    We’re only a month away from one of the most important annual events for our state—the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.  This year, the fair will run from August 27th through September 6th ... read more

  • The 30 x 30 Land Grab

    July 20, 2021

    On January 27, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed his “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.”  In this order, President Biden set a “goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.”  At the time of the signing, very little information was released by the Biden-Harris Administration.  We only had the few paragraphs of text in the order and a short fact sheet from the Department of Interior stating “that only 12% of lands are ... read more

  • Creating Opportunity for All Nebraskans

    July 13, 2021

    Over the past year, Nebraska has been enjoying rapid growth, creating lots of great-paying job opportunities here in the Good Life.  We have the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.6%.  That’s the lowest rate our state has seen since 1999.  Right now, we have over 40,000 jobs available on the State of Nebraska’s jobs site: NEworks.nebraska.gov.  These are some of the reasons why WalletHub recently ranked Nebraska ... read more