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Weekly Columns

  • Giving Thanks in Adversity

    November 23, 2020

    It’s fitting to set aside time each year to express gratitude to God and to one another for the many blessings we enjoy.  In seasons of peace and plenty, as well as in times of war and loss, Americans have faithfully carried on Thanksgiving traditions.  During challenging times, it’s even more important to remember the abundant blessings we enjoy as Americans.

  • Support Our Healthcare Workers

    November 17, 2020

    Right now, we’re facing one of the biggest challenges our state has ever encountered.  In recent weeks, coronavirus hospitalizations have been rapidly rising with many people severely ill and more deaths.  There are over four times as many Nebraskans in the hospital with coronavirus now as there were at the beginning of last month.  As hospitals fill with coronavirus patients, doctors and nurses are dealing with the heaviest workloads many of them have ever experienced.

  • Protect Our Hospitals

    November 11, 2020

    Sometimes the only way out is through.  That’s certainly true of the coronavirus pandemic.  We can’t stop this virus, but we can slow its spread.  Right now, there’s an urgent need for all of us to take personal responsibility for slowing the spread by using the tools we have to protect our healthcare system.

  • A Vision for Nebraska’s Veterans

    November 02, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs creates a theme for Veterans Day each year.  For 2020, the theme is “Vision: Veterans in Focus.” It’s a reminder to remember the years of service and sacrifice our nation’s veterans have given throughout our country’s history.  It’s also a call to look toward the future of supporting and showing gratitude to those who serve.

  • President Trump’s China Policy

    October 27, 2020

    Over the past four years, President Donald J. Trump has adopted a tough, principled stand against China’s communist regime.  During his time in the White House, President Trump has been unafraid to call out the Chinese Communist Party and the government—the People’s Republic of China (PRC)—for its responsibility for the global pandemic, human rights abuses, and unfair ... read more

  • Avoid the Three Cs

    October 21, 2020

    More than seven months after coming to Nebraska, the coronavirus is still here.  Back in April, Dr. James Lawler from the University of Nebraska Medical Center cautioned that we were only in the second inning of the pandemic.  I wish I could tell you that we’re in the bottom of the ninth.  I know Nebraskans are weary of the pandemic and the restrictions in place to combat the coronavirus.  The reality, however, is that we’re still in the middle innings.  There’s a long way to go.

  • Getting Better All the Time

    October 14, 2020

    It’s October in Nebraska, and change is literally in the air.  Yellow, orange, and red leaves are falling from trees to the grass, marking the turn of season.  It’s fitting, then, that October is the month we celebrate change in state government.  All month long, we’re spotlighting our Center of Operational Excellence and the positive changes it’s making to improve government services for Nebraskans.

  • Made in Nebraska

    October 05, 2020

    Last week, I proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in Nebraska to recognize the great work of our state’s innovators, builders, and creators.  While most people recognize agriculture as Nebraska’s top industry, it’s also important to recognize that manufacturing is our second-largest economic sector.

  • Gambling’s Real Human Toll

    September 29, 2020

    Nebraskans are known for being honest, hard-working people who are fiscally responsible.  This is a big part of how we’ve grown the Good Life and prospered through the years.  Nebraskans are not only industrious, but we are also open-hearted and generous, charitably giving to churches and nonprofits.  These strong civic and family values are at the core of who we are.  It’s important that we never lose sight of them and guard against efforts to undermine them.

  • Hunting and Fishing in Nebraska

    September 22, 2020

    The crisp, cool air in the mornings and evenings signals the start of fall in Nebraska.  It’s the time of year when many Cornhuskers head outdoors to hunt and fish.  On September 26th, Nebraska will join the nation in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.  This important day has extra significance in Nebraska, where hunting and fishing are part of our cultural fabric.  For generations, dads and moms have been taking their children to tree stands and creek banks to teach ... read more