Well, I see that Gothenburg Senator Matt Williams is again publishing his weekly report, now that the state Senate is back in session.
Greetings District 36. On Wednesday, January 6, 2021 we began the 107th Legislature’s First Session. I was pleased to once again be asked to serve as chaplain for the opening day ceremonies. The primary responsibility of the chaplain is to open the day’s activity with prayer. January 6th also marks Epiphany on the Christian calendar. I suggested to the body that Epiphany means more than a signal to take down Christmas decorations. Epiphany means being open to new ideas, welcoming new friendships, and recognizing new beginnings! I challenged each one of us to embrace the spirit of Epiphany when looking at our work in the legislature. It is our responsibility as your representatives to approach our job with wisdom, imagination, and compassion.
The actions of violent protesters at the heart of our republic this week were appalling and despicable. I continue to condemn these actions in the strongest possible terms. Our republic remains strong because of our shared commitment to settling our disagreements democratically, at the ballot box and through the deliberations of Congress. It was a testament to the dedication we have to our republic when we continued with the business of Congress that same day.
Q: We’ve always been open with our teenage son about the fact that we adopted him at birth. But recently he’s become almost obsessed with the topic -- and especially his birth parents. If he gets upset, he shouts that we aren’t his “real” mom and dad. This is devastating to us; we love him so much and want him to know we ARE his family. How can we help him?
America is fortunate to have an excellent higher education system, and is home to many of the world’s greatest and most prestigious universities. During any given year, nearly 20 million Americans are enrolled in public and private colleges studying topics ranging from engineering to business to science. Nebraska in particular is proudly home to many world-class universities educating thousands of our young people. It is no wonder that Nebraska consistently ranks among the best states for higher education according to U.S. News and World Report.
At Christmas each year, I like to share a portion of a Christmas speech from President Reagan - I would like to think the hope he shared 40 years ago matches the hope we can have as we enter 2021. After a year of unprecedented challenges, it can be difficult to look for the bright side of things. It is important to remember, although the COVID pandemic is unprecedented, we have been in difficult times before.