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Q: Is it even possible for our culture to heal from decades, even centuries, of racial inequality? Can different races really come together to champion the dignity of all people?

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Almost daily, I deal with individuals who have fallen victim to emails, texts, or calls from scammers pretending to be someone they are not. At Flatwater Bank, we’re committed to protecting the personal and financial information of our customers and organization. We also think it is important to share what we know and learn with the community.

Strengthening our Ties with Israel

The United States has enjoyed a strategic partnership and friendship with Israel since President Truman recognized the modern state only eleven minutes after its founding in 1948. They remain our most important ally in the Middle East as the only true democratic republic in the region. From the early days of this republic until now, the U.S. has worked steadfastly to help Israel defend itself while remaining committed to the ultimate goal of peace in the region. We have not lost sight of this goal, even as COVID-19 has impacted day-to-day life in both our nations.

MOTHER IS CONTROLLING

Q: I’m a grown woman with young children of my own, but my mom is still trying to control my life. She insists that we need to be “best friends” and reacts harshly if my husband and I connect with anyone else in our extended family without her being present. What can I do?

Better Access To Mental Health Resources

The United States is experiencing a mental health crisis, and Nebraska is no exception. In 2016, the University of Nebraska Medical Center announced that one in five Nebraskans had reported suffering from mental illness that year. And in 2018, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Nebraskans aged 15 to 34.

Always Ready, Always There

Expanding trade opportunities by opening more markets for U.S. ag producers, manufacturers, and service providers is one of the best ways to strengthen our economy and provide stability for producers and consumers. Finding new trading partners while strengthening existing relationships with allies like Japan, is of the utmost importance. The market access we gained in Phase One of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, which President Trump signed last year, was significant and we should not squander the opportunity to complete the deal. Now is the time to prioritize Phase Two of the agreement.

PARENT CONCERNED ABOUT PLAY DATE

Q: Our elementaryschool-age daughter has been invited to visit a friend’s house. Normally I wouldn’t hesitate to say “yes” since her friend is a sweet and respectful girl. But the other girl’s father seems overly eager for our daughter to come over. Do you have any advice for responding to this situation?

TEENAGE BROTHERS FIGHT OVER FRIENDS

Q: How do we stop our two teenage sons from fighting over a girl? “Jake” (outgoing 16-year-old) has struck up a “friendship” with a girl who “John” (shy 17-year-old) has liked for months. This is a longtime pattern, although not over girls. “John” accuses his brother of stealing all his friends and says he hates him. “Jake” doesn’t care and says he’s free to befriend anyone he chooses. What can we do?

Remembering Investigator Mario Herrera

I was deeply saddened to learn that Investigator Mario Herrera, a 23-year veteran of the Lincoln Police Department, had passed away after being shot in the line of duty on August 26. He was helping the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force and Gang Unit serve a high-risk warrant in Lincoln when he was critically wounded. Investigator Herrera leaves behind his wife, Carrie, and their four children.

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