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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.

Strengthening Energy Reliability and Independence

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 power grids, renewable energy consumption and the price of electricity.”

Catastrophe in Afghanistan

America mourns as August 26, 2021 goes down as the deadliest day for the United States military in well over a decade. The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate as a direct result of President Biden’s gross incompetence. His rushed withdrawal has emboldened terrorists, created unnecessary risk for Americans and our allies, and damaged our reputation abroad.

Son Wants to Join Fraternity

Q: Last week our son headed off for his first year at college. He wants to pledge to a fraternity and has asked for our input. I’ve only seen negative things about fraternities (movies, etc.). What do you think we should tell our son?

A Strategic Failure

The scenes from Afghanistan over the past week have been harrowing. As the Biden Administration quickly approached their expedited deadline to withdraw the final U.S. troops from the country, Taliban forces took over regional capitals and major cities as regular Afghan soldiers fled their posts or surrendered. On Sunday the Taliban overtook Kabul, the capital, as former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and handed over power. While this collapse is a disaster, we must remember why the U.S. military was there and understand why the Biden Administration’s withdrawal plan failed so we can better protect Americans and our allies going forward.

Standing Up for Life

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 quartercentury. 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.

Daughter Struggles with Math

Q: School is starting up again. My daughter gets straight A’s in every subject except math. We’re having a hard time understanding why she struggles with this subject. Could her problems with math be linked to some kind of learning disability?

MATT WILLIAMS U.S. SENATOR

Greetings District 36! Once again, summer has flown by, and we find ourselves in the middle of August with students and teachers returning to the classroom. Thanks to all our teachers and administrators for their commitment to our kids and education. Covid-19 remains an issue as we begin the new year. However, there is lots of good news to consider. As scientists and medical researchers continue to learn more about the virus, strides are being made in treating infections. Studies show that the vaccines available to everyone 12 years and older are very effective. These advancements allow most students to return to classrooms and have allowed school speech and debate teams to resume contests, theater, and musical performances with audiences in attendance and athletic competitions to resume with fans in the stands.

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