PETE RICKETTS Governor of Nebraska

Dear College Graduates, Congratulations! You did it! You persevered through a once-in-a-century pandemic to earn your degree. Your disciplined study and hard work have paid off. You’ve put yourself in a great position to move toward your dreams. It’s an exciting moment.


Since 1948, Israel has been an important ally of the United States. Unfortunately, Israel has also endured a great deal of conflict with those who seek its destruction in the Middle East. Last weekend marked the 55th anniversary of Yom Yerushalayim, or Jersusalem Day, a celebration of the liberation of the city of Jerusalem from the forces of six of Israel’s aggressing neighbors during the Six Day War in 1967.


From sleepless nights to last-minute diaper runs, everyone knows raising children is full of challenges. Unfortunately, millions of families are having to confront an unexpected source of frustration and anxiety – a nationwide baby formula shortage.


Greetings from your State Capitol. While the Legislature is not in session for the remainder of the year, our work continues through the summer and fall. In light of the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, I would like to highlight an important piece of legislation passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2021 that created the School Safety and Security Reporting System Act. The Act was contained in LB322, my personal priority bill, that I introduced on behalf of the education community of Nebraska.

Teaching Sportsmanship

Q: Our family LOVES playing sports, so being limited the past couple of years has been tough. Our 8-year-old twins are finally starting league soccer this summer. My husband and I were both college athletes and we’re ultra-competitive, so we want to ensure that we maintain a healthy perspective. Do you have any advice?

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On Memorial Day, we honor men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in military service to our nation. Time and again throughout our Republic’s history, courageous Americans have ventured into harm’s way to protect the freedoms we hold dear. The liberties we enjoy wouldn’t be possible without their heroism.

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Since entering into force on July 1, 2020, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has provided a powerful framework to fight for opportunity on behalf of American workers, producers, and industry, and has strengthened ties with our nation’s top two trade partners. Spearheaded by the Trump administration as a muchneeded modernization of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), USMCA won 474 “yea” votes across both chambers as it passed through Congress, the greatest level of bipartisan support for a trade agreement since 2001.

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Last week a tragedy happened in a small town in Texas. An active shooter walked into an elementary school and shot two classrooms. Only a couple of students in the rooms survived by playing dead. School shootings have become somewhat of a norm to our students, which is awful to think about. We’ve gone from a generation in the 1970s and 1980s that thought, “This will never happen”, to a generation in the 1990’s and 2000’s that experienced Columbine and Sandy Hook and thought, “This could happen”, to today’s generations that are thinking, “This will happen”. That’s frightening.