Observations & Thoughts

On August 6th, 2021 the State Board of Education –SBOE - convened for the purpose of continuing the discussion of the proposed draft #2 of the Health Education Standards. For the 4th consecutive meeting starting in April (the SBOE traditionally does not meet in July), testimony was presented by a large number of people mostly against the second draft. In summary, opposition came from two opposing viewpoints: Those who believe the standards did not go far enough, and those who believe the standards went too far.

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In 2021, communism seems like a distant threat to many. Generations of Americans have learned about the atrocities committed by Stalin and Lenin in Russia. Many are familiar with Mao’s Great Leap Forward, which led to the Great Chinese Famine and starvation and death for millions.

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While last year’s pandemic forced Dawson County Museums to close, museum representatives told the Dawson County Commissioner’s Friday that they used the time to make renovations and display improvements using much appreciated county funds and that this summer’s crowds are better than those in 2019.

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Q: For years my husband has enjoyed a weekly poker night with his friends. During the pandemic he got into online betting; now I’m concerned that he’s turning into a compulsive gambler. He says I’m worried about nothing. How can I be sure?

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“My scariest childhood memory was when a dog chased me on my bike, and I was going so fast that I almost ran into the house,” shared my grandmother, Jennie Graves, as she was making breakfast. We laughed together, and I thought back to a time when we were at a hotel and she was trying to unlock her new phone face ID but couldn’t because she was scanning at two inches across her face. Silly memories like this always made me smile.

Overspending

The federal government spends too much. While we must continue working to get our nation’s fiscal house in order, every year Congress still has to pass twelve annual appropriations bills to fund the basic operations of the federal government. This process is one of the best ways for Congress to conduct appropriate oversight of the President and executive branch. Unsurprisingly, Speaker Pelosi and Congressional Democrats are using these spending bills to implement their big government agenda while abusing the process to prevent consideration of commonsense amendments.

The Troubling Tale of

After a new president takes office, they have hundreds of jobs to fill. As a general rule, presidents can hire whomever they choose. But when it comes to the highest-level positions, the Constitution gives the U.S. Senate the opportunity to offer “advice and consent” on a president’s nominees.

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We’re only a month away from one of the most important annual events for our state—the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. This year, the fair will run from August 27th through September 6th. It’s a great way to celebrate Nebraska agriculture, cap off the summer with family-friendly entertainment, enjoy amazing food, and connect with our rich heritage.

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Pre-COVID, the United States had a robust and booming economy, both in terms of economic growth and in terms of economic opportunity available to Americans in the workforce. This success was directly attributable to two of the biggest accomplishments to come out of the Ways and Means Committee in the past 25 years - welfare reform and comprehensive tax reform.

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