Adoption Options

Q: My husband and I are very interested in adopting a child. We’re wrestling with whether to make it an “open” or a “closed” arrangement. Do you have any insights or recommendations? Jim: Both closed and open adoption arrangements have advantages -- and disadvantages. On one hand, open records may prove very helpful to the adopted child once he or she reaches adolescence and young adulthood. At that stage of his or her life, he or she is likely to be grappling with questions about his or her own identity, origins and direction in life. There are also practical matters to consider, such as the child having at least some access to the birth parents’ medical history.

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I would like to publicly express my support for the addition of the Impact Center to our community. My name is Casey Madsen and I am the owner and director of Learning Adventures Child Care Center, Inc in Gothenburg.

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On August 26, 13 American heroes and more than 150 Afghan civilians lost their lives in a terrorist attack outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. I was devastated to learn that a son of Nebraska, Corporal Daegan William-Tyeler Page of the U.S. Marine Corps, was among them.

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Greetings District 36! Every ten years State Legislatures across the country redraw geographic lines defining the districts for elected officials. This process is commonly known as redistricting. The purpose of redistricting is to preserve the one person one vote principle which means districts must be nearly equal in population. In Nebraska, that includes redrawing districts for the Legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Board of Education, the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, the Public Service Commission, and the Nebraska Supreme Court.

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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.