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Q: Our 4-year-old daughter has a sweet personality and the whole extended family has been doting on her since she was born. She loves being the center of attention and “performs” on cue if given the opportunity. But now I’m wondering -- how can we make sure to not overindulge our cute little girl?

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Well, I see that Gothenburg Senator Matt Williams is again publishing his weekly report, now that the state Senate is back in session.

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Greetings District 36. On Wednesday, January 6, 2021 we began the 107th Legislature’s First Session. I was pleased to once again be asked to serve as chaplain for the opening day ceremonies. The primary responsibility of the chaplain is to open the day’s activity with prayer. January 6th also marks Epiphany on the Christian calendar. I suggested to the body that Epiphany means more than a signal to take down Christmas decorations. Epiphany means being open to new ideas, welcoming new friendships, and recognizing new beginnings! I challenged each one of us to embrace the spirit of Epiphany when looking at our work in the legislature. It is our responsibility as your representatives to approach our job with wisdom, imagination, and compassion.

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Lincoln Neb.— Last week, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announced the availability of a virtual online open house for its 2040 Statewide Transportation Plan. The virtual open house provides Nebraskans with an opportunity to review the planning process and provide

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The actions of violent protesters at the heart of our republic this week were appalling and despicable. I continue to condemn these actions in the strongest possible terms. Our republic remains strong because of our shared commitment to settling our disagreements democratically, at the ballot box and through the deliberations of Congress. It was a testament to the dedication we have to our republic when we continued with the business of Congress that same day.

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Q: My 3-year-old is fascinated with evil characters. Whenever he plays make-believe, he always takes on the role of the villain; the only action figures he wants are the “bad guys.” We’ve made big changes to our movie and TV viewing habits, but nothing has changed. How should we address this?

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I once heard a person say, “An optimist stays up until midnight to see in the New Year. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic make 2020 a year that many would like to forget.

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Did you know that the Air Force is in the weather business? In fact, some of the most advanced weather forecasting equipment in the world belongs to the U.S. Air Force, and it’s based right here in Nebraska.

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Q: We’ve always been open with our teenage son about the fact that we adopted him at birth. But recently he’s become almost obsessed with the topic -- and especially his birth parents. If he gets upset, he shouts that we aren’t his “real” mom and dad. This is devastating to us; we love him so much and want him to know we ARE his family. How can we help him?

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America is fortunate to have an excellent higher education system, and is home to many of the world’s greatest and most prestigious universities. During any given year, nearly 20 million Americans are enrolled in public and private colleges studying topics ranging from engineering to business to science. Nebraska in particular is proudly home to many world-class universities educating thousands of our young people. It is no wonder that Nebraska consistently ranks among the best states for higher education according to U.S. News and World Report.

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