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Nebraska offers a Thanksgiving of blessings

November 21, 2012

By Mike Johanns
U.S. Senator

Families across the country are preparing to come together and break bread for another Thanksgiving. And while many gather around the dinner table in the face of great challenges, it’s often these challenges that help us remember our blessings. This Thanksgiving continues a long tradition of celebrating all that has been bestowed upon us, and perhaps for a brief moment, offers a respite from our struggles and tribulations.
In Nebraska, despite some challenges, I believe we have a lot to be thankful for.

Acting now to save Medicare

August 22, 2012

By Congressman Adrian Smith

As I have been traveling through Nebraska’s Third District during the August work period, I am reminded about the fiscal situation facing our country. I hear from Nebraskans concerned about the future of Medicare and whether it will continue to be effective in the future.

Working Together Through the Drought

August 20, 2012

By Gov. Dave Heineman

Dear Fellow Nebraskans:

Every Nebraskan is impacted in some way by this summer's drought. From the brown lawns and watering restrictions to the drought-related wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres of land, the hot and dry weather has impacted all citizens and areas of our State.

Volunteer fire fighters come through

August 10, 2012

U.S. Senator

In large rural states like Nebraska, we depend heavily on volunteer firefighters to protect our homes and property. These are very special people who deserve our gratitude and respect because of their selfless devotion to a part time job that requires extensive training and doesn’t pay anything.


July 19, 2012

By Ellen Mortensen, managing editor

One of my all-time favorite songs, the classic by Aretha Frankin, sums it up : “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.”
Back in the 1980s a comedian named Rodney Dangerfield made his mark on the world with a simple one-liner: “I just don’t get no respect. . . none at all!”
I had a conversation with a teenager a couple of years ago, during which she made a comment that took me by surprise: “I am not going to respect my teachers, or any other adults, just because they are older than me. They have to earn my respect.”

Without ethics, we in the newspaper industry, are nothing!

April 12, 2012

By Deborah McCaslin, Chief Publisher

Some not so good news hit my desk at the end of last week. When word comes that one of our own, broke a moral code we live by ... it hits home, and it hits home hard.
This week, a former Custer County Chief publisher, Jon Flatland, was exposed as a serial plagiarist. To me, that is nothing short of fraud. The article on the front page tells it like it is. And because he was involved at this newspaper, the very newspaper where my roots run deep, I find myself bewildered, disgusted, and offended.

‘Kids Count’ a good read, but it’s not pretty

January 20, 2012

By Deborah McCaslin,
Custer County Chief Publisher

There is a report each year issued by ‘Voices for Children in Nebraska’ called ‘Kids Count,’ that is worthy of serious study.
This is one report that always makes me sit back and frankly, nearly gasp. Of all of our jobs as people, as adults, as parents, the raising of our children is the most critical. And raising children in today’s society doesn’t make it easy.

It's more than touchdowns

January 19, 2012

By Dennis Driscoll
Sports Editor

With a gigantic thud, Tebowmania is no more.
It’s unfortunate, because it was simply awesome.
I know many football fans and various groups of people are probably saying something like this: “Good, I’m sick of Tebow.”
There are two different types of Tebow detractors: the football detractors, whom I respect, and the agnostics and atheists that can’t stand his public (and rightful) display of Christianity.
I can stand the football-only detractors.

Let’s be proactive, and stop fatalities before they happen!

October 26, 2011

Chief Editor

At the newspaper we try very hard to be proactive rather than reactive. It isn’t always easy to do, especially in the world of news and journalism, but it is a goal we try to achieve nonetheless.
I have a strong family history of cancer. Therefore, I work hard to be proactive with my health rather than reactive. I have my regular check-ups, no matter how unpleasant they may be, and I watch closely for signs that something may not be quite right.

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