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Editorial, 4/25: Optimism is a welcome sight again for Husker football fans

No empirical data can confirm this fact, but it is true nonetheless: Nebraska, as a whole, is happier when hope surrounds Husker football. Read more

Letter, 4/25: Children worthy of our protection

I am hugely supportive of good mental health and good role models in the schools. Children are the future of the world, and desperately nee… Read more

Letter, 4/25: Guns have evolved since Bill of Rights

Some recent letters to the Journal Star, along with other gun rights advocates, state that the Second Amendment says that “The right of the… Read more

Quotes, 4/24: Spring game generates buzz; Legislature adjourns; County GOP won't back Stebbing

“I know people are used to winning national titles in the ‘90s, and, when we were here, we won nine of 10 games a year. You hate to say any… Read more

Letter, 4/24: Elect Weissinger to SCC board

Ellen Weissinger has my vote for Southeast Community College Board of Governors. Read more

Letter, 4/24: Person-first words show respect

We all have characteristics that make us unique. When we describe a person, we often note attributes that distinguish them from others. Unf… Read more

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Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson recently predicted that by 2020, half of Americans will be self-employed. While this estimate includes freelancers, small-business owners and independent contractors, one big reason for the explosive growth in non-employer work is the gig economy. Driving for Uber or Lyft, delivering groceries for Instacart and finding handyman jobs through TaskRabbit may ...

The whistleblower in me is concerned. Recent headlines have pronounced, "Supreme Court deals blow to Wall Street whistleblowers with unanimous ruling" and "The Supreme Court limits whistleblower protections under Dodd-Frank." With almost daily ethics assaults coming from the executive and legislative branches of government, it seems as if all three branches have now boarded the same boat. And ...

For 45 sickening minutes inside a Norristown, Pa., courtroom Tuesday, it might as well have been the retrograde 1980s and not the so-called #metoo millennium. Like old-school mafia hit men carrying axes and baseball bats, Bill Cosby's defense team attacked his alleged sexual-assault victims as fame whores, lust mavens, or party girls. It was so bad, it made even some jurors wince. Huh? In ...

I know you don't care, or not enough, that seven prisoners were killed and an additional 17 injured during a riot this month at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. I know that despite declarations that many in our area are followers of Jesus, who admonished us to love even prisoners, you don't care. It probably doesn't bother you the riot happened after officials put members of ...

France and the U.S. may have worked together to strike the Syrian regime's chemical weapons infrastructure on April 13, but the two countries have had different objectives. President Donald Trump has said he wants to reduce the U.S. presence there, while French President Emmanuel Macron has stepped up French engagement in the region. Macron is now hoping his pomp-filled Washington visit will ...

In the wake of an incident that drew unwelcome national attention, Starbucks will close its 8,000 U.S. stores for part of the day on May 29 to offer "implicit bias training" to its 175,000 workers. On April 12, the manager of a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia called police to report that two men were "refusing to make a purchase or leave." The men, who were waiting for a friend, were ...

"From This Moment On" singer Shania Twain should think twice about talking politics. At least when it comes to Donald Trump. Yes, of course, the record-shattering 52-year-old from Ontario, Canada, is entitled to her speak her mind - and conservative views - about whatever she wants. Including the president, as she did in an interview with the Guardian. Twain told the UK publication that she ...

The attorney for Chevron Oil was attempting a classic bit of courtroom performance: Offer a stunning admission - then make a protest of innocence. "Chevron accepts the scientific consensus regarding climate change," Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., an attorney for the California-based oil giant, said last month at the Federal District Courthouse in San Francisco. Then he dodged blame, telling the ...

David Chase, the creator of "The Sopranos," the long-running HBO series about the New Jersey mob, once explained to me the uncanny brilliance of the show. "Everything that everybody says is untrue. Complete falsehoods, self-justifications, rationalizations, outright lies, fantasies and miscommunication," he said. "There's always sort of a joke going on, which is that these people aren't ...

Jacobs is first UNL professor named a Carnegie Fellow

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Margaret Jacobs has written extensively on the removal of Native American children from their famil… Read more

Guest columnists

Catherine Rampell: AHCA defies GOP values

The Senate Republicans' health care plan, like the House Republicans' health care plan, is objectively terrible. Read more

Cal Thomas: Congress still spending unhealthily

Is there anyone who can point to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven … Read more

Local View: Trump budget would shred safety net

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would shred this nation’s social safety net. The National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska … Read more

Kathleen Parker: Trump's art of the bluff

Five months into Donald Trump's administration, only the unwise doubt the president's intelligence. Read more

John L. Micek: GOP has no health care ideas

t's time to own it, Republicans: You've had seven years to come up with a credible alternative to Obamacare. And when your clutch moment ca… Read more

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