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This week's best quotes on tax reform, driverless shuttles, jail bonds, tariffs, old fire trucks and the Supreme Court

"It explains to me why school administrators are so scared of relying on the state for money: We never kept our promise. And that's why the… Read more

Letter, 7/17: Candidates must protect the unborn

Senate candidate Jane Raybould ("Raybould vows to fight for abortion rights," July 4) has expressed her views. Read more

Letter, 7/17: Constitution runs counter to Trump's cult of personality

Donald Trump stated hundreds of times that Barack Obama was not a natural born American. Today, because Mr. Trump only retracted his false … Read more

Editorial, 7/15: Pershing has sat too long to needlessly restrict sale

Pershing Center, at long last, is back in the news. That’s a good thing. Read more

Letter, 7/15: Year-round sales of E-15 will boost rural Nebraska

While Washington adjusts to the news of the change in leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency, Nebraska farmers are looking forwa… Read more

Letter, 7/15: Don't sell Pershing; use it for library

In response to Darlene Fletcher's letter regarding the Pershing Center ("Taxpayers win if Pershing is sold," July 11), Councilman Jon Camp'… Read more



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National editorials

Now that youth has blown away with successive winds, it feels imperative to try to preserve some sense of vitality, of stamina - some recognition in the present of what had been the enthusiasm in the past for a vibrant life, especially as talk about illness and dying is endemic among the elderly. I'm not frail; I exercise at the gym three times a week. But after 30 years of smoking from my ...

PETA has long said that killing animals for human consumption isn't sustainable, and a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) seems to bear that out. The FAO estimates that one in three fish caught around the world is either tossed overboard or allowed to rot instead of ending up on humans' dinner plates. And while more than half the world's fish now come from ...

Inspired by President Donald Trump's insistence that all U.S. trading partners buy as much from us as we do from them, I have been trying to apply the concept to my personal affairs. I've got a problem with my local grocery chains, Aldi and Publix. I buy lots of groceries from them, but they don't buy any of the lectures or writing that I do for a living. The balance of trade is horrible. I am ...

CHICAGO - From the perspective of Chicago's streets, the old guard seemed on the run in the summer of 1968. My students were dashing off to anti-war protests, and in the face of rallies and marches against the Vietnam War, President Lyndon Johnson had thrown in the towel, announcing he wouldn't run for re-election. Now, in the summer of 2018, it feels like I'm watching 50 years of newsreel ...

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Dear President Trump, I am sorry you didn't make it to Annapolis. We just finished eulogizing our dead friends. Maybe you could have said a few nice words, too. I know you don't read The Capital, but I want to point out a few recent letters - there will be more - that have debated whether you should bear some responsibility for the June 28 deadly assault on my newsroom. Look, ...

Fifty years ago this month, in the midst of the Cold War, nations began signing an international treaty to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Today, as artificial intelligence and machine learning reshape every aspect of our lives, the world confronts a challenge of similar magnitude and it needs a similar response. There is a danger in pushing the parallel between nuclear weapons and AI too ...

I am a rabbi, so social media is not my primary operating system. Nevertheless - like billions of other people on Earth - I'm a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram user. Why shouldn't a sermon reverberate across as many virtual channels as possible? Our globe is interconnected like never before because of such advances in technology, and that is something to be celebrated. Still, the obvious needs ...

Tom Segura's stand-up routine is pretty basic insult comedy, lining up targets and pushing them over, one by one. He's all fake rage and listless aggression, like a guy slumped on a couch playing a shooter video game. This sucks. This is stupid. Don't you hate this? Pew, pew, pew. It's hard to get up the energy to hate his act, with its bits about "midgets" and "cracker-ass inbreds" and other ...

Whatever you think of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court nominee - brilliant jurist, threat to Roe v. Wade, spawn of the Federalist Society - you can be sure of this: He's a great dad and a great coach. So says Julie O'Brien of Chevy Chase, Md., in an opinion piece in the Washington Post. She writes: "Brett's older daughter and mine have been classmates at Blessed Sacrament School, a small ...

Oduber rolling up hits since rejoining Saltdogs

Tim Gray Lincoln Journal Star

Randolph Oduber pumped his fist as he rounded first base after launching a two-run blast Tuesday ag… 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

Leonard Pitts: Broadcasting blacks' deaths

I wasn't going to write this. Read more