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Nebraska perspectives: Lawmakers mustn’t exacerbate divides; Stampede of voters simply stunning; All Americans won in election

Republicans have made voter registration gains in Nebraska's rural counties while Democrats have achieved gains in Omaha and Lincoln. This development raises concern that Nebraska may see an increase in rural-urban tensions in the future, given the disdain the two parties often display toward each other. Read more

Letter, 11/15: Geography can't affect juvenile justice

An article about racial disparity in the Nebraska child welfare system ("Child welfare disparities discussed," Sept. 29) mentioned the lack… Read more

Letter, 11/15: Rubber stamps would save Nebraska money

The citizens of Nebraska could save approximately $1 million per year in outlay by the federal government and perhaps even more. Read more

Letter, 11/15: Should we just fly flags at half-staff all year?

It seems like every day, there is another mass shooting in the United States. Read more

Editorial, 11/14: Nebraska’s rural-urban divide must be bridged

Perhaps no better illustration exists of the philosophical divide between Nebraska's urban and rural areas than last week’s successful vote… Read more

Letter, 11/14: Check mental health for all gun sales

Regarding the latest mass shooting in our country, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association said "It's not gun control; it's mental… Read more

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National editorials

This was always the best time of year: hot in the day but without sunburn or sweat, chilly at night with clean skies and bright stars. Autumn was always the best. Except for the wind, friends used to say. But no - especially the wind. The powerful Santa Anas. Warm and yet cold. Electric. Strong. Except for the fire, they would say, but again - no. The fire was all part of it. Wild, ...

As a recent transplant to Chicago, I was eager to cast my ballot on Election Day. And I'm not ashamed to admit that I was equally excited to get an iconic "I Voted" sticker to patriotically don on my lapel for the rest of the day and, perhaps more important, to highlight in my all-important, post-voting selfie. In my previous hometown of New York City, the stickers featured a design motif ...

On Nov. 4, the U.S. renewed sanctions against Iran's oil, shipping and banking sectors. The world should join the United States in imposing these sanctions, which are a consequence of the Iranian government's choices to sponsor terrorism and pursue nuclear capabilities. At the same time, we must also join in supporting the Iranian people's pursuit of life free from the regime in Tehran. As ...

Much of the conventional wisdom about the 2018 midterm election says that suburban white women were the key demographic responsible for Democrats taking back the House. Republicans enjoyed a 10-percentage-point advantage among white women voters in 2016, according to exit polls. In the 2018 midterm, that margin was cut to zero, with white women showing equal support for Democrats and ...

Voters across the United States made a collective decision last Tuesday to put Democrats in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the first time since 2010 that Democrats have been entrusted with a House majority. The question now is what Democrats should do with this new responsibility. What we should not do is to react like Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell did on the ...

I once ran out into the alley in the back of my house to help a neighbor who had been shot in the belly by another neighbor. There had been some drinking involved, maybe a heated exchange, maybe some long-held resentments coming to the surface. No fisticuffs. Just a quiet moment taken to retrieve the weapon and a forceful ending of the argument. Most of us have no problem coming to the ...

We all know the script by now: A mass public shooting occurs. Grief and anger ensue. Calls for stricter gun laws soon follow. Given how incredibly upsetting these crimes are, and how deeply they shake their communities - and the nation itself - such calls are perfectly understandable. If we're truly serious, however, about reducing gun violence rates and increasing personal safety, we must ...

When people ask what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving, I'm going to tell them about Mayflower, a baby turkey who was found at a meat auction and rescued before he could be slaughtered and served as a holiday centerpiece. He now has a loving home at Broome Animal Sanctuary in New York, where he and his best buddies, Lucy and Ethel - two chickens who took him under their wings - enjoy cuddling ...

A natural disaster is bearing down on our country, one assured to take the lives of thousands and hospitalize tens of thousands more: the annual flu epidemic. Last year's strains were particularly virulent, with 900,000 Americans hospitalized and more than 80,000 people dying from the flu or its complications. To make matters worse, many of these people died needlessly. The flu vaccination ...

Lincoln police shoot man with beanbag, end standoff after threats

Lincoln Journal Star

Lincoln police shot a man with a beanbag and ended a two-hour standoff at his home Wednesday night … 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

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

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

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