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Joslyn’s bold choice deserves praise

The Joslyn Art Museum is moving forward with a bold architectural vision. The museum's ambitious plans should be a major long-term plus for the Joslyn and for Omaha as a whole.

To design a major new building on the existing museum property, a Joslyn committee has unanimously picked the Norwegian firm Snøhetta, known for its bold architectural visions, in coordination with local architecture firm Alley Poyner Macchietto.

The new structure will free up space for displays and arts programming in the museum's two existing structures. The Joslyn has seen an impressive increase in attendance, with a 62 percent increase since 2010, to nearly 200,000 last year. A key factor is the elimination of its entrance fee in 2013, thanks to a grant from the Sherwood Foundation.

Becker says the selection provides an opportunity "to build another iconic structure that becomes part of the identity of Omaha." Indeed, the Joslyn deserves a salute for seizing this important opportunity for itself and Omaha's civic future.

- Omaha World-Herald

Trump oblivious to trade war damage

President Donald Trump's tariffs on $250 billion of China's imports were ostensibly a reaction to Chinese trade abuses. But this president's response was akin to responding to a flat tire by slashing all four of them. America's agricultural community — which heavily backed Trump in 2016 — begged him not to do it. He did it anyway.

China, to no one's surprise, responded with a 25 percent tariff on U.S. agricultural goods. These include soybeans, of which the U.S. is the world's biggest producer and China the biggest market — a market in which American farmers can no longer compete.

It all illustrates Trump's failure to grasp the interconnected nature of global trade with his zero-sum, us-vs.-them approach — which runs counter to conservative values.

Now the administration's solution is a $12 billion bailout for farmers and the possibility of granting tariff exemptions to companies. What does it say about your trade war when the first thing you have to do is start making exceptions and passing out money to the economically wounded?

- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Elected officials must practice civility

In terms of how Americans talk to and about one another, we live in ugly times.

* A survey released in 2017 by Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate with KRC Research showed 75 percent of Americans believe incivility is at a "crisis" level.

* In a poll released last week by PBSNewsHour, National Public Radio and Marist, 79 percent of Americans said they are concerned or very concerned the negative tone of national politics will prompt violence.

* Results of an analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project released last month said 69 percent of political ads aired this year contained an attack and nearly 569,000 pure attack ads have aired since Labor Day, topping the 2010 record of nearly 450,000.

To the winners of Tuesday's midterm elections and the elected officeholders whose ranks they will join, we say this: Advocate for your principles and positions on issues of the day, of course, but embrace civility and take steps to unite, not divide, along the way. Help turn down the temperature of today's national dialogue, don't turn the heat still higher.

- Sioux City (Iowa) Journal

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