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Gov. Pete Ricketts

Monday morning, I would have bet that Gov. Pete Ricketts couldn't disappoint me any more than he already has. I would have lost that bet.

On Monday, Ricketts refused to issue a proclamation honoring the 2019 One Book One Nebraska awardee, "The Blessed Earth." Ricketts hasn't actually read the book. He just doesn't like the political views of the author, Ted Genoways.

Quoting our censorious governor: "The author has been a political activist, been very critical of our national leaders and so forth." Apparently, if you criticize Donald Trump, you don't receive honors given to other Nebraskans.

This case reminds me that another Nebraska novelist, also a political activist, once wrote the novel "Capital City," a barely disguised critique of the corruption in Lincoln. To punish her, her apartment was ransacked, and in fear of her life she was forced to move to Denver.

Maybe Ricketts would like to remove Mari Sandoz's bust from the State Capitol?

Gerard Harbison, Lincoln

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