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    Where do random thoughts come from? What makes them pop into mind for no apparent reason? And why can I recite a poem I learned long ago, but cannot for the life of me recall where I left my phone?

    This week, I will attempt to provide a summation of many of my previous columns as it relates to building a truly local DNA. Let me start this week with a quote by General Shinseki. He said, “If you don’t like change, you are going to enjoy irrelevance even less.” Building a local DNA or min…

    One of the questions I hear quite a bit is “What is ESU 13?” ESU 13 is Educational Service Unit 13. We are one of 17 ESUs across the state. Many in the community know us for our exceptional student programs including Meridian, LifeLink-Nebraska, VALTS, Panhandle Beginnings Day Treatment, Hea…

    Hakeem Jeffries seems poised to replace Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats. A Black political moderate, the Brooklyn congressman is often likened to Barack Obama. Even-tempered, he is known to "play" with most of the children in Washington. And at 52, he represents generational ch…

    My term as the District 48 representative in the Nebraska Legislature comes to an end after the next legislative session begins in January. As I prepare to leave office, I wanted to give my heartfelt thanks to the people of District 48 for choosing me to represent them for the past 8 years. …

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    Authorities investigating the fatal shootings of six people at a Walmart said that the shooter bought the gun just hours before and left a note with grievances against coworkers on his phone. Police in Chesapeake, Virginia, issued a news release Friday that says they conducted a forensic ana…

    Is it really news that Karen Bass will become the first female mayor of Los Angeles? In an era where women have already run Chicago, Phoenix, Fort Worth, Charlotte, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Boston, the gender of the new Los Angeles mayor should not have dominated the headlines, as it did in numerous media.

    A lot has changed since the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, the country club resort and unofficial classified document storage facility where Donald Trump resides. Back in August, the search was denounced by many on the right as an unprecedented outrage befitting a banana republic that challenged t…

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