Tough fight for school reform

 

Education in the United States is a hot topic lately.  There is no question that American students are falling behind in test scores compared to their international counterparts. There are many theories regarding the causes and just as many regarding potential solutions to this problem. One of the ideas most debated right now is the concept of reducing the federal government's role in education while increasing the parents' role through school choice.


Renting textbooks – a cheaper option

A new semester means new expenses. With tuition, fees and textbooks to consider, the costs add up quickly. Besides tuition, textbooks can be the most expensive part of college. Students can easily spend hundreds of dollars on books for one semester alone.


Nebraska needs harsher DUI laws

You can change, rearrange, add on  or totally repeal the current laws concerning drunk driving in Nebraska. But if someone wants to drive drunk, he or she is going to do it. It's scary but true. No law can completely stop drunk driving.


24-hour news cycle roundup

Somehow, talking about being at the forefront of technology and begging young Americans to become teachers just does not draw as much attention as firing your entire cabinet amid riots in the streets.


Finding a reason to root for Tiger can be tough

When Tiger Woods won the Masters in 1997 at the age of 21, we all stood in awe.  The youngest champion ever, Woods had simply dominated the field, shooting an 18-under-par and beating his nearest competitor by 12 strokes.


Texting and driving ban making no mark

Cell phone distractions account for an estimated 1.6 million automobile accidents annually, according to the National Safety Council. That's why Iowa and Nebraska initiated a "texting while driving" ban in July 2010. However, since the start of the ban fewer than 160 tickets or warnings have been written in Iowa and Nebraska, according to the Omaha World-Herald.


If we’re going to be serious about hockey, we need our own arena

In the last two years, the UNO hockey program has made a lot of changes. With the addition of head coach Dean Blais and the move to the WCHA, you could argue that the Mavs have finally stepped up to big boy hockey.


Point Blank

This was one of those weeks that gives commentators fits. So much important stuff happened, it just doesn't seem possible to pick just one thing to comment on.
From the international stage to local politics, it seemed someone was doing something noteworthy, cringeworthy or just amusing.
So in the spirit of somewhat lazy columnists everywhere, instead of picking one topic and banging on it, I'll just give my take on some of the highlights of the week.