In a column I wrote last July titled "Education is the key to the future." I commented on the financial problems faced by states and municipalities and the measures local governments were taking to clean up their fiscal houses. Among the options being considered at the time were cuts to education spending from elementary to higher education.
We all saw it coming. Icy road conditions, subzero temperatures and dangerous wind chills were predicted for the start of the week. By Monday, it was clear that travel the next day would be difficult at best. By 9 p.m., every primary and secondary school and some colleges in the Omaha area had canceled school for Tuesday, and many daycares shut down in anticipation of dangerous road conditions.
As part of the constant search for a solution to mass shootings, a group of senators recently pushed out new legislature that would put stricter regulations on background checks for gun purchasers.
Ideally, that makes sense. You have a violent past? Well, no, you can't have a gun because you'll obviously go on a rampage. But, wait, what about the guy that's only been in a couple of bar fights?
President Obama's announcement to stop deporting certain illegal immigrants has unleashed an intense debate across the country. A Bloomberg poll found that Americans favor his policy change two to one. Although my opinions on President Obama tend to be moderate, the president's willingness to make ethical progress on immigration has elicited my support.
I don't know whether to hug them or smack them. I'm talking about the 11,000 Omahans who, according to a recent report in the Omaha World-Herald, signed the recall petitions but didn't vote in the actual election on Jan. 25.