Random Thoughts on the Political Scene

Well, it's finally summer.  At the Gateway we've had a month-long break from printing and a lot has happened.  In fact, there's been so much activity in the political world that it would be impossible and, truthfully, unfair of me to pick just one to comment on.  So in the spirit of ‘catching up,' here's a random selection of comments on recent events for your enjoyment.

 


Staying safe in the summer sun

Summer's here, and we all know what that means. Swimming, grilling and consuming large quantities of barley malt-based beverages, right? Before you hit the beaches – or pools, lakes, and ponds – take some time to plan your outing. You want to have fun, but make sure you do it right so you can do it as often as possible. The last thing you want to do is spend half of your summer smearing Noxzema and aloe all over your blistered shoulders, or spend any time at all in the emergency room. So, in the interest of ensuring maximum fun and enjoyment of the summer partying season, here are a few timely tips.

 


Trickle down poverty

Republicans who've shuddered at the notion of raising taxes on the super rich and cried foul with accusations of ‘class warfare' have ignored the steady disintegration of the American middle class and the ever-increasing divide between rich and poor.


“Birther” boneheads back, billowing bile

There's something ugly growing in this country. Across the nation, state legislatures are debating bills that'll have profound impact on future presidential elections. Known collectively as "birther" bills, they're a variety of provisions requiring presidential candidates to submit proof of American citizenship before they can get their names on election ballots.


Attack of the movie remake

We all have those guilty pleasure movies that we don't particularly like to talk about although they remain our constant favorites.


Insecure about campus security

"Killing at Millard South." "UNL Warns Students of Possible Gunman." "Another Report of Possible Gunman at UNL."


Recall petitioners bring controversy

In early November, during a final week of unexpectedly pleasant weather before the start of that special hell Nebraskans call "winter," the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee brought its efforts to UNO.


Snow tests UNO’s closure procedures

Early this semester, the worst snowstorm of the year swept across Omaha. Weather forecasters predicted over 12 inches of snow overnight, with more expected the next day.