Talking Tough

Frank discussion, honest answers highlight Black-White Dialogues Thirty people, black and white, asked questions about problems facing youth in Omaha and listened to Douglas County Juvenile Court judges Wadie Thomas and Doug Johnson answer them candidly as part of the Black-White Dialogue series Sept. 21 at the First Central Congregational Church. “If you put money […]

Read More…

News Hound

Controversial pipeline gets a tip line Six Nebraska groups opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline launched a toll-free tip line Wednesday for landowners to confidentially report instances of TransCanada abuse. The Canadian oil company has threatened to gain easements for land along the proposed Sandhills route through eminent domain if landowners don’t negotiate a settlement. […]

Read More…

Up Front

Council amendment would protect GLBT citizens State laws protect gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered individuals from discrimination in 21 states and the District of Columbia. But not in Nebraska. More than 110 cities have adopted local anti-discrimination ordinances, but none in our state. But a proposal by City Councilman Ben Gray could change that by […]

Read More…

School ignores ACLU warning

The Lyons-Decatur school district will host religious speaker Keith Becker this week, despite threats of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska who says Becker’s presentation violates the First Amendment. Lyons-Decatur made the presentation optional. But even that is a violation of First Amendment rights says the ACLU. The group toughened its […]

Read More…

Government Issues

 It was at least six months ago, maybe longer, that I stumbled across the video for Land of Talk’s song “It’s Okay.” It was being hyped on Saddle Creek Records’ website, the band’s label.  I grew up watching videos. I remember when MTV was fresh and new and actually played music videos. And though the […]

Read More…

Riding Omaha

Meet Carlos Morales, the city’s new point person on biking Omaha’s desired brand as a progressive, livable, eco-friendly burg with enhanced mobility options took a step forward with city government’s recent hiring of Carlos Morales as the city’s first bicycle pedestrian coordinator. Morales started the City Planning Department position Sept. 7. He came to Omaha […]

Read More…

The News Hound

Landowners silenced over potential pipeline deal Some Nebraska landowners might know how much TransCanada is willing to pay to run an oil pipeline through their property but they’re not allowed to say. Representatives from TransCanada visited Nebraska last week to discuss easement terms that would allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to cut through the state. […]

Read More…