I’m watching them across the table, two beautiful young women, deep in conversation. I wish you could see them. Michelle and Joanna have been friends since they were born. They live miles apar…

THE AUTHOR James Jay Carafano directs the Heritage Foundation’s research into matters of national security and foreign relations.

Last Saturday, I wrote a story for the Hub about this weekend’s High family reunion in Bertrand, when 300-plus descendants of Karl Frederik Hög will descend on the High homestead there.

Nebraska needs all its children, from every background, to maximize their opportunities for educational achievement and career success. New college savings policies just put into state law aim…

Integrity. Encouragement. Confidence. Accountability. These are some of the words I’ve been hearing from millennials involved in a relatively new effort called GIVEN. It’s a leadership network…

Even as several prisons bills were amended into a single piece of legislation and signed into law, some state senators expressed frustration at how little progress was made during the 2019 Leg…

As we near the 2019 Democratic debates, I clearly remember one January 2008 Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire — the site of the headline making exchange between Hillary Clinton a…

Fracking helped save the lives of roughly 11,000 Americans each winter from 2005 to 2010, according to a recent National Bureau of Economic Research paper. How? By driving down energy prices a…

Gov. Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore want to recognize Nebraskans who played a role in the recovery from the bomb cyclone that struck the state in March and caused heavy rainstorms …

When social issues rise to a level of distress in a community, all eyes turn to the public school as a means of resolution. Schools have the ability to touch more lives — students, parents and…

Nebraska’s top industry and the backbone of our economy is agriculture. Even through extreme weather and low commodity prices, our farmers and ranchers have shown remarkable resilience. To hel…

Jerry, from Youngstown, Tenn., hesitated to be interviewed by Chris Arnade. Jerry said, “I don’t know my ABCs, so I can’t really talk right. When you are told all your life you’re dumb and unw…

Naysayers responded predictably to news that the College Board, the organization that runs the SAT admissions test, will measure how hard students’ lives have been. They should consider the ex…

Is there any doubt that many Democrats agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she says she wants to see President Trump “in prison?” After the Mueller report, House Democrats seem to belie…

Nebraska Athletics officials have again stirred the Sea of Red by suggesting alcohol in Memorial Stadium, but the most recent idea comes with a major catch. Athletic Director Bill Moos recentl…

My dad left this world long ago, but my memories of him shine clear and bright and true. I think of him often. I picture him fishing. Smokin’ and jokin.’ Telling stories. Making me laugh. In e…

President Trump rarely mentions our federal spending problems. Congress sweeps it under the rug. The news media all but ignore it, even though wasteful federal spending and an uncontrolled bud…

Capital punishment is legal under federal law, but 21 states have made it illegal. Some of the problems with the death penalty include cost, false accusations, discrimination, abuse of power, …

One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation — and there have been many — is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate about al…

An old debate looks poised to make one of its frequent comebacks: How much, if at all, should the Federal Reserve concern itself with the value of the dollar? Oddly enough, it’s a question on …

 Fear of retaliation and distrust broke the 2019 Legislature. As lawmakers approached the end of a session shortened by four days at the speaker of the Legislature’s prerogative, passage of an…

Public education isn’t simple. Funding it, delivering it, making it equitable for all, all are tough problems to solve. So why ignore education problems that have simpler solutions? Cyber char…

Fourteen Democratic presidential contenders blew into San Francisco last weekend to woo the delegates to the state Democratic Party convention and whisper sweet nothings to California voters.

I snapped at my girls this week. More than once, I’m sure, but my least favorite moment was when I yelled so loud even my neighbor could hear me. “Leslie, it’s OK. Take a deep breath, I know i…

Last week David Drozd, research coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, presented a fascinating look into Grand Island’s future using dem…

A little skirmish broke out the other day in the conservative political/intellectual world. I hesitate to call it a skirmish because it was partly a debate about viewing cultural debates as wa…

As hurricane season begins, activists monitoring the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children posed a question: “Do the feds have a hurricane plan?” The recent response was dispi…

Gerrymandering always has been part of American politics. After all, the term was coined in 1812 after Massachusetts governor and Founding Father Elbridge Gerry endorsed a state senate distric…