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    Decades of excessive spending, paid with debt, are hitting America’s credit rating. On Aug. 1, Fitch Ratings downgraded the United States federal government’s rating from AAA, the best, to AA+, one notch below. Fitch blamed “the expected fiscal deterioration over the next three years, a high and growing general government debt burden, the erosion of governance” and two decades of “debt standoff” over raising the debt ceiling.

    I had the opportunity this week to appoint Nebraska’s next U.S. Senator, former Governor Pete Ricketts. Only five times in our state’s history has a Governor had this privilege. The process was not one that I took lightly. More than 110 applications were received, and nine candidates intervi…

    Alicia Mohondro lost her home in the wildfire that tore through the western Maui community of Lahaina. She says she received no warnings before she was forced to flee amid heavy smoke and flames and hopes the disaster will lead to a change in the alert system. 'The fire was so fast, it was a…


    Shame on you! I returned to Memorial Cemetery after the Memorial Day holiday to pick up the wreath I had left on my deceased children’s grave only to discover it was not there. When I called the cemetery office to ask about it, I was told that was not a surprise that someone had stolen it.

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