Lincoln on Education: Choosing Nebraska Values

by Sally Herrin

I'm not from here. People used to say, when I expressed certain strongly held opinions, She's not from here. I come from the South where we say, Bless her heart. Both comments mean the same thing: They know not what they do.

I am Nebraskan by choice. I came to attend UNL in 1976 and fell in love with this place. I have made Nebraska my home these forty years. I raised a child here, and I own one home in South Lincoln for now and another in Wyuka Cemetery for later. You could say I'm all in.

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What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon?

Trump’s Vision of a Militarized America
By William D. Hartung
tomdispatch.com

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers. He and his team are now promising that spending on defense and homeland security will increase dramatically in the years to come, even as domestic programs are slashed and entire civilian agencies shuttered.

The new administration is reportedly considering a plan -- modeled on proposals from the military-industrial-complex-backed Heritage Foundation -- that would cut a staggering $10.5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade. The Departments of Energy, Commerce, Transportation, and State might see their budgets slashed to the bone; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized; and (though the money involved would amount to chicken feed) the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities would be eliminated altogether. In the meantime, the ranks of the Army and Marines would be expanded, a huge naval buildup would be launched, and a new Star Wars-style missile defense system would be developed -- all at a combined cost of up to $1 trillion beyond the already munificent current Pentagon plans for that same decade.

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The Dakota Access Pipeline

by Matthew Gregory

“Humble yourself” was what Wyatt Nelson heard while he was living and working in the encampment near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The Standing Rock Sioux Nation and thousands of native and non-native allies are there to protest the Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). It was advice he said he took to heart during his time at what he said could best be described as a “Prayer Resistance Camp”.

The Seven Council Fires of the Sioux Nation, which represents all Sioux groups, has come together for the first time since 1876. “Finally, for the first time in history, over centuries, somebody is listening to us,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II told Democracy Now! “We’ve been talking about this for almost two years now... This pipeline... not only threatens our water, it threatens our heritage, it threatens our culture, it threatens our environment.”

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Banking on Racism

by A’Jamal-Rashad Byndon
NFP Board Member 

We recently received a phone call from an official of our bank (Great Western Bank) at our home. He talked with my wife about a recent cashier’s check that we’d purchased at the bank for payment for replacing the roof on our home. The roof was replaced in October 2016. The contractor had asked that I pay him with a cashier’s check.

The conversation with my wife and the banker was about whether we knew the contractor who had a Spanish first and last name. She told this banker that she knew the contractor and that she was not home when I paid him for replacing the roof. She directed him to talk with me about it. When initially talking with this banker about the transaction, I thought there was something wrong with the cashier check. He assured me that was not the problem. He said the Spanish-named contactor had a common name and asked if I knew him. I told him that he had replaced our roof about five years ago, and this was my second time doing business with him.

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Trump’s Latest Comments Stoke Talk of a New Nuclear Arms Race

While His Press Secretary Tries to Explain
The Washington Post
By John Wagner

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For a second straight day, President-elect Donald Trump sent provocative signals Friday about expanding the U.S. nuclear arsenal, while his staff scrambled to temper remarks that suggested a break with four decades of policy charted by presidents of both parties.

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