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Ak-Sar-Ben Itself Merits Praise Along With King Dick And Queen Suzanne - 10-14-10

Come Election Day, White And Terry Can’t Duck Party Labels Any Longer - 10-07-10

Today, Second-Guessing Other Sports Commentators But Some Thoughts On Current Political Issues, Too - 09-30-10

Gates Gives Somber Non-Political Appraisals Of Iraq, Afghanistan - 09-23-10

At Last, A Prominent Moderate Muslim Speaks Out Against Muslim Terrorists - 09-16-10

Today, It’s All About College Football With Some “As I See It” Commentary - 09-09-10

Danes’ Sensible Approach To Immigration Won’t, Unfortunately, Fly In The U.S.A. - 09-02-10

Mosque Controversy Isn’t About Legal Rights; It’s About Moral Use Of Those Rights - 08-26-10

Time To Answer The Obvious Question: What Chance For Success In Afghanistan? - 08-19-10

Two-Paragraph News Story Offers Scary Prospect For World’s Future - 08-12-10

Outdated Constitutional Language Adds To Today’s Illegal Immigration Mess - 08-05-10

Not Wall Street But Democratic Policy Caused Mortgage Market Crash - 07-29-10

Windfarm Promoters Need More Facts, Less Rhetoric - 07-22-10

Nebraska Democrats’ ‘Find A Candidate’ Problem Began Long Months (Years?) Ago - 07-15-10

When The Subject Is Disasters,Obama Needs A History Lesson - 07-08-10

McChrystal’s Firing Spotlights Afghan War And The Slim Chance Of U.S. Victory There - 07-01-10

Advice For An Egocentric President: “I, I, I” Suggests One-Man Team - 06-24-10

Texas Decision Good For Big 12 But Even Better For The Longhorns - 06-17-10

Europe Is Sobering Up From 'Welfare' Binge; Obama-Led U.S. Moving Toward Similar Crises? - 06-10-10

A New Issue: Does ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell’ Make Military Service Easier For Gays? - 06-03-10

Do State Officials Really Understand The Challenges Faced By Omaha Schools? - 05-27-10

Democrats Continue Cheap Shot Campaign Against Republican Congressman Lee Terry - 05-20-10

Cartoonist Koterba Says It Clearly: Don’t Put All The Blame On Schools - 05-13-10

Citizenship For Immigrants Is Inevitable But Start By Closing The Border - 05-06-10

Punish Wall Streeters If They Deserve It But Liberal Dems Spawned The Mortgage Mess - 04-29-10

Did Legislature, Speaker Mike Flood Deserve All Those Kind Words? - 04-22-10

Tiger Sulks His Way Through Masters— Is Obama Gambling On The Nuclear Issue? Rogue States And Terrorists Won’t Sign Up - 04-15-10

Did Obama/Pelosi ‘Sausage Factory’ Produce A Debt-Increasing Unpopular Health Plan? - 04-08-10

The Stories Behind Some Disturbing Headlines And Some Advice For Avoiding National Bankruptcy - 04-01-10

Four-Vote House Margin Makes Americans Swallow Trillion-Dollar Pill They Don't Want - 03-25-10

Insurance Pays 96% Of Family’s Cost For Seven Years Of ‘End Of Life’ Treatment - 03-18-10

President Angry Replaces President Cool; ‘ObamaCare’s’ Chances Helped Or Hurt? - 03-11-10

Americans To Get ‘ObamaCare’ Even If They Don’t Want It? - 03-04-10

Despite The Headlines, There’s Progress In Curbing Violence In North Omaha - 02-25-10

Corporate Expenditures Bad For Politics Except When They Benefit Liberal Candidates? - 02-18-10

Wind Energy Industry Faced Disaster; V.A. Hospital Not Personal Obama Choice - 02-11-10

Some Remarkable Legislative Comments And Some Questionable Media Performance - 02-04-10

When The Subject Is Nebraska Wind Energy, ‘Green’ Is The Color Of Money - 01-28-10

The “Teddy Kennedy Seat” Lesson Might Benefit Both Democrats and Republicans - 01-21-10

Some Legislative Issues—Like Gambling—Deserve Quick Death But Water Issues Deserve Careful Attention - 01-14-10

Today: ‘Big Daddy’ Government Wrong Again, And How Justified Is Cornhusker Title Talk? - 01-07-10

Dan Neary Worthy Of The Honor--
Today Some Upbeat Comments But "Obama Care" Debate Demands Attention
- 12-30-09

Even Without That Health Bill Vote, Another Term For Nelson Was Questionable - 12-23-09

Let’s Talk Football And Why Nebraska’s Suh Deserved The Heisman - 12-17-09

Image of Immigrants Would Be Helped By Less Cinco de Mayo, More 4th of July - 12-10-09

Image Of Islam Is Badly Damaged By ‘God-Approved’ Slaughter Of Non-Muslims - 12-03-09

Close Call For NU Research, Reputation; Thanksgiving Reminder: Count Your Blessings - 11-25-09

NU’s Reputation And Research Role Are Both At Stake When Regents Vote - 11-19-09

Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’
Changing To ‘Maybe We Can’t’?
- 11-12-09

Review The History Before Renaming A Street; Memories Of Sarah, Our Sweet Senior Dog - 11-05-09

“Socioeconomic Diversity” More Important Then Academic Achievement In “Learning Community”? - 10-29-09

A Visiting Sports Columnist Agrees: ‘There Is No Place Like Nebraska’ - 10-22-09

Might Obama Wish He Had A Chance To Say ‘No, Thanks’ To Early Nobel Prize? - 10-15-09

Don’t Overlook The Variety Of Aid Which Goes To ‘Poverty Level’ Families - 10-08-09

Smorgasbord Today: From UN’s “Nutcake Day” To Obama Performance Here And Abroad - 10-01-09

Must Defense Continue To Cover For Huskers’ Anemic Red Zone Offense? - 09-24-09

'Energizer Bunny' President Continues To Add Proposals For Reform - 09-17-09

Today, Variety: Football, Golf And Why No President Should Televise Himself Into The Nation’s Classrooms - 09-10-09

Massachusetts Gave Kennedy Significant Second Chances - 09-03-09

Obama’s Problem Not Just With GOP
But With A Great Many Americans
- 08-27-09

Tiger Could Use Sportsmanship Lesson—And Less Coverage From Fawning Media - 08-20-09

Gallup ‘Competitive’ Label, If Accurate Long Term, Is Good News Not Only For Nebraska Democrats - 08-13-09

Democrats Go All-Out Negative:
Trash Private Insurance Industry
- 08-06-09

Journalistic Watchdogs Turned Lapdogs When Obama Called That ‘News Conference’ - 07-30-09

Look Back, Mr. President: Opposition Is Catching Up - 07-23-09

Dem Lynch Mob Might Hang President’s Hopes - 07-16-09

Dems Start Oust-Terry Effort In The Political Gutter - 07-09-09

Despite Liberal Media's Views, Nation Better Served By Viable GOP - 07-02-09

A Varied Menu For You To Consider - 06-25-09

Freshman President Learning Some Political Realities? - 06-18-09

Voices Of Reason Raised Too Late To Slow Rush To Wind Power? - 06-11-09

Public Will Be Watching Prosecution Of Three Teen-Age Creatures - 06-04-09

Wealthiest Paying Less, In Taxes?
It’s Simply Not True
- 05-28-09

Notre Dame And Obama
Offer A Splendid Lesson
- 05-21-09

Special-Interest Liberals
Shouldn’t Badger Obama
- 05-14-09

A Surprising Source: Obama
Cites Positive Results of Iraq War
- 05-07-09

Media Transfer Their Love
From Candidate to President
- 04-30-09

Suttle Campaign Subtly Two-Faced? Or ‘Just Politics’? Voters Will Decide - 04-23-09

If America Is "At War
With Islam," It's Self-Defense
- 04-16-09

Seven Iowans Change Marriage
Tradition For 3 Million Others
- 04-09-09

Will Liberal Democrats Continue
Escaping The Verdict Of History?
- 04-02-09

Multi-Focused President
Upsets Even Liberals
- 03-26-09

Richard Nixon—Appropriate To Recall The Good As Well As The Dark Side - 03-19-09

Not Reducing Mortgage Costs; We’re Simply ‘Modifying’ Them - 03-12-09

Fair Warning From NY Times: Obama’s “Breathtaking Plans” Would “Transform American Society” - 03-05-09

A Look At Academy Awards Nastiness, But First A Plug For My Book, “Life With Marian” - 02-26-09

Let’s Not Move Slot Machine Cancer From Iowa Casinos To Nebraska Race Tracks - 02-19-09

Whiteclay Is Wrong Target;
Aim At Alcoholism Problem
- 02-12-09

For The Best “Stimulus” Formula:
Put Economic Recovery First;
“Remaking USA” Can Wait
- 02-05-09

Journalistic Hounds Are Still
In Full Pursuit Of Bush
- 01-29-09

‘First Black President’ Celebration
Shouldn’t Further Distract Us
From Job We And Obama Face
- 01-22-09

‘Adults In Wonderland’
Need To Get Real
- 01-15-09

Advice For Husker Fans:
Rejoice—But Be Realistic
- 01-08-09

Kennedy Dynasty History
Includes Shameful Chapters
- 12-31-08

Today Some Merry Christmas Thoughts But A Few Political Barbs, Too - 12-24-08

This Time It’s Indians
Who Break The Treaty
- 12-18-08

Me? A Grumpy Old Man?
One Reader Thinks So
- 12-11-08

Obama Steers A Moderate Course
But Congressional Democrats Veer Left
- 12-04-08

Too Many "Non-Blessings"
This Thanksgiving Week
- 11-26-08

Let’s Hear More About
The Principal ‘Crisis’ Victims
- 11-20-08

Color-Blind Issues Voting
Showed No Turn To The Left
- 11-13-08

Election Made History
But Big Questions Remain
- 11-06-08

Today, A Choice of Topics:
Politics Or Football—Or Both
- 10-30-08

Splitting Electoral Votes Good Idea? Then Why Do 48 States Reject It? - 10-23-08

Dems Take 11th Hour Low Road
In 2nd Congressional District Race
- 10-16-08

Another Government “Welfare Program,” Bargain Mortgages, Caused The Crisis - 10-09-08

Words Can Lose Their Meaning
When A Government Program Is Involved
- 10-02-08

—Have We Learned This Lesson?— Crisis Results When Individuals, Encouraged By Financial Institutions, Try To Live Beyond Their Means - 9-25-08

Bonds To Build Four-Lane Highways?
Where Would The Money Come From?
- 9-18-08

Today, a Large Load of Political
Commentary After a Brief Plug For
My Book, ‘Life With Marian’
- 9-17-08

Major News Media Look Bad
In Non-Coverage of
Edwards’ Sex Affair Story
- 9-11-08

Disadvantaged Students Can Be
Helped Without Discriminatory ‘Affirmative Action’
- 9-04-08

My Favorite Olympic Champion?
It Wasn’t Michael Phelps
- 8-28-08

Will Chinese Get Away With
'Out Air Is Clean' Scam?
- 8-21-08

Windmills, Solar Won't Do It;
Time To Get Real On Energy
- 8-07-08

I Doubt That God or Jesus
Have Heavenly Money on Either Team
- 8-07-08

‘Pop Star’ Obama Lacks Experience,
McCain Lacks Clear Campaign Strategy
- 7-31-08

Top Athletes Should
Know When to Quit?
- 7-24-08

Would Odor of Politics
Taint Fire Chief Choice?
- 7-17-08

Will Hospitality, Qwest Center
Lure Swim Trials Back to Omaha?
- 7-09-08

Omaha Stars Again
On National TV Stage
- 7-02-08

Omaha's CWS Reputation
Gets New "Rave Reviews"
- 6-25-08

S.D. Vote Could Lead
To National Abortion Battle
- 6-18-08

Don’t Let Niobrara Go The Way
Of The Republican And The Platte
- 6-11-08

Voters Didn’t Impose Term Limits
To Rid Legislature of Chambers
- 6-04-08

“It’s Our Turn” Pitch Might
Not End With Hillary Defeat
- 5-28-08

Prime Nebraska Political
Battleground This Year:
2nd Congressional District
- 5-21-08

The 'Browning' of America:
How Far Will It Go?
- 5-14-08

Obama ‘Stumbling’ To Victory? - 5-08-08

"Does Homebuyer Bailout
Reward the Irresponsible?"
- 4-30-08

"Was McCain, Not Clinton,
The Real Winner in Pennsylvania?"
- 4-25-08

"Cleaner Skies Advice For Gore:
Pressure On China, More Nuke
Power If Jane Fonda Will Allow It"
- 4-16-08

"Why The Big Fuss Over
Tiny Gasoline Cost Increase?"
- 4-09-08

"Quietly, Nebraska Yields
All-Public-Power Status"
-  4-02-08

"Obama’s ‘Historic’ Speech Left
Big Questions Unanswered "
-  3-25-08

"Overweight Moore Produces
“Sicko,” Finds An Ally In Creighton Doctor"
-  3-19-08

"Bush Sings, Praises Press
At Annual Gridiron Dinner"
-  3-12-08

"Obama Would Be Least
Formidable Opponent For McCain"
-  3-7-08

"‘Charisma’ Not Always a Good Thing" -  2-27-08

"Could Citizen ‘Packing Iron’
Have Stopped Von Maur Killings?"
-  2-20-08

"Obama’s Style Without Substance
Exciting, But Is It Presidential?"
-  2-13-08

"Barack Obama and John McCain:
A Major Contrast in Egos? "
-  2-07-08

"‘First Black President’
Emphasis Wouldn’t Help Obama"
-  1-30-08

"Kimball Lauritzen: Think of Her
As Joyous on Some New Dawn"
-  1-23-08

"What 'Tough' Election Contest
Was Ben Nelson Talking About?"
- 1-16-08

"Overhyped New Hampshire
Offsets Overhyped Iowa"
- 1-10-08

"Coach Bo Now Well Welcomed;
Time to Start Thinking of NU Wins"
- 1-2-08

"Words of Jews Most Moving
To Me This Christmas Season"
- 12-25-07

"AT LAST: TALK OF PREVENTION
JOINS MOURNING OVER KILLINGS"
- 12-19-07

"Killer Is Getting Just What He Wanted;
Let's Add Anger and
Action to Our Sorrow"
- 12-12-07

"Bo Brings Emotional Fire to NU Job;
Scary News: Huckabee Gain in Iowa"
- 12-05-07

"Callahan Outclasses Loudmouth Critics;
Tom Osborne Treated Him Fairly"
- 11-28-07

"A Thought for Thanksgiving Day:
Tell Them You Love Them"
- 11-21-07

"Callahan Critics: Is Loss to CU
The Only Way to Satisfy Them?"
- 11-16-07

"Crybaby Fans, Sports Commentators
Distracting Players From Their Job?"
- 11-09-07

"Did Bob Kerrey’s Decision Avoid
the Likelihood of Defeat?"
- 11-02-07

"Nosy Congress Makes
Three Bad Calls"
- 10-26-07

"Is This The Way to Run UNL´s
Athletic Program?"
- 10-19-07

"Right Decision Could
Help Both Fair, UNL"
- 10-12-07

"Stop Trying To Make God A Republican" - 10-6-07

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As I See It
Harold W. Andersen is a retired Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Omaha World-Herald Company. Full biography.

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Tiger Could Use Sportsmanship Lesson—
And Less Coverage From Fawning Media

August 20, 2009

Perhaps Tiger Woods could use a lesson in the history of golf and the vitally important part that good sportsmanship has played in that long history.

He certainly didn’t show consistent signs of good sportsmanship as he made his angry way around the final 18 holes last Sunday in the 91st annual PGA championship at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota south of Minneapolis.

I think it can be said that golf and its traditions were the winners, as Y. E. Yang, 37 year old South Korean ranked 110th in the world, kept his composure when he hit a bad shot (he didn’t hit very many) and demonstrated that championship golf can be played without angry grimaces and gestures every time you don’t like the results of your efforts. 

I wonder if Tiger and his advisers realize that, in the opinion of almost every golf fan I have talked to, he is suffering from news media overexposure and too many examples of angry reactions to a shot he didn’t like.  It has reached the point where people of my acquaintance were asking each other Sunday whether they were rooting for “ABT”; i.e., “Anybody But Tiger.” 

In fairness to Tiger, his post-performance comments are pretty consistently restrained and realistic and the over-exposure is largely the fault of sycophantic media, both print and broadcast.  It has gotten so ridiculous that on Sunday, a TV camera crew was set up to record Tiger’s arrival in his car in the parking lot, then follow him every step of the way on his walk to the practice putting green, then to the driving range, where we watched him hit practice shot after practice shot.

All the while, players the stature of Phil Mickelson and V. J. Singh and Padrick Harrington were on the course playing golf in a major championship, relatively ignored by the TV cameramen.  

Tiger’s angry on-course conduct was, coincidentally, in sharp contrast to that of, for example, golfers the caliber of Singh and Harrington.  Singh may have been seething inside but he kept outwardly calm after missing some short putts which kept him from a serious run at Tiger in the final two rounds.  Harrington, a model of good sportsmanship, reacted with outward calm and no sign of loss of self-control when he shot a two-balls-in-the-water eight on a par 3 hole at a time when he was potentially ready to catch Yang and Woods. 

Tiger is a splendid golfer, and numerous opportunities lie ahead for him to try to achieve his goal of beating the record of 18 major tournaments won by Jack Nicklaus.  But he needs some coaching in on-course sportsmanship, perhaps of equal importance to the excellent coaching he sought out in rebuilding his swing.

* * *

Who Should Prevail When The Issue
Involves A Popular Vote? Judges Or The People?

A common sense approach, finally, to the question of whether judges should substitute their opinions for those of the public when the issue is a voter-approved constitutional amendment as, for example, in California when voters approved a constitutional amendment forbidding legal recognition of same-sex relationships as marriages.

The voter-approved constitutional amendment is being challenged in a lawsuit.

An article written for The Wall Street Journal by Robert P. George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University (one wonders if his fellow faculty members are still speaking to him) offers a very persuasive argument against judges invalidating a public mandate against giving homosexual and lesbian relationships the same legal status as marriage between a man and a woman: 

Professor George writes:

“So, before judging whether traditional marriage laws should be junked, we must decide what marriage is.  It is this crucial and logically prior question that some want to shuffle off stage.

“Because marriage has already been deeply wounded, some say that redefining it will do no additional harm.  I disagree.  We should strengthen, not redefine marriage. 

“But whatever one’s view, surely it is the people, not the courts, who should debate and decide.  For reasons of both principle and prudence, the issue should be settled by democratic means, not by the exercise of ‘raw judicial power,’” as the late United States Supreme Court Justice Byron White famously wrote in his dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision which held that states do not have constitutional authority to ban all abortions.

* * *

China Now World’s Leading Polluter—
But United States Must Clean Up First?

You had to read two different newspapers to get a particularly interesting—puzzling might be a better word—perspective on the heated debate over global warming and what the United States and the rest of the world should do about it. 

The Wall Street Journal on August 6 pointed out that “China, driven by a historically unprecedented wave of urbanization and industrialization, has recently surpassed the U.S. as the top producer of greenhouse gases.  But Beijing insists that rich industrialized countries have a responsibility to clean up first.”

Two days later, a New York Times story included this language:

“If the United States does not lead the world in reducing fossil-fuel consumption and emissions of global warming gases, proponents of this view say, a series of global environmental social, political and possibly military crises loom that the nation will urgently have to address.”

So the United States must lead the way in reducing emission of global warming gases while the China, the world’s leading producer of global warming gases, continues to pollute the atmosphere, presumptively in increasing volume.

And the American people are expected to buy that poor excuse for a global policy of reducing the emission of global warming gases?  A hard sell, a very hard sell, in my opinion.

* * *

‘The Real Barack Obama’ Is Standing Up—
Will Americans Accept His Vision Of Ever Bigger
Government?

Like any other newspaper junkie, I read a great many words every day in stories and editorials dealing with the current national political scene in general and with President Barack Obama’s performance in particular.

In those thousands of words I recently came across just two paragraphs which seemed to me to go to the heart of the “will the real Barack Obama please stand up” drama which is being played out on a national and even international stage.  Dan Balz of The Washington Post wrote:

“One of the biggest unknowns about the ultimate success of the Obama presidency is the question of how much government the people will accept. 

“Do a majority of Americans see what he has done as necessary—and short-term—or do they conclude that he is, at heart, a big-government liberal in a country that remains skeptical towards too much centralized power in Washington?  That debate continues, and Republicans think it is one of the president’s biggest vulnerability.”

Count me among those who believe that from the day he started campaigning with a theme of “Yes, we can” change America, Barack Obama is, in the words of Dan Balz of The Washington Post, “at heart, a big-government liberal in a country that remains skeptical towards too much centralized power in Washington.”

* * *

Reaction Among Public And In Senate
Shoots Down House Plan For Even More Planes

And these people are making decisions that will affect the welfare of this country for decades to come.  Do they start with any idea of what the public desires or is willing to stand for?

The questions occurred as I read of the vote in the House of Representatives to spend $550 million for additional passenger jets for senior government officials, which includes members of Congress (a number of whom are spending much of the August Congressional recess on extended trips to various parts of the world, often accompanied by their spouses).

Are members of the House of Representatives so insensitive to how the public would react when they vote to spend $550 million on eight more planes when the Pentagon asked for $220 million for four planes? 

It took an angry reaction both among the public and in the Senate to persuade Rep. John Meurtha (D., Pa.) chairman of the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, to announce that he would drop the proposal for eight new airplanes, accepting instead the Pentagon’s original request for four aircraft.

Speaking of the House of Representatives, this thought keeps recurring to me: 

How much common sense lies behind those arched eyebrows of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Cal.)?

* * *

No Down Payments, Loans Exceeding Value—
No Wonder A Few Omaha Families Lost Homes

In a long story dealing with what the headline called a growing crisis in home mortgage foreclosures in Omaha, I found two paragraphs of particular interest. 

Those paragraphs provided these details about the 13 homes which have fallen into foreclosure in the past 18 months in the Sunridge housing subdivision in southwest Omaha:

“According to loan documents filed with the county, 10 of the 13 defaulting owners put little or no money down, including three who took out loans for more than the house’s price.  Another had an adjustable rate that spiked after two years.

“One family took out a loan in which payments didn’t even pay accruing interest.  After borrowing $155,000 on the $156,000 house, they owed $158,000 at the time they defaulted.”

Certainly the lending institutions which approved or encouraged this kind of borrowing must share blame with the homeowners.  If the deal sounds too good to be true, it almost always is, and the homeowners cannot be excused for asking for, or agreeing to, such obviously doomed-to-failure mortgage terms. 

And while blaming both lenders and borrowers for such deals, it should be remembered that the “easy money” attitude which actually encouraged such irresponsible mortgage financing was to a large degree the result of Federal policy set, or encouraged by, among others, President Clinton and Congressional leaders like Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut. 

Liberal politicians helped promote the totally unrealistic social welfare philosophy that “every American family is entitled to the American dream—ownership of its own home.”

Congress cooperated by creating mortgage-backing federal institutions which helped make homes available—temporarily—under unrealistic liberal terms such as those agreed to by those 10 defaulting homeowners in the Sunridge housing subdivision in Southwest Omaha.

* * *

Medical News From Prairie Avenue

Marian and I had looked forward to enjoying our 80s-era birthdays July 30 (mine, the 86th) and August 13 (Marian’s, the 81st).  We did enjoy all the greetings which came our way and the chance to hear from—and talk with—so many longtime friends.  But we might have wished for less need for medical attention. 

The infection which pretty effectively blocked vision in my right eye two days after my birthday is slowly yielding to medication, starting with eye drops every hour (it’s every four hours now.)

The latest family medical news is that Marian was in Clarkson Hospital on her birthday, having bruised her right rib cage and torn a slight hole in her right lung when she tripped over one of the dogs and fell.

She is home now, healing nicely and freely offering advice to me.

The incidents have demonstrated what grand friends we have—transportation whenever and wherever we need it (I had a string of seven straight visits to eye treatment specialists) and better brought-in meals than those “freezer surprises” which I’ve written about.

In any case, we are glad the ailments are survivable, we’re very pleased that we are blessed with the excellent medical care available at the Midwest Eye Care Clinic and the University of Nebraska Medical Center and we will do our best to enjoy additional birthdays as so many of our friends wished for us.

I venture to give you this report because so many of you have said you enjoy reading about Andersen family news, which should, of course, include a report that our three cocker spaniels—Sarah, Claire and Charlotte—are doing just fine.

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