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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Outdated Constitutional Language Adds To Today’s Illegal Immigration Mess - 08-05-10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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Danes’ Sensible Approach To Immigration
Won’t, Unfortunately, Fly In The U.S.A.

September 2, 2010

In a sense, it’s perhaps mostly of academic interest, since it represents an approach to immigration that is totally different from current American policy.  (Do we have an immigration policy?)  An approach so different from the inevitable amnesty and road to citizenship we will eventually provide for the more than 10 million Hispanic immigrants currently residing illegally in the United States.

But let me tell you about Danish immigration policy as reported by Susan MacAllen, a Canadian citizen, writing as a contributing editor for FamilySecurityMatters.org. 

MacAllen writes that she was living and studying in Denmark in 1978-79, when Denmark had low crime rates, a superior educational system and a history of humanitarianism and “offered the best welcome to Europe to the new immigrant.”

But by the 1990s, “the growing urban Muslim population was obvious—and its unwillingness to integrate into Danish society was obvious.  Years of immigrants had settled into Muslim-filled enclaves.  (In America, of course, the new enclaves are predominantly Hispanic, not Muslim.)

The Danish reaction:

If an immigrant wants to become Danish, “you must attend three years of language classes.  You must pass a test on Denmark’s history, culture, and a Danish language test.

In U.S., Arizona Reform Effort Outraged Obama

“You must live in Denmark for seven years before applying for citizenship.  You must demonstrate an intent to work and have a job waiting.  If you wish to bring a spouse into Denmark, you must both be over 24 years of age.”

What are the chances that anything even approaching the Danish requirements will be applied when we finally get around to—if we ever get around to—dealing with the problem of illegal immigrants?  I would say the chances range from none to none. 

The Danes are trying to deal with an immigration problem before it gets totally out of hand. 

In America’s case, the problem is totally out of hand.  And efforts to restrict further violation of our immigration laws are, as in the case of an Arizona law passed to discourage illegal immigration, greeted with outrage from President Obama down to the level of “indie” singers like Omaha’s Conor Oberst.

In the United States, even efforts to end the granting of automatic United States citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants have yet to gain significant traction.  Liberals seem to see a chance to capitalize on the problem, using it as an argument for prompt action to turn illegal immigrants into American citizens.  Then those hundreds of thousands of babies born to illegal immigrants will have mothers who have become legal residents, you see.

So the citizen-baby/illegal-immigrant-mother travesty can be used as an argument for speeding the process of moving those mothers—and other illegal immigrants—on the road to citizenship.

It won’t look at all like the Danish road to citizenship for immigrants.

Visiting Chinese Mothers Have U.S. Citizen Babies?

As to the idea that this would take care of the citizen-baby/illegal immigrant-mother problem, consider: 

There are authenticated reports that Chinese citizens, who have the resources to afford it, are being offered “make your baby a U.S. citizen” packages. 

The Chinese promoters offer—for a fee, of course—a “pregnancy-to-U.S.-citizenship” package which includes transportation to the United States, care of the pregnant mother and delivery of the baby, with a return trip to China, to take advantage later of any opportunity that might be open to the United States-born American citizen Chinese child.

* * *

Self-Appointed Political “Leaders”
Get Lots Of Media Attention In Omaha

Over the years I have often wondered how self-anointed spokesmen for this or that organization—details as to membership are rarely reported—get so much news media attention.

A current example is an Omahan named Dave Nabity, who has been getting considerable print and electronic attention as he offers the Nabity solution to this or that political problem, concentrating now on the Nabity formula for running Omaha’s city government.

He calls his organizations “The Omaha Alliance for the Private Sector.”  No details as to membership.

Nabity’s credentials appear to be that he is a businessman and that he ran for the Republican nomination for governor in 2006. 

Nabity, incidentally, got 5.3% of the votes in the Republican primary in which Dave Heineman defeated Tom Osborne.  I think it fair comment to observe that one can question the political smarts of an unknown candidate like Nabity to spend time and money challenging a popular governor and a popular former Nebraska Cornhusker football coach and Third District Congressman.

* * *

Food Stamps And Ballots Seem Like
Unlikely Mix To Produce Informed Voters

From time to time, if you’re like me, you run across a piece of news which evokes an “Are they kidding?” reaction.

Here is one such piece of news, reported with enthusiastic approval by The New York Times in a recent top-of-the-page editorial carrying this headline:  “A Welfare Check and a Voting Card.”

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993, better known as the Motor Voter Law, got public attention with its requirement for making it possible to register to vote at state motor vehicle licensing offices. 

However, the law also required states to allow registration at offices that administer food stamps, welfare, Medicaid, disability assistance and child health programs.
And now that long-overlooked portion of the law is to be the object of an enforcement effort by the U.S. Justice Department.

The Times editorial concedes that registration at public assistance offices proved “far less popular” than the provision for registration at state motor vehicle offices.  The editorial said Republican officials did not want to provide easy entry to the voting polls for low-income people whom they considered likely to vote Democratic.

The Times, of course, made no mention of the certainty that people so little interested in becoming voters that they have to be enticed to register when they are picking up their welfare checks or food stamps are very unlikely to be well-informed voters if indeed they can be enticed to the polls at all.

This nation already has an abundance of uninformed voters.  Mixing food stamps and welfare checks into the equation isn’t at all likely to improve that situation, as I see it. 

* * *

Good News About Three Nebraska Schools:
Creighton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha North

It’s heartening news to read of the way three schools which I greatly admire—Creighton University and my two alma maters, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Omaha North High School—are stepping up to meet their challenges. 

For the eighth straight year—and 13 of the past 14 years—US News and World Report has ranked Creighton the No. 1 private university in the 12-state Midwestern region stretching from Nebraska to Ohio.

The category in which Creighton is ranked tops is the so-called private college sector, in contrast to so-called public universities, like the University of Nebraska, which are government-owned and operated and financed largely by public funds.

With an appropriate touch of pride, the Rev. John Schlegel, Creighton’s president, commented: 

“The university’s outstanding academic programs, as well as its commitment to providing scholarship assistance to its talented and diverse student body, once again places it at the top of this category.”

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln prolonged its streak of finishing among the nation’s Top Fifty public universities.  UNL has made the US News Top Fifty for seven straight years, ranking this year as the nation’s 47th best public university.  (The University of Iowa is ranked 29th and Iowa State University 41st.)

As to my other alma mater, Omaha North High School:

The school has dedicated a new science wing, a project which was conceived seven years ago and included input from students.  The result is the school’s new Engineering, Science and Technology Wing, a four-story 30,000-square-foot addition. 

Principal Gene Haynes—among the very best of the school principals with whose work I am familiar—said of the former students’ contribution:  “We tried to incorporate their ideas where we could.”

The student planners were invited back for the dedication ceremonies.

From this North High graduate, a heartfelt “Thank you!” to the generous donors, including some North High alumni, who made possible the construction of the $8 million science wing.  It helps make North High an even better school than it was when I was a student there—and it was a very good school those 70 or so years ago.

The generous donors who funded construction of the new science wing included George and Sally Haddix, Susie Buffett’s Sherwood Foundation, Dianne and Allan Lozier’s Lozier Foundation, Janet Strauss, Sid Dillon, Sr. and the William and Ruth Scott Foundation.

* * *

A View From Florida: Texas Arrogance
Makes Nebraska “America’s Team” October 16

As regular readers know, I try to end each column on an upbeat note.  Today’s upbeat note is very seasonal in nature, offering very kind words—from Florida, no less—about the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

It’s a real pleasure for this Nebraska Cornhusker football fan (I attended my first Husker game 77 years ago) to share with you a Florida newspaper columnist’s view of the Nebraska-Texas shootout in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln October 16. 

It’s hardly news that many of the nation’s football fans and sports columnists will be highly interested in the results of the Nebraska-Texas showdown.

But columnist Larry Burton of the Panama City Beach, Fla. News Herald suggests that the Texas Longhorns are so unpopular that the Nebraska Cornhuskers “could be, for this year anyway, America’s team.”

Why, columnist Burton asks.  He answers his own question thus:

They, and Colorado, had the nerve to finally stand up to Texas and tell them they could take their personal conference and shove it.  A lot of people really like Nebraska’ new ‘Pluckiness.’”

The Florida columnist recalls the fact that Texas was willing to abandon the Big 12 Conference, taking Oklahoma along to join the Pac 10.

Considering “the arrogance of Texas,” Burton writes, “nothing would be sweeter than to see Nebraska take Texas to the woodshed one last time and take a conference trophy home with them as an adios gift.”

Burton opines that the Big 10 “would love to have their newest member come into their conference as a champion.”  Then this reference to last year’s Big 12 championship game:

“Nebraska is certainly an able team.  They did beat Texas last year until a mystery second was added to the clock.  And while they may not be able to fulfill the dreams of payback that fans everywhere want to see, they will certainly have a lot of new support in hoping it happens…

“Texas has made a lot of enemies, and Nebraska suddenly has a lot of new friends.”

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