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Outdated Constitutional Language Adds To Today’s Illegal Immigration Mess - 08-05-10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

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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

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How Far Will It Go?
- 5-14-08

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"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

- 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.

`Stop Trying to Make
God a Republican´

October 6, 2007

It comes as no surprise that in the unseemly scramble for presidential nominations, America´s religious right is doing its best to, in effect, assure that the Republican nominee has the religious right´s stamp of approval.

Religious right activists would like to be able to say the same of the Democratic nominee, I assume, but that seems a politically unattainable goal and not worth the effort.

Republican candidates are, of course, doing their best to indicate, in effect, that God would approve of their political principles. A recent example:

Addressing a meeting of the National Rifle Association, Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, former senator from Tennessee, declared: "Our basic rights come from God, not from government."

The Associated Press story said that some in the audience of about 500 people stood and cheered.

If our basic rights come from God, why do we bother having a constitution (which incidentally does not mention the word God or refer to any Supreme Being), a constitution which includes the "right to bear arms" Second Amendment which is the cornerstone of NRA´s legal philosophy?

I know of no evidence that God had a hand in drafting either the constitution itself or the Second Amendment. This nation´s founding fathers believed in God, but they didn´t leave it up to him to create our system of self-government, including a constitution which spells out our basic rights.

* * *

Osama bin Laden in a recent videotaped telecast indicated his terms for making peace with him and his fellow terrorists: Americans must admit that the war in Iraq has failed and turn away from capitalism and democracy and convert to Islam.

His words, of course, simply underscore the fact that we have to be prepared for a long, and at times, bloody battle with followers of the prophet Mohammed whose words are used 15 centuries after his death as justification for slaughtering "infidels" who believe in Christianity or some other religion and refuse to convert to Islam.

* * *

In the current issue of the monthly tabloid publication of Nebraskans for Peace, columnist Paul Olson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor emeritus, included a startling accusation against the Strategic Command, which is headquartered south of Omaha.

Professor Olson said that Stratcom has "plans for propagating more Hiroshimas and Nagasakis." He had written earlier that competent military people and historians doubted that the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki "produced a Japanese surrender" in World War II.

As to whether the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings "produced a Japanese surrender," consider the facts:

A nuclear weapon was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Another was dropped on Nagasaki three days later. On August 15, 1945, Japan announced its surrender, nine days after the first bomb was dropped and six days after the second bomb.

Some estimates of the deaths - - immediate and long-term - - resulting from the two bombings range up to the neighborhood of 400,000, nearly all of them civilians.

In the final episode of the Ken Burns video documentary "The War," telling the story of World War II, the narrator says that estimates of the deaths that would have resulted from an American invasion of Japan - - which would have followed if the Japanese had not surrendered after the two atomic bombs were dropped - - were up to 7 million Japanese, mostly civilians, and up to 500,000 members of the American military.

It´s one thing for people like Professor Olson to question the war-ending effect of the two atomic bombs, despite the unchallengeable fact that surrender came in nine days after the first bomb was dropped.

But it´s quite another thing - - and totally irresponsible - - for activists like Professor Olson to speak of "Stratcom´s plans for propagating more Hiroshimas and Nagasakis" unless he can quote, from responsible named sources, irrefutable evidence that Stratcom is planning nuclear bombings in some way comparable to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I think the great majority of Americans believe (1) it is appropriate American military policy to have the capability - - with nuclear or non-nuclear weapons - - to respond to threats to our national security and (2) at this stage in world history we should maintain the capability to use weapons which could produce the same kind of net life-saving results as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, particularly in the self-defense saving of American lives.

That will - - and should - - continue to be Stratcom´s mission while at the same time we work - - without, unfortunately, any presently foreseeable prospects for success - - toward a day when there would be assured worldwide elimination of weapons of mass destruction.

* * *

Mayor Fahey says he wants to avoid a vote on whether to build a downtown ballpark to replace Rosenblatt Stadium because, he says, a vote would be divisive, time consuming and expensive. He might have added and because he would be very likely to lose the election.

* * *

My final World-Herald column last Sunday brought a heartwarming number of phone calls and letters in addition to the considerable volume which had followed earlier columns telling of my upcoming move from The World-Herald to a weekly Internet-delivered column.

A fellow has to be appreciative when a lady in O´Neill calls and tells Jackie, my executive assistant: "I don´t think we can get along without his column." She asked to be added to the growing list of readers who want to subscribe to a semi-monthly or monthly newsletter, for which plans are rapidly advancing.

A number of other readers called or wrote to say how much they had enjoyed the World-Herald columns and asked to be put on the list of subscribers to the forthcoming newsletter.

One caller said she read Thursday and Sunday World-Herald columns first before looking at the rest of the paper. Surprising to me, some of the writers used their e-mail electronic capability to report that they want to subscribe to the newsletter.

As has been true of reader reaction throughout the 15 years I wrote columns for The World-Herald, a frequent comment in this week´s volume of reader reaction were words like these from a reader in Red Oak, Iowa: "Hope you include your comments about Marian in your newsletter as it really makes one realize you are `just like one of us´ and very human."

A letter from a Bellevue reader said: "I also hope that you keep us informed on your website about your charming wife and her baseball fetish and your `four-footed´ bosses that rule your home."

An Omaha reader wrote that she´s sorry that my columns won´t appear in The World-Herald anymore, adding "you always include the rest of the story - - the parts that are so important but not necessarily reported."

A two-page handwritten letter from an Omahan included: "I anxiously await your newsletter."

For all of the comments, a heartfelt "Thank you!" I hope to use the greater capacity of this electronic website to bring you more reader reaction than was possible in the World-Herald columns.

* * *

After dictating a number of critical commentaries in preparation for this column, I said to Jackie, my executive assistant, "Let´s break this string of criticism. Tell me something to say nice about something or somebody." Jackie suggested (after reminding me she´d been at the office for 9 ½ hours), "Say I´m a hard worker."

Good suggestion. Jackie is a hard worker. And a very effective one. She is a one-woman Research Department, makes good suggestions (as does my roommate, Marian) as to column items and the wording of some of those items and never complains about the numerous revisions with which I try to polish my language.

Jackie does have one shortcoming. During the summer, she insists on getting off from work no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, so she can play in her weekly golf league.

Doing What Comes Naturally

October 6, 2007

Instantaneous reaction when three-month-old English pointer pups get their first look at - - and sniff of - - part of a game bird.

Instantaneous reaction when three-month-old English pointer pups get their first look at - - and sniff of - - part of a game bird.

Countless readers over the years have written to say how much they enjoy reading about Marian and our various changing cast of cocker spaniels. I have made occasional references to the fact that are other dogs in the Andersen family - - hunting dogs living at Triple Creek Farm in northwest Missouri.

With the added flexibility available through switching from the printed World-Herald page to the Internet, I offer today a picture of three of those hunting dogs. (Our three cocker spaniels will get equal time, so to speak, sometime soon.) The story behind today´s picture:

I own an English pointer male, nicknamed Five Spot, and a female, nicknamed Smoke, both with excellent bloodlines. (There is some of the well-known Elhew Kennel bloodline in both of their ancestral backgrounds. And Five Spot has some Gunsmoke Kennels breeding in his heritage.)

Smoke and Five Spot on July 2 became the parents of nine male pups. I asked my friend and dog trainer Steve Farrell if the mother, Smoke, "has that many spigots." He laughed and said that she does.

We arranged a sort of "coming out" party for the nine pups at Triple Creek Farm 12 weeks after their birth. The idea was to let them gambol around the lawn like typical puppies but then test their reaction when a part of a game bird was dangled before them at the end of a short stretch of fish line. Some of the results are depicted above.

As we tested the dogs, one by one or in groups of four or five, each of them immediately stopped being a playful puppy and turned into a young potential hunting dog when given the chance to react to that sample of wild game bird.

I chose to keep two of the dogs - - tentatively named Rick and Patch. We´ll show you pictures of each of them in action next week.

Trainer Steve Farrell is going to keep one of the pups, and we are looking for homes for the five others. If you have interest in a good hunting dog (there will have to be some training at your expense, of course) and give assurance that you have in mind a hunting dog not a house pet (English Pointers don´t normally make good house pets), drop me a line in the comment section. Each dog would, of course, come with excellent papers.

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