No Surprise: More Important News Gets
Less Attention Than NU Loss To Gophers

It shouldn’t be the most predictable topic of discussion, even in the world of Husker football fanaticism, but this is the question I’ve heard most often in regard to last Saturday’s NU-Minnesota game:

Why did the coaching staff choose to go the full four quarters with a quarterback still recovering from injuries?

I heard no Husker fan criticism at all of using the first-half to help ease Taylor Martinez back into possible full-time duty.  And I heard not a word of approval of the coaching staff’s decision to go with a full four quarters of Martinez rehabilitation.

But the Huskers last Saturday made enough mistakes to jeopardize their chances of victory no matter who was playing quarterback.

And the Gopher offense dominated the Husker defense nearly all day, running up a total of 430 yards, including 271 yards rushing.  Time after time Husker defenders were caught out of position or failed to make the play.

As to the mistakes:

A TV commentator early-on said that the Minnesota Gophers were playing very well but Nebraska clearly had the better talent.  The same TV commentator said later that a chance for an apparently sure Husker touchdown was bumbled away when the ball carrier fell down after stepping on the foot of the blocker running ahead of him.

Even Kenny Bell Blows One

Then there was the case of the best Husker receiver, Kenny Bell, touted as a likely first-round pick in the pro football draft, letting a sure touchdown pass fly between his outstretched hands.  (See the picture immediately following.)

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The final example of Cornhusker ineptitude started with 5:50 left and the Huskers trailing the Gophers by 4 points, 23-27.  The Huskers got the ball on their own 9.

A long shot, of course.  But under pressure, determined teams have been known to go 90 yards to victory with even less than 5:50 on the clock.

Nebraska’s longshot opportunity resulted in a one-yard run, an incomplete pass and a three-yard loss when Martinez was sacked.

On the fourth down, Nebraska punter Sam Foltz shanked a 27-yard punt out of bounds on the Husker 34.

Minnesota took a little less than four minutes to score again, pushing the Gopher margin to 34-23 and, of course, ending any Cornhusker hope for victory.

Pelini Advises Players to Ignore Fan Comments

After the game, Husker Coach Bo Pelini advised his players to ignore comments from fans and the news media.

But it is the interest and support of those fans nationwide that can make playing for the Huskers a special experience.

Fan interest should be welcomed, not ignored.

There is no way Husker players should ignore support or criticism—much more often support—from Husker fans.

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Buffett Billions Pledged To Worthy Goal:
Relieving Hunger In Poverty-Stricken Countries

Of much more importance but getting less public attention was the story in The Sunday World-Herald reporting the Buffett family concentration on a multi-billion-dollar effort to address the problem of hunger in poverty-stricken areas of the world.

The Buffetts—Warren, son Howie and grandson Howard W.—have been campaigning to draw national attention to Howie’s new book—“Forty Chances:  Finding Hope In The Hungry World”—outlining plans to spend a great deal of money in an effort to educate hungry natives in poverty-stricken countries to grow crops to alleviate the hunger.

Certainly a worthy goal, but possibly much harder to approach unless there is a significant decrease in the growth rate of the hungry mouths that need to be fed—in other words, an effective effort to slow population growth.

What About Population Growth?

Without some effective steps to significantly slow population growth, the result of efforts to feed hungry people may be an increasing number of still-poverty-stricken people and, in effect, increasing the number of people that need to be fed.

In discouraging population growth efforts do not necessarily curb the desire of poverty-stricken people to have more children.  A major factor is the lack of knowledge of poverty-stricken people as to how to avoid unwanted births.

The problem of population control has been actively addressed by the Gates Foundation (to which Warren Buffett has contributed upwards of $30 billion over the years).

Under the name of “Family Planning,” the Gates Foundation has promoted programs designed to see that families in poverty-stricken areas have the capability of confining their reproductive efforts to a level that they really prefer and in the process reduce the number of hungry mouths to feed.

In this objective—call it “family planning” or sensible, voluntary “population control”—the Gates Foundation would appear to be a logical partner with the Buffetts in attacking the closely-related problems of hunger and population growth is helping a family in producing the number of births that the family wants to have.

The Gates Foundation has the goal for its “Family Planning” program:  “To ensure that women and girls in developing countries have access to quality family planning information, services and supplies.”

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Dinsdale, McLeay Take Sensible Stance
On Taking Time On ObamaCare Issue

It seems to me that the Nebraska candidates for Republican nomination for the United States Senate are beginning to separate themselves as to where they stand on issues—a development which should be helpful to Republican voters in making their choices.

Ben Sasse, president of Midlands University in Fremont, and former State Treasurer Shane Osborn have indicated leanings towards the Tea Party wing of the party.  They indicated approval of pushing ObamaCare opposition to the point of what could amount to national bankruptcy by not appropriating the funds to keep the government functioning.

The two other candidates for the Republican nomination—banker Sid Dinsdale and attorney Bart McLeay—both supported avoiding bankruptcy by putting off decisions on the ObamaCare showdown until next year.

As I see it, Dinsdale and MacLeay took the more responsible positions making clear that their stance did not mean they are opposed to changes in ObamaCare but they don’t want the government pushed into de facto bankruptcy in pursuit of that objective—certainly the more responsible position, as I see it.

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Public Waiting For Answers
In Regard To Fatal Crash

I continue to read sad news stories about the painful recovery of the two youths who survived a recent vehicle collision.  One passenger was killed.

The car in which they were riding pulled out from a stop sign where 180th Street intersects with Highway 370, investigation continues without the public being told any answers to very pertinent questions:

Was the driver as cautious as she should have been in pulling out from 180th Street onto Highway 370?

Were any of the three youths wearing seatbelts?

Did the 15-year-old driver have a license to drive?

In the Andersen household—as in many others—16th birthday was required for our children to apply for a driver’s license and pass a proficiency test, for which I had been preparing our children for months before their 16th birthdays.

What is being done about the proposal that the stop sign (which the young driver apparently did not use as sufficient warning for caution in pulling out into the Highway 370 traffic), be marked by a flashing light to better call attention to the fact that a driver should stop and look both ways before proceeding cautiously?

It seems to me the public deserves answers, and promptly.

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