Oct 11, 2019 Fort Report
Middle Eastern dynamics seem far removed from a brisk fall in Nebraska.  It’s hard to get animated by the region’s interminable struggles when the harvest season is upon us and water levels remain a concern.  We eventually just get weary.  We also sense that we can’t keep...
Oct 4, 2019 Fort Report
There’s an inscription in stone on the side of the Nebraska State Capitol: “Wisdom.  Justice.  Power.  Mercy.  Constant Guardians of the Law.”  There is a fine line between a wise, merciful pursuit of justice versus a political power play.  For it to be properly exercised, power...
Sep 27, 2019 Fort Report
This week, I put out a tweet that read: “My advice to Congress: less drama, more work.”
Sep 20, 2019 Fort Report
Something stirring happened in Washington this week.  Chief Standing Bear, native Nebraskan, first American, leader of the Ponca Tribe, was welcomed to the United States Capitol in Statuary Hall.  In 1877, the Ponca Tribe was forcibly removed from their ancestral homeland.
Sep 13, 2019 Fort Report
There was a little-known hearing this week in Congress.  The major media did not cover it.  But fundamental questions about science, reason, and ethics were considered. 
Sep 6, 2019 Fort Report
Last year, I sent a letter to search engine giant Google, challenging them to maintain proper protections for children's online
Aug 16, 2019 Fort Report
We’re at the last slice of summer and on the cusp of a promising year of Husker football!  For this week’s Fort Report, I’d like to divert from the latest policy debates out of Washington and go with a homegrown video.  I invite you to view my conversation with Cody Sperl from...
Aug 9, 2019 Fort Report
Last Wednesday evening during the Bellevue town hall, Sharon gracefully stood, steadied herself to keep from crying, and softly spoke: “I am going to tell you a story that never gets easier, and I’ll try to be as quick as possible.  “On April 24th, I took my mom out for lunch,...
Jul 26, 2019 Fort Report
There’s a sign on the eastern border of Texas: El Paso, 857 miles.  Makes you want to turn around.  I’m going there in a few days for several reasons.  My first stop will be New Mexico to visit the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where nuclear weapons are researched, designed,...
Jul 19, 2019 Fort Report
If you have ever watched a session of the House of Representatives, or perhaps the State of the Union Address, you most likely noticed the large wooden tiered rostrum that dominates the center of the room.  Here is where the Speaker presides over the House, bills are introduced...