Mar 30, 2018 Fort Report
In 2014, Nibras Khudaida was a 16-year-old young woman living in the tight-knit 500-person village of Sreshka in Northern Iraq.  The area had long known peaceful coexistence among its diverse ethnic and religious groups that, for millennia, had called the region home.  Life’s...
Mar 23, 2018 Fort Report
This week in Washington a rare spring snowstorm hit the city. There was a question about whether the Wednesday morning DC Nebraska Breakfast would be cancelled in light of the pending government shutdown. I told the breakfast coordinator, “It doesn’t matter if DC shuts down,...
Mar 16, 2018 Fort Report
Recently, my good friend, U.S. Representative and Nebraska Governor Charles "Charley" Thone, passed away.  Although my responsibilities in Washington prevented me from attending a celebration of his life back in Lincoln, I wanted to commemorate his life here, so you could...
Mar 9, 2018 Fort Report
I happened once to be seated next to a national reporter from back east who was staring out of the plane window at the beautiful vastness of Nebraska.  I thought he might be wondering about the peculiar site of large yellow outcroppings.  “Do you see those yellow mounds?”  I...
Mar 2, 2018 Fort Report
The Winter Olympics in South Korea concluded this past week at a time of great peril on the Korean peninsula.  Despite some outstanding individual performances, Team USA had its lowest medal count in 20 years, with TV viewership the lowest ever.  Nevertheless, Americans remain...
Feb 23, 2018 Fort Report
In January, a friend invited me out to his farm in western Nebraska to hunt.  He's a very good conservationist.  He leaves habitat intact for the waterfowl, with sufficient space for their movement and rest.   
Feb 16, 2018 Fort Report
Last week in Lincoln, I held a first-in-the-nation forum on the impact of the new tax bill on individuals, families, and small businesses. Please keep reading! Taxes may not be the most uplifting of topics, but many Nebraskans, along with other Americans, continue to have...
Feb 9, 2018 Fort Report
This week I had the privilege of speaking at a dinner before a group of persons from different faiths, political parties, and nationalities who gathered in Washington, D.C. for the annual National Prayer Breakfast   In my opening remarks, I gestured to two friends who practice...
Feb 2, 2018 Fort Report
We have too much political theater in our country.  Time-wasting scream-fests on cable TV, reporters masquerading as objective analysts, and media moguls profiting from the divisive environment they help create.  The State of the Union, however, holds a prominent, perhaps...
Jan 26, 2018 Fort Report
One night, along the Rio Grande, I stood in the underbrush with Border Control by my side.  We were there to observe one of the more serious problems facing our country.  I watched as persons swam across the river, illegally entering America.