Oct 11, 2016 Fort Report
So many of us feel trapped by the ever escalating costs and fewer choices in health care these days. Health care premiums are substantially stretching family budgets and are hitting small businesses particularly hard. The unpredictability of premium increases also hinders...
Oct 1, 2016 Fort Report
For years the community of Wahoo and the surrounding towns in Saunders County have been working steadily and sacrificially to build a new veterans memorial. The people of this area live far away from the nation's power centers, thriving in the heart of the Great Plains. But when...
Sep 26, 2016 Fort Report
On the west side of Lincoln, I stood on a country road looking out over the vast stretches of rolling farmland, surveying the beautiful green, yellow, and brown hues of the corn at near harvest. In the distance stood an old silo, like a sentry at its post, watching over the...
Sep 20, 2016 Fort Report
Awhile back I visited the dermatologist due to a sore spot that would not heal. The doctor put the probability at fifty-fifty for a mild skin cancer diagnosis and conducted the necessary lab work to confirm his suspicion. Then he prescribed a medication that helps the body...
Sep 10, 2016 Fort Report
Awhile back I bought an old antiquated pickaxe. It's a substantial piece of hardware. Whenever a shovel couldn't get the job done, I broke out that old pickaxe. Eventually the handle gave way, and it sat for a long time in my garage. I recently took it to the local hardware...
Sep 2, 2016 Fort Report
I recently traveled to Cairo for meetings with Egypt’s president and other prominent government and religious leaders. As my plane approached the country, I watched as the Mediterranean Sea touched the shore of the ancient land. I reflected on this extraordinary part of the...
Aug 19, 2016 Fort Report
When two of my daughters were very little, my wife and I enrolled them in preschool. I remember quite clearly the first day of class. We parked in the school driveway, helped our children out of the car, and then watched them walk together hand in hand toward the building....
Aug 12, 2016 Fort Report
While visiting with my family on the front porch of my home this week, I heard heartwarming music coming from inside. I abruptly left the conversation, drawn by that dignified, complex melody, which signifies history, strength, and values. It was our national anthem. Another...
Aug 5, 2016 Fort Report
I recently met a member of our military at Walter Reed Hospital near Washington, D.C. who had suffered severe wounds fighting for our country. His trauma was so bad that he had been in the hospital for years, having been revived several times in the aftermath of his initial...
Jul 29, 2016 Fort Report
In one of my past town hall meetings, an elderly woman sat quietly in the front until the audience had asked most of their questions. She raised her hand, and as she began to ask her question, it became clear to me that she was really afraid. Something she heard or read had...