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It’s that time of year when schools and communities say goodbye to seniors and when our state’s lawmakers begin to wind down another legislative session.

Recently, I found myself in a truck with some seasoned mushroom hunters. And not just any mushrooms. We were looking for morels. I had first heard the name of these particular mushrooms about five years ago when some friends excitedly mentioned going hunting for them.

Nebraska lawmakers last week advanced from general file a bill intended to shift the cost of school bonds away from owners of farm and ranch land.

Elsewhere on this week’s View Point page is a column about Sunshine Week written by Ken Paulson, Director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State. His thoughts are good ones at this time in our nation when there are cases of more governments doing business behind closed doors.

It was interesting Monday when a press release arrived saying that 22 governors – including Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts – oppose the new standard in President Joe Biden’s stimulus bill for how federal funds would be allocated to states.

So much news to comment on yet so little time and space to make it happen... As noted in a West Point News front page story last week, the Nebraska Legislature heard testimony on a bill, LB310, that aims to cut state inheritance tax rates while increasing the amount of property value that is…

Nebraska lawmakers last week heard testimony on more election-related bills, all of which deserve the public’s attention. Or stance on three of the bills that were heard:

Rest assured a lot of county officials across Nebraska will be following a legislative hearing tomorrow morning (Thursday) dealing with a proposed change to the state’s inheritance tax law.

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I’m still sifting through the hundreds of bills that were introduced this legislative session in Nebraska, but here’s one I know I can support: a bill to allow more cities and villages to lower maximum speed limits.

Two weeks ago, we shared our opinion on this page that we felt negotiations between the City of West Point and Cuming County Agricultural Society would have been better handled in open session pertaining to the city acquiring land for an easement it needs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

Nebraska citizens rely on sound governmental decision-making. One of the sound decisions has been a decades-old rule designed to promote transparency and accountability by allowing the media to cover executive sessions of legislative committees.

The possible rule change for media access to legislative committee executive sessions has no bearing on the laws that govern executive sessions of local government boards. They are governed by the state’s open meeting laws.

It became apparent last week that negotiations between the City of West Point and Cuming County Agricultural Society involving property aren’t going smoothly. It’s time to hit the reset button and get this matter resolved.

If anyone thinks that what happened last Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol is the last we’ve seen of this insurrection, think again.

It’s not unusual for the West Point News’ editor to find his way into many local and area government meetings. And he can attest that another frequent attendee is outgoing Cuming County Board of Supervisor John Ross.

It’s been a heck of a couple months here at the West Point News, and that’s putting it mildly. We’re very much looking forward to 2021 and hoping COVID-19 is left behind.

Since it is better to give than receive, and this is the season for giving, here are just a few ideas to consider as we near the end of 2020.

It took awhile to get there, but West Point’s City Council did the right thing in agreeing to let Skywave Wireless, Inc. install wireless equipment on the city water tower.

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This week I wanted to talk Husker football, but instead will address a more serious matter, the coronavirus pandemic.

Some in Nebraska were surprised that Congressional District 2 voters provided enough support to give that district’s Electoral College vote to president-elect Joe Biden. But one only needed to look at voter registration data to know that it’s not really a surprise.

Remember when COVID-19 was a hoax? Remember when people said COVID-19 will suddenly disappear after the election? Well, it’s obviously not a hoax, and while it may someday disappear it certainly will be here for months after the election.

Wouldn’t it be great if every person registered to do so votes in this year’s general election? Voting has never been easier, and we encourage all who can to make their vote count. People have told us their vote really doesn’t matter because in Nebraska any candidate who is a Republican will win.

West Point’s volunteer fire and rescue departments have been kept more than busy the past couple of weeks with field fires and minor traffic accidents. The same for neighboring communities departments.

The fire departments would also like to thank all the farmers and others who show up with tractors and discs and trucks filled with water whenever a field fire happens.

The ballot issue before City of West Point voters contains some of the legal jargon ballot issues are known for, but the issue really isn’t that complicated. And this ballot issue needs the support of the voters.

Its true. Television cameras do add ten pounds to their subjects. I noticed that when I watched a segment of a replay of Monday night’s 1st Congressional District candidate debate that was shown on NET.

This is a sore subject with some people, but because we prefer to take our walking orders from those who know a heck of a lot more about it than us, now is not the time to let our guard down when dealing with COVID-19.

I’m beginning to wonder if all those in charge of updating information on the weather forecasting apps know where West Point, Neb. is located.

The calendar says high school football season, but the weather says July 4. Doesn’t matter, because I’m looking forward to another step to normalcy: the start of another high school fall sports season.

As if things weren’t hard enough for Nebraska’s small businesses, news comes that the Trump administration plans to claw back a chunk of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds legitimate businesses have used as a lifeline to keep their employees on the payroll.

Weekly newspapers like West Point News have joined others in urging support for Congressional action to prevent slowing of the mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

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