Keith Kube

Editorial #35 Government Shut Down

Editorial #35 Government Shut Down aired January 10, 2019

It has always amazed me that the function of our government has little resemblance to anything we do in our private lives.
The bickering over issues that were universally accepted a few year back now become points of contention and bargaining chips in the functioning and operation of the largest business in the country…..our federal government.
The current argument over funding a relatively insignificant expenditure for border security makes about as much sense as not buying locks for your house because you don’t like the local locksmith.

Read More  »

editorial #34 The Nebraska Unicameral

Editorial # 34 The Unicameral vs Bicameral legislature January 3, 2019

Just in case you haven’t notice, over the past 50 years, the economy of our great state has evolved from a largely agrarian based business model to a manufacturing, retail, finance based model.

As with everything, the only thing that is constant in life is change.  The gradual change in our farm based economy is not happening by accident.  It is happening out of a need for farmers and ranchers to survive in the world economy,

Read More  »

Political Comparisons Aired December 31, 2018

Political Comparisons Aired December 31, 2018

During this period of political unrest and the constant bickering between various party affiliations, there is a new tactic consistently used to stifle debate.  The tactic is to refusal to allow any past examples of similar events in making a point of comparison.

It seems there is nothing the current president can to that does not meet with criticism or derision.  If the economy improves,

Read More  »

Exampleship

Exampleship

Since the dawn of man, world history has evolved by an alpha male type leaders conquering their neighbors, justified taking their land and possessions by declaring, “I took it from you fair and square”.  We can’t undo history but the facts are these wars happened and can’t be undone.  The irony is after these wars the leader would then declared, just like Rodney King,“Now let’s With the current unrest we see in our Country and the various movements that are affecting our lives,

Read More  »

Nebraska Medicaid Expansion December 10, 2018

Nebraska Medicaid Expansion December 10, 2018

Now that the midterm elections are over, there needs to be a quick review of why things happened the way they did.
All the results were an attempt by the voter to make themselves feel better, not necessarily what would make the state better.
The Medicaid expansion was an ideal example. The vote did not improve health care one bit. It simply had the state take more “free money” from the Federal Government,

Read More  »

Property Tax

 

Property taxes will always be too high. This is irritating but not the problem. The real problem with property taxes is they are not fair compared to the urban areas of the state.

Rapidly rising farm property values caused this problem.  A disproportionate treatment occurred  between urban and rural families in funding schools as values often doubled.  This resulted in twice the tax with little additional income coming from that property.

Read More  »

Our Social Contract

Editorial #7a Health Care Aired September 7, 2017

How the government invest our tax dollars comes to a very critical point when dealing with health care.  When does our personal obligations to our health care stop and when does The Government’s responsibility to provide health care start?  That point is known as the social contract that must be decided by “we the people”. 

Read More  »

Plastic and Climate Change

Editorial #28 Plastic and Climate Change

At the beginning of my career, as a process engineer, I was heavily involved on both the environmental and production side of energy generation, both renewable and fossil fuel.  With this background there were few aspects of the energy industry that we did not study.

With this foundation we studied all the environmental concerns of climate starting with acid rain, global cooling, global warming and now climate change. 

Read More  »

National Convention of States

National Convention of States

There is a quiet movement happening in country known as a National Convention of States with under tones similar to the Brexit vote in Great Britain.  Supporters like to call it a National Convention of States, which sounds less threatening, but the differentiation is a difference without a distinction.  The concept, on the surface, has merits with honest objectives by many supporters but there is another side to this idea that has concerning parallels to a “Trojan Horse”

Read More  »