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Jim Rose

April 7, 2022
Jim Rose

It’s Thursday---you’re more than halfway to the weekend.

Was the extensive story the Omaha World Herald and its young reporters Emily Richter and Lauren Wagner about the degeneration of the Omaha public schools good Journalism?

Good question. It’s been so long since we’ve seen it, hard to recognize.  The Journalism taught to me was rooted in finding facts, corroborating them, offering the same questions to both sides and reporting to the audience what was found.  

In that sense, Misses Richter and Wagner’s work was excellent. The story is about the rapid rise of kids skipping class, doing drugs in the halls, assaulting each other, the teachers (who are overworked and retiring in alarming numbers) in OPS, not whether it’s happening in other schools. OPS parents and stakeholders are outraged. Say this was unfair. When you’re winning an argument, you pound the facts. When you’re losing one, you pound the table.

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Pete Ricketts, the richest man to ever hold elective office in Nebraska promised in his first campaign for Governor to watch every dime. He keeps making good on it. Ricketts used his line-item veto to trim 100M from the budget. Most of it, government handouts to help the furloughed during Covid pay rent. The message from the billionaire Ricketts is this: We have lots of unfilled, good-paying jobs in Nebraska. Get one of them and you won’t need my help.

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The Omaha City Council briefly remembered they are in charge. They passed a change in the city charter yesterday taking power from the County Health Director and giving it back to the elected. During the pandemic, the unelected Health Director got to decide how we were to live. Not anymore. Moving forward things like mask mandates can be proposed but Vetoed by the Mayor. But if the Council thinks we need one, it can override the Mayor. That’s more like it.

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How do we Americans really entertain ourselves? Maybe it’s this: Nine million of us watched the Grammys. Thirteen million watched the Oscars. Eighteen million watched Kansas beat North Carolina.

The best place to see that game may have been in front of the TV. KU and Carolina fans in New Orleans, known as the Drunk Disneyland, at the game’s end were left with the smell of bourbon and rum and while the images should have been of college basketball’s pageantry, it was really NC-17. How do you explain to your kid why that man is sick in the bathroom or a lady outside the Superdome takes off her shirt just for a string of plastic beads? Nothing is worse than a basketball game in a football stadium. From only 15-thousand of the 70-thousand seats could you see live action. Which meant the average seats were bad and the cheap seats were trash.  

If you need binoculars to see the basketball game, stay home.

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10:34 local time tomorrow, Tiger Woods tees off in the Masters, 14 months after a car crash that left doctors discussing an amputation of his lower right leg. Since the accident, he’s been living off two words – Making Progress. When asked if he thinks he can win he replaced those words with these two: I do.  

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Right-wing media fraidy cats have a new thing with which to scare us. The Chinese gobbling up American farm and ranch land. As of today, the US has 915M acres of farm and ranch land. China owns 191,000. That’s 0.02%. Still worried?

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Bob Bowlsby, who started his career in college athletics as the student manager for the Iowa wrestling team, retires as commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. His legacy? Stability right up to the time Texas and Oklahoma left for the SEC.

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In Utah, a 26-year-old spelunker went into the Nutty Putty Cave but didn’t come out. Friends went in and found he was stuck between a rock and hard place. -30-

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