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LPD Plans to Fight a Losing Fight

July 1, 2008 at 2:05pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It may be a futile effort, but Chief Casady reports that his officers will be hard-asses this year when it comes to ticketing fireworks-related violations. Expect a ticket, rather than the usual warning or finger-wagging, if you are caught with fire crackers, bottle rockets, or other no-nos.

I wish LPD the best of luck, but I suspect it’s a lost cause. One week of super-strict enforcement will breed resentment and bitterness, not compliance. Fortunately, LPD has a hefty amount of goodwill to burn, so it’s not like the city is likely to turn on them, especially on a topic that’s only relevant to most people for, at most, 5 days out of the year.

I’ll be curious to see how the enforcement efforts work out. If you notice any effects one way or the other, do let us know.

Foley Fanboy Strikes Again

July 1, 2008 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a Foley fanboy. But why not? He seems to be doing a nice job, and the fruits of his office’s efforts are government accountability and taxpayer savings.

I’m bringing up Foley again because the Journal Star ran a feature on him recently. Check out the comments for a glimpse into what others are saying about him.

Frankly, it’s nice to see a guy on the right wing encouraging more openness, more efficiency, and less spending. I don’t think I could support Foley for certain other public offices, but as Auditor, he’s doing just fine.

All this talk about the State Auditor’s office makes me wonder: who audits the Auditor?

The Near South is a Steal

July 1, 2008 at 1:40pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincoln’s own Near South neighborhood is one of the best places in the midwest to buy an old house, according to This Old House. That’s a nice little honor for a neighborhood that has been fighting to improve itself—and doing a pretty good job at it.

Hat tip: Journal Star

I’m Getting the Itch to Move North

July 1, 2008 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I can’t really explain it, but I’m starting to feel the itch to move north. If things go well, maybe I’ll even build my own place. Something like this (warning: obnoxious music), perhaps.

Nebraska to Beijing, China

July 1, 2008 at 3:56am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The distance between Elkhorn, NE and Beijing, China is 6470.5556 miles but all it took Alice Schmidt was 800 meters in 2:00.46.  Alice qualified tonight for the Olympics in the 800m after placing 2nd in the Olympic Trials.  Alice is a graduate of Elkhorn High School in western Omaha and holds the girls all class state record in the 800m with a time of 2:12.  She had an outstanding career at Elkhorn (part of 3 state track championships and 4x 800 meter winner) and North Carolina and now will run on the worlds biggest stage.

As a Elkhorn Antler alum and someone who has a younger brother who graduated and ran with Alice in high school, I am absolutely ecstatic about this.  Alice is an absolutely outstanding athlete, student and person.  Congrats Alice and go for the gold!

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