Of Sound Mind and Opinion

This week’s column is a return to my old indie music critism schtick. Because I still listen to music -- lots of it -- and have more than 20 years’ experience writing about it, which I think gives my critical analysis a modicum of relevance.

Or maybe not.

The role of the music critic has become somewhat (mostly) marginalized. Anyone interested in modern music with the available income to...

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Fast Enough to Finish

So I ran in the Corporate Cup last Sunday. Yeah, I know. Big whoop, right? Actually, “ran in the Corporate Cup” isn’t quite right. More like I “jogged in the Corporate Cup.”

If I sound a little down on myself it’s because I just got the official results from the Corporate Cup people, and apparently I came in 2,265th place among 3,899 runners -- 1,369th among 1,885 men -- placing me squarely...

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Meet the Chief

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name: “SHMA’ der.” Rhymes with water. “Some of our relatives actually dropped the last ‘er,’” he explained during an hour-long interview with The Reader. Water is an apt metaphor for Todd Schmaderer’s thoughtful, soft-spoken demeanor. Still waters run deep and so does Omaha’s 40-year old police chief.

Schmaderer has...

entered on 09/17/12 at 08:24 PM | read more »

Playing the Reverse Lottery

I explained it again as we pulled out of the gas station outside of North Platte, about an hour ahead of schedule with five hours to go.

The whole thing is one big math equation, I said. The odds are always in your favor. Just look at the numbers.

There’s about 600 miles of four-lane interstate between Omaha and Breckenridge, Colorado. Six hundred miles of open road, rolling hills, and on a...

entered on 09/11/12 at 07:50 AM | read more »

Neighborhood Alliances Ask for Help

If a broken window can increase crime (the so-called “brown window theory”), imagine the effect an abandoned or burned out house can have on a neighborhood. Omaha has 461 single family houses with orders of demolition in every part of town, according to Kevin Denker, chief code inspector for the city. There are 735 demolition orders total, which can include anything from a fence or a garage to...

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Sis, Boom, Bah

As college football gets under way, is it me or has the hype surrounding the Huskers died down over the past few years?

I remember a time not so long ago when as August ground to a halt, you could not escape the pounding hype machine behind Nebraska football. If you weren't a fan, and even if you were, there was nowhere to hide on the radio, on television, in the newspaper. In a state that...

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The Arts Community Reveals its Secrets for Surviving the Economic Downturn

“We had a year plus where we were rebuilding before things went south so we really had all of our ducks in a row in terms of our internal structure and systems,” said Shannon Walenta, Managing Director of the Blue Barn Theatre.

Walenta said the theatre went through a financial crisis in 2007, just before the market bottomed out. After openly telling the community they were in trouble, the...

entered on 08/30/12 at 03:27 PM | read more »

Order Out of Chaos, Hope Out of Thin Air

Jannette Taylor has been spending a lot of time in the hospital lately at the bedside of a gunshot victim. For the Executive Director of Impact One, north Omaha’s non-profit devoted to gang intervention and prevention, hospitals, drive-by shootings and funeral arrangements have been part of the routine of creative challenges she faces almost every day for the past three years  deeply involved...

entered on 08/28/12 at 02:29 PM | read more »

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

“Let me start with blending what I think will happen with where I am, personally.”

As comprehensive immigration reform ... more »

If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu

“In 2008 all eyes were on the Latino vote. That year we had 19.5 million registered Latinos that were active to vote,” ... more »

Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th at 1:30 in the Government, Military, ... more »

A Second Opinion

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act have been ... more »

Meet the Chief

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name: “SHMA’ der.” Rhymes with water. “Some ... more »

A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the rise. Winter is the toughest time of the year ... more »

Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p> Alberto Gonzales didn’t enter the meeting room at the South Omaha Library on March 15 so much as the room opened up and ... more »

Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting

The Omaha Police Department is reviewing its gun policy for off-duty officers after Robert Butler Jr. used his father's ... more »