We recently provided some details about encouraging developments in Falls City, Neb., which received the 2013 Governor’s Showcase Community Award for civic vision. A salute goes out, also, to Cozad, which received honorable mention. Among its accomplishments: Cooperative local efforts that recruited three new employers (Cooper’s Best Flour, a maker of pancake flour; CCB, an inbound call center; and Industrial Skins, which makes ceiling tiles for restaurants); major construction projects by Nebraska Ag & Irrigation, Cozad Telephone Co. and Colorado Biolabs; an ambitious downtown revitalization program; and an increase in the local tax base over the past five years of nearly $19 million (13 percent). A sterling example for Nebraska.
Students and teachers in the Omaha Public Schools didn’t need the calendar to tell them that the push for more time in the classroom, though laudable, stole a few days off the end of summer break. But it’s up to nature to cool off those back-to-school days so the urge to window-watch lets some learning happen.
Talk about paranoia. Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is facing a strong public backlash for his heavy-handed actions that have strangled press freedom, stifled political opposition and intruded far into people’s private liberty. But government officials are undeterred in laying the blame not on themselves but on supposed scheming by foreigners. It’s a long list, according to Foreign Policy magazine: The United States. Israel. The European Union. Western financiers. Even Lufthansa, the German airline.