Another day, another ranking that confirms what Midlanders know about Omaha, that we have it good. This time it was Kiplinger’s that ranked Omaha as the nation’s No. 1 city for cheapskates. It based that ranking on the city’s strong combination of higher-than-national-median salaries and lower-than- average housing prices. People who live and work here already appreciate the economic combination, but it’s always nice to share our secret with others.
With temperatures in the 90s, it doesn’t feel like the leaves will soon change color. But the next five nights of television programming should make it plain. Tonight marks the unofficial beginning of fall. The season kicks off with five straight nights of college football on TV. It is, for many fans in the Midlands, the most wonderful time of the year.
In political debate one often hears about the need to stand up for important principles. It would help our country if, as part of the mix, Americans made sure to include national fellowship and solidarity as one of the principles to be nurtured and safeguarded. Our policy debates tend to divide us, but it’s important to remember our connections as Americans, not least as we witness the turmoil in countries, such as Egypt and Syria, suffering from terrible upheaval and division.