State tourism numbers show that during 2012, the Nebraska State Capitol welcomed 80,114 visitors. Some 51 percent of those visitors, it turns out, were from out of state. It’s encouraging to realize that more than 40,000 people from outside Nebraska had the opportunity last year to appreciate the splendid results from the vision of architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and thematic consultant Hartley Burr Alexander and the hard work of so many others in creating Nebraska’s State Capitol.
Readers might have missed an interesting detail in World-Herald columnist Matthew Hansen’s piece about the “Shame On” signs around Omaha: When the carpenters union complaining about Omaha businesses trying to save money by hiring on the cheap hired help to hold its signs, the union hired non-union, part-time workers and paid them no benefits.
Mexico still faces many internal problems, but the reforms that have won legislative approval this year are notable: in education (creating a new evaluation system for teachers and preventing their jobs from — yes, this is correct — being inherited or sold); tax policy (broadening the tax base and reducing the government’s dependence on oil revenues); and energy (allowing private investment in the government-run oil monopoly Pemex, whose mismanagement has led daily oil production to fall from 3.4 million barrels in 2004 to 2.6 million in 2012).