I live in Lincoln, and there are very few things here I would recommend any city copy. If anything I would highly recommend the 45-minute drive to Omaha.
My property taxes are too high. Driving in Lincoln is an awful experience. I could dedicate a chapter in a book to how bad driving is in Lincoln. City planning is very, very bad. There are not enough four-lane roads here to handle the traffic. We're talking major thoroughfares that are still two-lane roads. Traffic light timing is so bad that it is a 37-minute drive from one end of Lincoln to the other.
Economic development is not in the forefront in local government's eyes. We have lost several large companies to other cities in recent years (Ace Hardware Warehouse, Cushman, National Crane, Gallup, etc.), while not bringing in even one new one (although Verizon is supposed to be coming). Many other smaller companies have left for towns on the outskirts of Lincoln, where they were offered startup concessions and tax breaks.
In Omaha there is an economic boom! Gallup relocated to Omaha to a campus developed solely for them. This is an area along the Missouri River that has transformed old brick buildings into condominiums, with plenty of open space and beautiful views. All of this is private development brought on by tax breaks from the city. Omaha is continuing to grow, with Mutual of Omaha unveiling its new campus recently. Even the "bad" parts of town have seen renovation with more to come.
Omaha is pretty much a 25-minute city, meaning that you can drive from one end to another in 25 minutes or less. Traffic signals are timed accordingly. My wife and I travel to Omaha each week to sample the many fine restaurants throughout the city; in Lincoln, Applebee's is considered fine dining. Home prices are much lower, and taxes are lower in Omaha. Snow removal is much better than in Lincoln. Even the price of gasoline is much lower in Omaha.
So please don't settle for the likes of Lincoln, Nebraska. This is not the city you'd want to follow. If Lincoln takes away the state government, the university and the three prisons, then we'd probably have to pick up and move to Arkansas, though not too close to Wal-Mart.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it’s kind of hypocritical.
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
There was a time when United Ballot had a political stranglehold so tight on Lafayette’s black community it was nearly unbreakable, but that grip might be loosening.
The race for Lafayette city marshal may not be the most exciting of this year’s local political contests, but it could prove the most historic.
With the DA’s race too close to call and negative media coverage of Mike Harson on the ebb, will challenger Keith Stutes take the gloves off?
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.
The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The ACLU of Louisiana has sued Abbeville's mayor and police chief over a policy barring police from any social media use showing the city in a bad light.