It speaks well of both the Nebraska National Guard and its commanding officer that the state’s adjutant general has been promoted. Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons was named deputy director of the Army National Guard. The Nebraskan, who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, led the Nebraska Guard during the Missouri River flooding and last summer’s wildfires. In his new post, Lyons will assist the Army National Guard director with programs and policies and its more than 350,000 personnel. The state’s loss is the nation’s gain.
In several northern Colorado counties, some folks are unhappy with what they see as a too-liberal, Denver-centric state legislature. They’re even talking about seceding to form a new state, North Colorado. They face an uphill climb, though. The Constitution says that forming a new state from parts of another state requires approval of not only Congress but of the same state legislature the northern Coloradoans are upset with.
Syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. writes, “The hardest thing in an argument is to acknowledge competing truths.” Actually, such intellectual seriousness is what we should expect of our leaders. It’s not uncommon in public policy arguments for each side to have some legitimate points. Important public issues frequently involve competing interests and even moral dilemmas, meaning those issues tend to be difficult to solve. That’s why we need thoughtful, sober-minded leaders at the helm of government.