Each year our state organization of county officials holds the 'annual workshop'. It is always in Kearney Nebraska. I just got home from that conference last night. The final session was very interesting. The four men running for Governor of Nebraska were each given 30 minutes to make a presentation. The battle has been percieved by the press to be between our current Governor Hieneman and our nationally known ex-head coach of the Cornhuskers, Congressman Tom Osborne.
When it was all over, everyone was talking about the little known Dave Nabity. He quickly won over the crowd. I described him as a cross between the best coach you have ever listened to, and the best preacher you had ever listened to. He gave an impassioned plea to change state government. He was the only one who had a plan to change the status quo. Which by the way isn't working. We had the urge to get up and follow him out of the room. He is now the front runner, for me, at least. It was fun to dream of the future with him as Governor.
On the way home last night, on a flat stretch of a very busy I-80 where it crosses the Platte River, I started experiencing a slick highway. As the Interstate turns north I started seeing more flashing blue and red lights than this farm kid had ever seen. Black ice had developed from the melting light snow we were having. There were 3 roll over accidents on that 2 mile stretch of pavement. This morning the news reported that in the first rollover that I saw, and the one getting all of the attention, a Dodge Ram extended cab, carrying 6 people, had rolled over, ejecting 3 passengers from the vehicle. A sixteen year old girl was thrown out and killed, and her mother was described as being in critical condition. Authorities think that no one was wearing a seatbelt. There were no fatalities in the other two rollovers. All were wearing belts.
I left Kearney dreaming of the future. I got up this morning to listen to the news and find that some have no future to dream about.
Fasten your belts. Dream on.