In a recent news article on Nebraska’s cowboy heritage, World-Herald staff writer David Hendee noted that “the beef cattle business is Nebraska’s single largest industry.” Take a moment and let that sink in. The cattle industry accounts for about 40 percent of the state’s total agriculture receipts and its economic impact totals about $12.1 billion. Nebraska cattle consume 40 percent of the corn produced in the state. The cattle sector indeed continues to be a major player in the Nebraska economy.
In even the most horrible situations, acts of courage rise to inspire. The latest example of that is the story of the Kenyan police officers who, lacking bullet-proof vests and armed only with pistols and walkie-talkies, risked their lives to lead many shoppers to safety in the early hours of the terrorist attack on a Nairobi shopping mall. Their actions define the word heroism.