In their editorial section today, the Omaha World Herald takes on Alaskan proponents of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). (Don’t be fooled – OWH – 8/24/06.)
The OWH believes Nebraskans should not listen to what Alaskans think should be done with land in Alaska because Alaskans are too self-interested in what should be done with land in Alaska. (Try switching those two state names, and see how that works for you.)
However, the OWH believes it is NOT self-interested in this debate about Alaska’s land, even though their guy Ben Nelson has staked out the exact opposite position on this from the Alaskans and his Senate opponent Pete Ricketts.
As far as the issue of ANWR itself goes, there are arguments on both sides. However, the OWH’s arguments against drilling are:
- We wouldn’t see the results for another seven years. (Uh, OWH, this is an argument FOR drilling now.)
- We wouldn’t get THAT much. (So it’s better to get it all from the Middle East?)
- And…that’s pretty much it.
- Oh yeah, the lands are, “environmentally important” and “pristine”. (You’ll just have to trust them on that.)
And, by the way, Ben Nelson “provided a vital vote” against the drilling in ANWR. (And do you think the OWH doesn’t realize that this is a major issue on which Nelson differs from conservative Republicans?)
The OWH goes on to say:
Political observers suggest the ads may get louder, more frequent and possibly nastier as the fall election approaches. Nelson, of course, is up for re-election.
Because stating a position which is the opposite of the OWH’s is “nasty”. Hmm…
And as long as we’re here, let’s look at the OWH’s other editorial today:
In the “Midlands Voices” section, State Sen. Philip Erdman of Bayard, (who, by the way, the OWH fails to even recognize as a State Senator) takes on another recent OWH editorial which ridicules State Senator and 3rd District Congressional candidate Adrian Smith for his associations with an out of state group – calling them carpetbaggers. (Midlands Voices: Carpetbagger label was wrongly applied – OWH – 8/24/06.) Yet, as Erdman notes, Smith opponent only recently moved to Nebraska before deciding to run for Congress – the very definition of a carpetbagger.
But instead of letting Erdman make his point, the OWH comes back in the same edition, with another editorial, this time attacking Erdman’s point of view. (A sense of proportion – OWH – 8/24/06.)
So let us sum up the OWH’s position on all things that you should think:
- Cover your eyes and ears if an ad comes from outside of Nebraska. (And even if they want to give specific facts, the OWH will “refute” them.)
- Advertising by someone with a lot of money is bad. (Spending lots of money is obscene and Nebraskans just don’t like it, no matter what.)
- Editorials by someone who disagrees with the OWH are incorrect. (And the OWH will write its own follow-up to prove it.)
You see, there is ONE statewide voice in Nebraska. You should listen to that ONE statewide voice. It is Nebraskan, and therefore correct. And that voice is the Omaha World Herald. And it is the voice of Nebraska.
Just ask them.