No easy answers in Arizona shooting

In the wake of the deadly shooting in Arizona, it's very tempting to take the easy way out by placing blame and restricting freedoms in the name of security.

What is the Republican plan?

It's a new year and we have a new Congress, with the House of Representatives dominated by Republicans and the Senate still under control of the Democrats. The election was hardly over before the new House majority began announcing its major policy plans. It's a pretty short list - the only top priorities the Republicans have are repealing the Affordable Care Act (which they call "Obamacare") and freezing the ceiling on the national debt.

Letter to the editor

I recently read an article that was published on Jan. 19, 2011 in regards to the recall that is currently going on in Omaha. I have a few reservations concerning this article.

Winter weather woes justify flexible attendance policy

Winter weather headlines conjure a grim collage of dangerous moments on Omaha's glacial highways. And yet, despite the hazards, school isn't canceled every time the roads become impassible, and you're expected to show up.

Mayor’s record admirable, recall deplorable

Mayor Jim Suttle continues to perform at one of the toughest jobs in Omaha, even in the midst of a battle for power.

Hot Spots

Looking for somewhere new to spend those nights off of work? Gateway staff members share some of their favorite Omaha hot spots:

Cursive’s Domestica and Mama, I’m Swollen

With the hopeless, hauntingly introspective lyrics of Tim Kasher and a slew of almost always cataclysmic melodies, Omaha's own Cursive has a dexterous ability to depress the happy-go-luckiest fellows, make the most virtuous of men question their beliefs, and break down the most perfect of relationships to a web of lies and boredom.

Black Swan: A future American classic

Any film fan worth their salt can usually predict who's going to be nominated for the major award shows. This year is no different, and although it usually leads to some epic battles, one thing most people can agree on is that when the nominees are announced later this month, the best actress category will probably sound a little like this: "And the nominees are...Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman and Natalie Portman."