Nebraska: Silly Hall No More

The mayor of Omaha donned hip boots and waded manfully out into the icy currents of the Missouri River. His purpose: to get a firsthand look at the hundreds of tons of offal that Omaha's $700 million-a-year packinghouse industry dumps into the river each day. Besides making his stomach-turning inspection tour, the mayor recently called a special $6.2 million bond election for May 10 to finance, among other projects, a sorely needed sewage-treatment system to help clean up the polluted river.

Omahans have come to expect such activist involvement from Mayor A. V....

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