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Lincoln 55+ and OLLI in 2007

Hello from the Lincoln 55+ Seniors Paper,

OLLI – Osher Life Long Learning – has been just a great success. In the last months of a 3 year grant, OLLI had 304 members with a long term goal of reaching 500 members. Meeting this goal would earn a $1 Million endowment to help educate Seniors in Lincoln NE..On March 1st, 2007, with publication of a 4 page, color ad in the spring issue of the Lincoln 55+ Senior Paper, our membership jumped in just 6 weeks to 447. After the next 4-page ad in the summer issue, we reached 537 – well beyond the “long-term goal.”  After the membership year ended, we dropped back to 440 members but surged forward again after the Fall 2007 ads – to 650 members. So – in 10 months, OLLI membership rose from 304 to 650. Wow. And yes! We did get that 1st $Million endowment.

OLLI board members carried 1200-1500 papers (of 12,000 total) to their friends and neighbors and doctors offices for each issue. Offering the 55+ Paper became a method for starting a conversation about OLLI.  The Lincoln 55+ is proud of the the 12 years relationship with OLLI. in 2018, we are over 1400 members and now have a second endowment in hand. A million here and an million there adds up.

OLLI Rocks.

Racism in America by Keith N. Larsen

In 2011, I met an 80 year old black gentleman who was reading a story on Chief Standing Bear. I asked him for his thoughts and he said, ““I believe Racism is not a matter of Skin but a matter of Sin.” He explained further, “If I do not love – everyone – then I am not going – anywhere – with God.” His words moved me in a profound way. It is a rare and wonderful experience to find such personal resonance between belief and expression.
Chief Standing Bear was the first Indian to be recognized by the US courts as a person. We have to ask “What was he before this landmark trial? Not a man? Not a person?” Thankfully, his impossible situation was recognized by several people from Omaha who stepped forward to help correct a moral injustice. The story is told in Joe Starita’s book “I Am a Man.”
Imagine, if you will, a new group of people, blue colored people perhaps… Thousands of blue people, settling on existing Nebraska farms and displacing existing Nebraska farmers off their land. Imagine the laws are written to support these actions and troops are sent to enforce the law. They have to leave and move to Mexico!
As our friends are forced to walk to Mexico how do they feel? They have to establish a new home where the lands and language are totally different. Imagine their anguish! Imagine also that they are promised food and clothing and compensation – but it never comes. Now imagine it is not your friends but you and your family that must leave! This is what we did to the American Indians.
When a “country” sins against a race, it creates new laws and rules to rationalize its actions. America did not legally buy this great land with the Louisiana Purchase – we merely paid France to stop their own encroachment against the Indian people. With a fabricated piece of paper, American politicians and pioneers behaved as if we owned the West.
We took the land – rich land – resource filled land – land filled with rich soil, trees, gold and oil. We surveyed it, parceled it out, and gave it all to homesteaders and giant corporations. It would seem the Indians had no more rights than the wildlife.
Our proud heritage would have us believe our family homesteads were built out of nothing but pioneer blood, sweat, and tears. In general, the homesteaders acted in good faith within the laws of the time and we can’t blame any one person for settling on native lands. There seemed to be plenty for everyone. However, the sad truth is our law abiding ancestors lived in a world that used “White Man’s Law” to take everything from the American Indians.
Although we feel this ancient shame, most farmlands are not going to go back to the Indian tribes. We can’t take land away from the current owners and return it to the Indian tribes. This was a world where “Might made Right” and “White made Might.”
It is ironic to me that we blame other countries for the atrocities they commit but we are somehow able to overlook the misdeeds of our own country. There is a shame so deep it is impossible for us to look at our history with any hope of resolution.
Many unfair choices were made in the name of America’s Manifest Destiny. I think most people can agree our American industry craved the raw materials of this great land – we needed it to grow! It is my personal belief that no corporation and no government will be needed, or welcomed, in heaven.
In recent news, we find that Congress has passed a bill to provide $3.4 billion in compensation to the American Indians who were first robbed of their homes and then robbed of the resources that came from the scrabble lands left to them. This bill is not a welfare program for native Americans but a court ordered judgment of a class action suit filed in 1996. The claim was that our governmental officials mismanaged and stole as much as $100 billion from the resources harvested from Indian Lands.
Let’s be reminded that this bill to compensate the Indian Nations is a natural outcome of the trial of Chief Standing Bear. We find there are real treaties that are backed by the US Government. After the trial 1879, Native Americans were deemed to be real people who are to be protected by those laws.
There has been significant pressure to provide some form of justice. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) noted that a federal judge has held the federal government in contempt for not funding the Indian case and called it a “bargain for the American taxpayers” that will avoid tens of millions of dollars in court costs. “We are correcting historic wrongs that should never have occurred in the first place,” he said.
Even though congress can only offer cold cash in this settlement, I hope they are able to express personal sorrow in some meaningful way. In the material sense, we will always fall short.
Perhaps, a spiritual cleansing is something that we can offer. Maybe we have a chance to purify our thoughts and bring them into harmony with our actions. Perhaps our penance will be to speak up the next time a demeaning comment is made about someone. We may fall short from time to time but, like my mentor on racism, we can begin the journey needed to “Love Everyone.” Only when we are ready from the inside, can we ask the Indian Nations to forgive us.
Our kudos to Joe Starita and the work he has done to open our eyes with his book, “I am a Man.” We are grateful for the exposure offered by the Public Library’s “One Book, One Lincoln” program. Recently, we are hearing calls to expand our reach of “I am a Man” to “One Book, One Nebraska” and beyond. Maybe the next time we print a state coin, the proud image of Chief Standing Bear will be the one chosen.

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Senior Newspapers – nationwide.

If you have time, take a look at what other publishers are doing for Seniors. I hope the links are active. If not, go to the Source at: NAMPA – North America Mature Publishers Association

Senior Voice

Lovin’ Life After 50

Life After 50

Life After 50
BEACON Senior Newspaper

The DC Beacon

Lifestyles After 50 – Tampa
Lifestyles After 50 – St Pete/Clearwater
Lifestyles After 50 – Ocala
Lifestyles After 50 – Sarasota
Lifestyles After 50 – Ft Myers
Senior Life Florida / Space Coast

Senior News 50 and Better
Mature Focus
PrimeLife Times

Senior Life of Indiana and Cinn., OH/KY 

The Active Age
The Best Times

Today’s Transitions

The Best of Times

Fifty Plus Advocate
Prime Time Cape Cod
South Shore Senior News

The DC Beacon
The Baltimore Beacon
The Beacon – Howard County

Senior Perspectives

Good Age
The Senior Reporter

Inside Columbia Prime

Prime Time

50 Plus Lifestyles
Forever Young

Livin Out Loud

Mature Living
Senior Life of Indiana and Cinn., OH/KY

Forever Young Information – Toronto
Forever Young Information – Hamilton

50plus LIFE
Tri State Senior News

Senior Digest

Mature Lifestyles of Tennessee
The Best Times

The Moab Star

Fifty Plus
Red Bird Times
The DC Beacon

50 Plus News Magazine

Source: NAMPA – North America Mature Publishers Association


Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to two Town Hall meetings next week about a potential new central library in downtown Lincoln.   Library Director Pat Leach said the meetings are an opportunity for residents to share their suggestions for services and resources a new library might offer.   The meeting schedule is as follows:
·      Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30 p.m., Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Center (NET), 1800 North 33rd Street
·      Friday, February 24th, 12:10 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 4th floor auditorium, 136 S. 14th Street

Godfrey’s Associates Inc. of Dallas, Texas in conjunction with HDR Inc. of Lincoln will show images of libraries from around the world and take questions and comments about current and future best practices in public libraries.  

In addition to the Town Halls, Leach will also host several community meetings the following week to seek further input.  The meeting schedule is as follows:
·      Monday, February 27, 4 to 5 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
·      Tuesday, February 28, 5 to 6 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library
·      Wednesday, March 1, 1 to 2 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street
·      Thursday, March 2, 6 to 7 p.m., Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
·      Friday, March 3, 10 to 11 a.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street

For information about the central library project, visit

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Lincoln 55+ Seniors Values as of 11-25-16

Lincoln Nebraska Businesses Offer Senior Discounts. 
Ask first!!! – Policies change from time to time. Please ask for your discounts before you order.

  • Aikens natural Food (65+) Tuesdays 10%  5% other days
  • ** Amigos (55+ Seniors) – 10% off
  • ** Arby’s (60+) Small Drink – $.35 with meal
  • ** BackYard Burgers (55+) – 10% off anytime;
  • 25% off entire ticket – All day on Weds.
  • Braeda Fresh Express Cafe (55+) ** 10% off
  • Burger King (57+) 10% Off
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar (55+) 10% off, 6730 S. 27th
  • CiCi’s Pizza ** (55+) $4.89 Buffet,
  • Cielto Lindo (55+) 10% off 100 North 1st
  • College of Hair Design (55+)
  • 10% of services on T – W – Th
  • Culver’s ** (60+) – 5% off
  • ** DaVinci’s ** (60+) – 10% off – 475-1111
  • Deer Springs Winery – 10% off Cases
  • (15% off with military ID)
  • Dickey’s (55+) 10% off
  • Doozy’s (55+) 10% Off   101 North 14th
  • DQ Grill & Chill ** (55+) 10% off – North 27th
  • Egg & I  (60+) 10% off 6891 A St.
  • Godfather’s Pizza (55+) 10% Off $4 Wednesday
  • Goodwill (55+) 20% Off on Tues and Sundays
  • ** Golden Corral ** (60+) -10:45-4 M-F $7.69 includes beverage. 3940 North 26th St.
  • Greenfield (55+) 10% off 7900 South 87th
  • Green’s Plumbing ** (55+) Be sure to ask!
  • 10% residential service – $10 max.
  • ** IHOP (55+) 10% – 4501 North 27th
  • Joseph’s College of Beauty – Senior prices, 5801 O Street
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken ( Ask – 55+ or 65+ ) – 10% discount
  • Kohl’s – Wednesdays – 15% off
  • Licorice International (55) 10% on Tuesdays
  • Long John Silver’s (55+) – 20% off Weds.
  • ** Lied Center for Performing Arts ** –
  • 10% to 20% Group discount – 472-4747
  • Marcus Theaters (60+)$5 all day Tues, –
  • $5 < 11:00 am – any day and Fri. < 5:30 pm
  • Nebraska Brass – (55+) $12 per event
  • Season $54   402-477-7899
  • Orscheln Farm & Home – (55+) 5% off every Wednesday (with card)
  • ** Perkins Restaurants (55+) – Senior Menu
  • Papa Murphy (55+) – 10% off
  • Piezano’s (55+ Seniors & guests) – 10% off – Dine-in only
  • Popeye’s (55+) – 10% off
  • Runza (55+) – 10% off
  • Serenity Health Massage (55+)
  • Seniors –> $45 per hour, M, T AM 617-3604
  • Schlotzsky’s Deli (60+) 10% off – 4320 N. 27th
  • Subway – (55+) 10%
  • Supercuts (55+) Supercut Sr. – $11
  • Taco Bell / Taco Bueno (55+) / Taco Inn (60+) / Taco John’s (62+) – 10% off
  • ** Valentino’s Pizza (65+) 10% off at buffet. 25% off buffet All Day Monday
  • 70th and Van Dorn
  • Village Inn (60+) – 10% off
  • Walgreen’s – 1st Tuesday 20% off
  • Wendy’s (55+) – Free vlaue Drink w meal
  • Zoup – (55+) Try Two Combo 2801 Pine Lake Rd
  • ** Look for Lincoln 55+ Newspapers **
  • at Locations notated with ** stars **


  • Please mention the Lincoln 55+ Seniors discount listing when you visit.
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