Thirty-two years ago I took my family along with two other families to the Snake River Falls. We all stayed at the Kime's camping facilities there.
The first night we held a western style ho-down with people playing guitar, fiddle and I even played a wash-tub bass. Les Kime danced with my daughter who was four years old at the time. Mr. Kime even gave my daughter a silver dollar for the dance, a memento she still has today. It was a great family weekend with excellent fishing and beautiful surroundings, plus Les and Betty Kime were great hosts.
Over 10 years ago I served as a commissioner and eventually chairman of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. I well know their mission statement is to preserve and protect the wildlife and habitat of Nebraska.
Deb Fischer not only was a bad neighbor to the Kimes, but as a state senator, she was a bad neighbor to the Nebraska Game and Parks.
The Kime heirs wanted the Kime Ranch to be sold to the Nebraska Game and Parks so everyone in Nebraska could enjoy the greatest trout fishery in Nebraska, which is also nationally known as a great trout fishery and has been stocked by the Nebraska Game and Parks.
In open testimony, Deb Fischer said the state of Nebraska and the Game and Parks would be a bad neighbor to her and other ranchers.
As a state senator, Deb Fischer then introduced LB229 to divert funds from the Nebraska Environmental Trust – an act that made it impossible for Nebraska Game and Parks to purchase the Kime Ranch.
Consequently, the Ranch was sold to a private hunting club.
Deb Fischer undermined everyone in Nebraska who buys a state fishing license, a state hunting permit or a state park permit. She has disenfranchised all outdoorsmen and women from enjoying the Snake River Falls.
Deb Fischer must think politics is a contact sport that she can use for her own monetary gain.
For all outdoors people, you should know that she is also a bad neighbor to you - no matter where you live in this great state -- "Nebraska."
By Bill Berryman, Kearney
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