How rewarding it is to see the Wayne County Fair make good, sound use of a no-longer-needed resource from the former grounds of the Nebraska State Fair. That the 52-stall horse barn has found productive use in northeast Nebraska is welcome news for all involved. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln freed up more of Innovation Campus. Exhibitors in Wayne County got a place to house their animals during the county fair. And people in and around Wayne could get a chance at a covered place to park their boats and other recreational vehicles during the cold and snowy winter months. A win-win.
One of the main advances in Afghanistan since the toppling of the Taliban in 2002 involves conditions for women. "Women's advancement has long been heralded as one of the most visible signs of the past decade's progress," writes Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, with the Council on Foreign Relations. "Close to 3 million girls are now in school, a quarter of parliament is female, thousands of midwives save women's lives across the country each day and maternal mortality has been halved." As U.S. troops leave that country, Afghans will need to step up to safeguard that important progress.