Takes two to make a labor contract
Our mayor doesn’t seem to understand that it takes two parties to negotiate and agree upon labor contracts. Our unfunded debt problem is not solely caused by unions.
George Parkerson, Omaha
Saving Omaha from becoming Detroit
I have been impressed with Jean Stothert as mayor. To do your job right, you are never going to make everybody happy. Our society has too many freeloaders. If firefighters think their job is too tough, they need to get a different job.
Mayor Stothert is what Omaha needed; she is saving us from becoming a “Detroit.”
Joe Hylok, Bellevue
Open Cowboy Trail to ATVs, snowmobiles
The vast majority of hikers and bikers reside in the eastern portion of our state. They prefer the asphalt surface for their activities. The Nebraska government, with a huge lack of common sense, gave them a Cowboy Trail far from home that has no appeal.
The people who would use this asset during the summer and winter are prohibited from usage. Riders of ATVs and snowmobiles would not only use the trail but also would spend money at the small towns along the trial. Hiking/biking trails are mostly funded by gas taxes that are paid by everyone.
I have driven from Norfolk to the Wyoming border numerous times, and the bike riders are on the highway and walkers/runners are a very rare sight.
Richard Crouch, Fremont, Neb.
Why not pay me for energy in my lawn?
I have a renewable energy source: my grass clippings. I think I should receive some sort of funding, either in the form of direct payments or tax “credits” to create them. Then I think someone should buy them from me regardless of how efficient they are at creating energy because it would be good for my local economy.
Makes as much sense to me as any wind farms.
Tom Lutz, Papillion
It’s ‘a free-for-all with no leadership’
“The difficulty is,” explained President Obama, “that it’s an unholy alliance of disparate and competing factions — religious zealots who want to impose their beliefs on others, anarchists who just want to tear the government down, plutocratic cabals secretly pulling strings behind the scenes, and the old ideological guard clinging to power — and no one appears to be in charge. It’s a free-for-all with no leadership and every one of the factions pursuing its own narrow self-interest. It’s really a difficult situation with a great deal at stake.”
“So what’s the way out of this Syrian mess, then?” a reporter asked.
“Syria?” the president said. “Heck no, I was talking about the Republican Party.”
Bud Cassiday, Omaha
Thanks for councilman’s MECA stance
I thank our city councilman, Franklin Thompson, for standing up for truth and honesty in the MECA/Jamie Gutierrez Mora issue. Because of his integrity, he has been elected three times by his constituents.
This is not an issue about ethnicity but, rather, an issue of truthfulness on the part of Gutierrez Mora.
Lenore Deeths, Omaha
Salute to Constitution Week underway
Today marks the beginning of Constitution Week, a weeklong commemoration of one of our country’s most important documents, the Constitution of the United States of America. This celebration, proposed by the Daughters of the American Revolution, was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1955.
This document, signed on Sept. 17, 1787, has been the foundation of our government for the past 226 years. It has served our nation in times of war and peace, depression and prosperity, and has provided the foundation of our remarkable system of government. The fact that it has been amended only 27 times is a testament to its strength and flexibility.
The Omaha chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution invites Nebraskans to join us this week by honoring our Constitution. Put aside partisan politics and take a moment to reflect on our Constitution. Without it, our nation would not be the beacon to liberty that it is today.
Clara Sue Arnsdorff, Bellevue
Less Lindsay Lohan, more Libya
It appears to me that the mainstream media has gone the way of being a celebrity entertainment source rather than a provider of real news.
We can turn on any of the Big Three networks and find out what Lindsay Lohan has crashed into, where Amanda Bynes has been lighting fires, who the Kardashians are sleeping with and what highlights Michelle Obama’s hair has been blessed with.
But we get very little information about the problems in Libya. We get no information on the IRS scandal and even less on the attack in Benghazi. I’ll bet Walter Cronkite is proud of his successors.
It’s a good thing that there are still newspapers that actually research the facts and print the news that matters.
Ken Krzycki, Papillion
Bo looks as befuddled as Barack does
The UCLA game was painfully reminiscent of the Bill Callahan error (not a typo).
During the latter part of the third quarter, Bo Pelini looked as bewildered, befuddled and inept as President Obama does as commander in chief.
I fear the chants of “Bo must go!” are going to become a mantra in Husker Nation very soon.
Max R. Moore, Bellevue
Fair-weather fans, give up your tickets
I can already hear “fans” who cheer Big Red only when they win, saying, “The defense is terrible, the offense is no good, Nebraska just doesn’t know how to win the big ones, get rid of Pelini,” etc.
Personally, I was ashamed of the number of “fans” who left early on Saturday. The cheering seemed to stop as soon as UCLA took the lead. That’s when the team and coaches really need the fans.
Fair-weather fans, maybe you’d like to give your tickets to fans who can’t get them and would love to cheer the Huskers on whether they win or lose.
Sister Mary Hlas, Omaha