Anti-tanning effort leaves a real burn
It seems that State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist has joined the ranks of the “virtuecrats” — politicians who think they know what’s best for all of us.
His crusade to end indoor tanning (Jan. 2 World-Herald) has helped to close nearly half the tanning businesses in Nebraska in the past few years. Typical of a virtuecrat.
If Nordquist is really concerned about youth health, why not spend precious legislative effort on ending Omaha’s appalling rates of sexually transmitted diseases? STD rates in Omaha are among the highest in the country.
Greg Nowel, Omaha
Congress cares more for its own benefits
The politicians in Congress want to change military pay and retirement benefits. What a greedy, uncaring bunch. They care only about themselves. They can get an automatic pay raise every year.
The next time we have a serious decision to make, and they are debating for months on it, let’s put it to a vote of the people instead, which is the way it was designed to be — a government of, for and by the people. The decision will be made much differently from the way members of Congress and their super-rich friends want.
We need a complete new bunch in Congress, people who hopefully will hear our wants and then vote accordingly.
Rodger Duvall, Omaha
Military benefits are a whipping boy
My new year’s resolution was to not speak unkindly of the spineless Republicans and Democrats representing us. But after hearing the news lately, I cannot help but speak out on behalf of military retirees and let the public know what cuts they have endured since the Clinton administration.
Now it is getting worse. Apparently the rule is, if cuts have to be made, pick on the military.
How commendable of the Republicans and Democrats to finally agree on something: cutting military retirement benefits! But have lawmakers ever thought about cutting their own precious retirement benefits or cutting their health care benefits to match ours?
Military people are serving because they believe in patriotism, love of country and protecting our Constitution, what is left of it. But don’t worry. Our military will continue to protect you and will always look forward to Memorial Day, when our members of Congress stand so bravely in front of the American flag to say “thank you” to our defenders of peace.
Jeanie M. Porterfield, Omaha
Founders limited ‘treason’ on purpose
Some people say Edward Snowden committed treason when he revealed certain National Security Agency activities.
Treason is the only crime specifically mentioned in our Constitution and it’s defined as: “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort” (Article III, Section 3).
I presume this was put in the Constitution because the Founding Fathers did not want a situation — as in some countries — where merely criticizing the government or king was treasonous.
Edgar Pearlstein, Lincoln
‘Nebraska’ for movie-goers with a mind
“Nebraska” is one of the best movies I have seen lately. Alexander Payne can take what seems to be a simple plot with a handful of characters and create an entertaining and yet thought-provoking piece of art.
So many movies are targeted to the non-thinker that it is a pleasure to find one that is both enjoyable and relevant.
Maggie Hoffman, Gretna
A suitable dog tale for a time of woe
My faith has been restored. In these troubling times, the outpouring of compassion over a small lost dog has been heartwarming.
A shepherd of some sort was hanging around my yard. Being a responsible pet owner, I reported it to the Nebraska Humane Society, which unfortunately could not catch her. Because of the nearby busy street and the bitter cold, the officer placed a trap for her in my yard. He placed a tarp and blanket on the ground under the trap, blankets inside and another tarp atop the cage to help protect her from the elements.
When she became trapped, the officer was at my house within 20 minutes, even though it was after 10 p.m. He talked with the frightened dog, calming her before taking her out of the trap and placing her in his truck.
I was truly touched at the kindness he showed. I am sure he deals with strays all the time, but he wasn’t hardened to the routine.
I also placed ads to help the dog find her way home. The response was absolutely heartwarming — over 50 people responded. To take that extra step speaks volumes about the wonderful people of Omaha-Council Bluffs.
Sandie Yeaman, Omaha