Election reaffirms voter power
The Nov. 2 election reaffirmed the power of the people over the government. When the government turns a deaf ear to the will of the people, the people will respond in the voting booth to soundly reject the government’s overreach.
Finally, the American people have awakened from their progressive-induced slumber and have realized that oppressive taxation and insidious assaults on our individual rights are not a legacy they wish to leave to their children.
It has been said that when the people fear the government, we have tyranny, and when the government fears the people, we have freedom.
Thanks to the American people, the people now have the attention of the government. A word of caution: All elected officials should fail to deliver what was promised at their own peril. Never underestimate the power of the people, or for that matter, the power of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.
Carol Harris, Omaha
Election’s over; let’s get to work
The results of the 2010 midterm election are in and are a landslide for the people. Democrats were ousted and Republicans were elected, but not because they are Republicans. This was a landslide against liberalism and lifetime politicians and not for Republicans.
From what I’ve heard, Democrats don’t get it, and neither do some Republican pundits. They are saying we can compromise. I say, no compromise, period.
I find it unbelievable that Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., were re-elected and Jerry Brown was elected governor of California. But that’s life. The country is divided into three sections: both coasts and the rest of us.
Now, we need to hold Congress to it. We need to demand much reduced spending, smaller government and even a constitutional convention to try to get a balanced budget amendment, term limits, a flat tax and a line-item veto.
Neil Willer, Omaha
Don’t forget how we got here
Do Americans have absolutely no long-term memory? Voters are frustrated with the way the economy is going, so they vote for Republicans.
By doing so, they put back in control the very people, policies and attitudes that brought about the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression and caused all of the problems in the first place.
Sorry, America, but it will take a little longer to undo eight years of financial mismanagement and preferential treatment toward the interests of the wealthy.
Peggy Smith Finch, Omaha
Didn’t vote? Opposition wins
For those of you Democrats who stayed home on Nov. 2, you voted for all of the winners. Ha!
James L. Rawlings, Omaha
Health reform and the law
Herb Vermaas’ Nov. 2 letter about the power of the veto over the congressional repeal effort of health care reform is all true and valid.
However, funding always starts in the House of Representatives, the people’s house. No funds, no health program. But we’ve been functioning without funds for so long, maybe they can be declared by a presidential decree.
I understand health care reform is being challenged in the courts and probably will go to the U.S. Supreme Court. It will be interesting to see if the court will acknowledge medical expertise as a property that can be seized for “public use” or “public benefit.”
“Public use” implies a choice to use or not to use. A “public benefit” is imposed on the public. Personal choice is a matter of quality, quantity and economics. “Benefit” is a nebulous concept distinctive to each individual.
If medical care can be seized as a “public benefit” — like the court’s 2005 ruling on eminent domain — and imposed upon citizens and the medical profession, then how should we spell “slavery”? There is a chasm of difference between being a public servant and someone who serves the public.
Thomas R. Tibbels, West Point, Neb.
Empires rise and fall similarly
A great civilization arises (the United States). The state (federal government) encroaches on freedom and demands more power. People take less responsibility for themselves and want more handouts (entitlements) from the government.
Taxes go up to pay for the handouts. The size of the government explodes, and economic growth slows. The government seeks to divert the public’s attention from what is really going on. Collapse, economic or otherwise, ensues.
This sounds very familiar. The problems I just described were the downfall of the Roman Empire. Societies that do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
Mike Jorgensen, Omaha
Solve problem, don’t add to it
Michael Kelly made some excellent points in his Nov. 4 World-Herald column on the Omaha mayoral recall.
Omaha has made tremendous progress in many areas over the past 10 to 15 years. Kelly listed many projects, which were proposed and completed under Mayors Hal Daub and Mike Fahey, that greatly added to the quality of life in Omaha.
However, mistakes also were made, and problems were left to be solved. Mayor Jim Suttle now is undertaking that unenviable task. Unfortunately, many people out there see problems not as things to be looked at rationally and solved systematically but instead as political opportunities.
John Moore, Omaha
Better ways to spend money
I believe the attempt to recall Omaha’s mayor is a worthless effort and soon to be an expensive undertaking for a city that could use that money to fix streets and clear snow.
I haven’t heard the recall group say who it would suggest to replace the mayor. Shouldn’t the group be providing at least one possible alternative candidate to the public so we can choose to sign a petition or not?
It is easy to yell in one direction without defining the opposite direction.
Eric Christensen, Omaha
Drive or talk, but don’t do both
Every day, we see them — drivers talking and texting on their cell phones. We know them or may even be one of them.
The ones who are attempting to talk or text while driving their vehicles at the same time, doing both badly. The ones who drift in and out of their lanes, go slower than the rest of the traffic, suddenly stop four car lengths behind traffic or cut others off once they return to driving.
What can be so utterly important that one can’t concentrate on driving a 2,500-pound vehicle on the public roads? What makes these drivers so irresponsible that they put not only their lives in jeopardy but also those in their car and the rest of us by driving dangerously and not being focused?
Put the cell phone down. Turn it off and concentrate on driving. You’ll be amazed at what you have been missing.
Mike Lovejoy, Omaha
Speeches stressed another view
Nebraskans can be justifiably proud of the late Ted Sorensen, a presidential speechwriter and native Nebraskan.
From September 1964 to May 1966, I was a graduate student in political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Part of a research project for my master’s degree in political science required examining Lancaster County voter registration records.
I was quite surprised that throughout Sorensen’s years in the Democratic White House, he remained a registered Republican.
Roger R. Holthaus, Omaha
Sculpture is not image we want
I’m glad Albert Paley finally stated what his sculpture over Interstate 80 at 24th Street in Council Bluffs is about (Nov. 1 news story). Everyone I’ve talked to thought it was Freddy Krueger’s glove or something belonging to Edward Scissorhands.
When I think of art, I think of the sculptures around Qwest Center Omaha and the riverfront, which depict the true nature and history of our area and land. I don’t think of a lot of metal. I’ve never seen anything that looked like his “Odyssey” that anyone wanted around.
I think the Council Bluffs City Council needs to take a closer look at what the Iowa West Foundation is putting up around the city. We already have the nickname “Counciltucky.” We don’t need help living up to it.
I think someone should be looking into who or what is commissioning this art and how that person or organization is connected to the artist.
Henry Krecklow, Council Bluffs
Creating a corny new tradition
I’ve been trying to come up with a unique tradition between the University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska when the Cornhuskers join the Big Ten next year.
The Big Ten has a lot of rivalry trophies, and, though a trophy between the two schools would be fun, I’ve thought of something that might be even more exciting.
Nebraska and Iowa are known for their cornfields. I’d be willing to craft two iron cornstalks for each university every year.
Each school could set up a “cornfield” in its trophy room. Every year, two new cornstalks would be created, and one would be given to each school. The winning team would decorate both cornstalks.
I envision that the years Iowa wins, both cornstalks would be black and gold — one going into Iowa’s trophy room and one going into Nebraska’s trophy room. The years that Nebraska wins, the stalks would be scarlet and cream. Team captains who do the decorating could make each stalk unique by writing in the scores, dates and signatures.
Over time, each stalk would be a source of pride for people of each state, as well as a way to treasure the teams’ annual game.
Aaron Musfeldt, Omaha