Loved those Husker hankies
While I believe the Huskers should lose the black helmets and red-and-black uniforms, I loved the black Husker hankies that filled Memorial Stadium for the Wisconsin game. What a sight to see! This should be a new Memorial Stadium tradition.
Tom J. Clark, Omaha
Join forces against terrorism
However did we arrive at the notion that we can patrol, never mind control, all of the events in all the gin joints in all the world?
President Ronald Reagan didn't stop the bombing of the Beirut barracks. President George W. Bush didn't stop the 9/11 tragedy. President Barack Obama didn't stop the Benghazi terrorist attack. We don't help our presidents, military or national security by constantly politicizing and second-guessing these terrible events.
We live in highly complicated times with incredibly complicated issues. Of 7 billion people in the world, the United States accounts for some 314 million — less than 1 percent. It is a fantasy that the United States can monitor so many people worldwide.
Let's spend our time figuring out how to stop the terrorist acts in our own schools and theaters by our own citizens. Let's quit micromanaging the leaders we've hired and let them do their jobs.
Larry Leeds, Omaha
Time for change in White House
President Obama is more focused on campaigning for re-election than working to resolve problems incurred during his presidency: high unemployment, reduction in household income and trillion-dollar debt.
He is more attuned to campaigning than to national security, even as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel should be wiped off the map. Even with concerns about Iran's uranium enrichment activities and subsequent nuclear capabilities, our commander in chief maintains his campaigning priorities.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in the United States to attend the U.N. General Assembly, had requested a meeting with President Obama. According to an Israeli official, the White House rejected the request, saying the president's schedule wouldn't permit that. His schedule did, however, permit a day campaigning in Virginia, a day campaigning in Ohio and an appearance on “The View.”
It's been a hard lesson for us to learn that community organizers don't have what it takes to run our country. President Obama's current focus on re-election makes matters even worse. It's scary, to say the least!
Let's get out the vote. Let's get Obama out and Mitt Romney in!
Sandy Gregory, Omaha
Smokers tax is discriminatory
Omaha's proposed additional tax on cigarettes is totally wrong. Smokers are being singled out to help pay for a cancer center.
If Omaha needs to raise money to cover a promise for this center, that tax should be on something used by everyone.
I'm sure smokers' bills from the facility won't be reduced for having helped pay for it. If this were a pediatrics center, would the city even think about taxing such baby supplies as bottles, diapers and formula? Nope.
David Peters, Papillion
Wise to support cancer center
I commend the Omaha City Council for the farsighted wisdom evident in its consideration of support for the proposed UNMC cancer center. There are few better public or private investments than those that improve public health.
This investment is especially important, as it would ensure Omahans have access to the best care in this era of rapid scientific discovery in cancer causes and treatment.
The proposed occupation tax on cigarette sales is also wise, as it would raise revenues from a product that burdens us with its scourge of disease and death. Hopefully, the tax would discourage cigarette use as well.
Such a tax is no more double taxation than are gasoline taxes when roads are funded also by the state general fund. Indeed, the jobs and other economic activity associated with the cancer center would no doubt return multiples of this investment.
Thank you, City Council members, for working to make Omaha and the region a healthier and more prosperous place to live.
Sanford M. Goodman, Omaha
Did AG let Council off too easily?
Why would Attorney General Jon Bruning charge State Sen. Brenda Council with two misdemeanors, instead of a felony, for using $63,000 in campaign money to gamble?
Bruning said he filed lesser charges out of consideration for Sen. Council's long, distinguished public service career. I think there's more to it.
Sen. Council is running for re-election against Ernie Chambers. Chambers seeks to regain that seat after term limits forced him out. It's my belief that white voters pushed through term limits just to oust Chambers.
Now the powerful establishment, which is mostly white and includes Bruning, will do anything to keep Chambers from office, including giving Sen. Council a pass to keep her in the race.
I hope Sen. Council beats her addiction, but given her vulnerability, she should not be a legislator. Imagine what error in judgment she might make if the powerful establishment's lobbyists offered to help with her gambling debt.
Self-serving lobbyists don't stand a chance with Chambers. For all his bluster, Chambers' integrity has always been above reproach. I wish I could say the same for Nebraska's attorney general.
Linda Ryan, Omaha
Seat-belt laws can save lives
It's amazing to me the number of people killed in motor vehicle collisions only because they fail to take a few seconds to buckle their safety belts.
Is it because they think they are such good drivers that nothing could ever happen to them? A motorist can be driving down the road, doing everything right, and still be involved in a collision.
Driving a motor vehicle is the most dangerous thing most of us will do and must be treated as such. So, all drivers should take a few seconds before taking off to buckle up their seat belts. And by the way, it is the law.
Merle Kenny, Bellevue
An Oct. 1 letter on voter ID was written by Patrick J. Brennan. The writer's middle initial was incorrect in Monday's editions.