Fischer is right on health care
The election will play a major role in deciding the future of our health care system, especially for Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race.
As a registered nurse, I see two distinct paths our health care system could eventually lead to.
The current path we’re on will lead to a single-payer, government-run system that puts a tremendous burden on taxpayers and health care providers.
Or, we could have a health care system that focuses on lowering costs, increasing accessibility and promoting innovation.
I support the market-based route, but I also believe the government must ensure that those with pre-existing conditions can obtain or keep their health insurance.
It’s refreshing to see that Deb Fischer shares those commonsense priorities. Although she understands government has a role to play in helping those who truly can’t help themselves, she also acknowledges the private sector — not government — is what will ultimately keep quality up and prices down. I will proudly be casting my vote for Deb Fischer on Nov. 6.
Krystina Roy, Omaha
Kerrey can end gridlock in D.C.
In the Nebraska debates for U.S. Senate, Bob Kerrey’s knowledge, enthusiasm and love of country were evident. In response to questions, he had facts, plans and ideas. His plan to end the dysfunction in Congress is desperately needed.
Deb Fischer did not give substantive answers but instead mouthed the same old Republican Party phrases about jobs and taxes.
I fear if she is elected, she will be just one more obstructionist politician contributing to the gridlock in Washington.
Kathy Schwery, Plattsmouth, Neb.
Vote to keep MUD on right path
As chairman of the Metropolitan Utilities District Board of Directors, I’m very proud of the board’s accomplishments and the difficult decisions we’ve made to ensure safe and reliable water and natural gas service well into the future at very competitive rates.
Our board has made some difficult strategic decisions and taken aggressive steps to keep MUD’s rates significantly lower than other regional and national utilities. MUD has turned the corner and is now acting like a competitive business aggressively managing costs and growing revenues.
As we approach the important November elections, I’m very concerned that the MUD owner-ratepayers make an informed and correct decision as to whom they vote for and elect for the MUD Board.
Ratepayers should be pleased with MUD’s current strategic direction and should vote for Dave Friend and John McCollister. Both of these men have the knowledge and experience to maintain MUD’s current momentum and focus on aggressive cost management and revenue growth.
With regard to the board’s decision to outsource some gas infrastructure projects, I want to assure all ratepayers that MUD’s safety standards have not been compromised and the contractor is utilizing local workers who belong to local unions.
Mike McGowan, Omaha
Wealth requires responsibility
America is blessed to have wealthy Americans who have demonstrated their love for our country by their philanthropy and stated belief that the wealthy should pay more taxes to increase the nation’s revenue.
Then, there are other wealthy people and organizations whose goals are to lower their tax obligations, provide no medical coverage for their employees and avoid the cost of providing protection from all manner of pollution. They believe in outsourcing jobs and hiding their money in foreign banks.
Their focus is the accumulation of more and more personal wealth. To maximize this effort they need the complicity of the government.
The latter group is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to buy state legislators, governors, Congress and the presidency. They have the cash, but they don’t have the votes.
The solution is to look to red states like Nebraska to provide a majority of votes. Sadly, they will count on the people whom Mitt Romney referred to as the 47 percent to enable them to form a government of the wealthy, by the wealthy and for the wealthy.
U.B. Stinson, Omaha
Amendment affects recreation
A big decision about Nebraska’s outdoor recreation industry will be made on Nov. 6. This is not just about our right to hunt and fish. It is about the industry as a whole. It impacts those who camp, take nature hikes or just like being in the outdoor world.
Spending by outdoor recreation enthusiasts supports 8,500 jobs and generates $54 million in state and local tax revenue in Nebraska, according to the latest National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife- Associated Recreation State Overview Report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
So, I ask voters to vote for Amendment 2.
Jon Slaga, Omaha
Doubt UNMC’s economic impact
According to Drew Miller (Oct. 8 Public Pulse) and the advertising department of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the NU system has single-handedly kept our state economy from collapsing.
Really? The educated sure must think the masses are ignorant. I fear they are right.
Dan Brandt, Plattsmouth, Neb.
Show respect for the right to life
I believe moral law is in complete accord with natural law. They are one and the same thing. How can a country that disregards natural law thrive? How can scientists create human embryos only to destroy their life in fruitless experiments?
Drew Miller’s Oct. 8 letter was not straightforward. Adult stem-cell research has proven extremely beneficial.
But, despite the millions of dollars spent on embryonic stem-cell research, it has yet to produce any therapeutic treatments.
Respecting the right to life of human embryos would save precious tax dollars. Perhaps, this money could be used for research on therapies to actually help patients.
Candidates running for the University of Nebraska regents should sign a pledge to respect our most basic right: the right to life. Following natural law is healthy on every level: spiritual, physical and economic.
Georgia Ebel, Omaha