Tighten rules for next debate
I tried to watch the Oct. 11 vice presidential debate. I was ashamed at the playground antics that took place. The lack of courtesy and the constant interrupting made it impossible to follow the proceedings.
I would like to suggest that a strong moderator for the next two presidential debates lay down strict ground rules:
Only two microphones would be live at one time: the speaker’s and the moderator’s. The speaker’s microphone would be turned off once he has reached the given time limit for his response to the question. The rebuttal speaker’s microphone would become live when it is his turn to speak.
The American people are entitled to a real debate, not a juvenile smackdown.
Joseph R. Dixon, Omaha
Biden tricked Ryan on camera
Something to consider about Vice President Joe Biden’s demeanor during the Oct. 11 debate is the fact that each time Paul Ryan was speaking and the camera went to a split-screen shot, Biden immediately reacted with one of his smirks or laughter.
Biden was aware that the TV camera has a small signal lamp that indicates the camera is on. This is for the benefit of those being filmed, as well as the camera operator.
Biden used this camera indicator numerous times to upstage Ryan. It’s an old trick that egotistical TV actors use to draw attention from another actor to themselves.
Biden attempted to use it to discredit Ryan, but because of the vice president’s intimidating, overly aggressive and disrespectful behavior toward Ryan and the moderator, it backfired.
Ryan deserves credit for his calm and respectful attitude.
Val Black, Shenandoah, Iowa
Candidate information aids vote
I thank The World-Herald for information on the political candidates for the Nov. 6 election. Although well informed, we nonetheless lack information on many candidates for political offices. Therefore, I appreciate that The World-Herald prints names of candidates and a thumbnail sketch of each.
Not only are we more knowledgeable, but we are now able to pinpoint those Millard school board members who backed that overkill bond issue.
Richard Wilson, Omaha
Never reveal our war strategy
I learned it as a Marine private and remembered it throughout my more than 24-year career as an officer: Never give your plan to the enemy — not when you are attacking, not when you are withdrawing. This ill-advised strategy can lead to our war fighters being killed.
The president doesn’t get it, and his vice president couldn’t explain it in the Oct. 11 debate. But this is what’s happening in Afghanistan. The Taliban culture can wait us out, inflict casualties and reform the battlefield.
Unfortunately, we will probably need to go back and clean up the mess.
Gregg Lynes, Runnells, Iowa
National cemetery elicits pride
I’m both pleased and gratified by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ decision to move ahead with a new national cemetery that would serve veterans in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
The proposed location is 232 acres of farmland on the east side of Nebraska Highway 50, a half-mile south of Highway 370 in western Sarpy County.
It has been a long, hard-fought battle to get the approval for this prestigious and honorable project. After the location was announced, the Sarpy County administrator, a past chairman of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and the mayor of Springfield took exception to the proposed location.
The Springfield mayor was opposed to the location because it is in the middle of one of Springfield’s major growth corridors.
I guess a VA cemetery is not a glitzy attraction that will bring profits to the county. But I hope the rest of Nebraska is proud and pleased with this newly proposed VA cemetery. It would be a first-class facility and kept impeccably neat and clean.
Ken Schaefer, Springfield, Neb.
Will a penny help postal woes?
The U.S. Postal Service is holding numerous meetings across Nebraska to justify the reduction of hours and closings of some offices to save money. These moves will affect thousands of people.
The Postal Service is a sponsor of the scandal-laden Lance Armstrong racing team, and these advertising expenses cost millions of dollars but benefit only a few.
The Postal Service’s advertising and sponsorship departments need to close some offices and reduce their hours. Advertising has not helped the 25 percent reduction in letters and the estimated $15 billion in losses this year by the Postal Service.
But I guess the one-cent increase for a stamp in January 2013 will solve everything.
Karen Euse, Silver Creek, Neb.
Healthy and safe neighborhoods
I commend the core group of Omaha neighborhood leaders who have fought doggedly for their neighborhoods as they worked to get local control of issues related to alcohol outlets.
In all of our years of working with advocates dedicated to alcohol issues, we’ve never come across a more genuine and committed group of people.
Omaha’s new alcohol ordinance was approved because of their leadership. Unwilling to be silenced, these neighbors clocked thousands of hours and created a groundswell of grass-roots support in the two years they organized.
Together, they overcame one of the most powerful lobbies in our state — the alcohol industry. While the industry had some success in removing key provisions of the ordinance, the foundation was laid to allow for more local control.
With the ability to pull an alcohol establishment’s certificate of occupancy, the City Council now has more authority to either get businesses into compliance or get rid of them completely.
These neighbors had no profits to protect, only their neighborhoods and families. Omaha should be grateful for their perseverance. Because of them, our communities will be healthier and safer places to live for many years to come.
Cassie Greisen, Omaha
Associate director, Project Extra Mile