Keep focus on what’s important
What is going on in Washington these days? Are taxpayers watching an episode of “Real Housewives,” or should the CIA just be done away with?
Do all of these people need a baby sitter? I am so upset over these so-called leaders messing around while our children are fighting wars and losing their lives.
Or is this just something to keep us occupied and not paying attention to the bigger, more important problems our nation is facing?
Barbara Yllescas, Treynor, Iowa
Time to support our president
In 2008, the right wing was screaming that if Barack Obama was elected, America’s economy would continue its collapse and the government would take away everyone’s guns. There were dozens of other dire predictions.
As usual, none of the ridiculous doomsday scenarios designed to scare gullible listeners into following the wealthy right-wingers’ desires came true. The fall into depression was stopped. The stock market rose. Failing banks, companies and millions of jobs were saved. Gun laws loosened.
If a Republican had done this, conservatives would have called it a miracle. But since a Democrat did it, sour-grape conservatives whine about things not being better. Their only dire predictions claimed as true are what delusional conservatives label as failures, even though they were successes.
Well, as Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” After President Obama’s re-election, the conservative fear-mongers are screaming again like the doomsdayers who predicted the end of the world thousands of times. Amazingly, we are all still here.
Spreading hate against our president to further one’s own political agenda seems divisive to me. Who needs naysayers who do nothing but hold our nation back?
David W. McCord, Omaha
We hired the wrong president
Jeff Grinvalds (Nov. 9 Pulse) asked why rural Nebraskans overwhelmingly supported Mitt Romney. Specifically, he asked, “How do Republicans represent and benefit them?”
Rural Nebraskans value hard work, honesty and self-reliance. We don’t live beyond our means. We know big businesses were once small businesses that prospered through good management. We have some of those out here.
We have Christian values and are pretty good at math. We aren’t looking for benefits or handouts, just common sense in government. We’ve been blessed with strong family heritages, which we try to protect and pass on to the next generation. We love the land and the lives we have built around it.
It’s simple, really. Romney and the GOP represent everything we value. We also look at résumés — Romney’s was awesome; Obama’s, not so much. We just hired the wrong man, America.
Shari Dunklau, Wayne, Neb.
Compromise made great nation
As a Republican, I think it is time for my party to stop viewing “compromise” as a dirty word. Anyone with rudimentary knowledge of our national history recognizes that our Constitution represents a series of compromises that bridged:
>> The power gap between populous states (House of Representatives, with membership determined by population) and smaller states (U.S. Senate, with equal representation from each state).
>> The gap between those favoring a more powerful central government (the proposed Constitution) and those favoring a weaker government (the then-current Articles of Confederation).
>> The gap between free and slave states.
There were numerous compromises on issues of states’ rights, taxation, slavery abolition, the powers of the president and the selection of the judiciary. Without the ability of our Founding Fathers to find a way to compromise on beliefs passionately felt by both sides, we would not be the great nation we are today.
The challenge for my party and for the nation is to again view compromise as an essential ingredient to a functioning democracy. The inability to find workable solutions to our national challenges will only lead to continuing disastrous gridlock and inevitable national decline.
Roger Larsen, Fremont, Neb.
Blind obedience hurts state
It seemed we were beyond an unfortunate part of history in our Nebraska politics, the era of mediocrity of Roman Hruska, Carl Curtis and Virginia Smith.
For a moment I thought the voters were getting wiser. Alas, they are again sending a plethora of obedient Republicans to Washington who will be conspicuous by their lack of intestinal fortitude, serving only their party whims and doing nothing that benefits Nebraska or the country.
Alex Bernal, Omaha
Can’t let ref’s call break spirit
I was very disappointed in the reaction to the Nebraska game against Penn State. Yes, I believe it was a controversial call. I saw the play again and again.
I don’t understand why the Penn State players are not remembering the heartfelt welcome Nebraska and all fans gave them last year — a week after the betrayals by the PSU staff and administrators. The Nittany Lions and the Huskers were on the field together, kneeling in prayer. The Huskers fans, players and coaches all wanted the best for all those Penn State young men.
All sports are win-or-lose situations. Everyone wants to win. The Huskers have had many bad officiating calls in the past few years. We move on.
Karen Richardson, Omaha
One call does not a game make
Penn State fans are up in arms over a call that didn’t decide the outcome of a game? The Huskers can’t be faulted for a call that was reviewed by neutral Big Ten officials.
I remember a call at Penn State in 1982 that supposedly cost Nebraska a national title. Penn State went on to win the only game that Nebraska lost that year. Nebraska got over it and went on to have a great year.
Penn State fans need to get some perspective. Teams don’t lose games on one call. There are always multiple plays in a game that really decide the outcome.
The Nittany Lions and their new coach played a great game. They should build on that. I wish them well on the road to recovery.
Phyl Woodburn, Wahoo, Neb.