Bus route from suburbs to Omaha is vital
I am a longtime rider of the Tri-Communities Express bus that goes through Papillion, La Vista and Ralston to downtown Omaha five days a week.
Like other bus riders, I was very upset over the possibility of this bus route being ended. I work in downtown Omaha; I do not earn a big salary. My budget does not allow me to drive into work every day and pay the high monthly cost of a parking garage. For me, the bus is economical and safe.
With all due respect to the mayor of Papillion, more than seven people between all three cities ride this bus. That may be what he was told, but the number varies, like all city bus ridership. Some riders go on business trips; some may drive because of a doctor's appointment, a sick child or errands or appointments after work. Some may be on vacation.
By taking away the Tri-Communities bus route, these small cities would go backward in time by isolating themselves from Omaha. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me, “I didn’t know there was a bus from Papillion or La Vista to downtown Omaha.”
I urge the cities involved to talk with people who ride this bus and get their input and suggestions. This is 2013; every modern community needs some kind of public transportation.
Cheri Halda, Ralston
Gun ownership helpful to self-defense
Perhaps Diane Green (“Stothert sends wrong message with gun,” Aug. 20 Pulse) should reconsider her concern about Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert's message.
If the poor Omaha woman who was raped and murdered in July, allegedly by a drunken illegal immigrant, had slept with a gun under her pillow, she would still be alive.
James Byrk, Plattsmouth, Neb.
Sentence for drunken driver too light
Omahan Paul Mosher was drunk in July 2012, hit a house with his car and almost killed the lady who lived inside the house, Brooke Sutton (Aug. 20 World-Herald).
She had a broken shoulder, broken ribs, crushed vertebrae and a shattered ankle bone. She was hospitalized for two weeks and in a body cast for months. She has been in rehabilitation ever since because of her injuries caused by this man.
Judge Mark Ashford of Douglas County District Court sentenced Mosher to three years' probation and alcohol rehab. This judge, in my opinion, gave a wrong sentence.
The driver should have gotten five years in prison and a three-year probation after serving prison. Then no license renewal for five years after that.
Let's stiffen penalties in Nebraska to get a message out that we Nebraskans mean business when it comes to drunken drivers.
B. Maria Mollica, Omaha
Catholic contraceptive use common
Since a recent study showed that 98 percent of sexually experienced Catholic women who were surveyed had used contraception at one time or another in their lives, how exactly is providing birth control under Obamacare infringing on their religious liberties?
Don Rhoden, Plattsmouth, Neb.
Feds should live with less, like rest of us
U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg needs to quit whining about the budget (Aug. 20 Midlands Voices).
The reality is we all have had to reduce our budget — city government, fire departments, police, schools, regular folks who actually work.
She wrote: “Even worse, the DOJ will not have any unexpended funds to help cushion the sequestration” (emphasis added).
The fact that there are “unexpended funds” shows we have been overfunding the Department of Justice in the past. I looked for the data but only came up with information that the DOJ has had unexpended funds for several years straight.
Gilg should quit complaining and do what her last paragraph stated: “We are committed to working harder with less to ensure public safety. ”
Mike Tiehen, Omaha
Immigrants work hard, contribute much
Wildfires rage in the West in another dry summer. We face several challenges this August, including debates on how to fix our nation's broken immigration system. How we choose to address these challenges will serve to define us during rough times.
Out of many cultures, our country's strength continues to be grounded in our ability to work together as fellow Americans. As wildfires rage, all hands are on deck, including large numbers of immigrants. Together, these firefighters risk their lives to protect families and homes.
There are also those who cook food we eat and create innovative businesses. New immigrants realize the value of working hard and doing their part in exchange for liberty's blessings.
As Americans, we all contribute, and we're all better off for having hardworking new immigrants as contributing members of our communities. They shop in our stores, pay payroll taxes and give to local churches and charities.
It's important to give credit to aspiring Americans in our communities who, like the rest of us, are committed to the country we all call home. America works best when we all do our part and work together as one nation, indivisible and strong.
It's time for Congress to act and provide a road map to citizenship for these new Americans as part of immigration reform.
Jennifer Horner, Red Oak, Iowa
Memories grow sweeter with time
Memories. If you have the kind I have, then treasure them, as they will carry you through the hard times.
As a young boy of 9, I sold The World-Herald at 16th and Harney Streets for 3 cents. I had a customer, Mr. Van Avery, who would give me 5 cents for the paper and I would be on cloud nine! Little did he know what a lasting memory it would leave.
I have been very fortunate to have been blessed with the life I've had. I hope all of you have been blessed this way.
John D. Condon, Omaha