Stothert hits the mark with gun permit
In response to Diane Green’s letter (“Stothert sends wrong message with gun,” Aug. 20 Pulse), many believe that Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert sent the correct message on guns.
It is essential that our leaders recognize our Constitution and Bill of Rights to support our right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. Stothert purchased the gun legally and completed the requirements for a concealed-carry permit to protect herself and her home.
The recent incident involving the retired couple in Bedford, Iowa, Jerome and Carolyn Mauderly, demonstrates that owning guns by responsible citizens works to protect their lives. An intruder, escaped convict Rodney Long, was holding the couple against their will and was shot and killed by Mr. Mauderly, a retired corrections officer. A couple of months ago, a burglar in the Elkhorn area was apprehended and held at gunpoint until police arrived.
These events should make any criminals have second thoughts before taking illegal actions that may have a detrimental impact on them, even death.
Our country would be much better off if more leaders set an example for responsible gun ownership and following our laws, including the Constitution.
Gaylan Abood, Omaha
College athletes already compensated
Several people have written the Public Pulse recently about paying college athletes.
So, giving them full scholarships, feeding them well, giving them the best sports medicine, etc., doesn’t count as pay?
Give me a break.
Alan Severin, Omaha
Drunken-driver sentence outrageous
Upon reading The World-Herald’s article Aug. 21 regarding the accident that seriously injured Brooke Sutton, we are outraged at Douglas County District Judge Mark Ashford’s decision to sentence the driver, Paul Mosher, to probation.
Mosher’s question to Sutton at the time of the accident, “Do we have to (call 911)?”, should have warned the court of the level of his remorse and anxiety, making him not “a suitable candidate for probation.”
I wonder if Judge Ashford regrets his light sentence since, according to the article, Mosher admitted to a probation officer that he has drank alcohol since the crash.
This indicates alcohol treatment did not work for him. He should have gone straight to jail.
Louise Wilmot and Hilary Kirby, Omaha
Electricity retailers are creating buzz
Retail electricity competition is indeed shaking up the old utility business model and benefiting consumers (“Electric companies offer free nights, weekends to cut costs,” Aug. 19 World-Herald).
In states that allow customers to choose an energy supplier, the old monopoly utility dictum of take-it-or-leave-it is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
Competition’s ability to drive value in terms of price dominates discussions about opening markets to competition. But the Associated Press article shows that competition drives value beyond price, prompting innovation to create value-added products and services that better meet the individual needs and desires of customers.
Customers who want their energy use to reflect environmental preferences can purchase “green” power that supports electricity from clean energy resources. Other value-added products provide price certainty, home warranty protection plans, HVAC installation, weatherization and energy efficiency services.
With competition, each customer gets the freedom to shop based on price, green offers, value-added products or a combination of factors. This is an inherent strength of the competitive market, which acts as an engine of innovation, creating value for consumers unattainable through traditional or default utility services.
Unfortunately, this driver of innovation and economic growth is unavailable to consumers in Nebraska.
Melissa Lauderdale, Georgetown, Texas
President, Retail Energy
The road to peace starts with small steps
Where has the peace gone?
Which direction do we have to travel to find peace? How far is that? Do we know how to help it find its way back?
There’s too much hate and violence hanging around. How did it get here, and from where did it come?
Guns are blazing in our streets; people are suffering in poverty.
Here’s today’s tragic news: More laid to rest, gang-related deaths, drive-by shootings and bombs exploding in other countries. The horrible experiences that children are having to deal with. Hardly any peaceful news is ever heard.
Well, we can’t disappear, turn our backs or lock our doors and act like we can’t see the damage.
We need to help bring peace back. Come together, stand tall and start laying the foundation. Help a stranger or an elderly person without much luck. Share your wisdom with those who will listen. Do some work to improve your community.
Always remember to treat others how you would like to be treated. And work hard, because you are the leaders and creators of the next generation.
Brandy Drake, Carter Lake, Iowa
Brush Up volunteers inspire gratitude
Many thanks and heartfelt gratitude to all the wonderful, kind, caring volunteers who gave their time to paint my home Aug. 17 during the Brush Up Nebraska Paint-A-Thon. God bless them all.
Dorothy Segobia, Ralston