Fatal intersection needs traffic cops
Regarding the intersection at Nebraska Highway 370 and 180th Street, where my son was recently killed in an auto accident:
For a concert at the CenturyLink Center, there are police directing traffic. At the CWS, there are police directing traffic. On a Husker Saturday, there are State Patrol officers directing traffic at the intersection of Highways 6 and 31. But every October, when Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is at full capacity, there are no police directing traffic.
Anyone who has been in that traffic knows it is unsafe and insane. Are those lives attending a nationally televised sporting event or famous concert worth more to the city, state and counties than those countless families attending Vala’s? Or should a private business that creates such a traffic hazard be required to provide traffic control, to protect not only their paying customers but all the other drivers on Highway 370 as well?
I see that the Roads Department will study the intersection again — but after the Vala’s season. Really? Save our tax dollars. A study at that point would yield no useful results and nothing would change. There is a small time frame each year when this intersection is extremely dangerous. If the Roads Department is unwilling to study the intersection then, it would be like studying traffic around Memorial Stadium on a random weeknight in February.
Someone please use a rational thought process and study this intersection during its peak usage.
Beth LaFave, Omaha
Consider publicizing alternate routes
There is a lot of talk about the dangerous intersection at 180th Street and Highway 370. I live on 180th between 370 and Vala’s Pumpkin Patch. Every year Vala’s places an ad in the paper instructing people to get to Vala’s from 370 by going south on 180th.
How about giving people options? Traveling south on 168th or 192nd also can get you to Vala’s. This would alleviate much of the heavy traffic on 180th.
Vala’s might have to spend a couple of dollars to spray to keep the dust down. But if it saves lives, isn’t it worth it? Vala’s should accept some responsibility for the heavy traffic during the six weeks it is in operation.
Jim Andreasen, Gretna
Serfdom will come from right, not left
In response to Terry Adams (Oct. 18 Pulse), the line to serfdom is on the right, with big business.
It will only get worse once the U.S. Supreme Court approves larger political donations (this is the most pro-business high court ever) and as rich businessmen buy their representatives.
The top 1 percent are getting more and more, and the middle class and poor are getting nothing. That’s why food stamps, government assistance and unemployment are so bad. If employers offered better benefits, these numbers would look better. But these businesses are more than happy to have the federal government cover these expenses for them.
What do you think funds these subsidies? Our tax dollars, so we are already paying for them. Until this “coddle big business” mentality stops, these numbers will stay bad and serfdom will arrive via the right.
Sean McGrath, Omaha
Democrats strutting, but debt rising
The Democrats are strutting like peacocks now that they have again done nothing to reduce federal spending.
While President Obama has been in office, the debt has increased by $9 trillion, to $17 trillion. Food stamp recipients are at an all-time high with a cost of $78 billion per year and Social Security disability payments have grown to $144 billion per year. Economists say that Social Security disability is being scammed by many people who are not truly disabled.
Hang on to your wallets, people. By the time Obama and the other Democrats are done with our once-great country, we will all be eating stale bread and peanut butter.
A.D. Vinke, Omaha
Rep. Terry not getting anything done
U.S. Rep. Lee Terry’s health care law hearing (Oct. 25 World-Herald) was about campaigning and nothing else.
The congressman gets re-elected because of gerrymandering and outside money, which he represents wholeheartedly. He is the prime example of a do-nothing congressman in a do-nothing Congress.
He did state some time ago that he spent the majority of his term opposing the president. Thanks so much for your hard work, congressman. You must be exhausted.
Cecil Case, Omaha
Climate scientists go for the big money
I read with interest the article, “State study may go begging for scientists” (Oct. 24 World-Herald). That is, until I reached the part where University of Nebraska-Lincoln climate scientists declined to participate. When I reached that part, I laughed out loud.
The claim by climate scientists that mankind’s activities are a significant cause of global warming is a fraud. UNL climate scientists want to continue the narrative that mankind is responsible for global warming because they want the federal research dollars.
It’s easy to turn down a paltry $44,000 state grant in exchange for the millions of dollars in federal research grants available. You don’t attract federal research grants unless you can claim a kinship to a budding catastrophe.
These UNL scientists are afraid that if they find that weather is simply “cyclical,” the federal grant money will dry up, because no matter how much money you spend, man cannot control weather.
Mark Heavrin, Omaha
Those moving here should learn English
This is regarding the calls for a bilingual principal at Omaha South High School (Oct. 24 World-Herald):
If I moved to Mexico, I would expect to learn to hablo Español. Why don’t more people moving here want to learn to habla Inglés?
Hal Capps, Omaha
A health website success story, and a tip
As someone who has successfully used the online marketplace to review and purchase health insurance, I offer this advice to everyone who has an individual policy or no current coverage:
Sign on early in the morning, before the West Coast wakes up.
After getting notification that the monthly premium for my individual policy would increase from $334 to $541 with a $4,750 deductible, this advice paid off for me.
With the financial assistance available through the Affordable Care Act, I found a $2,000-deductible policy for only $91. Saving $450 every month is worth getting up a little early. And now I can sleep better knowing I have health insurance.
I also offer this advice to Nebraska congressmen: Early in the morning is also a good time to get on the Internet to start looking for the new job you will need after the next elections.
Vicki Pratt, Omaha