A law of the land that we ought to undo
We are told on a nearly daily basis that nothing can be done about Obamacare because it’s the law of the land, duly passed by the House and Senate and signed by the president. Now we have the new budget agreement that includes reinstating $63 billion in spending cuts that the sequestration brought about a year ago.
Well, sequestration was also the law of the land, duly passed by the House and Senate and signed by the president. But that didn’t stop them from changing it.
Not to worry. They promised to reinstate cuts in 2022 and 2023. Kind of makes you think of the old saying, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”
We all know that Tuesday never comes.
Klaus P. Lindner, La Vista
Shhh! There’s Husker basketball going on
To the student section at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena:
I’m calling you guys out. You were given the best seats, at a ridiculously discounted rate, due to the level of excitement that you were supposed to bring to this new chapter in Husker basketball.
To date, you have earned a resounding “F” grade for the noise, passion and intimidation you have brought to the arena. Your presence at home games has been embarrassing.
Any coach or player will tell you that the team feeds off the energy from the home crowd, driven by the student section.
Creighton fans love to make the blanket statement that “Nebraska fans are largely uneducated when it comes to basketball.” I attend both Nebraska and Creighton home games, and Creighton’s student section — though smaller and tucked away at the end of the court — puts NU’s to shame.
If you are unwilling to improve the situation and would prefer to just sit on your thumbs, then trade tickets with me and other season ticket-holders who want to motivate the team.
Evan Trofholz, Omaha
Let’s induct prisoners into the military
I’ve read that our prisons are getting overcrowded and that something must be done. Why can’t we pass a law letting some criminals with good behavior serve their country honorably in the armed forces, reducing their sentence by one-half?
It not only would reduce the prison population but also would increase the numbers of our enlisted personnel for our country’s defense.
And as an added benefit, it would help to make those persons a more welcome addition to our society.
Jim Jirsak, Omaha
Chambers having cake, eating it too?
Ernie Chambers often lets his lofty regard for himself — as well as his tendency to get unnecessarily caught up in the rhetoric — get in the way of making his point, as he did in his Midlands Voices piece, “U.S. Senate rule change is constitutional” (Dec. 9 World-Herald).
He makes the case for majority rule in legislative proceedings. He then explains how he himself, apparently a majority of one, uses rules trickery to dominate the Nebraska Legislature.
So which is it? The majority rules, or Ernie rules?
P.L. Butcher, Shenandoah, Iowa
Expand Medicaid for eligible Nebraskans
In his Midlands Voices piece (Dec. 17 World-Herald), Jon Bailey makes a compelling plea for Medicaid expansion for rural Nebraskans. The projection that 33,000 adult Nebraskans will fall into the “coverage gap” is unacceptable.
Bailey concludes, “Medicaid expansion is the morally correct choice, the fiscally correct choice and the economically correct choice for rural Nebraska.”
I would alter the last statement to say for “all eligible Nebraskans.”
Patricia McGill Smith, Omaha
Keystone XL won’t carry simple crude
Wake up, citizens of Nebraska. If you don’t, TransCanada could ruin your water supply.
They call it “heavy crude” so you will not know what really would be in the pipeline: diluted bitumen from tar sands.
If there were a spill, we would have the threat of polluted water. And how would you clean up tar, methane, benzene, arsenic and mercury from the sand and gravel?
It is time for the people of Nebraska to tell our governor and Legislature that tar-sands products should be banned from this state. The day is coming when water will be the most precious commodity there is.
Max Nelson, Columbus, Neb.
That third-floor apartment still available?
I was delighted to see the photo of the new residence for the University of Nebraska president (Dec. 12 World-Herald).
This was our home when my husband and I were first married in 1950. We lived in an apartment on the third floor, rented for $75 a month including utilities — a real find for us, because apartments were very scarce then.
I’m wondering whether the imported French tapestries are still on the walls of the dining room.
Elizabeth Pflug, Omaha