Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:00 am / Updated at 4:54 pm
The Public Pulse, Jan. 21

Peanut butter will be a reminder

I didn’t know 5-year-old Payton Benson. But I do know, upon seeing her photo in the newspaper and reading about she was killed by a stray bullet, how easy it was for her family to love and cherish her.

When I found out that she and I had something in common — eating peanut butter with a spoon — I had to smile and say a short prayer for Payton and her family.

From now on, every time I dip a spoon into a jar of peanut butter, I’ll say a prayer for Payton and those she loved. I hope you do, too. Peanut butter can keep us all stuck together.

Chris Carlberg, Omaha

Stakes of bullying seem to have risen

When are parents going to realize that their children who bully other kids are putting their lives at risk? Those kids don’t just cry about it anymore. They bring guns to school and kill.

Good parents teach their children to be kind to others. Be aware of what your kids do.

Connie Salerno, Omaha

Arming teachers a dangerous idea

Regarding Legislative Bill 879, which would allow teachers to carry guns inside of a school: Guns are dangerous in every situation, even in trained hands.

Although one may be trained to handle a firearm, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a dangerous weapon and could easily take a life. Putting guns in a school by letting teachers carry one is not a good choice. What if a student stole the gun or was able to disarm the teacher? What if the gun went off by mistake?

It is a slight fear to students that someone may come to their school and threaten them, but I believe putting guns in a school would cause more fear.

There are more cons than pros in LB 879.

Jacob Paul Warner, Omaha

Prevent school shootings, sure, but how?

Molly Mayhew suggested (Jan. 17 Pulse) that “instead of putting the time into training teachers on how to respond to a school shooting, how about putting the time into preventing it from happening?”

All right-thinking individuals would heartily agree. Let’s hear some specific suggestions regarding how that desirable end might realistically be achieved.

Dennis Schafer, Omaha

Uneaten breakfast, unneeded breakfast

The trend of offering grab-and-go breakfasts to students (Jan. 12 World-Herald) seems to teach wrong habits and appears to be another degree of pampering. Studies indicate that traditional breakfast service in school cafeterias has been ineffective at getting students to eat breakfast. That must prove the students aren’t starving.

I disagree with asking the Midwest Dairy Council, taxpayers or anyone other than parents to finance breakfasts at school.

The so-called free meals offered to OPS students should be called “taxpayer-provided food.”

Sonja Switzer, Omaha

Stamps one little sign of cost squeeze

The price of stamps is set to increase by 6.5 percent (3 cents) on Sunday. Stated differently, the cost of stamps will outpace inflation.

Is a 3-cent-per-stamp increase really that big of a deal? No, not really. However, if you begin to compile all these little ways that costs are outpacing income, you eventually end up with hyperinflation.

It will really start to bloat after the health care law’s employer mandate kicks in, which has “conveniently” been moved until just after the midterm elections.

Evan Trofholz, Omaha

No ‘Nebraska’ Oscar from this Nebraskan

I am truly disappointed in “Nebraska” — the movie, not the state. Despite having a touching story line intertwined with comical situations and excellent acting, the film seemed to portray Nebraskans as country hicks raised by dysfunctional families.


I believe this movie has set our state’s pride of excellence in education, sports, good family life and tourism back at least 50 years.

No Oscar vote from me.

Barbara Woerth, Columbus, Neb.

A thanks from Bronco country

We love you, Omaha. Talk about a win-win situation. Our great quarterback barks out “Omaha!” on national television, and your business leaders donate funds to Peyton Manning’s charity for at-risk children.

Go Broncos, and go Omaha! Be well and prosper. Great cities are only great when they spend a little time thinking about how they can give back to the less fortunate among us.

Kudos to your community for thinking about kids who need a hand. I hope your investment pays dividends to all concerned.

Dennis DeMaio, Denver

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