Most didn’t buy land, still saw values rise
Regarding George Cunningham’s letter (Feb. 10 Pulse) about agricultural land valuations: As a Platte County ag landlord, I must be doing something wrong.
The “highly subsidized” federal crop insurance is designed as a safety net to keep food producers in operation after a wipe-out disaster of some sort. I buy it every year and have yet to collect a dime.
As for the federal ethanol mandate, outside of Cunningham and the oil lobby, few Nebraskans or Iowans will object to the thousands of jobs the industry provides.
On my unimproved land, which is nowhere near possible urban development, property taxes have doubled in the past six years. It is logical to assume that some of the 10 governmental entities dipping in — while crowing a bit about “holding the line” on the levy — have enjoyed a windfall because of skyrocketing valuations.
Cunningham says the solution is that “we must make more judicious land purchases.” Even though probably 99 percent of us have not bought an acre in years.
Lee Rupp, Monroe, Neb.
Sales tax would doom Crossroads project
Current plans for the Crossroads Village redevelopment include a special sales tax of 1.95 percent on all purchases there. This is the worst plan imaginable and sets up the entire project to fail.
Consumers already struggling with money issues are going to pay extra for the “privilege” of shopping at Crossroads? Not likely. Rather, they will go to nearby Westroads or to the new Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall.
Let’s get real. The idea of the redevelopment is great, but that tax would doom the project from the start and should be abandoned.
Carole Larson, Omaha
How about states nullifying pot laws?
Regarding the editorial (Feb. 7 World-Herald) on a Nebraska state senator’s attempt to nullify some federal gun laws:
I agree that states are not permitted to nullify federal laws and determine which ones they will or will not follow. But what about marijuana laws? I did not see similar outrage when Colorado and Washington state voted, in effect, to nullify the federal marijuana laws.
Thomas Turner, Bellevue
A use for state surplus: plow the roads
During the recent snowstorm, while heading from Burlington, Colo., north to Alliance, Neb., I followed sand trucks. But once I left Interstate 80 at Sidney, I found myself alone on unplowed and unsanded U.S. 385 for the next 80 miles. Never saw a sand truck in Nebraska the whole night except on the Interstate.
I called the Governor’s Office the next morning, because this was not the first time roads around Alliance had gone unplowed. After being passed through numerous offices, I found somebody who told me there was no one to drive the trucks because of budget cuts.
Days earlier, the governor came to western Nebraska to talk about tax reform and this huge surplus he seemed lost to figure out what to do with. It seems all he wants to reform is taxes for the rich and corporations.
The middle class need a break from income taxes and the tax on cars that makes Nebraskans pay for their cars twice and is driving people to move out of state.
Here’s the solution to the surplus: Hire people to plow the roads in rural Nebraska and fix this market-value car tax.
Steve Guy, Alliance, Neb.
Carbon monoxide far from humane
Regarding Dave Teer’s letter (Feb. 9 Pulse) claiming it would be simpler and more humane to execute prisoners with carbon monoxide:
Review the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. The Germans tried carbon monoxide, packing people into vans and piping in the gas. They found the process to be too lengthy and “noisy.” Obviously, people were not “passing away quietly.”
Carbon monoxide works by attaching to the hemoglobin in the blood, preventing it from transferring oxygen to cells. The body reacts with severe headache, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, confusion, seizures and other troubling responses, none pleasant. The cells are basically suffocating. Depending on the level of carbon monoxide, it can take several minutes to hours to die.
I would not consider this humane. A plastic bag sealed over the head would be as humane. “Humane execution” is an oxymoron. No form of state execution is humane.
Susan Bristol, Omaha
Prices rise regardless of minimum wage
To all who say a minimum-wage hike would drive up prices, you’ve got to be kidding me. The prices would increase regardless. It’s a given.
By the way, the next time your company wants to give you a raise, say, no, thank you. It would only drive up prices.
Daniel Gray, Carter Lake, Iowa