The fundraising benefit to help the grieving family of murder victim Andrea Kruger was a warm gesture from a community still shaken by the idea of her random execution. That thieves would steal items donated for the event is simply appalling. It would do well for them to return their loot — a 50-inch plasma television and framed photo of Memorial Stadium. As that seems unlikely, hopefully someone with a conscience knows who the crooks are and turns them in. The organizers and donors for the charity benefit, which raised $40,000, are symbols of how much Omahans really care about their neighbors.
Setting aside for a moment its role in shutting down the federal government, how’s Obamacare working? Initial reports suggest that interest among the health insurance-shopping public is high, but so is the number of technical problems since it went online. The federal- and state-operated websites that serve as health insurance marketplaces have struggled to handle the large numbers of people trying to use them since they opened earlier this week. Many would-be customers have reported long waits or an inability to gain access to the information. These marketplaces play a pivotal role if the Affordable Care Act is to function properly, so it is incumbent on the federal and state governments to make certain they work smoothly and efficiently.