Safe at home
As an Omaha resident, I didn't have to leave my home on Tuesday. As a mom, I commend Mayor Jean Stothert and her team for their concern for those under our care. I thank Omaha Public Schools and businesses for allowing their employees to stay home and be safe. No doubt many families had special time together.
Joyce Lensch, Omaha
It's winter, deal with it
Here we go again. Omaha was told to prepare for up to 14 inches of snow. This scared everyone, and the closings started to pour in.
Then we get less than 5 inches of snow. Streets were good all day as the temperature was above freezing and the snow was melting.
TV stations had coverage that surpassed the coverage of the campaign in Iowa. If I didn't know better, I'd think the city had told the TV stations to put all the hype into the storm as a way to keep people off the roads so the snowplowing would look good.
Granted, it was worse west and north of Omaha, but we live in Nebraska and it is winter. We get snowstorms, so learn to like the snow or move. But the coverage of late has been way over what it should have been.
Gary Masek, Omaha
Can anyone who has complained about the city's snow removal process do a better job? Do you have a better plan? Have you at any time had an exclusive with Mother Nature? Talking the talk is one thing, but the question is can you walk the walk?
The fact of the matter is weather is weather, and weather will do what weather wants to do and when it wants to do it. No one can alter nature or nature's wrath.
Charlie Aliano, Omaha
Not good neighbors
Some of the people who complain about snow removal will, when clearing their driveways, push and throw snow into the street in front of where they live. Don't they realize this just makes it harder to drive down the street? On two occasions, I witnessed homeowners get stuck in the snow they deposited in the street.
It has been my observation that some snow removal firms are guilty of this dumping action. They try to hide it by leveling it off, but it is still there.
The Public Works Department should be authorized to check complaints of this and issue warnings to homeowners. A second occurrence then results in a citation being issued.
It is a puzzle to me that otherwise responsible people pull this stunt and think nothing about it. It would make things better for everyone if they put the snow where it should be deposited.
Edward Ehrlich, Omaha
That's how you plow a street
When I was shoveling this week, a private plow came down my street several times and cleared it like never before. The city could learn from them on how to do it right. Even after I cleared my drive, when the plow driver came by, he lifted his blade so I wouldn't have to redo it. I want to thank him for that.
Ann Fleming, Omaha
Let kids be kids
The Feb. 2 World-Herald made readers aware of two age-related measures being debated by Nebraska lawmakers. Both articles — "Minimum age to hold office could drop to 18" and "Lower age for those serving alcohol not wise, lawmakers told" — address concerns over younger individuals performing as responsible adults in the public arena.
While I am admittedly not in favor of drinking alcohol in the first place, I believe allowing teenagers to serve it, but not drink it, puts them into a very awkward predicament. Rather than dealing with peer pressures for personal gain, I think young people should still be guided and helped by older mentors as they develop their convictions and principles in all areas of the adult world.
This includes leadership in local, state and federal public offices. We must not relinquish responsibility to immaturity.
Ironically, the two measures were introduced or sponsored by someone who himself is not even 30 years of age yet.
Waldo Goossen, Omaha
We already have immature lawmakers
The Supreme Court has recently ruled that people under the age of 18 are not fully responsible for their crimes because their brains are not fully matured. Some teach that full maturation does not occur until the age of 25.
Yet, in the Feb. 2 World-Herald, there was a story about legislation advocating that Nebraska lower the age limit to hold elected office to 18.
We have enough problems with politicians whose brains are supposedly fully mature; what could possibly go wrong with having office holders who are acknowledged to be immature?
Randall Morris, Omaha
Doing elephants a favor
My wife and I recently returned from southern Africa and witnessed the imposing of inhumane treatment of animals by the weather: three to four years of drought.
The animal rights groups recently expressed unhappiness that a few African elephants may cross our borders destined for the Henry Doorly Zoo, calling it inhumane treatment. What about mouse traps?
Dennis Dunning, Fort Calhoun, Neb.
A very reluctant vote
I really don't like any of the leading candidates for president but I like several Republicans further down the list. So, probably for the first time, I will be forced to vote not for the one I like but for the one I dislike the least.
Paul T. Filipi, Omaha
It's not free if someone's paying for it
In advance of the Iowa caucuses, a journalist asked a young undergraduate why she was caucusing for the socialist Bernie Sanders. Her answer explains why we are in trouble as a nation.
She said Sanders is her guy because he is offering "free" college for everyone.
The questioner should have followed up with: "You know it isn't really free, right? Somebody else will pay for it."
Nevertheless, he went on with his next question like it is the most natural thing in the world to support politicians who are dedicated to confiscating some people's money and then giving it to other people — for votes.
I would prefer that these young Marxists just knock on my door directly demanding I pay for their college rather than have the government act as their middle man.
But then I guess it's good to have an army behind you if you are in the business of taking people's stuff to give to your voters.
Douglas Mang, Omaha
The latest news about Hillary Clinton's emails lacks credibility. I haven't heard that the Chinese or any other foreign power broke into her emails, unlike the highly secure Office of Personnel Management employee records, which included Social Security numbers, addresses, etc.
In addition, the emails in question were declared "classified" after they were sent, so it is highly likely that Secretary of State Clinton's emails were safer than a "federal" account.
No one has pointed out that Clinton didn't send those emails back and forth to herself. Every email she received was sent by someone else, and every one she sent was received by someone else. Are all of the "someones" being investigated? I doubt it, since the "someones" aren't running for president. Her opponents didn't get her on Benghazi so they keep trying on the emails. It's time to move on.
Face it, Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to ever run for president. Don't we want the best for our country?
Peg O'Dea Lippert, Papillion
Sex ed leads to fewer abortions
I don't think anyone is really pro-abortion. While pro-choice supporters support the mother's right to choose her own future, we also support sex education and distribution of anti-pregnancy devices.
The policies of those who preach abstinence and sexual naivete only greatly increase the number of unwanted pregnancies. My ideal world would have no abortions because there would be no unwanted pregnancies. Better sex education at a young age statistically helps move us toward that goal.
David W. McCord, Omaha
K-9's long history of service
I fully agree with Public Pulse writer Jo Raymond's criticism of Bonnie Price's Jan. 26 letter that said law enforcement officers were cowards for using K-9 dogs in risky situations.
K-9s have served in the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps in many war zones since World War II.
In this latest incident officers were attempting to locate a disturbed person. All dog lovers are sorry for Kobus's death but honor him and his handler for their duty protecting our communities.
Chris M. Saklar, Omaha retired Douglas County deputy sheriff