A dream election
I recently had a dream and awoke happy and exhilarated. The final presidential debate had just taken place prior to the November 8, 2016, election.
The two candidates were Albert Gore Jr. and Mitt Romney. Both gentlemen were very knowledgeable. Both candidates were very respectful toward each other. Both candidates appeared ready to lead our nation if they were elected. Making a choice between two excellent candidates was going to be very difficult. I suddenly realized this dream was not to be.
James J. Vihstadt Sr.,Papillion
An injustice unaddressed
Most citizens who pay their annual personal property taxes on their vehicles in Nebraska probably are not aware that county treasurers double collect those taxes for the month that an owner changes vehicles. For example, if a person sells a vehicle on Feb. 2, 2016, when their taxes are prorated to compute the tax credit that they receive to apply to a replacement vehicle, both the seller and buyer are charged for personal property tax for the entire month of February.
In raising this inequity with numerous Nebraska county commissioners, county treasurers and state senators on the Revenue Committee, all agree that this is an issue and a legitimate inequity from double taxation, but no legislative representative will champion Legislative Bill 453 to make a simple, necessary correction.
State senators have confirmed that the reason they will not move this bill forward is because it is not "budget neutral" (county treasurers have relied on this additional tax revenue for their budgets) and senators do not believe this issue will garner sufficient publicity like the death penalty. Really?
This type of double taxation should not even require a legislative bill to correct. It is disappointing that many of our senators apparently see their elected positions as platforms to focus on only those issues that attract media attention rather than understanding that the people also elected them to help manage our state more efficiently.
Gregory A. Weideman,Omaha
Gun laws will make us safer
I believe laws restricting gun ownership are completely necessary and are not unconstitutional.
Some say that these laws violate the Second Amendment, but that only calls for the "right to bear arms." The current restrictions are simply putting specific limits on who may and may not purchase and possess a weapon — such as someone with a mental illness or someone specifically barred from possessing firearms, like a convicted felon.
These current laws can help keep the public safe.
Luke Sumpter,Papillion Boy Scout Troop 60
Sasse shines in his Twitter confrontation
U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska has a secret. He is a Jedi Knight defending the "Old Republic." A presidential candidate wants a free ride to becoming president but Sasse raises serious constitutional questions, as boldly as he would swing a light saber.
Check his Twitter account for his exchange with Donald Trump. His concerns are clear to see. Yet Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, continues to mock Sasse.
I cannot give higher praises to Sasse. He sees the problems as they are and is willing to tell people the unvarnished truth of the situation.
Love him or hate him, he is precisely what the United States needs more of. I wish we could clone him.
Andrew L. Sullivan,Omaha
A fitting honor for a hero
It would be very appropriate for Omaha to honor the life of fallen K-9 officer Kobus ("Police dog died to save humans, K-9 unit's commander says," Jan. 26 World-Herald) by naming a street in his honor.
Miracle on 60th Street
On Jan. 19, my husband suffered a major heart attack while driving a four-wheeler to clear our drive of the snow. Several people saw him fall almost into the street, but there were two angels in the right place at the right time.
These women immediately stopped their cars, got out and started performing CPR on my husband. His heart had stopped, but they took turns, and when the rescue squad came, they never stopped. They had to shock my husband three times to get him stable enough to put in the rescue squad.
To these two amazing women, words cannot tell you what a gift on this Earth that you two are. You saved his life!
To the firemen, to the EMTs, to my neighbors who ran to the door to get me, saying thank you just doesn't seem like enough, but thank you! Like a well-oiled machine, you saw what needed to be done, and you all just did it.
There truly are angels among us, and God put them on 60th Street that snowy day for a reason, and that reason is my husband. Ernie. He is now home with his family, and, one day at a time, we are all healing.
Thank you, each and every one of you, from the bottom of our hearts.