Growing tired of Garcia's antics

Is anyone else sick and tired of hearing about accused killer Dr. Anthony Garcia? Garcia is in and out of court. Are taxpayers paying for that? Recently, Garcia claimed that he was sexually abused in prison by guards. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said the doctor's report found that Garcia had hemorrhoids. It's pretty clear that Garcia is trying his utmost to weasel out of the fact that he is charged with murdering four innocent people.

Sister Mary Hlas, Omaha

Road, overpass repairs need scrutiny

As I drive on L Street to and from work, crews have been working on the 72nd Street overpass, which needed repairs for a long time. As they've dug up parts of the cement, it looks — well, let's say it's not pretty. I hope they do a better job on the median and railing.

Ann Fleming, Omaha

Pulse shares important information

I am an avid reader of The World-Herald, particularly The Public Pulse. I have always believed that the paper is a voice for the readers. Recently, I read a letter by Jerry R. Preble (Aug. 26 Pulse), that revealed amazing information I had never heard nor read before. It said, "Former Secretary of State Colin Powell used a personal email account." It mentioned the destruction by former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney of millions of emails.

If true, this information is disturbing. With all of the Hillary bashing and taxpayer money wasted on emails, why haven't we heard more about these earlier activities? I find the current email debacle ridiculous, pathetic and embarrassing — not to Hillary, but to the nation. Thank you for sharing, Mr. Preble.

Kathe Strand, u Fremont, Neb.

Toomuch science sells out

At some point, we have conceded the idea that science can help us make good, solid decisions. However, we now face damaging problems created by the very same sciences that were supposed to keep us healthy, safe, and productive. The fundamental role of science has been hijacked for selfish gain.

If science does not support a company's economic gains, it is swept under the rug at the expense of people's health and poisoning of the planet. Today we live in a world where Big Pharma, chemical companies and biotech giants easily buy and pay for their own research studies and influence whatever legislation is needed. Conflicts of interest are the new norm in all fields of science, which creates an unworkable and dangerous situation.

Greg Weldon, Papillion

'Independence City' needs some help

As a longtime resident of "Independence City" (Ralston), I have very disturbing thoughts on how this white elephant Ralston Arena will affect the property owners of this small city.

Pushing the carnage onto the property owners is not the answer, especially when many don't even use the facility. Hopefully, leadership from outside of Ralston can come to our rescue.

Marjorie M. Stevens, Ralston

Another side to ethanol story

Todd Becker, CEO of Green Plains Inc., writes about the advantages of corn-based ethanol (Aug. 17 Midlands Voices). But there is another side to the ethanol story. Running on regular unleaded gasoline, our Toyota Prius routinely averages more than 48 mpg. But when we have to use fuel containing ethanol, the average drops. Ethanol-blended gasoline may be cheaper to buy, but the savings is offset by the lower gas mileage attained.

The need for additional corn to produce ethanol is taking a huge toll on our natural world. Farmers removed millions of acres from conservation programs and planted them to row crops, which destroyed habitat for birds and animals. To find more acres to produce corn, wholesale destruction of trees, shrubs, and stream-side vegetation is occurring. The corn being grown brings a massive increase in the amount of toxic chemicals being applied. Ethanol may be a good deal for farmers and ethanol producers, but it has its negative side.

Kathleen Schwery, Plattsmouth, Neb.

Real fans don't need beer to cheer

Pinnacle Bank Arena, the home of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's basketball team, was reportedly in the red $600,000 last year. As a result, consideration is being given to selling beer at the games to provide additional revenue. A recent article in The World-Herald indicated that most college programs already sell beer and that Nebraska never has.

I say, "Dear, Old Nebraska U." Are we as a society at the point where we need the availability of alcohol in order to support and enjoy college sports? I hope not.

Dewey R. Andersen, Omaha

Stranger helped my husband, let

Late last month, my husband's powered wheelchair became high-centered on an impaired city sidewalk near 144th Street and Eagle Run Road in Omaha. I could not lift the vehicle, and my husband was stranded until a wonderful young "angel" ran across the street and lifted the chair to free it. The young woman was gone before we could thank her. We are so grateful for her help.

Iva and Bob Mueller, Omaha

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