St. Barnabas Church (copy)

St. Barnabas’ first church opened in 1869 near Ninth and Douglas Streets. It has been across from Joslyn Castle since 1915.

Church does give back

As a member of the parish council of St. Barnabas Catholic Church, I read Joseph Anania’s letter about the burglary of our parish with great sadness. “From now on, when a church is robbed, do not call the police. Consider it the church’s duty to take care of the sick and poor. Give back for a change.” (“Church should give back,” July 9 Public Pulse.)

At St. Barnabas, I’ve seen our pastor quietly give cash to homeless visitors; I’ve seen food, clothing, rent money and even a used car given to desperate neighbors.

Give back for a change? Today, the Catholic Church fed, clothed, and educated more people than any organization on Earth. I’m sorry Anania hasn’t noticed.

Michael D. Duffy, Omaha

Thanks to OPPD

I want to thank the Omaha Public Power District for loving all people in Nebraska.

Hanging a pride flag was wonderful to see and hear about. As a straight person and a Christian, I think it is wonderful to see no discrimination in your business. All people pay taxes.

It was great to see respect and love for all people.

God created all people. I am so tired of the prideful, hateful and disrespectful views today. God is all about love.

Connie McMillan, Omaha

Legal noncitizens

How can one respect or believe President Donald Trump when he declares bombastically, in regard to the proposed citizenship question on the census, that “you are either a citizen or an illegal.”

First, “illegal” is not a noun.

Second, there are millions of people in the U.S. who are not citizens but who are here legally, with valid green cards, student or work visas, etc.

Anne Carroll, Omaha

Where’s the proof?

There it is again: the notion that immigrants are so overly beneficial to America that we need them; therefore, open the borders.

This time it took the form of a fact-free statement by State Sens. Tony Vargas and Megan Hunt: “The U.S. and Nebraska will never be leaders in economic and intellectual innovation without immigrants,” in the Midlands Voices commentary “Supporting Nebraska immigrants,” June 27 World-Herald.

It is fact-free because they provided no facts or supporting evidence, let alone proof, to indicate that immigrants may be better, or worse, all-around innovators than American citizens.

George Bernard Van Haven, Omaha

Where to draw the line?

Our high-pressure, “combat over compromise” politics these days can lead to vexing questions. When we begin rewriting history, what is to be gained except a fleeting, “feel-good” moment? More importantly, where do you draw the line?

For example, destroying statues of Confederate generals or the recent push to rescind the Medals of Honor awarded to 20 participants in the Wounded Knee massacre accomplishes — what?

An interesting request for the platoon of candidates in the recent presidential debates would have been this: “Raise your hand if you would favor renaming a large state in the northwest corner of our country, or the nation’s capital.”

It is a documented fact that our first president owned slaves.

Lee Rupp, Monroe, Neb.

Plastic roads?

We have a problem of having too many plastics in our waterways.

Our country has an abundance of creative genius.

How about putting the problem before our intelligent young people to figure out how to turn that plastic into a long-lasting surface for our ever-deteriorating roads?

It would solve two dire problems.

Doris Boettner, Fremont, Neb.

Religion and divorce

When a child has been raised in a particular religion, it is confusing and unhealthy for the child to switch religions or participate in two different religions, depending on which parent has parenting time on a given weekend.

A divorce decree should be allowed to address this issue, and the court should have allowed the father extra parenting time to take his children to Mass, if the mother refuses to do so (“Nebraska Supreme Court rules that divorce decree does not mandate Catholic Mass attendance,” July 7 World-Herald).

Brian Keit, Fairfield, Iowa

Reed Law LLC

Do politicians represent us?

From May 20-22, I sent letters to 13 members of Congress — five from Nebraska and eight others.

The letters addressed concerns for congressional divisive political games and disregard for the basic foundational documents of our Republic, plus the lack of focus on national interests, our foreign reputation, military means and overall citizen welfare.

In addition, concerns were expressed about the way our president mocks and slanders members of Congress as well as anyone else who differs with him.

The base salary is $174,000 for congressional rank-and-file members, $193,400 for majority and minority leaders and $223,500 for the speaker of the House. Those salaries would seem to be enough to get more from them than we are getting.

In the six weeks since mailing the letters, only two responses have been received, both from Nebraska members.

The poor response suggests that the others do not necessarily have concerns about the welfare of citizens nor their opinions, but rather, their own interests as politicians.

Gary Hutter, Omaha

What about China, India?

I’m wondering if the H.R. 763 Carbon Dividend Act is sponsored by the U.S. government or by countries such as China and India.

In 2008 when the Olympics was held in Beijing, factories in the area were shut down to allow the air to be clean enough for outside events to be held. H.R. 763 would slow America’s economy, and China and India, each with four times our U.S. population, would fill the void.

Bill Allen, Blue Springs, Neb.

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