Democrats have moved on
In Judy Wieser’s recent letter she claims that Democrats hate Donald Trump and that this alleged hatred is the result of having lost the election in 2016 and is, in her words, “sad.”
Neither is, in fact, the case. Hatred presumes emotional investment, and there is none.
The 2016 election was nearly three years ago. Democrats have moved on. Why haven’t Wieser and her ilk?
Maybe they haven’t gotten over the massive slap in the face of the 2018 midterms.
The truth is that what Democrats, as well as some Republicans and independents, want is a man the polar opposite of what we have.
We want a man who does not lie with every breath; a man who does not cozy up to autocrats; a man who does not believe thugs over his own countrymen; a man who does not seek foreign interference in our elections for his own benefit; a man who does not name-call anyone who dares oppose him and who spends an inordinate amount of time tweeting like a 13-year-old mean girl; a man who does not flout the law and obstruct justice at every turn.
Need I go on?
In short, what we want is a decent and honorable man.
Mary M. Roeser, Omaha
Health care isn’t either/or
On the topic of health care options, both political parties speak as if the choice between government and private health care plans is an either/or one for the U.S.
Actually, countries that have a National Health Service, such as the U.K., still have a private health care option.
Having both provides two major benefits.
First, everyone has health care that they pay for, either through taxation or health insurance premiums.
Second, the private health care sector is not burdened by providing services to the uninsured or those that cannot pay.
Stephen Bloodworth, Omaha
Incentives not necessary
I read that the Legislature’s Revenue Committee met recently in order to get important-to-them bills ready for the start of next session.
I don’t know why property-tax reduction and the business incentives bill are linked, but apparently it is a “you vote for mine and I’ll vote for yours” deal.
We hear all the time from the state senators and Gov. Pete Ricketts that reducing property tax in Nebraska is so very important because that is what their constituents tell them over and over.
But the phone is not ringing off the wall in Lincoln with people clamoring for tax breaks for corporations.
It’s not the will of the people that there be “incentives” for business; only the will of the lobbyists and companies that want a tax break.
Corporations choose where to do business based on where the customers are and where good workers are available. Nebraska already has these things.
Corporations will take your money, though, and then do what they want anyway. Look at ConAgra moving its headquarters out of the state.
Nebraska has a golden opportunity, with the expiration of the Nebraska Advantage Act at the end of 2020, to do away with corporate welfare and save the state millions of dollars yearly.
Ricky Fulton, Omaha
Yay, free education
It’s great news that Bernie Sanders wants free college tuition for all.
As a longtime conservative and a senior citizen, I couldn’t be happier.
If Bernie or one of his socialist cohorts gets elected, I and a whole group of my senior friends are planning to pursue our free master’s of business administration degrees, masters’ degrees and Ph.D.s.
So now, in addition to receiving Medicare and Social Security, we can spend our remaining years in nice classrooms while all the Gen Z, Gen X and millennials pay even more of their paychecks to support us.
Patrick J. McPherson, Omaha
Rehabilitate, reduce overcrowding
Nebraska’s prisons have almost the most overcrowding in the nation at over 150% of design capacity.
What is being done to correct this? Simply throwing money at our problems is not going to fix anything. We have been trying that method for decades.
The simplest solution is to enact swift legislation (an oxymoron) to get rid of or reduce mandatory minimums. In the case of nonviolent offenders, rehabilitation is a proven method of success and can save the state thousands if not millions of dollars.
If I were governor, I would commission the Department of Corrections to team up with the Auditor’s Office to review dollars spent and nonviolent offenders. I am sure the numbers would shock our representatives into action.
Jacob Wolff, Omaha
‘24th & Glory’ inspires
I have been reading with interest the 11-part series “24th & Glory,” chronicling Omaha events and lives during the civil rights movement.
The photos and profiles are both fascinating and inspiring.
I am reminded of the critical role of the newspaper in preserving history. Long live our local paper.
Linda Hayek, Omaha
GOP president and Chrysler
As I note the numerous liberal letters trashing our Republican president, I wonder if any of them noted an article about Chrysler, which has already merged with Jeep and Fiat, is now merging with Renault, making this the fourth largest auto manufacturing company in the world.
I relate this because in 1979, Chrysler, headed by Lee Iacocca, was in dire straits and ready to fold.
Iacocca negotiated with the Republican president at the time for a government loan of $1.5 billion so the company could get back on its feet.
The loan was granted, and Chrysler paid it back considerably ahead of schedule.
The Chrysler jobs were saved and the company went on to add many thousands of jobs. It is estimated that 100,000 jobs exist today because of the foresight of a “big business” president helping the working man.
It would be nice to see the ranting Democrats note positive accomplishments for a change.
Judson Bock Sr., Honey Creek, Iowa