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A plastic shopping bag is stuck in a tree on Mason Street near 45th Street.

Flexible trash system

After reading the recent comments on the Omaha garbage collection contract and residents’ complaints, my advice would be to take a deep breath and relax.

Bellevue instituted a new program called “pay as you throw.” Many of the Omaha complaints could be resolved with a similar program.

We have carts in three different sizes. Carts for trash, recycling and yard waste. You can choose 95-, 65- or 35-gallon carts. Extra yard waste can be bagged and placed alongside the regular yard waste container on pickup day.

The smaller carts are easier to handle and store, but they hold less.

The recycling cart eliminates the scattering of contents that occur with the small bins. Large families’ needs can be met with the 95-gallon carts.

Jeff Sena, Bellevue

Reuse those plastic bags

I have to say I agree with Mayor Jean Stothert’s veto, instead of rushing into a total plastic ban bag in Omaha. More City Council members should agree now.

To me, it’s foolishness since plastic bags, if handled correctly, can be reused for many uses, including picking up cans or bottles to return.

We should be doing what Iowa does, paying five cents for each return. This also would provide more jobs and would help us keep our city and state more beautiful for years to come.

Joe C. Mettenbrink, Omaha

A common reaction

In Brandon Hahn’s letter to the Public Pulse from June 6 (“Walkouts at Pence speech”), he asks what “a better alternative” would have been for people who walked out of a Taylor University graduation ceremony during our vice president’s speech.

I think pretty much every person at every graduation ceremony ever held has likely spent most of his/her time thinking about leaving for better alternatives.

Jeff Brady, Papillion

Working side-by-side

Reading the Public Pulse of June 4, I would agree with Harold Hansen: What is going on in Washington is way out of line. They should be working on making our country great again. That’s both parties, side-by-side, working together.

I haven’t seen our government this messed up since I was in Japan in the 1950s. Let’s start working things out before it gets any worse.

Gerald Hansen, Omaha

Share Alzheimer’s research

A Washington Post article published by The World-Herald on June 8 addressed the decision by Pfizer and Amgen not to pursue the drug Enbrel for Alzheimer’s disease and not to publish the data they had from preliminary investigations.

Alzheimer’s is a personally devastating and fatal disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2019 Facts and Figures report, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and in Nebraska, with the number of people impacted by the disease increasing daily.

As the executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter, I want Nebraska residents to know it is the expectation of our organization and our constituents that every possible treatment or prevention path is pursued thoroughly and aggressively — with people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias as a priority. No stone should be left unturned in the pursuit of treatment, prevention and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Any science that has promise for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and is not genuinely pursued, or shared with the research community, does a disservice to not only our Nebraska families affected by this disease, but the millions of families affected around the world.

The Alzheimer’s Association believes very strongly in sharing data for the benefit of the entire research field, and ultimately for the benefit of people with Alzheimer’s disease, and will continue to do so. Please consider getting involved in Alzheimer’s research in some capacity, and learn more about how to do so at alz.org.

Sharon Stephens, Omaha

The land that time forgot?

Every few “100-year floods” that we seem to have every couple of years tells us of one thing. We are not in control.

We can’t blame the Corps of Engineers or the natural resources districts for failures in the dams and levees. Unprecedented snowpack melt and early spring rains are once again telling us that no matter what happens, Mother Nature is in control. Call it climate shift, global warming. Whatever.

Maybe it’s time to let nature take its course and allow these floodplains to be just what they are. Is it insane to rebuild every couple of years just to have it washed away again and again?

You would think that after the first couple of times Interstate 29 and I-680 were flooded out, these roads would have been elevated.

One thing is clear: We forgot that this whole area was once underwater, and now we are living in the land that time forgot, but it looks like whatever is happening has a new battery for its watch and is making up for lost time.

John Barna, Omaha

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