Hey, what about us?
I enjoyed the article about given and possible demonyms of Nebraska’s 50 largest communities (“What you should call people from Nebraska’s 50 largest cities,” July 7 World-Herald).
But what about tiny towns like Cedar Rapids? I’ve given our little burg the demonym of Cedar Ra-pid-ians. Admittedly, I’m not sure there is a collective consensus on this, but I’ve used it several times in print through the years.
We’re often mistaken for a town in Iowa. Years ago, when we launched a community development effort, we sported T-shirts that said, “Yes, Iowa, there is a Cedar Rapids, Nebraska.” (Wonder what their demonym is?)
The Cedar Rapids Gazette in Iowa even sent a reporter here to do a feature on the two towns. We may be small, but we Cedar Rapidians are still here and proud of it.
Kate Sullivan, Cedar Rapids, Neb.
Connecticut bag solution?
Connecticut retailers are charging a new 10-cent tax on plastic bags. The tax will be charged starting Aug. 1, through June 30, 2021. After that, retailers won’t be allowed to provide customers with single-use bags.
Can this be a solution?
Mary A. Muff, Omaha
Bonds should require votes
One reason the colonists declared independence from England was that they were being taxed on tea without representation. The situation became a battle cry, “No taxation without representation.”
I wonder what our country’s founders would think of a growing trend in our community where bonds for public construction projects are being issued without a vote of the people.
Wealthy community leaders get involved in public projects and then take control because local government is sometime slow and inefficient.
Shortcuts to the normal process are taken, but nevertheless, the results are incredible.
All over the city you see impressive buildings and facilities created as a result of our “movers and shakers” getting involved.
Looking to the future, we need to ask, “Are we going to justify the dilution of our principles of government for an end result of five-star projects that improve our city?”
I would argue no. We should continue following the blueprint that has made our country the envy of the world.
In this case, we should enact into law requirements that large bond issues must be approved by a vote of the people, that bidding on government contracts is mandatory and that open meeting laws must be followed by organizations that manage public funds.
We also need to thank the philanthropists who have helped make our city world-class. We need their involvement. And our elected officials need to a better job leading our community.
Our battle cry should be “No bonding without voting.”
George Mills, Omaha
Budget for landlord ordinance
Mayor Jean Stothert signed the landlord registration ordinance, which will take effect Jan. 1.
The new rules should help protect renters from the consequences of mold, broken plumbing, rodents, insect pests, electric hazards, insecure doors and windows, leaky ceilings and missing or non-working smoke detectors. Low-income renters in particular need the city to uphold minimal safe housing standards.
We hope to see adequate funding in Stothert’s upcoming 2020 city budget for hiring the number of inspectors necessary to focus on noncompliant landlords.
This affects public health and safety and also protects affordable housing units.
Gloria Austerberry, Omaha
Level playing field
Bernie Sanders’ bright idea of “Medicare for All” would certainly eliminate the gulf between those in this country who have health care and those who don’t.
It would also eliminate the high cost of health care in this country.
Since hospitals and clinics would all go bankrupt, health care wouldn’t be available to anybody, at any price. Think of all the money we would save by not having to spend it on health care or health insurance.
Bob Ackley, Emerson, Iowa
Defend our Constitution
Thanks to Mary Ruth Stegman and Marilyn Felion for eloquently expressing my views on the misuse of power shown by our president.
Our Constitution needs to be defended from his blatant attempts to become a dictator. It seems like every day he oversteps in some fashion.
Where are our elected representatives when it comes to standing up against this president?
Sandra Pistone, Omaha
Parents paid his way
I agree with Tony Staup (“Students should be on their own,” Public Pulse, July 8). Grow up, pay up and shut up, all of you whimpering wimps out there with student loan debt.
There is no such thing as a free lunch in spite of all the Democratic Party propaganda you are fed ad nauseam on a daily basis.
I graduated from college and medical school debt-free because my middle-class parents had the foresight and sacrifice to plan ahead and save for the college education of their children.
Mike Weaver, M.D., Omaha
Regarding Pat McPherson’s July 5 Public Pulse letter, “Yay, Free Education”: This millennial wishes you would go back to college, Pat. You clearly need more education on American history, civics and political science.
As the kids say, stay mad.
Jane Skinner, Omaha
Clean up the medians
If the mayor and City Council ever come to terms with a new trash collection company, I hope they include a trash receptacle on all the street medians where the panhandlers congregate and leave junk all over.
Dave Foral, Omaha