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Wind turbines are shown at Grande Prairie Wind Project, Nebraska's largest wind energy development, near O'Neill, Neb., on Aug. 18, 2016. 

Land produces energy, too

We live in a time when farmers are struggling. They were struggling before the trade negotiations and recent flooding. A number of them weren’t even able to plant this year’s crop because of weather conditions throughout the spring.

Opportunities for new farm income are critical.

Fortunately for Nebraska farmers, wind energy is in a boom period in the state right now.

Last year, Nebraska farmers collected more than $5 million in lease payments from wind farms. This year, with more new development coming forward, that number will rise significantly.

That money is sorely needed. In fact, a wind turbine lease payment can be the equivalent of a part-time job for a farmer.

And especially today, when farm prices are bad due to circumstances beyond our control, it’s important that we remember the land has income-generating potential in energy production as well as food production.

Nebraska has world-class wind, the best in the country; let’s use it to power the rural economy and give farmers a fighting chance.

Art Tanderup, Neligh, Neb.

Women candidates omitted

Regarding the July 5 Public Pulse item “Democrats have moved on” by Mary M. Roeser: I do not take issue with the comments expressed and agree with them, with one exception.

I would like to enlighten the writer on the expression “we want a man.”

She has overlooked the fact that there are many qualified Democratic women candidates in this campaign.

Her letter could have acknowledged this by merely saying “we want a person” and concluded by saying “In short, what we want is a decent and honorable person.”

George S. Raishy, Omaha

Funding for landlord program

During public hearings last spring, the City Council heard gut-wrenching accounts of conditions tenants endure because of negligent landlords. In response, it took action and created an ordinance to hold landlords accountable and prevent another Yale Park.

It included mandatory registration of all landlords and a plan to more aggressively inspect properties with outstanding violations. The ordinance passed, and Mayor Jean Stothert reluctantly signed it.

However, the ordinance is only as good as the funding to support it. It is up to the mayor to follow through with her budget to make this a reality.

She must commit the funds and thus improve the rental conditions in the city.

Susan Kuhlmann, Omaha

Treat these children well

I do not understand why my elected officials are not screaming at the top of their lungs and using every power available to them to end this horrific practice of separating children from their parents and imprisoning them in detention camps.

I am hearing stories of abominable treatment (overcrowding, lack of sanitation, rampant lice, lack of medical treatment, sleeping on floors, young children tasked with caring for toddlers, etc.).

At the same time, I am reading about how these private detention centers are making a profit from this.

End family separation (for real), end the criminalization of those crossing our border who are seeking asylum or fleeing poverty, end for-profit detention centers, end the politics and policies of cruelty that our country has been plagued with the last two years.

I will not vote for anyone who stands idly by while children are treated this way.

Sara Vandal, Papillion

Make common sense great again

It seems that every time we get ready to pick a new president, someone emerges as the business candidate, the outsider with no political experience who knows how to fix things in a way that Washington just can’t seem to get done.

Until 2016, that argument fell flat. Whether it was Ross Perot or Steve Forbes, people understood that the presidency is not a job for beginners. You don’t hand a toddler the keys to the nuclear arsenal.

We understood that being the leader of the Free World is a leadership role, not a managerial role.

The president sets the tone for the country and, by extension, much of the world.

We were asked to be “kinder and gentler,” told that “yes, we can” get things done together, and regardless of party we stood behind the country’s father figure because he represented what America is supposed to be about.

With the 2020 race crowded with wannabes — including at least one wealthy, politically inexperienced businessman — hopefully these past few years have shown the country what happens when it takes a chance on a candidate who lacks the skills and disposition for the job.

Let’s make common sense great again and vote for someone who truly deserves it.

Tim Horning, Bellevue

What happened to modesty?

Parents, remove your blinders and pay attention to what your daughters are wearing.

It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s at church, a restaurant, sporting event, etc. The rule seems to be “the shorter we can wear our shorts the better.”

What happened to morals and modesty?

The general public needs to wear blinders to avoid seeing private areas when someone decides to bend over.

I’m sure you will say that is all the stores are selling. Maybe it is, but how about boycotting them until they change their styles?

Another alternative is go to a golf store to buy shorts. They’re still short but cover the essentials.

Please — we’re not all excited to see your bare butts.

Marla Johnson, Omaha

Idling at intersections

An organization is encouraging drivers not to let our cars idle for more than 30 seconds due to ozone generation.

Yet there are dozens of four-way stop intersections all over Omaha, and I suggest that not a single one is necessary and that all are pollution-generating factories.

Neil Willer, Omaha

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