P.S. about Frank Matthews
Postscript to The World-Herald obituary on Frank Matthews, who died last week at 97:
His father was Francis P. Matthews, secretary of the Navy under President Harry Truman and later the U.S. ambassador to Ireland. His groundskeeper in Dublin married the embassy’s head cook, and the ambassador encouraged them to emigrate to Omaha.
Before they could do so, Ambassador Matthews died in 1952. Son Frank, an attorney, soon visited Dublin and helped make the Irish couple’s move happen.
In Omaha, the groundskeeper worked at the Hanscom Park greenhouse and then at Creighton University before starting a landscaping and lawn business out of his garage.
Frank Matthews went on to a distinguished career, and so did the groundskeeper — John Mulhall, whose company grew into a full-service nursery. Mulhall’s, based at 120th Street and West Maple Road, is run by succeeding generations of his family.
John Mulhall died at 80 in 2003.
Michael Kelly, Cincinnati
retired World-Herald columnist
Free speech, citizens’ rights
In response to Roger duRand’s April 6 Pulse letter about “brain drain”:
I would like to know what he suggests being done when he says “we need to stop enabling disinformation and … subversion of democracy.”
From the tone of his letter it sounds as if he recommends shutting down any and all conservative speech in Nebraska.
In the same letter he states there is a “knee-jerk denial of rights to all citizens.” Maybe he is talking about free speech (a.k.a. conservative) that does not meet his standards?
Sounds hypocritical to me: Stop enabling disinformation (according to him) and stop denying rights to citizens (free speech).
John Anderson, Omaha
Don’t delay Medicaid expansion
Last summer, hundreds of volunteers, myself included, collected signatures for Initiative 427, a ballot measure intended to quickly and efficiently expand Medicaid.
As I listened to the intimate details that strangers were willing to share with me about their struggles within the coverage gap, it became clear that red or blue, we cannot let our fellow Nebraskans suffer due to our partisan beliefs.
More than 53% of Nebraskans voted last November to affirm that access to care is not a partisan issue, but rather an American value.
Our government must uphold that affirmation through clear and complete coverage of all newly eligible Nebraskans, free from delays in implementation and work requirements.
Thirty-three other states have been able to expand Medicaid without delay.
So why is Nebraska only able to implement this policy 23 months after voter approval?
Delaying Medicaid expansion only serves to deprive our fellow Nebraskans of quality insurance that has the potential to provide life-saving care to hardworking members of our community.
Claire Breen, Lincoln
Yard waste vs. concrete jungle
The mayor wants to do away with a separate yard waste program. Perhaps people will have to start cutting down their trees, quit gardening and quit landscaping with beautiful plants and shrubs. All this produces lots of yard waste.
Raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires to pay for ample yard waste pickup. It’s time they start paying their fair share.
Bernard Bluvas, Omaha
Drivers not cooperating with merge
As a young person, I learned to drive on Interstates in Chicago — the Kennedy, Eisenhower, Dan Ryan and Stevenson — not to mention Lake Shore Drive that entered I-55.
Omaha seems super easy to me, but lately I’m stumped as to why Omaha drivers refuse to share merging lanes, especially when entering I-80 west from U.S. 75 north.
Why is every driver packed in the left lane but refuses to let drivers in the right-hand lane merge?
That ramp was rebuilt to ease the flow of traffic, but some drivers don’t want to cooperate.
Three times I’ve been run off the road when it was my time to merge.
We need to share the road, not dominate it.
We need to stop being drivers with this “me me me” attitude.
Weeping Water, Neb.
Reassure public about streets
I’d like to add my thoughts to two April 12 Pulse letters: from Roxanne Andrlik, “Make roads a true priority,” and Craig Alberhasky, “Bid roadwork to higher standards.”
Both letters are spot on.
Additionally, I’d like our mayor and/or City Council members to assure us taxpayers that our Public Works Department leadership is in fact pursuing “best in class” practices relative to street maintenance.
Remember the old adage, “If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you always got.”
Roxanne’s letter questioned the mayor’s priorities.
Keep in mind that building malls, streetcar lines and riverfront development looks a lot more impressive on a politician’s resume than being known as the person who filled potholes.
Bob McKulsky, Omaha
Thanks to a concerned driver
I want to express my sincere thanks to the kind lady who followed me all the way from Center Street to my home near 108th and Fort Streets on April 13 after midnight.
She pointed out that my rear exterior lights did not function except when I braked.
I have a 2018 Honda and must have missed setting up the right switches/controls when I started.
I did not realize my headlights were not working all the way during my drive on Interstate 680.
This is just an alert to all, especially senior citizens like myself, to pay attention every time one drives at night to turn on headlights.
V.T. Ramakrishnan, Omaha