2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg lays out foreign policy vision (copy)

Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivers remarks on foreign policy and national security during a speech at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. 

Oaths and contrasts

As a longtime reader of The World-Herald, I admire the aim of the editors to be “Real. Fair. Accurate.” as telegraphed daily in the masthead. I especially appreciate the consistent publication of contrasting viewpoints on the editorial pages, including those in the June 4 Public Pulse.

Contributor Stanley Gocek makes a convincing case about the oath abuse of the current administration, an opinion printed directly beneath, and at odds with, that of Harold Hansen’s curious interpretation of the oath he took upon his enlistment.

We thank the latter for his service, which is more than we can do for Donald Trump.

While we’re on the subject of contrasts, I catch myself also admiring the hopeful qualities of candidate Pete Buttigieg. Imagine: a combat veteran and a religious man who has a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people.

Those of us who abhor misogyny, xenophobia, mean-spiritedness, etc. — as well as those of us who have made peace with the whole gay thing — find voices like this refreshing. And a pleasant contrast.

Steve Paschang, Omaha

Spread the tax burden

Gov. Pete Ricketts is absolutely correct in his statement to the effect that the only way to control rising taxes is to control spending.

However, he is misguided in his opposition to spreading the crushing burden of the cost of government with an increased sales tax, so that everyone pays some part of it.

At present, almost everyone agrees that property owners, and rural property owners in particular, are carrying a huge percentage of funding the out-of-control cost of government spending.

Why doesn’t Ricketts seem to understand that everyone should pay something, even a small part of the cost, since everyone benefits from governmental services, such as police and fire protection.

Why does he think that somehow it is unfair to have those pay a sales tax who can spend lots of their money buying potato chips, soft drinks, candy, etc., at convenience stores?

If everyone pays something, the revenue side of the problem is solved. Once the revenue side is solved, officials can concentrate on cutting the cancerous growth on the spending side of the equation.

John Gable, Scottsbluff, Neb.

Dems’ dangerous obsession

This hatred the Democrats have toward our president is tearing our country apart. All the money is being wasted, and for what reason? Because they lost the 2016 election.

How sad. They should grow up.

Judy Wieser, Columbus, Neb.

Taxes that corporations now pay

For many years the corporate income tax rate was 35%. But Republicans and President Donald Trump said that was too much, and they cut that corporate tax rate to 21%.

If you do the math, this works out to be a 40% tax cut for corporations. But the Republicans in that new tax bill chose not to cut the large number of corporate loopholes that had been inserted into tax law over the years.

Now the government’s own figures indicate that those loopholes have allowed the top 250 corporations in the U.S. — on average, over the last seven years for which data are available — to pay only 21 percent.

Because the tax loopholes remain active, that means that the top 250 U.S. corporations are now paying 7%. Do you think any of that tax cut money will show up in donations to Republicans running for Congress next year?

Don Weber, Omaha

New York’s ban on declawing cats

A national news item in the June 5 World-Herald regarding the new ban on declawing cats in New York left me with a lot of mixed feelings.

As a lifetime cat lover, I understand that there is some controversy regarding this subject.

But to make this a legislative priority when we have so many other, more pressing, issues is a waste of time and taxpayer money.

Do you ever hear about a ban on cropping the ears or tails on certain dog breeds? Where have the priorities in this country gotten so confused?

We’re OK, in some people’s minds, with aborting a living human being, and instead we’re banning the declawing of cats?

Let’s get our priorities in order and deal with the human rights abuses that have become so accepted and commonplace in our country before we move on to less significant issues.

Lisa Todd, Papillion

Doane’s action against librarian

After reading the June 11 World-Herald article about Doane College and the librarian who used sensitive photos in her exhibit “Parties From the Past,” I have but one thought.

How do we learn from the past by sweeping it under the rug and vainly hoping it will just go away?

Dawn Booe Foote, Columbus, Neb.

Migrant children and funding cuts

As of May 22, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement stopped covering the cost of education and recreation for unaccompanied minors, according to officials in Yolo County, California.

This move is in direct opposition to the federal government’s requirements under the long-standing Flores settlement.

Without money for education and other programs for migrant kids, Yolo County leaders say it “fundamentally changes our role” to being simply a jailer.

As Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Sen. Deb Fischer and Sen. Ben Sasse continue to ignore the inconvenient human rights atrocities happening on our soil, in our country, this is what is festering.

My elected officials are now complicit in these acts by their own inaction and acceptance.

Christina Grosshans, Lincoln

Summer reading important

As a retired educator, I applaud the Omaha Public Schools initiating its summer reading program.

As a proponent of some form of year-round school, this program will provide an excellent bridge between one school year and the next.

Craig Comiskey, Omaha

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