Omaha’s polite children
As a relatively recent transplant from Los Angeles to Omaha, I have to sing the praises of Omaha’s children.
As an educator for many years, I have certainly seen the spectrum of children’s behavior. Since moving here two years ago, I have told many of my California friends how impressed I am with the courtesy of young people in Omaha. It was most evident on Halloween night as I passed out candy to children at my Dundee home.
Virtually all said “Thank you.” One girl apologized for her brother, who took a shortcut across my front lawn. Most were confident, chatty and well-spoken.
I will never forget the words of one boy aged about 8 or 9. As he took his candy he said, “Thank you, and thank you for all those who didn’t say it.”
Stephen Bloodworth, Omaha
Calling all pheasants
We need more pheasants in the fields of Nebraska. We shouldn’t have to go to another state to hunt them. Let’s get a project going to replenish the birds. If it takes money, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission should start a fund to raise the cash.
Robert E. Fonfara, Omaha
Problems with prison system
Questions were posed to Gov. Pete Ricketts and State Sen. Bob Krist as to their views on how to correct problems in the prison system (Oct. 28 World-Herald).
While I agree with some of their views, in particular the need to focus on rehabilitation and reducing sentences for certain crimes, which Legislative Bill 605 does, I wish Nebraska would focus on changing the culture from a punitive culture to a restorative culture. I also wish we would address the mental health issues in our prison systems. Prisons are not hospitals, and most prisoners have mental health issues.
I encourage our prison officials to look at other countries and how those countries have addressed these problems. Other countries have had good success with reducing recidivism and assisting people in becoming productive members of society. I believe this starts with changing our culture from punitive to restorative and finding ways to treat mentally ill prisoners.
Jean Reiner, Omaha
Brains not ready to vote at 16
I am responding to the Oct. 25 article “Legislator wants to give 16-year-olds right to vote.” This concerns me greatly. The brains of 16-year-olds have not developed fully enough yet in the areas of reasoning and critical thinking. Our country needs wisdom from voters who have thought through issues and don’t vote based on what sounds good.
I beg the Legislature not to fall for the idea of a constitutional amendment as a way to attract, and keep, young people here, as State Sen. Anna Wishart suggests. Let’s first of all protect our nation, then find good ideas for attracting young people to our state.
Lou Ann Patterson, Omaha
Keeping our heads over caravan
I really appreciated the article by Mona Charen (a conservative commentator), “Hyperventilating about the caravan” (More Commentary, Oct. 28). This “invasion” will be in the hands of the thousands of U.S. troops to amass at our border. Why not provide extra processors to determine asylum seekers?
If President Donald Trump had any compassion, he would offer to help these countries whose citizens are leaving due to poverty and fear. Instead, he threatens to cut off aid and intimidate them — this, in the highly unlikely and unproven event that they are “Middle Easterners.”
Even staunchly conservative President Ronald Reagan recognized the issues of Central American countries and offered money to help in their distress.
Read Charen’s article online and, as she says, don’t lose your head.
Charlotte Shields, Papillion
Retail outlets need to sell E-15
I am pleased that President Donald Trump has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to allow the year-round sale of E-15 in all the states.
This directive fulfills a campaign promise made by Trump during the 2016 campaign. My concern is that it will not help the ethanol industry or framers if they cannot purchase E-15 at their local retail outlet. Fewer than 200 retail outlets in Nebraska offer E-15 for sale. The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 10 that 20 states do not have a single station where E-15 is sold.
At Columbus, Nebraska, Archer Daniel Midlands produces 400 million gallons of ethanol annually, but not one gallon of E-15 can be purchased in Columbus. I could not find a single new flex fuel vehicle for sale at three major car lots in Columbus, and only one used flex fuel vehicle.
In 1971 the Nebraska Legislature passed Legislative Bill 776, which I introduced. It created the Nebraska Ethanol Board and called for the removal of lead from gasoline to be replaced by ethanol. The oil industry vigorously attacked the bill, saying there would never be a product such as unleaded gasoline. In 1974, Congress called for the removal of lead from gasoline. It was not until 1996 that all lead was removed from automotive fuel.
If it takes 22 years for the EPA to comply and for oil companies to make E-15 available, then American farmers and the public will never benefit from the higher quality and lower cost of E-15.
Loran Schmit, Bellwood, Neb.
Unsafe stretch of highway
I agree with Dan Boeckman’s Oct. 20 Pulse letter “Highway stretch is confusing.” I escaped an accident on Highway 36 near Cunningham Lake several years ago.
This stretch of highway has been abandoned for 10 years. I wonder how many accidents it will take before the site is made safe.
Kelly Thole, Omaha
Touching move by restaurant
I would like to let people know that there is still plenty of good in the world. One recent evening, while dining at Lansky’s at 50th and L Streets, we witnessed something amazing from the staff.
There was a young gentleman in the restaurant who was mentally deficient and hungry. Rather than kick him out, the manager and his staff ensured the man was fed. Thank you, Lansky’s.
Travis May, Omaha