Pay teachers more
What arrogance and condescension was shown toward teachers by school board member Nancy Kratky at the Omaha Public Schools board meeting May 6. The audience was overwhelmingly teachers, who were there to voice their support for higher salaries. That is why I was there with my husband and my retired friends. Though she did not support higher salaries for teachers, Kratky, a former teacher, said she appreciated teachers and all their hard work.
Appreciation does not pay the rent, put food on the table, help pay off college loans or pay tuition for classes needed to maintain certification.
Appreciation does not buy paper, tissue, pens and other expendable school supplies that teachers are forced to pay out of their own pockets to give to students so that learning can be enhanced. Appreciation does not go very far in copay for health care and increased insurance costs, nor does appreciation keep valued teachers in the classroom. And appreciation and a failed pension fund do not bode well for the retiring teacher of tomorrow.
One-fourth of all teachers now in the classroom are expected to leave education in the next year. Fewer people are enrolling in teacher education in colleges and universities. Teachers are overworked, underpaid and often need a part-time job to pay for living costs.
Appreciation is not expected, but a decent salary is.
Robert E. Benzel, Omaha
Youths confirmed their faith
I would submit that rather than reject their confirmation vows, the First United Methodist youths completely confirmed and affirmed their faith in a substantive and meaningful way by taking a stand to include all God’s children no matter how they love. This is faith in action and uplifting in a Christ-like way.
Tom Cleary, Omaha
Claiming executive privilege
Sen. Ben Sasse claims to be a constitutional scholar. I would like to ask the senator if executive privilege is a way to circumvent the separate but equal three branches of government established in our U.S. Constitution.
We haven’t heard much from the senator lately.
I’m also guessing the Republicans would be singing a different song if former President Barack Obama were in the same situation President Donald Trump finds himself in now.
Doug Wilson, Farragut, Iowa
Other uses for border wall money
After reading Patrice Northam’s April 2 Public Pulse letter “Our real national emergency,” I believe that the topic of reallocating the $8.9 billion to build President Donald Trump’s border wall needs to be explored further.
I agree with Northam that there are much better national issues that need the money proposed for the border wall. That money alone could pay for over 1.5 million Americans’ health care or the school lunches of the nation’s children or double the annual funding for mental health and substance abuse plaguing the country.
Climate change is another national emergency that we should consider as temperatures rise and weather events become more extreme, but I think that a different approach needs to be taken to ensure the best solution for the climate of our Earth. Proactively advocating for the expansion of renewable energy as well as policies that regulate corporate carbon emissions and building regulations will help us move forward instead of Northam’s more preventive measures focusing on rebuilding from natural disasters.
As voters and American citizens, we need to continue to fight for an alternative to funding and building a border wall by reaching out to both our local and national representatives.
Madeline Diedrichsen, Malcolm, Neb.
We all pay for immigrants
A little perspective: Nebraska has two cities with populations over 100,000 — Omaha and Lincoln. Bellevue is third at 54,582, Grand Island is fourth at 52,381.
In March the number of people apprehended for crossing the U.S. border illegally was 103,000, and in February, 76,103.
Nebraskans are always complaining about taxes. Let’s say we drop all these people in one spot in Nebraska; now we are asked to feed them, clothe them, educate them, provide free health care and house them. These people have been coached by activists to use our asylum laws against us. The Democrats refuse to do anything about it because they hate Trump so much. Anybody who says anything about it is labeled a racist.
I for one think people are tired of it, and I think people would feel the same way if white-skinned Europeans were doing the same thing. We’ve been told since the early 1990s that we have 11 million illegal immigrants in this country. Somehow that number hasn’t changed in 30 years? It is a disgrace that our Congress, no matter who is in charge, has allowed to happen.
Larry Spangler, Greenwood, Neb.
Term limits for Congress
This latest and ongoing fiasco with our national politicians is the perfect example of why there should be term limits for all members of Congress.
These “lifetime” members need to go. If the office of the president has limits of two terms, why can’t the same be applied to Congress?
There hasn’t been one issue addressed and resolved because of the pettiness and partisanship.
Time to clean house and move on.
Lisa Todd, Papillion
A use for ‘mountain of sand’
The May 1 World-Herald has the article “Flooding left ‘mountain of sand’ as planting season gets underway.” Recently I read that there is a worldwide shortage of the “right kind of sand needed,” or sand with points and sharp edges, used for extending beaches and in making concrete.
Why don’t these large companies that need this type of sand contact farmers like Ryan Ueberrhein and offer to buy the sand on their fields? I would be very glad if farmers could make money from their sand problem to counteract their losses from the flooding.
Of course the farmers would have to be very careful that in scraping off the sand, the big machines did not also scrape off all the good topsoil.
Mary E. Nettleton, York, Neb.