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Vince and Megan Pietro with, from left, Max, 11, Tessa, 9, Mia, 7, and Jacob, 14. Under a new partnership between the Omaha Archdiocese and Madonna School & Community-Based Services, all of the kids will soon attend St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic School, where Megan teaches.

Praise for Archdiocese

Congratulations to the Omaha Archdiocese for its new program to educate children with disabilities with their peers in regular classrooms.

This is a great program not only for children with disabilities but will also be of great benefit for all children and families.

Children educated together will make society function together. Segregation of children with disabilities is a major flaw in education systems.

George Spilker, Papillion

Simple census question

In response to Anne Carroll’s criticism (“Legal non-citizens,” July 11 Public Pulse) about President Donald Trump’s desire to have the citizenship question back on the census, the question does not ask if the person is an illegal immigrant.

It simply asks if the person is a citizen, born in Guam, Puerto Rico or Virgin Islands, born abroad to U.S. citizen parents, a citizen by naturalization or a non-citizen. It does not ask legal status.

Jon Mahnke, Thurston, Neb.

Shut down this camp

May I never wax so prideful as to be reluctant to acknowledge instances when others’ words are more apropos and effectual than my own.

I shall not unduly lengthen this piece by enumerating the well-documented, highly publicized, inhumane abuses being visited upon migrant children in unhealthful, overcrowded virtual internment camps on American soil.

Jesus warned that a person would be better off sporting a millstone necktie “and drowned in the depths of the sea than to offend against a little child.”

President Ronald Reagan, on June 12, 1987, at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, famously demanded: “Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Would that President Donald Trump could be hailed to one of the child internment camps and abjured: “President Trump, come here to this gate! President Trump, open this gate! President Trump, shut down this camp! President Trump, make America great again!”

Trump’s and the U.S. government’s shameful official actions casting aside the innate human dignity and trampling underfoot the fundamental human rights of migrant children render cynical, hollow and hypocritical their oft-repeated condemnations of “human rights violations” by autocratic, nondemocratic nations throughout the world.

State Sen. Ernie Chambers, Omaha

Trump’s immigrant background

Seems strange that President Donald Trump would be so hostile to immigrants given his own heritage: His mother was an immigrant from Scotland whose first language was Gaelic, not English. His grandfather was an immigrant from Germany.

Neither was highly skilled, but each connected with a sister who was living in the U.S.

But Trump tells four Democratic members of Congress to “go back where you came from,” which actually was Ohio, Michigan and New York. The fourth is from Somalia but became U.S. citizen as a teenager.

Mary Ann Lamanna, Omaha

Emotional Fourth

I’m so proud of President Donald Trump for the special, informative Independence Day speech, the tribute and praise to each branch of the service and the beautiful singing of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

And last but not least, his recognition to the lovely first lady, Melania, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife and staff in attendance.

It was very emotional. Unashamed, I cried through the entire program. No politics were mentioned, like many thought would happen.

I’m proud to be an American. God bless President Donald Trump and God bless America.

Dolores Klopp, Omaha

Support a carbon tax

The World-Herald is right to raise the alarm about the need for flood preparedness (“Flood preparedness needs greater focus from local, state, federal officials,” July 10 editorial).

The list of needs is long and costly: better emergency communications, higher and stronger levees, managing the flooding of the Missouri River.

Then there is the cost of repairing the damage to roads and bridges as well as dwellings and other buildings, and damage to crops, livestock and farm land.

This is the cost of climate change unfolding in real time.

But what would be the cost of stopping the carbon pollution that is a major cause of climate change?

The best first step would be to put a price on coal, oil and gas. H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, would do just that. Money, collected from the fossil fuel industry, would be returned to American households as a monthly dividend.

Fossil fuels would slowly get more expensive. The effect in the first 12 years is predicted to be at least a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions, with more reductions to follow.

No new government expenditure would be needed. The administrative costs are small and would come out of the fees collected.

Most consumers would see increased costs of coal, oil and gas but would receive a monthly check that would more than offset those costs.

Nebraska U.S. Sens. Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer and Reps. Jeff Fortenberry, Don Bacon and Adrian Smith should support this bill.

Amanda Atkinson, Omaha

Overdue debt

Native Americans should get reparations for their blood and tears, a debt overdue.

Jeff Gilbert, Omaha

Will miss Hansen columns

I just want to say that Matthew Hansen will be missed as a columnist for the Omaha World-Herald.

The paper has employed some outstanding columnists throughout the years, way back to Robert McMorris, and Matthew is one of the best.

He writes with humor, precision and empathy.

I wish him good luck in his new job, but I will miss reading his columns.

Janyce Warneke, Plainview, Neb.

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