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School consolidation? No, thanks

To the person who thought it might be good for St. Edward Public Schools to merge with Boone Central in Albion: Leave us alone. We’re doing fine, and your comment really wasn’t necessary.

Our taxes in town are cheap compared to yours, and a quarter of land is less than a $300,000 home. We like small classes where one-on-one teaching is available and where teachers know each student personally.

Maybe you should ask your administration and school board members if you really need that artificial turf and why they pay $5,000 to $15,000 more than we do for a first-year teacher or any other paid administration job.

Our streets are a little rough, but I’d rather drive 15-30 mph in our town than in your six lanes at 4 in the afternoon. We have no wheel tax and no restaurant tax.

Marvin Haas, St. Edward, Neb.

Would you buy it at that price?

Like so many persons, I recently received and was surprised at this year’s property tax assessment. Many persons are surprised at the jump in their home’s assessed value. Wouldn’t it be interesting if the government had to put its money where its mouth is — and, if (stress if) the homeowner wanted, the government had to buy the house for 95% of appraised value?

At the very least, counties would start being conservative in the appraised value.

And if the homeowners were shocked by how much the valuation had increased, they would have the option to sell for a higher-than-expected price. It would be interesting to hear our state representatives’ take on this concept.

Bill Craig, Bellevue

Fixing the zipper method

I have seen recent letters to the Public Pulse regarding the zipper method of merging and complaints that it isn’t working.

The reason it isn’t working isn’t difficult to figure out. The signs imply that one lane has the right of way. Most drivers are fair-minded people who believe in getting in line at the end of the line and patiently taking their turn, so they move to the implied right of way line as soon as possible.

Believing in taking their turn, they resent and resist people zooming past them and cutting in front of everyone who is patiently waiting their turn.

The solution: Change the signs to indicate both lanes have equal right of way status. With each lane having equal status, people will join both lanes, usually whichever is the shortest. With equal numbers in each line, there will be no opportunity for people to use an empty lane to merge in front of people who have been patiently waiting in a long line. No line cutting, no resentment.

I believe the majority of people, being fair-minded, will gladly merge zippered fashion. The only people who won’t take turns merging are the people who really are jerks.

Gary Fitch, Omaha

Opioid crisis and lawsuit

Why on Earth would the Nebraska attorney general join the lawsuit in the opioid crisis when he is so busy fighting CBD? It goes against our state motto, which seems to be one step forward, two steps back. The year 2020 is coming and right soon; maybe then Nebraska will wake up to the 21st century.

Bart Sladovnik, Omaha

Teachers and school hours

As a teacher and now a substitute summer school teacher, I am here to tell you that elementary schools should go back to the old days when school got out at 3:15 p.m.

Teachers would be more refreshed. There is no learning taking place after 3:30 p.m.

Please rethink the hours. Go into the schools and let the teachers make the decisions. Teachers are teachers, not day care providers.

Jeanne Fuhs, Omaha

Bicycles should stay to right

Do bicycles have the same rights as automobiles? No. We don’t pay wheel tax on bicycles, bicycles don’t have to be licensed, bicycle riders don’t need a driver’s license.

So why do they think they have the same rights that cars do? Why do they feel they can block streets and highways by riding two or three abreast?

I hear a lot about bicycle riders wanting to be seen on the highway. My suggestion to bicycle riders is to stay to the right and respect the fact that riding on a road built for automobiles is a privilege, not a right.

John Wright, Omaha

Enforce speed limits on expressway

Could the Nebraska State Patrol, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or the Omaha Police Department please enforce the speed limit on the West Dodge Expressway?

For those few of us who chose to obey the traffic laws, it’s scary driving there.

John V. Morey, Omaha

Special night at the zoo

The Henry Doorly Zoo and all of the organizers for Dream Night 2019 should be recognized for a wonderful, family-friendly event. One special night was arranged for children with special needs and their families to enjoy the zoo and all its amenities at no cost and with no hassles.

Since the zoo was closed to the general public, access and parking was a breeze. This was especially beneficial to those with mobility challenges. Once at the event, passenger carts were easily accessed, so making the trek up those famous hills was easy.

Even the trains had specialized lifts, allowing those in wheelchairs to enjoy the tour just like everyone else. The music by Omaha Street Percussion brought out the dancing abilities in everyone and was enjoyed all evening long.

The appearance of famous movie characters and opportunities for pictures with the children were awesome. It was evident how cool this was for the kids. The dinner, drinks and snacks were delicious and so appreciated.

No doubt all the special needs children and their parents had an amazing and most memorable evening. Thank you again to all the organizers and contributors to this outstanding event. It is absolutely heartwarming to witness how Omaha supports its very special citizens.

Linda Van Dyke, Omaha

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