Mountain lion hunt (copy)

A young male mountain lion perches on a cottonwood branch northeast of Harrison after it was treed by hunting dogs during Nebraska’s first cougar hunting season in the Pine Ridge. The cat was one of two killed Jan. 2, 2014, during the opening days of Nebraska’s first mountain lion season.

Skip mountain lion hunt

How can we tell we need a mountain lion hunt this far in advance?

I think this is all a ploy to make money for the Game and Parks Commission.

Mountain lions roam and do not stay in one area, so how can scat determine numbers?

Please do not allow this. Once our wildlife is gone, we are next.

Jo Anderson, Omaha

European influence

The photos of statues with the June 28 World-Herald article “Sculptures depicting Native Americans, settler added to Pioneer Courage Park” were certainly beautiful.

But they also carried a sad reminder of how cultures are always changed by contact with other cultures.

The bronze statue of a warrior riding a European horse, carrying a European steel rifle powered by European bullets is especially evocative.

Only the addition of a European whiskey bottle or a child infected by European measles or European smallpox would enhance the sculpture’s stark depiction of how the various cultures of the pre-European Americans were doomed by their mere contact with European culture, germs and technology.

Rob Bligh, San Antonio, Texas

Charge tuition in OPS?

I voted no on the second Omaha Public Schools bond issue in May 2018.

That issue should have been on the November ballot so more people would have voted. I am sure that the bond issue would have lost.

People in Douglas County are tired of high property taxes, and you cannot tell me a majority would have voted yes to raise them even more.

I believe that it is time for OPS to charge tuition, say $200 to $500 per semester. I bet that more people would go to school board meetings if they had to pay cash upfront for their kids to attend OPS.

Richard Cunningham, Omaha

Policing the world

I agree with Bill Epps’ opinion in the June 29 Public Pulse letter “Fighting for freedom.”

I’m disgusted with Patrick Brennan’s “drinking the Kool-Aid” opinion.

I wish that the United States didn’t have to police the world, but I would rather have the wars fought on foreign soil than our own.

I’m 59 years old and haven’t served in the military, but I appreciate the freedoms I have because of Bill Epps and those “noisy planes.” I’m sorry he had to see what he did in Iraq. It must have been horrible, and I know that he cannot unsee what he saw.

I want to thank Epps, Michael McLaughlin (June 30 Pulse), all veterans and current military personnel for protecting my country, my family and me.

I really appreciate them.

Steve Andersen, Omaha

14th Amendment

First, to clarify what was written in the letter “Neither side is listening” (June 27 Public Pulse), the 14th Amendment was not written and ratified by the Founding Fathers. The 14th Amendment was added to the Constitution in 1868 as part of the “Reconstruction Amendments” and was, in part, intended to give freed slaves legal status as citizens of the United States.

I find it ironic that years later, the due process clause of the 14th Amendment that gave legal status to slaves would be used to legalize the abortion of thousands of African Americans, racially the greatest percentage of abortions performed in the United States.

Life is endowed by God at conception.

While the 14th Amendment granted slaves the legal right to exist as citizens, Roe v. Wade essentially says the life inside a woman’s body doesn’t have the right to exist unless society says that life legally has that right.

Sorry, God. Your endowment is meaningless unless we, the people, give our consent.

David Fjare, Council Bluffs

Students should be on their own

Students must be forward-thinking when borrowing education money, but they should be prepared to pay it off.

The Democratic proposal to write off student debt is just another example of voter pandering and scare tactics.

Kids go to college to learn critical-thinking skills. For goodness sake, use those skills.

My $4,000 student debt from 1971 would be about $25,300 today, which is close to the average Nebraskan debt as reported in The World-Herald (“Here’s how student loan debt adds up in Nebraska,” July 2).

I paid that off in less than three years while being married, the father of one and owning a home with a mostly stay-at-home wife. Do not listen to the Democratic pandering.

Tony Staup, Waterloo, Neb.

Bacon vote disappoints

I regret Rep. Don Bacon voting against funding the Peace Corps Re-authorization Act of 2019 (H.R.3456).

As a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in villages in South India from 1966 through 1968, I know the value and outcomes of the Peace Corps.

Beth Furlong, Omaha

Sounded like a war zone

The big bangs on July 4 felt like war in our neighborhood. We were surrounded by what sounded like gun shot and big blasts.

As I sat on our deck the next morning, I thought of the birds and the other creatures that live in our neighborhood. Thursday, when the “war” was going on, the birds were flying away. I wondered how far they would go to find peace and quiet.

It disturbs me that people in neighborhoods all over Omaha don’t have consideration for their neighbors and for the birds and animals who reside in the neighborhoods.

I have realized that my hearing loss is a gift on “war” days. I took out my hearing aids and consigned them to my pockets. That took the edge off. But I am concerned about the scared dogs and other animals and the veterans who suffer through the big bangs and blasts.

Can’t the City of Omaha designate certain areas where people can blast and explode their fireworks keeping these areas away from neighborhoods?

I am hoping our city will fix it so we don’t have another year of Hell on the Fourth of July.

retired Rev. Marge deGraw, Omaha

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