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Standing water from melting snow and rain reflects the evening sky as a truck, in the distance, travels north on Highway 275 north of Fremont, Nebraska, on March 13, 2019. With stretches of the highway still closed due to flooding, more traffic is being routed to West Maple Road through the Elkhorn area.

Traffic trouble expected

Come Monday morning, Elkhorn schools will resume classes after spring break.

With the flood-routed traffic from Highway 275 through the Elkhorn area, traffic has increased by the hundreds. Large student traffic is always a mess at 204th street and West Maple Road.

Now, with the large volume of trucks from 275 routed through Elkhorn and with all this school traffic, will Omaha police be controlling all the parents dropping off students and trying to get back on 204th?

I am betting that some car crashes will happen because cars have to somehow get across two lanes of traffic to go north or south on 204th from schools.

I hope the Police Department takes this into consideration and will maybe have a presence during the 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. period.

David Sirek, Omaha

In support of CBD oil

I am appalled by Feb. 16 Pulse writer Paul Meyer’s narrow-minded opposition to medical marijuana, which includes CBD products produced from it. I am saddened by his lack of empathy for people who could potentially be helped. Nebraska is one of only three states where CBD oil isn’t legal.

Joan Olander, Springfield

Valuations are inconsistent, unfair

The increased home valuations in Omaha are inconsistent, unfair and unrealistic.

I have three properties: my private residence at 114th and Pacific Streets, which had no increase in the valuation; my rental at 68th and Pacific Streets, which increased by $16,000 in one year; and my rental at 32nd and California Streets, which increased by $30,000 this year.

The tiny house next to my 32nd Street rental had raccoons living in it and a basement covered in mold. It was not habitable for humans. A Californian investor paid $80,000 for it, whitewashed it and rented it.

When out-of-town investors buy Omaha property, buyers might never set foot in the home. But that sale price disproportionately raises the home values around it.

How does the city explain how my home in a gated west Omaha community does not have a valuation increase for 10 years, but my house in northeast Omaha increased $30,000 in one year?

God help you if you are poor in Omaha: Whitewashed, trashed homes and increased rent are in your future.

Diana Holloway, Omaha

Plenty of noise out there

A March 6 Pulse letter by Don Wells Jr. proposed that motorcycle helmet laws be tied to noise ordinances. I wear a helmet willingly, and my motorcycles have mostly had stock exhaust systems. Does he assume the only folks who break noise ordinances are motorcyclists?

Robert E. Hathaway, Omaha

Crazies on social media

I’m done with social media. The crazies have taken over, most recently the craziest one in New Zealand. Crazies to the right, crazies to the left.

Mark Zuckerberg was Time’s Person of the Year in 2010.

It seemed a good idea. Wedding pictures, baby pictures, veterans returning home, connecting with friends from the past, etc., but no mas. I got along fine without it, and I will again.

James L. Manion, Omaha

Who pays the heavy price?

The World-Herald editorial of March 4 (“Taxpayers pay heavy price”) describes how our state wasted millions of tax dollars through poor contracting processes by the Department of Health and Human Services. DHHS recently canceled two Medicaid software contracts after spending $12 million. One, a $50 million software contract that had swollen to $84 million before they agreed it didn’t work, wasted $5 million in state funds and $55 million of our federal tax dollars.

The editorial noted that Kerry Winterer testified before the Legislature last month to support legislation making it easier for losing bidders to appeal decisions of the state agency in court.

Winterer is well qualified to discuss flaws in DHHS procurement. He was CEO of DHHS from 2009 to 2014 when he ran Gov. Dave Heineman’s privatization effort that crashed and left too many Nebraska children, parents, caregivers and other citizens without a decent, working welfare system, wasting millions and millions of tax dollars in the process.

Nebraska politicians don’t win elections by striving to be the best at delivering quality health and human services.

They win elections by campaigning against government, against taxes and spending.

That is the cruel irony of the editorial. It is Nebraska human beings — children and families — who really pay the heavy price. It is far from the best we can do, and that’s on us.

Jim Boucher, Valley, Neb.

Senseless military empire

Let’s put an end to the senseless U.S. global military empire, which sends thousands of young men and women off to patrol foreign borders, overthrow foreign governments and needlessly put themselves at risk in missions that have nothing to do with the safety and security of the United States.

Greg Weldon, Papillion

Flood coverage praised

I have been impressed with the multiple articles in The World Herald about the Nebraska-Iowa flood.

I was particularly impressed with Nancy Gaarder’s article in the March 17 paper.

It was the best overview of the causes and conditions in Nebraska, and I appreciated the work that she did.

Dr. John F. Else, Omaha

Rescued from snowbank

The angels are busy. I encountered three of them this winter who appeared out of nowhere after I became mired in a snowbank just east of 90th and Pacific Streets, with the back half of my car jutting out into the street.

With no fanfare, the group freed my car, refused my offer of monetary thanks and left me with a feeling of profound gratitude.

Happily, I will pay it forward — -though as an 80-something senior, it probably won’t be by pushing anyone out of a snowdrift.

Mary Buckley, Omaha

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