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Veteran says thanks

My husband, Leo, had a great Veteran’s Day. First he enjoyed the fabulous breakfast at the Hy-Vee on 90th Street and West Center Road.

Then he attended the Veterans Day program at the American Legion Post #1, which he also really enjoyed.

He stopped at Trader Joe’s on the way home and was totally surprised to have a very nice lady thank him for his service and then gave him a large bouquet of flowers. He was wearing his “Korea Veteran” cap, so she knew he was a war veteran.

We want to especially thank her for her kindness and let her know how much the flowers were appreciated by both of us. May God bless all the wonderful people of Omaha who made this Veterans Day so memorable.

Marj Kramer, Omaha

All about power

If there were any doubts regarding the purpose of government in this corrupt age, current developments in Washington should put them to rest.

When the distillation of truth gives way to “control of the narrative”; when facts are negated by their “alternatives”; and when an unending stream of lies becomes the main tributary that spills into what we call the “news,” we can no longer pretend the government is about us.

It’s not of us, nor by us, nor for us.

It is about power. And that’s all it is about.

G.A. Wees, Omaha

Transparency and integrity?

Recently, a story appeared in The World-Herald entitled “Eastman to give away $2,700 from billionaire Tom Steyer.”

A top aide to Steyer’s presidential campaign reportedly offered contributions to Iowa politicians in exchange for endorsing Steyer’s bid.

Eastman expressed concern that this was an example of money corrupting politics, an issue that was a centerpiece to her previous campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

Eastman determined that her campaign had received $2,700 from Steyer in September 2018. So her campaign announced that instead of returning the money to the Steyer campaign and in effect giving her the opportunity to take that money out of politics, she would instead contribute it to the Heartland Workers Center.

That organization represents an important constituent group she needs for her 2020 race for the 2nd District seat.

The lesson here is clear. When given the opportunity to actually set an example of standing by the centerpiece of her campaign or choosing to be the same as all the others and further her own election efforts, she took the latter course.

So much for “transparency and integrity.” That sure didn’t last long.

Klaus P. Lindner, La Vista

Not worth the price

When Donald Trump was elected, I said he would do some good things, and he has. His policies have reduced unemployment. The economy has improved as shown in the stock market. His policy on reducing regulations has worked.

But I’m not sure it was worth the price. The tax cuts did not improve all of the middle and lower class families but definitely improved the wealthiest ones.

It also loaded up the national debt more than Obama did in pulling us out of the Great Recession.

Many businesses used their tax bonus to buy back their own stock, not to invest in growth.

Trump’s decision to leave the Iran nuclear agreement has resulted in Iran increasing its efforts to create a nuclear weapon. His pullout in Syria which left our Kurd allies open to attack from Turkey does not make sense. Trump’s tariff war with China took away one of our biggest markets for soybeans. Then he took taxpayer money to reimburse our farmers.

The Trump/Ukrainian phone call can be interpreted in different ways depending on perspective.

But we have not read the actual transcript because it has been placed in a super secure computer. If Trump’s call was “perfect,” then why doesn’t he release it so that the exact words of that call are revealed?

If he has nothing to hide, then why is he hiding information? It is a constitutional imperative that Congress has oversight on the executive branch. Openness is the only way to the truth.

Wendy Leitch, Omaha

Better solution for trees

I cannot believe that “a directive from Washington” called for cutting about 40 acres of trees “to better delineate the boundaries” of a park built on federally owned land.

It is going to take $1 million to $2 million in our tax dollars. It seems like the people who have encroached are part of the “public” that owns public lands.

At the same time the federal government is calling to take down 40 acres of trees to delineate a boundary on public lands, Conservation International is telling us scientists have recently warned that we have little more than a decade to avert disastrous and irreversible consequences of global warming from climate change.

If carbon dioxide is a big cause of climate change and trees absorb much of the carbon dioxide, does paying taxpayer money to cut down 40 acres of trees make sense?

Shouldn’t we be asking our congressional representatives to put pressure on the issuers of this directive to prevent destruction of all these trees?

We can’t just go out and replace them. It may take 70 to 75 years of growth to produce a mature tree. There must be a better solution.

Rosalee C. Yeaworth, Omaha

From GOP to independent

For a number of years we considered ourselves to be Republicans. As we’ve grown older, we have become much more moderate in our beliefs and now consider ourselves to be conservative on some issues and liberal on others.

We could probably be called independents.

We don’t anticipate a return to the Republican Party as long as long as two outspoken draft dodgers and college dropouts who continue to espouse hatred and a sheer lack of American values serve as the “megaphone” for the Republican Party.

Bob and Mary Lykke, Omaha

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