Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks to an audience gathered at the University of Colorado in Boulder last year.

Omaha lucky to have Scott

Having lived in Chicago for the last eight years and traveled to some of the most vibrant and innovative cities in the country, it still amazes me how fortunate we are to have city leaders and visionaries like Walter Scott and the plethora of foundations that are truly committed to making Omaha the most livable city in the United States (“No public bidding on major NU contracts,” Feb. 14 World-Herald).

Cities with way more resources than Omaha sit back and admire what we have been able to do here because of the unparalleled investment our community leaders have made to the region.

Omaha will benefit for years to come because of the hard work and financial commitment and vision of leaders like Scott, Hal Daub, Mike Yanney and countless others. These people understand that giving back to the community — whether financially or in the form of nonprofit initiatives or community service — is vital to creating the bedrock of what makes a truly livable city.

Kudos to these folks who work so tirelessly toward making Omaha a better place.

Donn Seidholz, Omaha

Widespread support for LB 1032

At last week’s hearing on Legislative Bill 1032, I was privileged to witness support for a bipartisan solution for people who can’t afford health insurance. Doctors, hospitals, teachers, faith leaders, a national health policy expert and more than a dozen Nebraskans who can’t afford coverage testified to the need for and integrity of this bill.

All of these people are asking the Legislature to pass a compromise plan that would use private insurance to bring much-needed stability to our health care system.

That tells me all I need to know about this issue. Reasonable Nebraskans know everyone needs to be able to see a doctor. Let’s pass LB 1032.

Zoe Emma Hatfield, Omaha

Give all families freedom of school choice

The freedom of school choice is now limited to those who are able to send their children to private schools without the benefit of state aid. Those less fortunate must send their children to public schools.

Offering vouchers would extend freedom of choice to everyone. A school voucher system would give the choice to the parents or guardians and take it out of the hands of the government. Competition for school voucher dollars would improve the quality of students’ education.

Dick Lorence, Bellevue

Let’s ignore Nikko Jenkins

Why are we wasting time on this guy (“Jenkins able to harm self with almost any object,” Feb. 13 World-Herald)?

The more publicity we give him, the more he is going to perform.

Bill Fead, Omaha

GOP wrong to leave Scalia’s seat vacant

Does everything have to be about politics? Republicans in Congress and elsewhere are already saying the choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia should be made by the next president.

That would happen a year from now, and, in the meantime, the court would have to limp along with an even number of justices, which could mean no decision on cases with tied opinions.

I, for one, am getting angry about all this partisanship.

Ellen Campbell, Central City, Neb.

Nomination doesn’t equal confirmation

Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution says the president nominates justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate. It doesn’t say that person will be automatically confirmed by the Senate.

Unless the person President Barack Obama nominates is a very middle-of-the-road person, he or she will not be confirmed. And we know Obama will nominate a far-left liberal.

If it were the other way around and the president were a Republican and the Senate was controlled by the Democrats, does anyone think that Harry Reid would allow a conservative to be confirmed? Look at his track record. When he was in charge, he blocked everything Republicans put forward and even changed long-standing rules to confirm presidential appointees.

This country is more divided than it has ever been. Obama claimed he would unify the country, yet he has never learned how to compromise or get along with the opposition. So now he will reap what he has sown. He said, “Elections have consequences.” Well, the Senate is now Republican.

If a Republican is elected president in November, the next justice will be conservative, and if a Democrat is elected, the next justice will be liberal. How conservative or how liberal will depend on the makeup of the next Senate. There will never be a nominee who will satisfy both sides. That is why the next election will be so important.

B.L. Cork, Bellevue

Correction: The City of Omaha’s cash reserve fund has increased during Mayor Jean Stothert’s term and was not a factor in a 2014 bond rating. A letter published in some Monday editions misstated the situation.

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