Teach and trust your children

Knowledge about human sexuality is power to understand your own feelings, to talk with your peers and your elders about things, and to judge the information presented to you. This is part of being a moral human being. To be moral is to know, to reflect, to judge and to act (or not act.)

A bloc of those quoted in the story about the new OPS standards (“After 30 years, OPS updates sex ed standards,” Jan. 21 World-Herald) was the people who think you raise kids by giving them rules and miss the transition where you must instead give them reasons.

K. M. Davies, Omaha

Time to change policy, personnel?

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert was critical of the member of the police department who made the decision to close part of West Dodge Road on Tuesday so the snow could be removed (“Police union, mayor clash over West Dodge closing,” Jan. 21 World-Herald). She said the Public Works Department was following the procedures which have been in place for years. Those procedures have not worked for years, and they were not working on Tuesday. The police officer who made the decision to close the street should be given a commendation, not criticism.

The mayor also said there needs to be communication between all entities involved before such a decision is made. If that decision had to go through the bureaucracy, the snow would have been long gone before the green light was given to take action.

If there are policies and procedures in place that are not working, the whole operation needs to be studied and possibly changed. If personnel in charge are not willing to make changes, then maybe personnel need to be changed.

Don Baker, Omaha

That hill has been here a long time

I live close to 84th Street and West Dodge Road. The hill approaching 90th Street has always been there. It’s a pain to be on that part of road at 2 p.m. in July. I’m sure some commuters considered this and chose a different route. The resulting complaints of others, sadly, are reminders of the state of contemporary culture.

R.C. Jones, Omaha

Learn to drive in the snow

Give it a rest, people. Nebraska winters create unusual driving situations. Accept it and learn how to drive in winter conditions. A little common sense and courtesy can go a long way in keeping traffic moving.

Move over and away from the packed icy tracks and into the loose snow. It will help with traction. Don’t floor the gas pedal; spinning tires only melt the snow and create more ice.

Plan ahead and take alternate routes to avoid some of the worst hills. I have done it for years, many with only two-wheel drive.

People who are afraid to drive in a snowstorm should just stay home. And the rest of us need to just relax and slow down a little. It will help prevent some of the accidents that tie up traffic. If we all try harder to drive smarter, it will improve.

And finally, if you believe that a city this size can remove every snowflake from every street the instant it falls, you should move farther south. This was only a 4-inch snow. What are you going to do when the big one hits?

Mike Miller, Omaha

Mayor has two strikes this winter

I would like to commend the police officer for realizing that West Dodge Road was a hazard and taking the action of closing the road. I would suggest that the only person thinking was the officer.

For the mayor to say that decision by the officer wasn’t well-thought out is insulting.

We’ve experienced two snowfalls this year that left the streets in horrible condition. I, for one, am tired of excuse after excuse.

I have been in Minneapolis during big continuous snowfalls, and it is safe to travel on its streets. But not here in Omaha.

Maybe instead of spending $10 million on buildings to give away, the mayor might want to spend some money to make sure the citizens of Omaha are safe during a 4-inch snowstorm.

Janice Mohs, Omaha

A power greater than Stothert

It is good that the city is going to look at its snow-removal policies. However, when it comes to the weather, there are times when Mother Nature reminds us of who is really in control. Maybe last Tuesday was one of those reminders.

Gary Fitch, Omaha

Feds can’t pay for Medicaid expansion

On Jan. 20, The World-Herald reported that the federal budget deficit was projected to rise to $544 billion. On that same day, another article reported that some Nebraska lawmakers had introduced a bill to accept expanded Medicaid funding from Washington. The report stated, “Federal funds would pay 100 percent of the cost through 2016 and that would decline to 90 percent by 2022.”

It doesn’t take a math whiz to see the federal government already doesn’t have any “real” money. It is $544 billion in the hole, so it doesn’t have the money to give Nebraska.

Brenda Ray, Fremont, Neb.

Are guns immune from any regulation?

The rights of gun owners must be respected, but does that mean we can’t set any reasonable limits to gun possession? If an “any” policy goes too far, then what limits are reasonable?

Mark Siepker, Omaha

Bench is a bad place for Gleason

Judge James Gleason would make a better social worker or defense attorney than a District Court judge. He certainly does not belong on the bench.

His position on disarming Omaha police officers, while on duty, in his courtroom is ridiculous (“Judge’s ban on police guns draws 15 key foes,” Jan. 20 World-Herald). His view of guns in his courtroom creates an unsafe environment for all who enter his courtroom.

George Ernce, Omaha

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