Karl Timmermann (copy)

In this file photo from March 1, 1995, Robert L. Wostoupal of West Point, the Cuming County veterans service officer, holds a photograph of Lt. Karl Timmermann at the park named in his honor in West Point, Nebraska. Karl Timmermann, as a 22-year-old lieutenant, was the first American officer to cross the Rhine when he spearheaded the capture of the Ludendorff railroad bridge at Remagen, Germany on March 7, 1944. 

Remembering a veteran

It will be 75 years next March 7 that Mary Timmerman of West Point, Nebraska, received a call from The World-Herald. She was told that her son, 2nd Lt. Karl Timmerman, had just crossed the Rhine River at the Remagen bridge.

In fact, he was the first officer of an invading army to cross the Rhine since Napoleon.

His mother was worried he might be hurt (he wasn’t). “Napoleon I don’t care about. How is my Karl?” she reportedly said.

Timmerman later served in the Korean War. He died of cancer in the early 1950s.

T.R. Lovell III, Hastings, Neb.

Bring our soldiers back

I am a bitter Vietnam vet. That was a pointless conflict in which 58,000 of our countrymen are no longer with us.

We assume that American soldiers die in defense of our rights and freedoms, as they protect us from existential threats. We thank veterans for their service and revere the dead as martyrs.

By and large, we never dig deep into why they actually fight and die. After all, no grieving mother wants to think her child gave his life for nothing.

But in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, as in Vietnam, that’s exactly what’s happening. Enough is enough. Bring our soldiers back. Let the rest of the world fight its own battles.

Greg Weldon, Papillion

Repurpose Crossroads Mall area

After several failed attempts to redevelop Crossroads Mall and the area to the west, how about this idea?

As a retired ESL teacher who has worked with and for refugees since 1978, I think Omaha and Nebraska are woefully lacking in resources for refugees, but what they need could be used by everyone.

I envision this centrally located, easily accessible site (with public transportation and existing parking garage) as a grand resource center available to all Omahans. It could house a relocated Swanson Library with community center and a high school technical/career center (envisioned by an educational consortium group described in a Nov. 27 World-Herald article) that could be used by adults on weekends and evenings.

There could be a resource center where on-site receptionists and interpreters could refer people for the available community resources (health, counseling, city and county services), housing issues (utilities, repairs, tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities), home buying procedures and more.

Conference rooms and space for festivals, food and the arts would enhance the center. Perhaps affordable housing could be built there.

If Omaha can support such a grand project as the Tri-Faith Campus, why not something like this?

Frank Krejci, whose development company owns Crossroads Mall, seems like a charitable yet keen businessman who might be willing to deal for such a project to make Omaha even greater.

Bev Hornig, Omaha

More people, more tax income

It’s too late this year, but to bring future tax relief to Nebraskans, I would recommend more effort in recruiting more citizens. A larger population would provide more tax income to the state.

Currently, I believe Nebraska has the resources but sometimes not the courage or information to invest in itself.

The Legislature and the governor should lead by promoting the state’s citizens to find opportunities that could add to our population. I feel too many times we say “not in my backyard,” when instead it might have ended with more people working and more tax income for our state.

Donivan Huwaldt, Uehling, Neb.

No local control for 84th Street

Please, please don’t let La Vista, or Papillion for that matter, take control of major thoroughfares (“State expected to let cities have control of 84th Street,” May 17 World-Herald).

Those of us who have long commutes and have to put up with petty traffic lights and reduced speeds are getting very frustrated.

There has to be unobstructed highway speed routes to downtown if Sarpy County is going to continue to grow.

If city planners were better at their jobs, they would create a community away from major thoroughfares and invite people in to participate in community activities. Slowing speeds down will likely lead to frustration and a disdain to stop at any of the points along these major thoroughfares.

Besides, if we’re all slowing down to look at points of interest, won’t this lead to an increase in accidents?

John Cavanaugh, La Vista

Stick with standard time

Show of hands — who else agrees daylight saving time is just silly?

But it does prove we really can all agree on something if we put our minds to it: Let’s all get up an hour earlier each spring so we can get up an hour later in the fall.

Standard Time Forever!

Pat Greenwood, Omaha

Sports betting and money flow

In response to Iowa allowing legalized sports betting: Goodbye, Nebraska money. Enjoy your time in Iowa.

J. Ritchie Morrow, Omaha

Grateful for act of kindness

I want to thank the very nice young man who helped me with two large bags of potting soil recently when there were no Menards employees available to assist. He brought the bags to the register, waited for me to check out and then loaded them in my car.

As I thanked him, he told me that he tried to complete one act of kindness daily, and that day, I was it. The clerk and I agree that we need more people in the world like our kind helper. Kindness is way cool.

Marilyn K. Noordam, Omaha

Resolution against hate groups

I had a warm feeling course through my body reading the May 21 World-Herald editorial concerning the legislative resolution against hate groups.

That evaporated when I saw that 39 of 49 state senators signed the resolution.

Who would not sign? Who are these people?

Jarold Kohll, Omaha

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