Our hero

Last Wednesday, I slipped on a patch of ice and crashed to the concrete pavement next to my parked car.

My best friend, Bonnie, (a 95-year-young lady) was an eyewitness, but would have been helpless without the care and attention of our hero —Dave Valenta.

Affectionately known as “TOAD” (Totally Outstanding Airplane Driver) Dave was on the spot. He is strong and younger and with a bit of assistance was able to get my inert body (6-foot-two and 180 pounds) into the front passenger seat of my Buick SUV. I have no memory of these events until I am strapped into my seat.

From that location, near the Offutt Air Force Base commissary, Dave escorted us to the Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue emergency room and a subsequent CAT scan plus five staples in the skin of my scalp.

All is well, now.

The kindness and assistance of our friend and hero saved our day and will never be forgotten! Thanks Dave.



Trump obsessed

Can anyone at the Times help staff writer Michael Batchelder get over his Donald Trump obsession? I am fairly confident he has written at least six op-ed pieces in the last year, all voicing complaints against this one candidate.

True, Associate Editor Eugene Curtin has also written about Trump, but not with the same ferocity or frequency. I hoped that after last November’s election, Batchelder would expand his repertoire. The Trump fixation continues.

I do not look to your op-ed pages for more discourse on the national political scene — not unless it is linked to a specific local angle. For example, Ben Justman’s column last spring explained the historical connections between President Obama’s visit at the Papillion home of teacher Lisa Martin, and previous presidential visits to our city: William McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, and FDR. This commentary by the Sarpy County Museum’s executive director was locally helpful and locally relevant.

I do not subscribe to the Papillion Times to be subjected to op-ed rants on national politics (or the homey boyfriend stories more appropriate for a school newspaper, but that’s another personal peeve). The only reason why I subscribe is to get neighborhood news I can’t find anywhere else. Why should the Omaha World-Herald, your parent company, do a better job at this local challenge than you, our weekly community newspaper?



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