Letters, 8/29: Use common sense

2010-08-29T00:00:00Z Letters, 8/29: Use common sense JournalStar.com
August 29, 2010 12:00 am

Do people actually believe that young people by the droves are driving to Omaha to go to the bars for one more hour?

For God's sake, common sense says it will cause more problems; just moving the issues an hour down the road won't make things better. Some businesses want the bars to stay open longer so they can make more money. Big deal. Some bands say they can play longer, and some say people can wind down from a night of drinking. Right; I have a bridge I want to sell the city.

I was once young and a college student. Another hour would have let us drink an hour longer and get drunker, and believe me, we would have.

How about this? Let the bars stay open till 2 a.m. but no serving of alcohol. They could serve coffee, sodas and things to help people sober up before leaving. We could also let the bands keep playing till 2 a.m., and just maybe we could save a life or two.

I say let's lead and not follow. Let's do what is right for a change and quit reacting to what Omaha is doing.

Roger Yant Sr., Lincoln

Effort appreciated

Thank you for printing the article regarding Ed Faltin and his time in Korea during the Korean War and about his return visit with his son to Korea and how thankful the Korean people are for the United States and other nations that gave South Korea their freedom ("Scribner veteran knows fighting in Korean War was worth it," Aug. 19).

I, along with three brothers, served during that time. Three of us were in Korea and one brother was with the occupation forces in Germany. I served with the Third Infantry Division, another with the 24th Division, and the other with the 2nd Infantry Division. All of us who served in Korea were in close combat.

Through the years, I have attended many Korean War reunions here in Nebraska. On several occasions, I have observed people from South Korea standing in front of us with tears running down their faces thanking us for giving them their freedom.

Again, thank you for printing the article about Faltin, letting people know that freedom does not come free, but at a great cost.

Ben Maaske, Lincoln

Government or mob?

I feel like organized crime has taken over our government, federal and state, maybe even local, too.

There are these special interest types. I'll call them the mob bosses. They want what's good for them, period. Usually what's good for them isn't good for the rest of us, unless we are part of their country club or own their stock. But we may work for them or depend on them to buy from us to keep us out of bankruptcy, so we don't put up much of a fuss.

The bosses get together and decide what policies they want passed, or blocked, which will make them richer, knock off some competition and thus keep their honest and dishonest business dealings thriving.

Then they put their money where the power is by giving it to election campaigns and lobbyists.

The bosses have plenty of legit ways to pass the money around, which keeps them out of jail. It's win-win for them and lose-lose for the rest of us.

I know five judges on the Supreme Court said it's legit for this to happen when those five gave a corporation the same rights as me in the Citizens United decision. So now I really don't stand a chance unless we can pick up the rock and show who the worms are hiding underneath.

That's what the Disclose Act will do. I may not be able to stop the mob bosses from using their money to put people on TV or shut others up, but I sure don't see any problem with knowing where the money is coming from. Disclose Act should have been named Expose Act. Either way, it sounds good to me. I'm sure Elliot Ness would agree.

Cathy Lohmeier, Lincoln

Hard to believe it

When the Journal Star prints something, does it believe it's true? Does the Journal Star want me to believe as John Rosemond says ("Great disconnect: Research vs. practice," column, Aug. 20), that television watching before 5 years old greatly increases the likelihood of attention problems in school, that there is a strong link between preschool computer time and later learning difficulties, and that allowing children to watch TV and use computers along with teaching them to read before age 6 places the child at significant risk?

I believe that placing a child at significant risk is akin to child abuse. Does the Journal Star want me to believe allowing a child under 5 to watch television and play video games on the Internet is child abuse? OK. I will.

Roxanne E. Smith, Lincoln

No faith in board

It will be interesting to see who the Lincoln Journal Star editorial board endorses for county commissioners in the upcoming November elections. Thank God Bob Workman is gone, but Deb Schorr and Ray Stevens should be right next to him.

Every taxpayer should be outraged at the board's action on the closed-door sale of Lancaster Manor. And by the way, Bernie Heier should be right behind the others.

This group is exactly why citizens have no faith in government.

Rodney Vlcek, Lincoln

Pothole work exemplary

It occurred to me the other day as my 7-year-old said "ahhhhhh" from the back seat of the car as we drove down the newly resurfaced A Street that we as Lincolnites spent a lot of energy complaining about the condition of the roads after last winter's copious amounts of snow and ice had ruined many of our aging thoroughfares.

Many Lincolnites even complained about the numerous construction delays and detours all summer as our Public Works Department scrambled to resurface major arterials all over Lincoln.

Folks can't have it both ways! In my opinion, the personnel at the Public Works and Engineering Departments should be commended for their heroic efforts this past spring and summer.

I don't know the statistics of the increase in the number of calls to the pothole hotline over the winter and spring, but I do know that I myself called in a number of potholes and was pleasantly surprised by the prompt attention from the crews that worked almost constantly across Lincoln.

I figured they would keep busy all summer at that rate! But what a pleasant surprise when, after a slow start, the simultaneous resurfacing projects were numerous and relatively quick with such smooth results on some of the worst arterials in Lincoln.

Ahhhhh, indeed! Thanks, everyone.

Rhonda Horner-Bohaty, Lincoln

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