Still trying to decide Nov. 6 vote
Like quite a few others, I find it difficult to vote for either presidential candidate. They both have plans but don’t break them down to specifics. Without all of the facts, it makes it very hard to decide.
Then there is the nagging feeling that perhaps the candidates are telling people what they think they want to hear, rather than what they truly believe.
I wonder what would happen if everyone who is undecided didn’t vote for either candidate. I hope by the time Nov. 6 arrives that the choice will be a lot more clear.
Lynn M. Richardson, Bellevue
Campaign funds could aid needy
I am appalled that Democrats and Republicans have spent an obscene amount of money on this year’s election.
Some of those hundreds of millions of dollars being spent could have been rerouted to such organizations as Habitat for Humanity.
Other ways to spend this money could have been the rebuilding of New Orleans from two hurricanes, building hundreds of community centers in poor neighborhoods in every major city in this country and providing food and shelter for thousands of homeless people.
John Richard Wells, La Vista
Step into our opponents’ shoes
Robert F. Kennedy wrote that the final lesson of the Cuban missile crisis is the importance of placing ourselves in the other country’s shoes. That’s why what President John F. Kennedy did 50 years ago is so great.
It’s an authentic ability to not be beholden to one set of beliefs, party or pledges and a willingness to see an opponent’s point of view, so as to create a win-win for both.
Reflecting on debates regarding Nebraska’s U.S. Senate and 2nd Congressional District races, I’ve found State Sen. Deb Fischer and U.S. Rep. Lee Terry lacking in a capacity to walk in someone else’s shoes. They are more likely beholden to old beliefs.
Their respective opponents, Bob Kerrey and John Ewing, have shown the desire and capacity to walk in the shoes of other Nebraskans and Americans. I believe them to be more empathetic to those whose opinions would differ.
In order to benefit us all in the long term, a change is needed for us to reclaim President Kennedy’s ability to understand and see people’s lives as different from one’s own.
Philip O’Brien, Omaha
In desperation, civility departs
Civility in politics is a myth. President George Washington hated criticism of his wife’s semi-royal role. Andrew Jackson shot men who criticized his family.
While in the Senate, Bob Kerrey criticized Sen. Rick Santorum’s family name with a vulgarity not worth repeating. Now, Kerrey attacks State Sen. Deb Fischer’s family over a fence. Why? Because Kerrey is behind in the race and being nice won’t help.
Politics isn’t a game. Those we elect determine our nation’s vitality or collapse. In this battle for our future, voters decide who is right or wrong, weak or strong, civil or not.
Yet, incivility can bring its own justice. For when Kerrey attacks Fischer’s family, voters should intuitively grasp that a stronger Kerrey wouldn’t attack at all.
What might seem witty from a stronger Kerrey appears to be ugly desperation when he is behind, thus leaving Fischer appearing the more civil and senatorial of the two. That seems a fitting cosmic justice for a man who chose the low road.
Mark and Ellen Anich, Omaha
Kerrey has wider scope we need
Come on, fellow Nebraskans! Let us elect Bob Kerrey as our U.S. senator. Nebraskans should realize the importance of thinking beyond our state borders. We are principally self-sufficient. U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., does well representing Nebraska interests.
Our country needs representation on a broader scope, nationally and internationally. It is a global world. Our senator needs to be smart, experienced and have vision beyond Nebraska and even the good old USA.
Our senator needs to be willing to work with the whole body of Congress. At this time, Kerrey is our best option.
M.A. Harrison, Omaha
Legislative ad misleads voters
I was appalled to receive a recent mailing from the Richard Carter campaign. What in the world does Carter’s stance on Obama- care have to do with serving us in Bellevue’s District 45 of the Nebraska Legislature?
Our Legislature is supposedly nonpartisan. This campaign ad certainly indicates the need for campaign finance reform. The ad was paid for by the Nebraska Leadership Committee, a new independent PAC with Gov. Dave Heineman as its honorary chairman.
If the ad’s intent is to prey upon gullible voters who are obsessed with Obamacare, I’m not gullible. My support is still behind Sue Crawford, a highly qualified candidate who has conducted a positive campaign.
Marilyn A. Routt, Bellevue
Be careful how we judge others
John Bowen (Oct. 21 Pulse) believes Hillary Clinton, one of the most highly regarded U.S. secretaries of state in generations, should resign because of the deaths of our ambassador and some of his staff in Libya.
I wonder if Mr. Bowen felt the same way about President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney when they missed intelligence that resulted in the deaths of thousands in the World Trade Center attack.
It’s unconscionable for people to try to make political hay out of a tragic loss of life. I wonder if Mr. Bowen has ever made a mistake and had enough character to own up to it, as Hillary Clinton did.
Kathy Peters, Omaha
Retain Dundee’s historic charm
I grew up in Omaha’s Dundee neighborhood. I enjoyed having a business there a few years ago. The merchants and neighbors of this historic area are on the brink of some very exciting improvements.
I believe the single greatest adjustment to improve the pedestrian environment and maintain the character of a unique and historic business district would be to address the overwhelming lighting at the gas station on the northeast corner of 50th Street and Underwood Avenue.
Any discussion of real value should redress the mistake made in allowing this glaring pollution to harm this lovely area.
Kathleen Tobin Jamrozy, Omaha
Create lake for boating, skiing
The announcement of the latest dam site on Papillion Creek made me think that a lake for boating and skiing would be nice.
A new lake would mean four lakes between Gretna and Papillion and from Cornhusker Road to just south of Nebraska Highway 370. They would all be basically the same. The only differences would be size, boating restrictions and camping.
Make one for boating, skiing and jet-skiing. There are very few good public skiing lakes in the area.
The lakes would likely generate significant revenue and stimulate business for boat dealers and repair workers. Many people never get to enjoy the opportunity to water-ski because it is primarily limited to private lakes and the river. It might be an idea worth a public survey.
Troy A. Burress, Papillion
Revitalizing downtown Omaha
A Sept. 24 news story about the renovation of the Lerner building at 16th and Harney Streets spotlighted a giant leap forward for businesses and residents of downtown Omaha.
I am a resident of the Orpheum Tower Apartments, directly across Harney Street, and chairman of the Downtown Omaha Inc. 16th Street Committee. I also maintain a law office at 17th and Harney. So I can attest to the potential increase in the vitality of our downtown community or, as developer Ted Seldin said, “re-energize downtown’s 16th Street.”
Metro’s plans to reroute city buses away from 16th Street and remove bus shelters are also encouraging developments for downtown shopping, working and living.
Roger R. Holthaus, Omaha
Mental relaxing may help team
I’ve always been a Husker football fan, and I yearn for the glory days to return. For the past few years, Husker Nation has witnessed ongoing issues with mental mistakes in all facets of the game — coaching, defense, offense and special teams.
How about yoga for the team? It appears many of the athletes are having mental breakdowns. Perhaps the addition of yoga to the training regime for the Huskers may help produce a focused, relaxed, solid team.
This may lead to Coach Bo Pelini talking after a game about a 100 percent effort with no turnovers, as opposed to the broken rec- ord we are hearing now — that we have to clean up all of the penalties and turnovers.
Debra Schlagenhauff, Omaha
Memories of high school sports
As a lifelong Omahan who graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1969, I loved an Oct. 21 story about the 1966 Tech-Westside High football game.
I have terrific memories of Tech High, where I ran track and cross country. A cherished memory is winning the gold medal in the mile in the 1969 Dutch White Relays, where I chatted with Johnny the Jet.
I still get goose bumps remembering the Tech mile relay, where I recall Virgil Mitchell, who usually ran the anchor leg.
Those guys were so smooth. They used to run the relay by just loping the first 200, then turning on the speed around the last curve. The crowd would woo as the runners did this transition. It was one of the coolest things to witness.
I went on to UNL and continued to see players like Johnny Rodgers and Ernie Britt. Anyone who wants to do some reading about these times in Omaha would enjoy the book, “The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central,” by Steve Marantz, a Central High classmate.
Scott R. Yahnke, Omaha
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