Published Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 4:31 pm
The Public Pulse, October 15

Are we too old to march on Washington?

I’ve noticed there have been no marches on Congress like the Vietnam War protests or during the civil rights movement.

Where is our spirit of revolt? Have we become so sedentary that we cannot pull ourselves away from our computers and take a week off for some good old-fashioned protesting?

The problem, I fear, is that the majority of us have become so old that we cannot conduct these marches or protests like we did in the ’60s. The politicians know this and take advantage, because they know we aren’t likely to gather a million people to confront them face to face and make them act like adults again.

Jim Stalker, Creston, Iowa

Only 2 ways: higher taxes or big cuts

Our nation’s debt is similar to anyone’s household income and debt.

If a family lives from payday to payday, has credit-card balances at their limit and is making only minimum monthly payments, this might be an indication that it is overextended.

Rather than re-examining their monthly budget to cut back on nonessential expenses, they make matters worse by contacting their credit-card companies and asking that their credit limits be raised.

How long can our nation continue to drive up its debt? There are only two ways to get the nation’s debt under control: Each of us will need to pay much, much higher taxes, or our leaders will need to make major cutbacks in spending.

Our Founding Fathers were very smart individuals. They created a system that did not allow one segment of the government to unilaterally decide to spend or borrow money without having permission from another. I can’t even comprehend what our nation’s debt would be if those in power didn’t have to ask for more money.

Bob Childers, Council Bluffs

Examine nonprofits’ role in NU perks

In reading about the perks given to University of Nebraska officials (Oct. 10 World-Herald), I can’t blame them for getting anything they can get.

The thing that concerns me is the way it is done. The perks are funneled through nonprofit organizations. Somehow when I think of a nonprofit organization, I don’t think of an organization that gives lavish gifts to millionaires.

In doing this, the donors can sometimes deduct these items and services. While Nebraska’s state senators are looking over the tax structure in this state, they should consider looking at issues like this. This seems to me to be an abuse of the spirit of what a nonprofit should be.

However, since we’re talking about big money here, good luck.

Tom Lutz, Papillion

Sports obscure university’s real purpose

I forget. Was the university created for higher learning? Or for higher earning for athletics?

If the boosters would put as much effort and donations toward the real reason for the university — athletics for the mind — we all would be winning a different game. The teachers are the ones who matter.

Cathy Kelly, Omaha

Is Festersen ready to defy Democrats?

If the sole reason for considering whether to elect Pete Festersen is his frustration with Washington gridlock, how would he approach this problem?

Would he be a voice of reason bringing Republicans and Democrats together? Or would he be another Democrat to bring the House closer to Democratic control?

The questions that should be asked of Festersen: What is his plan to solve gridlock? And what is his commitment to go against the Democratic agenda if necessary?

Brett Kettelhut, Omaha

Terry has backed string of financial blows

Rep. Lee Terry is amazing. He voted for the George W. Bush tax cuts, voted for the unfunded Iraq War and has always voted against any Wall Street regulation. His actions plunged our nation deeper into debt.

Now as he stands in front of the cameras grinning, he’s ready to send the U.S. into default on its debts.

Douglas E. Lee, Omaha

Back-in parking just invites accidents

Regarding the letter “Stop the back-in parking madness” (Sept 29 Pulse): I agree 100 percent on the craziness of this. It creates the perfect setup for an accident.

I also had to wait for someone to back into a space. It takes time to back in and creates a traffic tie-up. I see no purpose to this at all.

I know a lot of people who don’t like this setup. It is absolutely ridiculous. Let’s get back to pull-in parking, the way it should be.

Bonnie Lukesh, Omaha

About that Dodge Street commute: Ahhhh

The City of Omaha has turned a three-lane eastbound bumpy ride into a three-lane comfort cruise for my morning commute along Dodge Street. Thanks for the smooth ride Monday morning. It was worth the wait.

I haven’t tried the westbound commute yet, but I expect it to be a three-lane comfort cruise also.

Jim Busenbark, Omaha

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