‘42’ true to story of Robinson
I saw the movie “42” Friday. This is a must-see for baseball fans and for anyone interested in the history of the Jim Crow system and racism in the United States.
Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers wanted to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Before 1947, big-league baseball was a whites-only sport, except for the parallel Negro League, which some say had the best players in baseball history.
Rickey picked Robinson not because he was a great player, although he became one, but because he knew Robinson had the temperament to withstand the treatment he would receive from the white fans and baseball players who did not want blacks to play the game, ever.
African-American history and the Jim Crow system were among my specialties as a history teacher. Other than a historic news documentary, this movie has the very best depiction of the horrid treatment of blacks by many whites in the 1950s — years before the civil rights movement of the 1960s began the slow but continuing fight against racism in the United States.
The film brings tears, sympathy and anger.
Tom Black, West Point, Neb.
Kerry compromise misfires
If you have been waiting with bated breath to see if Secretary of State John Kerry is as bad as President Barack Obama and the rest of his administration, wait no more. Kerry has offered a concession to China — our missile defense system.
B.L. Scholting, Omaha
Not impressed by Suttle record
In an April 8 Public Pulse letter, Debi Herman wrote that Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle inherited a horrendous budget shortfall, kept the streets clean from snow and ensured the garbage collection was intact.
In Suttle’s first year as mayor, it seemingly took forever before plows cleared the snow-packed streets in the residential areas. The alleys also didn’t get cleared promptly, so we didn’t get our garbage picked up for weeks. The crews were plowing the park sidewalks before they plowed the residential areas. If you remember, it was July and the chuckholes were still not fixed.
Herman’s letter also left out that Suttle’s salaries for staff were over budget so he used money allocated for part-timers. After stating he would not give raises to his office staff and department heads, he went ahead and did so without the approval or knowledge of the City Council or the public. Suttle also raised several types of taxes to get us out of a hole that he helped create.
So I’m going to vote for City Councilwoman Jean Stothert, thank you.
Vince Emmanuel, Omaha
Kintner ineffective, unhelpful
I completely agree with Don Erikson’s April 14 letter.
The efforts of State Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion are counterproductive to the work of Sens. Jim Smith of Papillion and John Murante of Gretna, who have mediated so diligently to modify the Learning Community to be fair and equitable for the residents of Douglas and Sarpy Counties.
Kintner has introduced numerous bills, none of which has advanced out of committee. Examples include Legislative Bill 293, which would have prohibited the disclosure of firearms permit information to the public. Kintner apparently doesn’t feel safe in his State Capitol office. He wants our Capitol to be open to concealed-carry permit holders.
Kintner’s anti-United Nations Agenda 21 bill, LB 482, was ridiculed by State Sen. Ernie Chambers, and the Lincoln Journal Star declared it the silliest bill of this legislative session.
Kintner has lived in Nebraska only about five years, and his wife is head of Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s policy research office. I hope the governor, the Legislature and the citizens of Nebraska realize what an ineffective embarrassment Sen. Kintner is.
Ron Nolte, Murray, Neb.
U.S. Supreme Court is checked
In reply to Robert Bastarache’s letter of April 14 (“System of checks is unbalanced”), the U.S. Supreme Court is checked under our constitutional system of separation of powers.
The president, with the consent of the Senate, appoints all justices. Congress creates all the lower federal courts and, most important, the Supreme Court lacks the power to carry out its own decisions.
For these and other reasons, Alexander Hamilton declared (in Federalist Paper No. 78) the federal judiciary as “beyond comparison the weakest of the three departments” of government.
Further, Congress can amend the Constitution and pass laws restraining the exercise of judicial review.
We are blessed to have a Constitution structured by separation of powers and checks and balances.
Kent A. Kirwan, Omaha
Thatcher was not to blame
An April 13 letter, “No tears to shed for Thatcher,” sounds like the broken record of “Blame Bush.”
I am Irish, and I fail to see why anyone would hold Margaret Thatcher responsible for a self-imposed hunger strike. A hunger strike is voluntary.
England has the right to protect its own territories.
Mildred Van Winkle, Omaha
Free Joslyn admission priceless
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Joslyn Art Museum. What a kind gift. Looking forward to many visits. In gratitude.
Norma Rieck, Omaha
Finnegan helps kids begin again
I thank World-Herald columnist Erin Grace for the April 9 article about Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Johnson and his court dog, Finnegan.
This insightful, wise and compassionate man is helping mend and heal lives with the help of his court dog. They are surely an inspiration to everyone in our chaotic world.
Marianne Psotta, Pilger, Neb.