Workers have earned this holiday
Working men and women built this city and are the foundation of our region’s growth.
As we recover from a recession and climb our way out of a jobs crisis, we are celebrating here in Omaha today because we believe our economy won’t prosper unless all workers are paid a living wage — not the current minimum wages unable to support families. Workers also need a safe place to work, as well as a voice on the job.
Labor Day also recognizes that millions of workers did not get this holiday off and that millions of immigrants work in the shadows, brought here by their desires to contribute to our local communities.
The Septemberfest Labor Day event and parade in downtown Omaha is for all workers who labor and sacrifice to achieve the American Dream. Workers everywhere on Labor Day: You’ve earned it.
Terry Moore, Omaha
Chairman, Septemberfest: A Salute to Labor
Land of the free, home of the apathetic?
You and I cause most of the misery on our planet. Most of us are apathetic and take no interest in the important things that are going on around us.
We elect our employees (so-called leaders) on a whim and expect miracles. When circumstances do not improve, we moan, complain and blame the other guy.
The American spirit is disappearing. Scary, is it not?
Fred Weeks, Omaha
On this day in 1945, he saw history made
Today marks the 68th anniversary of the end of World War II.
It took four long years before we could claim victory with Japan’s surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. During those years, a firebomb from Japan landed in a western state. In Lincoln, we had a civil defense system with fire wardens and messengers. Students from Luther College in Wahoo were bused to the Mead Ordnance plant to load bombs.
On that beautiful morning, Sept. 2, 1945, my ship, the USS Hollis, was anchored near the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Ships from all the allied nations were in Tokyo Bay that morning for the surrender.
Our ship was at “general quarters,” but our captain encouraged us to go on deck to see what we could of this historic occasion. From shore came the captain’s gig of the USS Missouri, decorated in U.S. flags and filled with Japanese officials who were to sign the surrender terms. We watched as they were ushered up the Missouri’s gangplank to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who was awaiting them. The signing took less than an hour, as I recall.
But now, today has become just another day on the calendar.
Elmer Carlson, Allen, Neb.
Kearney arch almost there with new exit
It’s common sense that the only way to save the Great Platte River Road Archway is to have an exit off of Interstate 80 on both sides at that location. Better still, how about a large rest area on both sides, big enough for trucks as well as cars?
Since Nebraska is very short on truck rest areas, this could solve two problems at once. Nebraska needs to wake up and realize it takes money to make money.
Paul Hargis, Council Bluffs
Fire chief’s pension evokes Liberace line
Omaha’s fire chief situation can be described with two words: absolutely obscene. I know some retirees who do not make over $10,000 a year, and they worked for it.
This reminds me of the old Liberace saying, “I cried all the way to the bank.”
Donald Reed, Omaha
Young ballplayers have new Fremont digs
The Aug. 26 World-Herald Living section had an excellent article in regard to youth sports.
Readers should know about Neil and Bonnie Schilke Fields, the new baseball and softball complex that opened in June, just south of Fremont, Neb. The $6 million-plus complex features four baseball and softball diamonds. The complex is available to baseball and softball teams with boys and girls under age 18.
Funding is available to help those who otherwise could not play ball. This state-of-the-art complex is among the finest in Nebraska.
Mr. Schilke built and endowed the fields, fulfilling a long-standing dream in his belief that if kids are involved in sports, it is the best thing in the world for them.
Marge Johnson, Fremont, Neb.
Voting restrictions erode democracy
I heard something the other day that was expressed the best way: Democracy does not exist if it is harder to vote than it is to buy an assault weapon.
Cecil Case, Omaha
Obama too selective about outrage
President Barack Obama said that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin.
It might also be said that if Obama’s grandfather were alive, he would look like the 88-year-old veteran who was beaten to death last month in Spokane, Wash., allegedly by two black teenagers.
James Kruger, Omaha
Provoke thought? ‘The Butler’ did it
We just saw the movie, “The Butler.” It’s interesting that this story could not stand on its own merit and evidently needed doctoring to meet the Hollywood standard. However, the historical backdrop of segregation, brutality and loathing is very much true.
After the movie, I wondered how far we’ve come on the road to equality. I questioned how long this Congress will continue to punish us and hold us hostage for electing a black president — twice. A man who, by all standards, is capable and qualified for this office.
Having grown up in the 1960s, I wonder how the world is watching us now.
Barb Harris, Omaha