Good work led to murder suspect’s arrest
Congratulations to our local law enforcement people for another job well done in the arrest of Nikko Jenkins. People have a lot to say about some bad decisions but never enough about the right decisions.
Bill Fead, Omaha
Courts should be tougher in DUI cases
I would like to thank our law enforcement officers for their dedication to duty and hard work over the Labor Day weekend in the nationwide crackdown on drunken and impaired driving. Hundreds of driving citations were issued in this metro area and the surrounding areas. Almost 100 people were arrested for DUI or drug possession by the Omaha Police Department in one weekend alone.
But I would like to humbly ask that county attorneys and prosecutors in various cities do their jobs and protect the good people who pay their salaries to enforce the law.
They need to prosecute each and every case to the fullest extent and cut back on plea deals. Every detail and fact should always be presented to the judge or jury so that a real, honest and fair verdict can be given in each case.
A person with three or more DUIs should never be able to get a Nebraska driver’s license. A person who is drunk and smashes five cars, then drives through a house almost killing someone sleeping in her own bed, should not be on probation.
Driving a car in Nebraska and having a valid driver’s license are earned privileges, not guaranteed, automatic rights.
Doug Arthur, Omaha
Syria potentially another lethal quagmire
We need to take a step back and let Syria’s Arab neighbors have first crack at fixing this.
They are going to be the most affected by the use of chemical weapons. There was a meeting last week attended by several of the geographically closest nations. They are also very concerned.
The Saudis are leading the regional initiative. Some of the other Middle Eastern countries don’t want our help in their region, as they are more unhappy with the United States than they are with Syria.
Let’s wait and see what the U.N. inspectors have to say about this and hopefully get a resolution passed by the U.N. so the United States won’t try to do this alone.
The president is talking about a very brief police action. That is exactly what Vietnam was supposed to be — and that lasted 10 years.
We are now winding down on U.S. military actions in the Middle East that have lasted for more than 10 years and have cost more than 6,600 American lives, not to mention all of the lives lost of enemy combatants and civilians.
Tracy Willits, Omaha
Syrian attack debacle waiting to happen
Maybe I missed it, but no one appears to be considering the strong possibility that the Syrians will shoot back if President Barack Obama orders a military strike against them.
What happens if they hit our destroyers or knock down our planes? Would this then escalate into a third 21st-century war in the Middle East region that we cannot win and have trouble ending?
What could we accomplish with an attack other than saving face for the president? He has already shot himself (and our country) in the foot. Is he trying for the other foot?
Maybe this whole fiasco is just to divert attention from the federal budget problem. It sure disappeared instantaneously from the attention of the national media and the op-ed commentators.
Dub Wyatt, Omaha
Case on Syria built on faulty premises
The people pushing for military action in Syria make two assumptions.
First, that if the United States does not act, the world will think we are not credible to take action in the future to protect our interests or allies.
Second, that the military strikes will be limited, with no plans to have boots on the ground or put U.S. military in harm’s way.
Regarding the first assumption, the 9/11 attacks caused us to invade two countries, and we continue operations in those countries 10 years later. I don’t think anyone in the Middle East is naive enough to doubt that the U.S. will attack if we or our close allies are attacked by weapons of mass destruction, regardless of any action in Syria.
Regarding the second assumption, there is no guarantee that our actions wouldn’t start a larger regional war, or that we wouldn’t be drawn into a full-scale war with Syria. Syria has bought sophisticated weapons from Russia, including missiles that could cripple or sink a ship in one shot. In fact, Israel tried and maybe failed to destroy these missiles in a July 5 attack on Syrian soil.
What would the U.S. response be if one of our naval destroyers firing cruise missiles into Syria were destroyed, with many U.S. military deaths? The United States should follow Britain’s lead in not getting involved in an unnecessary conflict.
Chris Frerich, Omaha
U.S. should clear out of Middle East
For far too long, the United States has supported less-than-savory regimes in the Middle East and North Africa, including Saudi Arabia’s corrupt and brutal monarchy, the Egyptian military dictatorship, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Israel’s unconscionable brutalizing of the Palestine people.
The Republicrats have directly inflicted death and suffering in the Muslim world through the economic sanctions inflicted on Iran.
The best way to reduce or even eliminate the threat of terrorism is to remove ourselves from being in their face, to substantially change our foreign policy from imperial intervention to strict nonintervention.
Greg Weldon, Papillion
Founding Fathers fought like brothers
I have been reading the book “Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation,” by Joseph J. Ellis. The author makes it abundantly clear that the men who wrote the Constitution had many political and ideological differences, as do our leaders today.
What he also makes clear is that those men repeatedly acted in the best interests of the infant nation they were struggling to hold together and that they set aside their disagreements for the greater good of union.
George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams — would that our leaders today take those founding brothers’ real patriotism to heart and learn to sublimate their desire to earn re-election to the need for negotiated agreement on the big problems our nation faces.
Patricia Ohlmann, Seward, Neb.
Turns out black senator was invited
In response to Aug. 31 Pulse writer Kevin Rooney’s comments, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R.-S.C., was invited to speak at the gathering to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington.
Scott declined, as did other Republicans, CQ Roll Call reported.
Joyce Jones, Papillion
Guns more dangerous than preventive
A number of Pulse writers in the past few weeks have promoted the idea of carrying a gun as a means of protection. While it is true that a gun can be used to protect yourself, your family or your home, that is often not the case.
According to FBI crime statistics for 2010, 53 percent of the time someone was murdered, the victim was killed by an acquaintance, neighbor, boyfriend, etc. Twenty-five percent of murder victims were killed by family members. Please note that 44 percent of the time, the relationship of the victim to the killer was not known or could not be determined.
Yes, I do know that if a gun isn’t available, another murder weapon could be used. However, 68 percent of homicides involved the use of a firearm. Again, please note that in some cases the FBI did not receive weapons data.
It seems that the availability of firearms causes more harm than it prevents.
Michael K. Buckley, Omaha
UNO’s engineering school dreams stifled
The reasoned Sept. 1 Pulse letter by Ed Hollingsworth regarding the ongoing conflict between the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and University of Nebraska at Omaha over the engineering program illustrates an ongoing conflict between the central administration at UNL and the engineering program at UNO.
Professor Bing Chen and other Omaha community leaders have long championed the program in Omaha and have continually acted in the best interests of students, the university and the community to make this one of the most effective programs in the country.
Chen and his colleagues have apparently been thwarted at nearly every turn by the selfish interests of those who believe that any program at the University of Nebraska must be controlled by and for the Lincoln campus.
At a time when the country is willing to devote so few resources to education, it’s a shame to waste an opportunity to promote a great program.
Dan Sullivan, Omaha
Orange cones likely, barricades probable
I have concluded that there are two seasons in Nebraska, particularly Omaha.
(1) Winter. (2) Construction.
Thomas A. Triba, Bennington
Fan of ‘Les Miz’ loves company of pro
I would like to thank the Omaha Community Playhouse for bringing in a professional from New York to play the lead role in “Les Misérables.”
Omaha does have wonderful talent, but a professional playing a major role such as this will be able to take our local talent for all the other characters up to the next level.
So I think it is a win-win situation.
Paula Eble, Omaha