Neighbors feel National Night Out glow

On the 30th anniversary of National Night Out, the neighborhood watch group from 84th and Decatur Streets turned out in force Tuesday night. This was due in part to our wonderful neighboring businesses like Bag ’N Save, Fazoli’s, Hy-Vee, CVS, Subway and Aaron Stockton of State Farm Insurance.

We have a very strong watch group, according to Omaha Police Lt. Matt Lippold, who visited us, and I know it is in part because of our great neighbors in business. We appreciate them all.

Jerry Kletke, Omaha

Waiting for action on illegal immigration

Mark Rettele (July 28 Pulse) wrote about waiting for national outrage after an allegedly illegal immigrant was charged with raping and beating to death a 93-year-old woman in South Omaha.

I know it is very lonely waiting for anyone to do anything about our illegal immigration problem, so I have been waiting with him.

D. Mark O’Neill, Omaha

Pollution inevitable, and U.S. needs jobs

Whether we like it or not, it appears to me that the Keystone XL pipeline will be built, either to Texas, or maybe across Canada to the West Coast, where the oil would be loaded aboard ships and moved to China, or other places, for refining.

Any way one looks at it, we are going to have more pollution, either originating in the Gulf Coast area or perhaps coming out of China. So, this to me would be a moot point in the consideration as to whether the pipeline is built in the United States or Canada.

Considering that there are “only about 2,000 people” who are apt to be employed in the pipeline’s construction, as President Barack Obama suggests, what would be the economic impact of 2,000 wages in the $35,000-to-$40,000 range for one solid year?

Well, when money is put into circulation, it creates additional wealth. We would be getting a far greater impact from the 2,000 wages paid once what these workers earn is put into circulation. Who knows, it might create another $8 million or more.

Finally, if the president is concerned about creating jobs, I would rather have 2,000 jobs created here in the United States, even though they might be only for one year, than have them created somewhere else.

Either way, not that I like it, I’ll just accept that there will be some additional air pollution. Give me the jobs and (ugh) some pollution.

Ballard Fleming, Omaha

GOP, Terry should look at man in mirror

I read with amusement an article in the Aug. 1 World-Herald.

The article stated that U.S. Rep. Lee Terry and other House Republicans were concerned that President Obama was politicizing the Keystone XL pipeline approval process, with the implication that they want him to put politics aside for the best interests of the nation when it comes to the pipeline.

Isn’t this the pot calling the kettle black? I think Terry and all of the Republicans in Washington should lead by example and practice what they preach.

Cathy Youde, Omaha

Give GOP due credit, Dems due blame

Marlin Cederlind’s Aug. 6 letter (“Obama not the king of executive orders”) failed to mention how President Obama was using his executive order powers.

The Constitution has never given the president the power to circumvent the legislative branch through the use of such orders. This was to ensure there were checks and balances within our government so that one branch does not become more powerful than the others.

Cederlind also toed the Democratic Party line that the economic downturn was George W. Bush’s fault, conveniently omitting the fact that before Democrats took control of Congress in 2007, the economy was roaring along, with 3.4 percent GDP growth in 2006, 4.4 percent unemployment and the highest percentage of homeownership in our country’s history.

President Bush, being a man of honor, respected the will of the people and allowed harmful economic policies of the Democratic-controlled Congress to become law when he should have used the veto pen.

Cederlind’s letter stated that “despite roadblocks by Republicans, the economy is improving.” Now he wants to blame Congress instead of the president.

But based on that logic, it is apparent that because of the Republican roadblocks, the economy is doing well. I guess we need more Republicans in Congress.

Marv Dorsey, Omaha

Reject those who don’t represent voters

Are the representatives we have elected to Congress representing the people? Is it us they are there for, or is it themselves?

We elect representatives to take our wants to be discussed and decided upon. Are they? I think not; our representatives seem to be more into what they want and not what we want. They seem to be more into, “How do I keep my longevity?”

Let’s take our country back by replacing those with power in certain areas they have been elected or appointed to. When our representatives do not represent us, the people, vote them out into the real world — our world of trying to survive. Take longevity completely out of the picture.

Longevity seems to be a power to command, and they have a lot of control with this power, but they do not address our wishes. By electing them again, we give them more years of their desire.

Regardless of being a Democrat, Republican, independent or member of any other party, we should take back our rights through our representatives.

Larry E. Gilbert, Shenandoah, Iowa

Rangel remarks about Tea Party insulting

In an interview with The Daily Beast, U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., is quoted as comparing Tea Party members who support voter ID laws to segregationists. “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police,” Rangel said of the Tea Party.

Not only is this an insult to Americans who are trying to take steps to ensure we have honest elections, but the term “crackers” is an obvious racial slur.

The silence from the media and others who are hypersensitive when any term they deem to be racist is used by a conservative is deafening.

Is this the type of “conversation” on race President Obama said we should have?

Mark Holling, Omaha

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