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The Public Pulse, Oct. 28

The Public Pulse, Oct. 28

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Teach a new set of ABCs

Regarding the proposed sex education curriculum for Omaha Public Schools, I am a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and I pray that schools can once again get back to teaching the basic ABCs.

However, I have a new set of ABCs that students of any age or gender would be wise to follow: A (attitude), B (behavior), C (consequences).

Darlene L. Anderson, Omaha

A teeny, tiny $1 million loan

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently said that his dad in 1971 gave him a “small” loan of $1 million to start his career.

I had to laugh. In 1971, after I graduated and was about to move, my dad loaned me $100, which I perceived then as a lot of money.

All his rudeness, bullying and insults aside, do you really think Trump has the ability to understand the average American’s plight?

At least when Ben Carson speaks of his poverty-stricken youth, he is telling the truth.

Mari Dolphens, Papillion

Clintons have lived in the media spotlight

Michael Lovejoy’s Oct. 27 Public Pulse letter suggesting that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton doesn’t get the same kind of scrutiny as Donald Trump is just wrong. I can’t think of anyone currently running for president, in either party, who has been vetted more than Clinton. It’s not even close. The Clintons have been under the media microscope for the better part of the last 25 to 30 years. Love her or hate her, you can’t deny that.

Jeff Stanek, Omaha

A dishonest witness

Oct. 27 Public Pulse writer Louise Edge thinks Hillary Clinton handed the Republicans their heads during her testimony last week in front of the Benghazi committee. What I saw was a presidential candidate who lied about the cause of the attack.

I’d much rather have a strong leader who cannot be bought by special interests and who will be honest with the American people. Somebody like Donald Trump.

Chris Lewis, Omaha

Put a couple of casinos on the river

If we want people to come to the riverfront, then how about replacing the Storz Trophy Room with a couple of nice hotels with casinos? After all, what difference does one side of the river or the other make? It would give Omaha and Nebraska additional revenue and keep them from asking taxpayers for everything. And the businesses would benefit from being close to CenturyLink Center Omaha, TD Ameritrade Park, Eppley Airfield, the Old Market and interstate highways.

William Dineen, Omaha

We’re paying for sanctuary cities

Last week Senate Democrats blocked a bill that would have allowed the federal government to withhold funds to sanctuary cities that did not cooperate with immigration officials. Flouting federal law, these cities will continue to coddle illegal immigrants and have taxpayers pick up the bill for welfare, health care, public education and increased criminal activity.

Lou Totilas, Kimballton, Iowa

Use facts, not fear, in gun discussion

The Oct. 21 Public Pulse letters opposing Bellevue State Sen. Tommy Garrett’s call for the elimination of gun-free zones once again rely on fear-mongering rather than facts.

Tom Russell’s fear of a nominally trained vigilante’s reaction in a live shooting situation is without merit. The odds of being struck by a bullet fired by someone trying to shoot you is far greater than the possibility of being struck by a stray bullet fired by someone responding to a live shooter.

And using Jim Dowse’s logic, we should ban cars to prevent drunk driving.

Neither writer gave any indication of how they intend to disarm criminals. They just want to disarm the law-abiding citizens who responsibly carry without incident.

Monty Carter, Carson, Iowa

Let’s really live in the old West

Maybe State Sen. Tommy Garrett’s plan to allow concealed firearms in schools, churches, etc., is well-advised. And maybe my idea requiring all “bad guys” to wear black hats will really work.

Robert Sullivan, Omaha

A plan to help vets and the public

Active-duty servicemen and women receive some of the best medical training and experience available. Their sacrifices, commitment to duty, and ability to get the job done in austere environments make them exceptionally well-suited for working as emergency medical technicians and paramedics in our communities when they separate from the military.

But experienced military medics often are required to duplicate their medical training at the most basic level to receive certification to be hired for civilian EMS jobs.

The Veteran Emergency Medical Technicians Support Act of 2015 will make it easier for them to earn certification as civilian emergency medical technicians and fill an essential public function in communities across our nation. This bill would allow states with a shortage of EMTs to streamline state requirements and procedures to assist veterans who completed military EMT training to meet state EMT certification, licensure and other requirements. It deserves to be passed and signed into law.

Mary Beth Sueppel Hewitt, Bellevue

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