Let them make money old-fashioned way
In response to Lynn Edgell’s Aug. 15 letter (“Give college athletes spending money”), I have to ask myself, “Is she serious?”
Let’s think about this for a moment. Who would pay for this proposed stipend? The taxpayers already pay enough taxes. Why should we pay for someone’s pocket change? Would the colleges pay it? If so, how would they get their funding? Obviously through higher tuition, thus precluding even more students from being able to attend.
And why just the athletes? Let’s take this to its logical conclusion and give a stipend to all students so we’re not discriminatory. Perhaps another 10 percent tax on something, or $1,000 more per semester per student. Money doesn’t grow on trees; it has to come from somewhere, and it’s almost always the taxpayers.
As I told my kids when they hit their teen years, you want spending money, get a job. The only rational “stipend” that any college athlete (or other student) should get is one they earn themselves, as generations of college students have done.
Let them learn the realities of life. You can’t have everything you want unless you’re willing to work for it and make sacrifices.
If they want spending money, I’m sure there are plenty of jobs to be had for those willing to work them. The World-Herald’s Classified Ads have a few pages of openings a day.
Tad Rudnicki, Omaha
NSA knows if you’ve been bad or good
I don’t see what the recent uproar regarding the NSA spying on individuals is all about.
Santa Claus has been doing it for centuries.
John Walburn, Omaha
CWS fans’ ‘fun’ a dangerous annoyance
I opened my Sunday World-Herald to find a full-color photo showing three blonde women who broke the law at the CWS.
What they did was illegal; to go on the baseball field is trespassing. The NCAA and MECA post signs all around the stadium to stay off the field. They do that for a reason. What if the women tripped on the fence and got hurt? Would they or their parents sue?
Spectators running on the field delays and ruins the flow of the game. I was one of the 27,000 fans that day who paid my hard-earned money to watch a baseball game, not to watch blondes have “fun” while the rest of us waited.
Trespassers on the field can get the players hurt. I’ve seen crazy bimbos try to tackle the players and/or grope them. I would not want a college outfielder going full speed and intent on catching a fly ball run into me.
I’m glad the women were arrested, put in jail and charged with trespassing. Now they have a criminal record. In the future, when they apply for jobs, they will have to explain that criminal record.
Some people think the rules don’t apply to them.
Gary L. Coleman, Omaha
Metro should switch to smaller buses
It seems to me that some of the financial problems with Metro transit could be solved by getting rid of the huge, gas-guzzling, black smoke-belching buses that I often see with just one or two passengers, and switching to a shuttle bus system.
Surely the smaller shuttle buses would be less expensive to operate.
Sandie Yeaman, Omaha
Include conservation tools in farm bill
Nebraska is proud of its agriculture heritage. Ag contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy, and one of four jobs in the state is related to agriculture. In addition, 93 percent of land in Nebraska is used for farming and ranching.
That’s why Nebraskans should be pleased to have U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry as a champion for the farm bill, especially the conservation measures to protect Nebraska’s vital land and waters.
With leaders such as Fortenberry, members of the Izaak Walton League of America are optimistic we will have a 2013 farm bill that will include important measures. Two conservation policies are critical: Instituting a nationwide “sodsaver” provision, and making conservation compliance a condition of receiving federal crop insurance premium subsidies.
With sodsaver, landowners can use their land how they want, but federal money wouldn’t be available if land that does not have a prior cropping history is converted to crop production. Conservation compliance is a no-cost solution that would tie conservation practices to crop insurance premium subsidies.
Nebraska is blessed with a beautiful but fragile landscape. With sodsaver and conservation compliance, we can have sustainable agriculture while preserving and protecting our resources. We encourage Fortenberry to continue his leadership to include these critical conservation policies in a comprehensive, responsible farm bill.
Paul Lepisto, Pierre, S.D.
Regional conservation coordinator
Izaak Walton League of America
Gronstal good for education in Iowa
If you have children, grandchildren or are going back to school yourself, you should thank Iowa State Sen. Mike Gronstal. He has been a leading force in keeping education a priority.
Iowans do not want to increase the distance between the haves and have-nots by refusing to give all Iowa students a great education. Gronstal has represented our youth, even when they are too young to vote.
I have gone to many legislative breakfasts, and every time Gronstal speaks, he explains the reasons for each of his lawmaking decisions. He makes sense and is truly representing all Iowa citizens in the state Senate.
Carol Mattox, Council Bluffs
House should nix immigration measure
Recent Public Pulse writers have been urging U.S. Rep. Lee Terry to support the immigration reform bill. In my view, that’s the same as saying, “Pass the legislation and forget the problem.”
It’s elected officials who have allowed the illegal immigration problem to come about by failing to urge enforcement of the nation’s immigration and employment laws.
Now we will see if there are elected officials with the courage to reverse the problem. We need House members who will stand up and reject the so-called reform bill.
Dale Monsell, Omaha
Obamacare treads on religious liberty
Larry Marinovic (Aug. 17 Pulse) has a problem with the Catholic Church’s opposition to Obamacare forcing the church to provide contraception and abortion pills to its members.
For his information, the church is the sole authority in its role as a religious guide. The church’s authority comes from God, not from President Barack Obama.
Congress, which passed this monstrosity, receives special treatment under Obamacare but is attempting to force the church instituted by Christ to knuckle under. Something about this is way out of line. Obama is just president, not God.
Ruth Naberhaus, Scranton, Iowa
Churches should have to pay taxes
I agree with the Aug. 17 letter by Larry Marinovic. Churches exist primarily for the benefit of their own members — either socially or for their “immortal souls.”
Most church activity is not charity, yet people who give money to them get deductions on their federal and state income taxes. And churches get reduced postal rates.
Many churches build and support grand buildings, benefiting from public services without having to pay taxes. Churches should be required to pay their own way, like the rest of us.
It’s sometimes argued that we can’t tax churches because that would be in violation of their religious freedom. My reply is that freedom does not mean special privileges.
Edgar Pearlstein, Lincoln
Game and Parks listens to little guy
I’d like to reply to the man who wrote in the Aug. 16 Pulse, saying that a small group of well-connected people controls hunting in Nebraska. That is far from true. I direct the gentleman’s attention to an article by David Hendee in the Nov. 25, 2007, World-Herald.
It described how I, as a lone, non-connected professional dog trainer, was able to get the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to enable deer hunters to use dogs to track wounded deer. In fact, this practice was already allowed but not well publicized.
The article cleared up many misunderstandings. As a result of my contacting Kit Hams, the commission’s big-game manager, Game and Parks added language to its regulations to make it clear dogs could be used to track wounded deer.
Shortly after the article, my trained dog Qunicey and I found a deer that had been down for five days near York and another that had been down for 30 days near Mahoney State Park. Both hunters recovered trophy racks.
Bottom line: I had to make only one phone call to get Game and Parks to address my concerns about deer being needlessly lost because hunters did not know dogs are allowed to assist in deer hunting.
My only comment on hunting mountain lions is this: Respect what you hunt enough to make sure you retrieve what you shoot by using a dog that is trained to track.
Tom Tomoser Sr., Omaha
Help arrived faster than she could ask
On my way home from church on Sunday, Aug. 11, I made a quick stop at a grocery store at 132nd Street and West Center Road.
I had returned the cart to the store. As I returned to my car, I saw a car backing out without looking; in order to avoid being hit, I rushed. I’m a very seasoned senior citizen. I lost my balance and down I went.
In nothing flat, I had four people there to help me. One man drove my car home, with his wife following. He even carried my groceries to my third-floor apartment.
To the couple and the other two people, I want to say a big thank-you for coming to my aid right away. I call them angels.
I’m sorry I didn’t get names, but they know who they are.
Jeannette Kucirek, Omaha