Southeast Nebraska speaks up: Letters to the editor for the week of Sep. 23, 2022 (2023)

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Letter: Law wrong tool to end dispute Letter: Dungan shares Nebraska values Letter: Dungan shares Nebraska values Dungan shares Nebraska values Law wrong tool to end dispute Letter: Loan assistance helps the wealthy Letter: Recognizing issue is first step Letter: Loan assistance helps the wealthy Loan assistance helps the wealthy Recognizing issue is first step Letter: Shields hardly help students Letter: Voters deserve to hear debate Letters to the Editor Shields hardly help students Voters deserve to hear debate Letter: Resources need tending Letter: Pillen certainly a politician Letter: Pillen certainly a politician Pillen certainly a politician Resources need tending Letter: Pansing Brooks true to state Too many kids go hungry Pansing Brooks true to state More like this... Letter: Law wrong tool to end dispute Letter: Dungan shares Nebraska values Letter: Dungan shares Nebraska values Dungan shares Nebraska values Law wrong tool to end dispute Letter: Loan assistance helps the wealthy Letter: Recognizing issue is first step Letter: Loan assistance helps the wealthy Loan assistance helps the wealthy Recognizing issue is first step Letter: Shields hardly help students Letter: Voters deserve to hear debate Letters to the Editor Shields hardly help students Voters deserve to hear debate Letter: Resources need tending Letter: Pillen certainly a politician Letter: Pillen certainly a politician Pillen certainly a politician Resources need tending Letter: Pansing Brooks true to state Too many kids go hungry Pansing Brooks true to state More like this... Videos

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Our weekly round-up of letters published in the Lincoln Journal Star.

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Letter: Law wrong tool to end dispute

While our Constitution was formulated by white males, the Declaration of Independence created by our founding fathers is supposed to make sure that the laws that govern our nation are based on the maxim, "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

The Constitution says, "The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

Although the Constitution establishes the Supreme Court, it permits the Senate to confirm justices. Thus, it is the politicians who have the ultimate power to determine who is eligible for protections of "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" under the Constitution. The Supreme Court in the 1970s ruled that the right to abortion was constitutionally protected. The court this year reversed that ruling, sending the decision back to the states, plunging our country into crisis.

How can a majority of nine judges grant constitutional protection at one point and revoke it later? Therefore, I feel that courts are not the right bodies to address this issue.

I am fully sympathetic to those who oppose abortion based on their religious beliefs. They are welcome to employ religious arguments as they make their case, but they shouldn’t attempt to use the government or legal channels. I most sincerely urge them to work individually and/or through their religious organizations to have well-thought-out, sober, somber and peaceful discussions with those on the other side.

Sitaram Jaswal, Lincoln

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Letter: Dungan shares Nebraska values

I’ve practiced law in Lincoln for the last 36 years, and I can tell you that George Dungan is the best qualified candidate in Legislative District 26 (north Lincoln). Dungan has spent the last eight years of his professional career as an attorney at the Lancaster County Public Defender’s Office, defending the Constitution.

In contrast, his opponent, Russ Barger, seems extreme and outside of the mainstream. Barger believes in a near total abortion ban, with no exceptions for rape and incest. Barger opposed Obamacare’s coverage of contraceptives. Barger criticized wearing masks and getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

The choice is clear. George Dungan supports our values — Nebraska values. Vote for George Dungan for Legislature.

Dennis Crawford, Lincoln

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Letter: Dungan shares Nebraska values

Dungan shares Nebraska values

I’ve practiced law in Lincoln for the last 36 years, and I can tell you that George Dungan is the best qualified candidate in Legislative District 26 (north Lincoln). Dungan has spent the last eight years of his professional career as an attorney at the Lancaster County Public Defender’s Office, defending the Constitution.

In contrast, his opponent, Russ Barger, seems extreme and outside of the mainstream. Barger believes in a near total abortion ban, with no exceptions for rape and incest. Barger opposed Obamacare’s coverage of contraceptives. Barger criticized wearing masks and getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

The choice is clear. George Dungan supports our values — Nebraska values. Vote for George Dungan for Legislature.

Dennis Crawford, Lincoln

Law wrong tool to end dispute

While our Constitution was formulated by white males, the Declaration of Independence created by our founding fathers is supposed to make sure that the laws that govern our nation are based on the maxim, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The Constitution says, “The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.”

Although the Constitution establishes the Supreme Court, it permits the Senate to confirm justices. Thus, it is the politicians who have the ultimate power to determine who is eligible for protections of “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” under the Constitution. The Supreme Court in the 1970s ruled that the right to abortion was constitutionally protected. The court this year reversed that ruling, sending the decision back to the states, plunging our country into crisis.

How can a majority of nine judges grant constitutional protection at one point and revoke it later? Therefore, I feel that courts are not the right bodies to address this issue.

I am fully sympathetic to those who oppose abortion based on their religious beliefs. They are welcome to employ religious arguments as they make their case, but they shouldn’t attempt to use the government or legal channels. I most sincerely urge them to work individually and/or through their religious organizations to have well-thought-out, sober, somber and peaceful discussions with those on the other side.

Sitaram Jaswal, Lincoln

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Letter: Loan assistance helps the wealthy

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In 2010 the Obama/Biden administration wrote the progressive-socialist-student loan program. The program removed student loans from the private sector to become a power of the federal government.

Soon after its creation, students started to complain about the massive loan debt the program forced on them.

Biden sees the problem as a payback issue, not an unbearable law. Biden wants the taxpayers to reward individuals making up to $125,000 with a $10,000 gift from him. Many of those individuals are making more than the taxpayers that Biden wants to force to pay for his gift.

So far, neither Biden nor the Democrats will admit that the federal progressive-socialist-student loan program has created massive student debt. A government program to help students should have less than 5% interest, not up to 13%, and wouldn’t start until the student left college, not the first day of the semester.

Biden and the Democrats will not rewrite their terrible law; they need to keep that law to show that it’s the GOP that is fighting to prevent them from forgiving portions of those student loans. It was the loan program that is creating massive student loan debt.

For a start, Biden wants to forgive $10,000 in loans for individuals making up to $125,000 and placing that financial burden on taxpayers, who don’t make half of that income. Next week, he will want to give even more to wealthy.

Richard Pullman, Hallam

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Letter: Recognizing issue is first step

Responding to Jerris Cummings’ letter in the Sept. 13 Journal Star ("Biden flip-flops on MAGA threat"), I wish to point out that it was not the seeking of a strong national defense, secure borders, a stable economy and parental involvement in education that led President Biden (and others) to see Donald Trump and some of his loyalists as threats to democracy and the Constitution.

It was Trump’s attempted thwarting of the orderly transition of power, his efforts at overturning a legitimate election and his incitement of an armed mob to attack the Capitol.

Cummings’ stopping short of acknowledging that behavior lends his well-written letter an air of disingenuousness.

The first step to recovery, we are often told, is admitting one has a problem, and perhaps Republicans should ask themselves whether Trump is doing their party and their principles more harm than good.

Scott Stanfield, Lincoln

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Letter: Loan assistance helps the wealthy

Loan assistance helps the wealthy

In 2010 the Obama/Biden administration wrote the progressive-socialist-student loan program. The program removed student loans from the private sector to become a power of the federal government.

Soon after its creation, students started to complain about the massive loan debt the program forced on them.

Biden sees the problem as a payback issue, not an unbearable law. Biden wants the taxpayers to reward individuals making up to $125,000 with a $10,000 gift from him. Many of those individuals are making more than the taxpayers that Biden wants to force to pay for his gift.

So far, neither Biden nor the Democrats will admit that the federal progressive-socialist-student loan program has created massive student debt. A government program to help students should have less than 5% interest, not up to 13%, and wouldn’t start until the student left college, not the first day of the semester.

Biden and the Democrats will not rewrite their terrible law; they need to keep that law to show that it’s the GOP that is fighting to prevent them from forgiving portions of those student loans. It was the loan program that is creating massive student loan debt.

For a start, Biden wants to forgive $10,000 in loans for individuals making up to $125,000 and placing that financial burden on taxpayers, who don’t make half of that income. Next week, he will want to give even more to wealthy.

Richard Pullman, Hallam

Recognizing issue is first step

Responding to Jerris Cummings’ letter in the Sept. 13 Journal Star (“Biden flip-flops on MAGA threat“), I wish to point out that it was not the seeking of a strong national defense, secure borders, a stable economy and parental involvement in education that led President Biden (and others) to see Donald Trump and some of his loyalists as threats to democracy and the Constitution.

It was Trump’s attempted thwarting of the orderly transition of power, his efforts at overturning a legitimate election and his incitement of an armed mob to attack the Capitol.

Cummings’ stopping short of acknowledging that behavior lends his well-written letter an air of disingenuousness.

The first step to recovery, we are often told, is admitting one has a problem, and perhaps Republicans should ask themselves whether Trump is doing their party and their principles more harm than good.

Scott Stanfield, Lincoln

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Letter: Shields hardly help students

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I saw that Texas is spending $105 million on school safety. Nearly half is being spent on bullet-proof shields for school police.

I’m trying to figure out just exactly how that protects the students from a shooter?

Oh wait, Texas school police are afraid to confront an active shooter, so at least now they have something to hide behind while they go in to get the shooter that has already killed students.

Paul Morrison, Lincoln

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Letter: Voters deserve to hear debate

Refusing to participate in a gubernatorial debate shortchanges voters and undermines an important aspect of our democracy. Debates let voters see if candidates can move beyond political cliches to define their positions. Jim Pillen’s Journal Star column ("Debates don't help voters," Aug. 31) lists many excuses for not debating.

No. 1. Debates are not job interviews: Yes, they are – especially when a candidate has no evidence of political performance.

No. 2. Debates allow the media to decide the governor: No, the media is a vehicle to help voters compare candidates.

No. 3. He likes grassroots face-to-face meetings: He can do both. Debates provide excellent grassroots messaging without a huge budget.

No. 4. Face-to-face campaigning gives people the opportunity to meet him: Maybe a select group, but debates expand your audience and move beyond pleasantries.

No. 5. Voters don’t want debates: This voter does.

No. 6. Debates are political theater which he doesn’t like. Has he ever watched one of his commercials? Hogwash.

Pillen states that he will not support things that have “no value.” I would like to hear what “things” he deems to have “no value.”

Pillen likes to define his opponents rather than let his opponent define themselves. It takes courage to debate issues without your political machine scripting answers. Debates give voters the chance to hear ideas, issues, solutions and statistics with evidence. Debates provide a platform for discussions. The voters deserve to hear from Pillen and Democratic candidate Carol Blood to make an informed decision. I hope Pillen reconsiders a debate.

Dale Minter, Lincoln

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Shields hardly help students

I saw that Texas is spending $105 million on school safety. Nearly half is being spent on bullet-proof shields for school police.

I’m trying to figure out just exactly how that protects the students from a shooter?

Oh wait, Texas school police are afraid to confront an active shooter, so at least now they have something to hide behind while they go in to get the shooter that has already killed students.

Paul Morrison, Lincoln

Voters deserve to hear debate

Refusing to participate in a gubernatorial debate shortchanges voters and undermines an important aspect of our democracy. Debates let voters see if candidates can move beyond political cliches to define their positions. Jim Pillen’s Journal Star column (“Debates don’t help voters,” Aug. 31) lists many excuses for not debating.

No. 1. Debates are not job interviews: Yes, they are – especially when a candidate has no evidence of political performance.

No. 2. Debates allow the media to decide the governor: No, the media is a vehicle to help voters compare candidates.

No. 3. He likes grassroots face-to-face meetings: He can do both. Debates provide excellent grassroots messaging without a huge budget.

No. 4. Face-to-face campaigning gives people the opportunity to meet him: Maybe a select group, but debates expand your audience and move beyond pleasantries.

No. 5. Voters don’t want debates: This voter does.

No. 6. Debates are political theater which he doesn’t like. Has he ever watched one of his commercials? Hogwash.

Pillen states that he will not support things that have “no value.” I would like to hear what “things” he deems to have “no value.”

Pillen likes to define his opponents rather than let his opponent define themselves. It takes courage to debate issues without your political machine scripting answers. Debates give voters the chance to hear ideas, issues, solutions and statistics with evidence. Debates provide a platform for discussions. The voters deserve to hear from Pillen and Democratic candidate Carol Blood to make an informed decision. I hope Pillen reconsiders a debate.

Dale Minter, Lincoln

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Letter: Resources need tending

Water is Nebraska, just like public power, Natural Resources Districts and our unicameral is Nebraska.

The Republican, Blue, Nemaha, Elkhorn, North, South and Middle Loup, Dismal, Niobrara, and North and South Platte rivers and all of their watersheds and basins are Nebraska.

Lake McConaughy and the Tri-County power and irrigation system with all of its offshoots -- whether man-made or natural -- is Nebraska. Just as are all the other lakes and reservoirs which were created by our rivers, streams, creeks and sloughs.

However, these resources need tending. Some need dredging and others need mending and updating. This stewardship needs funding.

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So before you vote this November, take a look below our surface and what lies beneath, the Ogallala Aquifer. Be informed.

Jim Hatheway, Lincoln

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Letter: Pillen certainly a politician

Jim Pillen’s August 31 Local View ("Debates don't help voters") is concerning. Of things he deems wasteful, he said, “I am going to eliminate those things, no matter what others say.” Is he the sole person determining what is “wasteful?" Will the legislature have input or the taxpayers? He didn’t say I will try to persuade others to eliminate things. Just “no matter what others say.”

I would like to attend one of his eye-to-eye, face-to-face meetings he has planned in the Lincoln area to hear what he is thinking of eliminating.

Pillen was in opposition to the singing of "Lift Every Voice" at basketball games. I attended the games and thought it was well received. Pillen’s views are similar to the fear-spreading that is prevalent in politics today.

He uses the words “30x30 land grab.” Will he provide names of those who have had their land grabbed? I have asked educators if their schools were teaching CRT. No one said yes.

His website he says he will fight socialism and dependence on government. Does that include accepting government direct farm payments and PPP money? He opposes those “radical-left assault rifle" folks and their "gun-grabbing agenda.” He knows probably 99% of all Nebraskans don’t want shotguns and most rifles grabbed. He knows spreading gloom is popular in politics.

I think in responding to the Journal Star's editorial encouraging a gubernatorial debate he was debating. He doesn't want to give any opposing view the opportunity to rebut. Is Jim Pillen a politician? Absolutely, no debate needed.

Ron Cunningham, Lincoln

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Letter: Pillen certainly a politician

Pillen certainly a politician

Jim Pillen’s August 31 Local View (“Debates don’t help voters“) is concerning. Of things he deems wasteful, he said, “I am going to eliminate those things, no matter what others say.” Is he the sole person determining what is “wasteful?” Will the legislature have input or the taxpayers? He didn’t say I will try to persuade others to eliminate things. Just “no matter what others say.”

I would like to attend one of his eye-to-eye, face-to-face meetings he has planned in the Lincoln area to hear what he is thinking of eliminating.

Pillen was in opposition to the singing of “Lift Every Voice” at basketball games. I attended the games and thought it was well received. Pillen’s views are similar to the fear-spreading that is prevalent in politics today.

He uses the words “30x30 land grab.” Will he provide names of those who have had their land grabbed? I have asked educators if their schools were teaching CRT. No one said yes.

His website he says he will fight socialism and dependence on government. Does that include accepting government direct farm payments and PPP money? He opposes those “radical-left assault rifle” folks and their “gun-grabbing agenda.” He knows probably 99% of all Nebraskans don’t want shotguns and most rifles grabbed. He knows spreading gloom is popular in politics.

I think in responding to the Journal Star’s editorial encouraging a gubernatorial debate he was debating. He doesn’t want to give any opposing view the opportunity to rebut. Is Jim Pillen a politician? Absolutely, no debate needed.

Ron Cunningham, Lincoln

Resources need tending

Water is Nebraska, just like public power, Natural Resources Districts and our unicameral is Nebraska.

The Republican, Blue, Nemaha, Elkhorn, North, South and Middle Loup, Dismal, Niobrara, and North and South Platte rivers and all of their watersheds and basins are Nebraska.

Lake McConaughy and the Tri-County power and irrigation system with all of its offshoots — whether man-made or natural — is Nebraska. Just as are all the other lakes and reservoirs which were created by our rivers, streams, creeks and sloughs.

However, these resources need tending. Some need dredging and others need mending and updating. This stewardship needs funding.

So before you vote this November, take a look below our surface and what lies beneath, the Ogallala Aquifer. Be informed.

Jim Hatheway, Lincoln

Letter: Pansing Brooks true to state

Too many kids go hungry

Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, more than 23 million families in the United States currently experience food insecurity.

As a community pediatrician and child hunger advocate, I understand the link between food insecurity and child health and development.

I also fully understand the pain of child hunger because my sisters and I suffered from food insecurity growing up. If you believe you know what a hungry child looks like, you’re wrong. You have no clue.

There are many hungry children who go under the radar and are not reaching their full potential, who can’t focus because of a growling stomach.

In a rise to a higher occasion for children, Congress came together during the pandemic to ensure that all children had access to healthy school meals.

Unfortunately, the economic fallout of the pandemic has continued, but legislation to support ongoing child nutrition programs has not been re-authorized.

Because of congressional inaction, millions of children have lost automatic access to nutritious meals as the new school year begins.

It’s clear that it’s time for Congress to pass long-overdue legislation to reauthorize federal child nutrition programs.

Dr. Karla Lester, Lincoln

Pansing Brooks true to state

Even though I’m a bit of a political junkie, I used to be a little ho-hum about the race for 1st District Congress. I have long respected state Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, but I figured this election would go just like all the others for umpty-ump years.

But then came the Dobbs decision, putting the government in the exam room elbow to elbow with a patient and their doctor. Then came the June special election to fill Jeff Fortenberry’s shoes, which was unexpectedly close. Plus, I became increasingly aware that Mike Flood is taking some extreme positions on issues we all care about. He’s begun to sound like a ventriloquist’s dummy whose lips are flapped from somewhere outside Nebraska.

Meanwhile, Pansing Brooks is staying true to the legislator she has always been: a consensus builder. That doesn’t mean she’s a pushover — far from it — but she is willing to join hands with others to find constructive ways forward.

There is a lot at stake in this election. Don’t be ho-hum about it. Give Patty Pansing Brooks a chance to show what she can do in a Washington sorely in need of consensus builders.

Kathleen Rutledge, Garland

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Letter: Law wrong tool to end dispute

While our Constitution was formulated by white males, the Declaration of Independence created by our founding fathers is supposed to make sure that the laws that govern our nation are based on the maxim, "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

The Constitution says, "The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

Although the Constitution establishes the Supreme Court, it permits the Senate to confirm justices. Thus, it is the politicians who have the ultimate power to determine who is eligible for protections of "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" under the Constitution. The Supreme Court in the 1970s ruled that the right to abortion was constitutionally protected. The court this year reversed that ruling, sending the decision back to the states, plunging our country into crisis.

How can a majority of nine judges grant constitutional protection at one point and revoke it later? Therefore, I feel that courts are not the right bodies to address this issue.

I am fully sympathetic to those who oppose abortion based on their religious beliefs. They are welcome to employ religious arguments as they make their case, but they shouldn’t attempt to use the government or legal channels. I most sincerely urge them to work individually and/or through their religious organizations to have well-thought-out, sober, somber and peaceful discussions with those on the other side.

Sitaram Jaswal, Lincoln

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Letter: Dungan shares Nebraska values

I’ve practiced law in Lincoln for the last 36 years, and I can tell you that George Dungan is the best qualified candidate in Legislative District 26 (north Lincoln). Dungan has spent the last eight years of his professional career as an attorney at the Lancaster County Public Defender’s Office, defending the Constitution.

In contrast, his opponent, Russ Barger, seems extreme and outside of the mainstream. Barger believes in a near total abortion ban, with no exceptions for rape and incest. Barger opposed Obamacare’s coverage of contraceptives. Barger criticized wearing masks and getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

The choice is clear. George Dungan supports our values — Nebraska values. Vote for George Dungan for Legislature.

Dennis Crawford, Lincoln

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Letter: Dungan shares Nebraska values

Dungan shares Nebraska values

I’ve practiced law in Lincoln for the last 36 years, and I can tell you that George Dungan is the best qualified candidate in Legislative District 26 (north Lincoln). Dungan has spent the last eight years of his professional career as an attorney at the Lancaster County Public Defender’s Office, defending the Constitution.

In contrast, his opponent, Russ Barger, seems extreme and outside of the mainstream. Barger believes in a near total abortion ban, with no exceptions for rape and incest. Barger opposed Obamacare’s coverage of contraceptives. Barger criticized wearing masks and getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

The choice is clear. George Dungan supports our values — Nebraska values. Vote for George Dungan for Legislature.

Dennis Crawford, Lincoln

Law wrong tool to end dispute

While our Constitution was formulated by white males, the Declaration of Independence created by our founding fathers is supposed to make sure that the laws that govern our nation are based on the maxim, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The Constitution says, “The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.”

Although the Constitution establishes the Supreme Court, it permits the Senate to confirm justices. Thus, it is the politicians who have the ultimate power to determine who is eligible for protections of “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” under the Constitution. The Supreme Court in the 1970s ruled that the right to abortion was constitutionally protected. The court this year reversed that ruling, sending the decision back to the states, plunging our country into crisis.

How can a majority of nine judges grant constitutional protection at one point and revoke it later? Therefore, I feel that courts are not the right bodies to address this issue.

I am fully sympathetic to those who oppose abortion based on their religious beliefs. They are welcome to employ religious arguments as they make their case, but they shouldn’t attempt to use the government or legal channels. I most sincerely urge them to work individually and/or through their religious organizations to have well-thought-out, sober, somber and peaceful discussions with those on the other side.

Sitaram Jaswal, Lincoln

Letter: Loan assistance helps the wealthy

In 2010 the Obama/Biden administration wrote the progressive-socialist-student loan program. The program removed student loans from the private sector to become a power of the federal government.

Soon after its creation, students started to complain about the massive loan debt the program forced on them.

Biden sees the problem as a payback issue, not an unbearable law. Biden wants the taxpayers to reward individuals making up to $125,000 with a $10,000 gift from him. Many of those individuals are making more than the taxpayers that Biden wants to force to pay for his gift.

So far, neither Biden nor the Democrats will admit that the federal progressive-socialist-student loan program has created massive student debt. A government program to help students should have less than 5% interest, not up to 13%, and wouldn’t start until the student left college, not the first day of the semester.

Biden and the Democrats will not rewrite their terrible law; they need to keep that law to show that it’s the GOP that is fighting to prevent them from forgiving portions of those student loans. It was the loan program that is creating massive student loan debt.

For a start, Biden wants to forgive $10,000 in loans for individuals making up to $125,000 and placing that financial burden on taxpayers, who don’t make half of that income. Next week, he will want to give even more to wealthy.

Richard Pullman, Hallam

Letter: Recognizing issue is first step

Responding to Jerris Cummings’ letter in the Sept. 13 Journal Star ("Biden flip-flops on MAGA threat"), I wish to point out that it was not the seeking of a strong national defense, secure borders, a stable economy and parental involvement in education that led President Biden (and others) to see Donald Trump and some of his loyalists as threats to democracy and the Constitution.

It was Trump’s attempted thwarting of the orderly transition of power, his efforts at overturning a legitimate election and his incitement of an armed mob to attack the Capitol.

Cummings’ stopping short of acknowledging that behavior lends his well-written letter an air of disingenuousness.

The first step to recovery, we are often told, is admitting one has a problem, and perhaps Republicans should ask themselves whether Trump is doing their party and their principles more harm than good.

Scott Stanfield, Lincoln

Letter: Loan assistance helps the wealthy

Loan assistance helps the wealthy

In 2010 the Obama/Biden administration wrote the progressive-socialist-student loan program. The program removed student loans from the private sector to become a power of the federal government.

Soon after its creation, students started to complain about the massive loan debt the program forced on them.

Biden sees the problem as a payback issue, not an unbearable law. Biden wants the taxpayers to reward individuals making up to $125,000 with a $10,000 gift from him. Many of those individuals are making more than the taxpayers that Biden wants to force to pay for his gift.

So far, neither Biden nor the Democrats will admit that the federal progressive-socialist-student loan program has created massive student debt. A government program to help students should have less than 5% interest, not up to 13%, and wouldn’t start until the student left college, not the first day of the semester.

Biden and the Democrats will not rewrite their terrible law; they need to keep that law to show that it’s the GOP that is fighting to prevent them from forgiving portions of those student loans. It was the loan program that is creating massive student loan debt.

For a start, Biden wants to forgive $10,000 in loans for individuals making up to $125,000 and placing that financial burden on taxpayers, who don’t make half of that income. Next week, he will want to give even more to wealthy.

Richard Pullman, Hallam

Recognizing issue is first step

Responding to Jerris Cummings’ letter in the Sept. 13 Journal Star (“Biden flip-flops on MAGA threat“), I wish to point out that it was not the seeking of a strong national defense, secure borders, a stable economy and parental involvement in education that led President Biden (and others) to see Donald Trump and some of his loyalists as threats to democracy and the Constitution.

It was Trump’s attempted thwarting of the orderly transition of power, his efforts at overturning a legitimate election and his incitement of an armed mob to attack the Capitol.

Cummings’ stopping short of acknowledging that behavior lends his well-written letter an air of disingenuousness.

The first step to recovery, we are often told, is admitting one has a problem, and perhaps Republicans should ask themselves whether Trump is doing their party and their principles more harm than good.

Scott Stanfield, Lincoln

Letter: Shields hardly help students

I saw that Texas is spending $105 million on school safety. Nearly half is being spent on bullet-proof shields for school police.

I’m trying to figure out just exactly how that protects the students from a shooter?

Oh wait, Texas school police are afraid to confront an active shooter, so at least now they have something to hide behind while they go in to get the shooter that has already killed students.

Paul Morrison, Lincoln

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Letter: Voters deserve to hear debate

Refusing to participate in a gubernatorial debate shortchanges voters and undermines an important aspect of our democracy. Debates let voters see if candidates can move beyond political cliches to define their positions. Jim Pillen’s Journal Star column ("Debates don't help voters," Aug. 31) lists many excuses for not debating.

No. 1. Debates are not job interviews: Yes, they are – especially when a candidate has no evidence of political performance.

No. 2. Debates allow the media to decide the governor: No, the media is a vehicle to help voters compare candidates.

No. 3. He likes grassroots face-to-face meetings: He can do both. Debates provide excellent grassroots messaging without a huge budget.

No. 4. Face-to-face campaigning gives people the opportunity to meet him: Maybe a select group, but debates expand your audience and move beyond pleasantries.

No. 5. Voters don’t want debates: This voter does.

No. 6. Debates are political theater which he doesn’t like. Has he ever watched one of his commercials? Hogwash.

Pillen states that he will not support things that have “no value.” I would like to hear what “things” he deems to have “no value.”

Pillen likes to define his opponents rather than let his opponent define themselves. It takes courage to debate issues without your political machine scripting answers. Debates give voters the chance to hear ideas, issues, solutions and statistics with evidence. Debates provide a platform for discussions. The voters deserve to hear from Pillen and Democratic candidate Carol Blood to make an informed decision. I hope Pillen reconsiders a debate.

Dale Minter, Lincoln

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Shields hardly help students

I saw that Texas is spending $105 million on school safety. Nearly half is being spent on bullet-proof shields for school police.

I’m trying to figure out just exactly how that protects the students from a shooter?

Oh wait, Texas school police are afraid to confront an active shooter, so at least now they have something to hide behind while they go in to get the shooter that has already killed students.

Paul Morrison, Lincoln

Voters deserve to hear debate

Refusing to participate in a gubernatorial debate shortchanges voters and undermines an important aspect of our democracy. Debates let voters see if candidates can move beyond political cliches to define their positions. Jim Pillen’s Journal Star column (“Debates don’t help voters,” Aug. 31) lists many excuses for not debating.

No. 1. Debates are not job interviews: Yes, they are – especially when a candidate has no evidence of political performance.

No. 2. Debates allow the media to decide the governor: No, the media is a vehicle to help voters compare candidates.

No. 3. He likes grassroots face-to-face meetings: He can do both. Debates provide excellent grassroots messaging without a huge budget.

No. 4. Face-to-face campaigning gives people the opportunity to meet him: Maybe a select group, but debates expand your audience and move beyond pleasantries.

No. 5. Voters don’t want debates: This voter does.

No. 6. Debates are political theater which he doesn’t like. Has he ever watched one of his commercials? Hogwash.

Pillen states that he will not support things that have “no value.” I would like to hear what “things” he deems to have “no value.”

Pillen likes to define his opponents rather than let his opponent define themselves. It takes courage to debate issues without your political machine scripting answers. Debates give voters the chance to hear ideas, issues, solutions and statistics with evidence. Debates provide a platform for discussions. The voters deserve to hear from Pillen and Democratic candidate Carol Blood to make an informed decision. I hope Pillen reconsiders a debate.

Dale Minter, Lincoln

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Southeast Nebraska speaks up: Letters to the editor for the week of Sep. 23, 2022 (7)

Letter: Resources need tending

Water is Nebraska, just like public power, Natural Resources Districts and our unicameral is Nebraska.

The Republican, Blue, Nemaha, Elkhorn, North, South and Middle Loup, Dismal, Niobrara, and North and South Platte rivers and all of their watersheds and basins are Nebraska.

Lake McConaughy and the Tri-County power and irrigation system with all of its offshoots -- whether man-made or natural -- is Nebraska. Just as are all the other lakes and reservoirs which were created by our rivers, streams, creeks and sloughs.

However, these resources need tending. Some need dredging and others need mending and updating. This stewardship needs funding.

So before you vote this November, take a look below our surface and what lies beneath, the Ogallala Aquifer. Be informed.

Jim Hatheway, Lincoln

Southeast Nebraska speaks up: Letters to the editor for the week of Sep. 23, 2022 (8)

Letter: Pillen certainly a politician

Jim Pillen’s August 31 Local View ("Debates don't help voters") is concerning. Of things he deems wasteful, he said, “I am going to eliminate those things, no matter what others say.” Is he the sole person determining what is “wasteful?" Will the legislature have input or the taxpayers? He didn’t say I will try to persuade others to eliminate things. Just “no matter what others say.”

I would like to attend one of his eye-to-eye, face-to-face meetings he has planned in the Lincoln area to hear what he is thinking of eliminating.

Pillen was in opposition to the singing of "Lift Every Voice" at basketball games. I attended the games and thought it was well received. Pillen’s views are similar to the fear-spreading that is prevalent in politics today.

He uses the words “30x30 land grab.” Will he provide names of those who have had their land grabbed? I have asked educators if their schools were teaching CRT. No one said yes.

His website he says he will fight socialism and dependence on government. Does that include accepting government direct farm payments and PPP money? He opposes those “radical-left assault rifle" folks and their "gun-grabbing agenda.” He knows probably 99% of all Nebraskans don’t want shotguns and most rifles grabbed. He knows spreading gloom is popular in politics.

I think in responding to the Journal Star's editorial encouraging a gubernatorial debate he was debating. He doesn't want to give any opposing view the opportunity to rebut. Is Jim Pillen a politician? Absolutely, no debate needed.

Ron Cunningham, Lincoln

Letter: Pillen certainly a politician

Pillen certainly a politician

Jim Pillen’s August 31 Local View (“Debates don’t help voters“) is concerning. Of things he deems wasteful, he said, “I am going to eliminate those things, no matter what others say.” Is he the sole person determining what is “wasteful?” Will the legislature have input or the taxpayers? He didn’t say I will try to persuade others to eliminate things. Just “no matter what others say.”

I would like to attend one of his eye-to-eye, face-to-face meetings he has planned in the Lincoln area to hear what he is thinking of eliminating.

Pillen was in opposition to the singing of “Lift Every Voice” at basketball games. I attended the games and thought it was well received. Pillen’s views are similar to the fear-spreading that is prevalent in politics today.

He uses the words “30x30 land grab.” Will he provide names of those who have had their land grabbed? I have asked educators if their schools were teaching CRT. No one said yes.

His website he says he will fight socialism and dependence on government. Does that include accepting government direct farm payments and PPP money? He opposes those “radical-left assault rifle” folks and their “gun-grabbing agenda.” He knows probably 99% of all Nebraskans don’t want shotguns and most rifles grabbed. He knows spreading gloom is popular in politics.

I think in responding to the Journal Star’s editorial encouraging a gubernatorial debate he was debating. He doesn’t want to give any opposing view the opportunity to rebut. Is Jim Pillen a politician? Absolutely, no debate needed.

Ron Cunningham, Lincoln

Resources need tending

Water is Nebraska, just like public power, Natural Resources Districts and our unicameral is Nebraska.

The Republican, Blue, Nemaha, Elkhorn, North, South and Middle Loup, Dismal, Niobrara, and North and South Platte rivers and all of their watersheds and basins are Nebraska.

Lake McConaughy and the Tri-County power and irrigation system with all of its offshoots — whether man-made or natural — is Nebraska. Just as are all the other lakes and reservoirs which were created by our rivers, streams, creeks and sloughs.

However, these resources need tending. Some need dredging and others need mending and updating. This stewardship needs funding.

So before you vote this November, take a look below our surface and what lies beneath, the Ogallala Aquifer. Be informed.

Jim Hatheway, Lincoln

Letter: Pansing Brooks true to state

Too many kids go hungry

Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, more than 23 million families in the United States currently experience food insecurity.

As a community pediatrician and child hunger advocate, I understand the link between food insecurity and child health and development.

I also fully understand the pain of child hunger because my sisters and I suffered from food insecurity growing up. If you believe you know what a hungry child looks like, you’re wrong. You have no clue.

There are many hungry children who go under the radar and are not reaching their full potential, who can’t focus because of a growling stomach.

In a rise to a higher occasion for children, Congress came together during the pandemic to ensure that all children had access to healthy school meals.

Unfortunately, the economic fallout of the pandemic has continued, but legislation to support ongoing child nutrition programs has not been re-authorized.

Because of congressional inaction, millions of children have lost automatic access to nutritious meals as the new school year begins.

It’s clear that it’s time for Congress to pass long-overdue legislation to reauthorize federal child nutrition programs.

Dr. Karla Lester, Lincoln

Pansing Brooks true to state

Even though I’m a bit of a political junkie, I used to be a little ho-hum about the race for 1st District Congress. I have long respected state Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, but I figured this election would go just like all the others for umpty-ump years.

But then came the Dobbs decision, putting the government in the exam room elbow to elbow with a patient and their doctor. Then came the June special election to fill Jeff Fortenberry’s shoes, which was unexpectedly close. Plus, I became increasingly aware that Mike Flood is taking some extreme positions on issues we all care about. He’s begun to sound like a ventriloquist’s dummy whose lips are flapped from somewhere outside Nebraska.

Meanwhile, Pansing Brooks is staying true to the legislator she has always been: a consensus builder. That doesn’t mean she’s a pushover — far from it — but she is willing to join hands with others to find constructive ways forward.

There is a lot at stake in this election. Don’t be ho-hum about it. Give Patty Pansing Brooks a chance to show what she can do in a Washington sorely in need of consensus builders.

Kathleen Rutledge, Garland

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