Killing mountain lions is senseless
Mountain lions vanished in the 1890s because of overkill. Now in 2013, after protecting these animals for several years, we are going to end up destroying them again.
The Game and Parks Commission needs to rethink its most recent decision to allow full state hunting. You can read in the paper that somewhere in Nebraska a mountain lion has been destroyed because people are “in fear” for their life or small pets, while I try to understand the reason for the fear.
If a person sees a big cat, his first thought is to get a gun and kill it out of fear. Why not just call the game warden to handle it? I am not opposed to hunting, but I don't understand the senseless killing of a beautiful animal.
Charlie Lee, Blair, Neb.
Hunting decision sadly not shocking
Wow, what a surprise. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, a body comprised of hunters that seemingly uses department scientists to shape data to fit predetermined decisions, unanimously approved policy to allow hunting of mountain lions in Nebraska.
Truth is, we always could. We just had to wink and say we felt “threatened.” Now, we don't have to wink anymore. We can just lock and load because we got one more thing to kill.
But as our ever-burgeoning bloodlust builds, maybe we should ask why these commissioners get to run our parks, as they apparently see them as nothing more than venues in which to kill things.
When I did ask the governor that question, I was told hunters provide a unique perspective. How is that perspective unique, though, when the perspective of the other board members is the same? Uniqueness would come in the thoughts of an environmentalist, a conservationist or a biologist who wasn't dependent on a check from Game and Parks.
While we wait for these questions never to be addressed, maybe the commissioners should get to work on policy to allow killing of every species that used to call Nebraska home — just in case they get the same crazy idea mountain lions did and return to their historical range.
Gary Peterson, Omaha
Don't ignore alcohol as factor in killings
The recent attack and killing of a 93-year-old woman is horrendous. The slayings of four innocent people, with a former employee of Creighton University facing four murder charges, are despicable.
As a taxpaying citizen, I want to know, after all the liquor licenses the City Council just passed for the “new and improved Benson downtown area,” if these same horrendous crimes will occur again in the Benson area. Each member of the City Council should be expected to go to each and every crime scene where the person responsible for these senseless crimes was not “drinking responsibly.”
There is one word that keeps popping up in articles and on the news: alcohol. We as the taxpaying citizens better wake up to whom we put in charge of allowing more and more liquor licenses to be passed without taking responsibility for this mind-altering drug. Alcohol adds fuel to the already psychotic mind.
The streets of Omaha are filling with blood and alcohol.
Sue Armstrong, Omaha
Many aided immigrant's illegal entry
The recent murder in Little Italy, in which an illegal immigrant has been charged, should be a wake-up call to all who think “immigration reform” (aka amnesty) is the proper direction we should be taking as a country.
Can the family of the victim file a lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama for not protecting our borders, not deporting illegals and by extension allowing incidents like this one (and many others) to occur on a regular basis?
Also, what about all of those who aided this man and did not report him to authorities? I believe those people, in effect, are accessories to this murder and should be prosecuted.
Mike Mohle, Omaha
Illogical rhetoric only divides us more
Michael Aliano (July 28 Pulse) says that all illegal immigrants in Omaha should be rounded up and held in TD Ameritrade Park. He wants to do this because of the brutal rape of a 93-year-old woman. He ended his letter by stating the following: “We need to do something now about this problem before there are any more killings or rapes of any of our elderly.”
Does the writer really believe that all rapes and killings in Omaha are committed by illegal immigrants and that locking them up will stop these crimes? American citizens make up a majority of people in our prisons. A lot of American citizens would have to be locked up to stop rapes and killings.
Also, Aliano doesn't say what is to happen to people locked up in TD Ameritrade Park. Are they to be kept there indefinitely or shipped back to their countries of origin?
Michael K. Buckley, Omaha
Lack of enforcement remains problem
Here is a unique idea for immigration reform: Let's take the current laws and enforce them!
Hal Capps, Omaha
Fire union right to contest contract
The firefighters union is going to court because they feel Mayor Jean Stothert is violating the contract she helped negotiate. The firefighters have every right to petition the court to uphold a written, legal agreement. How could anyone think going before a judge to decide a case would be “reckless and unfair”?
James Gentile, Omaha
Sure sounds like a great deal to me
Charles Zaayer (July 25 Pulse) says we should walk a mile in a firefighter's shoes and see how it feels. That sounds like a great idea. Then I could retire at an early age with a huge firefighter pension that everybody's tax dollars will help fund. Sign me up!
Garrett Herber, Omaha
Foley's apology lacked proper remorse
Regarding Mike Foley's apology (July 27 Pulse), perhaps he should have checked the dictionary before writing his letter. The American Heritage dictionary defines apology as “a statement expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense.”
His letter was very positive and regretful, stating some things that need to be said more often — until the end. Then he followed the same pattern of other politicians who say things they shouldn't: “I apologize to anyone who may have found my remarks hurtful.”
This statement is not only critical of those who were indeed offended but also leaves out the rest of the constituency. The apology should be made to everyone who heard or read his ignorant and inaccurate statements.
Why not try something like, “I apologize to everyone for my offensive and inaccurate remarks, especially to those who were hurt by them”?
Barbara Sawatzki, Omaha