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Wake up, support Republicanism

Americans—we’re a republic.

Wake up please, and read your Constitution.

Article IV, Section 4 reads: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a Republican form of government.” The article refers to a republic—limited government, not a democracy—majority rule, mob rule.

No where in our Constitution is democracy mentioned, nor the words “separation of church and state.”

Could it be that liberal politicians—always promoting more government and taxes—over the decades, have “snookered” us into thinking we’re a democracy? Let the reader decide.

Whistling the Battle Hymn of the Republic, reflect upon the Texas Republic, Republic in California’s state flag, and Franklin’s answering a lady’s question, “a Republic ma’am if you can keep it.”

Support Republicanism—work for less government, less taxes, more responsibility and, with God’s help, a better world! Example: ask oppressors: “Sir/Ma’am, are you aware of any law that gives you or your agency legislative jurisdiction over me? Show me.”

We’re a republic, not a democracy. Let’s keep it that way as in our flag salute!

Dr. Allen R. Geiken (Ret.), Gothenburg

 

Joplin support was amazing

We appreciate everyone who recently gave cloth items to help the tornado victims in Joplin, MO.

With your sincere generosity, the donations that were given far exceeded our expectations. Nearly 16,000 pounds and 25,000 items were taken to Joplin on Friday, June 10.

We appreciate that Kassy has a place of work that allowed her to collect items for this drive. We would also like to thank the following communities for their support for those in need: Gothenburg, Cozad, Brady, Callaway, Eustis, Farnam, Lexington and Holdrege. We are grateful to Robert Litzenburger at Peterson’s Supermarket and Tom at Erickson’s Furniture of North Platte for collecting boxes for our cause.

Special appreciation goes to Ann Kauffman and Tammy Knauss of Cozad, Pat Potter of Willow Island, Tim Schmeeckle for his trailer, Jo Johnson of Land O Lakes, First State Bank, Gothenburg Times, KRVN Radio, Gothenburg Tire, Horizon Ag and Pony Express Chevrolet.

When we started this cloth drive, we had no idea it would turn out this way. We are truly amazed by the outpouring of generosity. When we left for Joplin, we had no idea what we would find. Pictures on TV cannot even begin to describe the devastation. Words cannot tell everyone what we saw. The amount of loss is overwhelming. The cloth items that we took as a small community does not begin to make a small dent in what Joplin needs.

The hours spent sorting all of these items before boxing them up were greatly appreciated by the Salvation Army. They wanted good, clean items and, thanks to your amazing generosity, that is what they got.

Craig and Kassy Wilson

 

   

It’s important to do right thing

What if we are on the wrong track with the extension of hours for the sale of alcohol? Some do not realize the extent of the alcohol problem we face. According to the 10th Special Report to the U.S. Congress by the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse in 2000, the alcohol problems amounted to roughly $683 for every man, woman and child living in the United States in 1998.

This is hard to fathom, but by the time you calculate the cost of treatment facilities, health care costs, lost productivity due to injury or death, and other items; Gothenburg is presently paying more than $2.4 million per year to subsidize our alcohol costs. The cost of a special election, I’m guessing, would be less than one hundredth of that annual amount and may help us keep some of that money home. I believe it is worth the risk.

Some argue the one hour change is no big deal. In Arizona, a state with large urban centers and vast open rural spaces, saw a 24% increase in death fatalities in five years from alcohol related car crashes when they extended their sales one hour. Detroit/Windsor had a similar experience from a one hour extension.

Is Nebraska headed in the same direction? We are not the only community in Nebraska extending hours. We are extending hours (9-10 hours/week) to sell more alcohol not less. How is more alcohol consumption a part of the solution. Is it not part of the problem?

Nebraska is 14th in the nation for drinking, according to the National Survey on Drug Use. We are 14th in binge drinking as well. In a report given by the same group in December, 2010, Nebraska is now in the top 10 in the nation for drinking and driving. Consider this as well: those living in the rural areas of Nebraska are twice as likely to drink, drive and die on our highways as compared to those in urban areas of the state. It seems to me that we are headed in the wrong direction.

I do agree with equality of hours for our businesses in Gothenburg. I know of no one arguing against this. It is the extension of hours some have found troublesome. As far as equality of hours with other communities is concerned, should we follow a move in the wrong direction?

Why not start something here in Gothenburg that will bless our state? Why not take the lead and influence other communities to do as we do? Why not help turn things around and make Nebraska 41st in the nation rather than 14th? What if we kept part of the $2.4 million home and spent it here? Wouldn’t that be better for everyone? If we influenced others, what could this mean for our state?

Scriptural principle teaches that those who do what they want will believe they are right but those who choose to do what is right are willing to relinquish what they want. This is the secret to success. Self discipline and denial many times leads to prosperity. Indulgence can lead to ruin. These are the values we want our children to learn.

I know we want to do the right thing. But we must inform ourselves. I would be happy to share the little I have learned with any church or community group.

Rev. Rick Rehmert, Gothenburg

   

Another side to alcohol issue

After reading the article in the paper last week about the alcohol hours being extended for some businesses I felt it necessary to tell my side of the story as a business owner.

I do not have a Facebook account to read or comment via the “Community Conversations” Facebook account. I have been in business in Gothenburg for the last 36 years and 13 years in selling alcohol.

I went to several city council meetings in regard to the extension of alcohol sales for my business. The need arose for some of the sporting events that are held at my business such as pool league tournaments, poker tournaments, wedding receptions and extra business for the summer with golfers in town. After several meetings the city council decided that the extension was approved.

Some of the reasons for that change was the other businesses in town have been selling alcohol for years at noon on Sundays. We were previously only allowed to sell alcohol at 4 p.m. on Sundays until 10 p.m. This would then make all the businesses in town have the same hours to sell alcohol.

I believe it is every person’s choice whether they want to have an alcoholic drink legally. Somehow through all of this decision-making the local church groups have become involved making this an issue of morality instead of equality of all businesses selling alcohol.

I pay taxes, purchase a liquor license every year, have yearly inspections and have rules and regulations that I have to follow to keep my license to sell. Any issues that arise in the inspections I also have to pay for those changes.

In addition, as a business owner with a liquor license I have a responsibility to make sure no one is over served or too drunk to drive. I am trying to meet the needs of my customers and want the city council’s decision to stay as it is.

I believe we have bigger issues in town to worry about and direct our attention to than this. Some would argue that there is a cost to taxpayers for this extension, however, there will also be a cost to the taxpayers for a petition and to add this to the voting ballot. We have a city council in place to make these decisions and we need to respect their decisions.

Let’s all work together to do our parts to make this a peaceful transition.

Steve Walker, Gothenburg

   

Same names, different views

If we cared about our liberals/progressives/socialists, we wouldn’t allow them to play with sharp objects. When I first began writing letters to the editor, Democrats were attempting to combine the defense bill with their pork-laden appropriations bill. They claimed Republicans didn’t care about our troops, because they fought passage of the bill.

Meanwhile, Sen. John Kerry (if you don’t make an effort to be smart “you get stuck in Iraq”) portrayed our troops as, “...going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women...” Rep. John Murtha said Marines “...killed innocent civilians in cold blood.” Sen. Barack Obama’s view was that we were “...just air-raiding villages and killing civilians...” in Afghanistan. President Bush was a war criminal, because of enhanced interrogation practices (water boarding). Our troops were ignorant, cold-blooded killers and our special forces were Dick Cheney’s assassination squads. Saddam Hussein was captured and turned over to the Iraqi people for prosecution.

As senator, Obama opposed Bush’s “war on terror.” As president, he has continued nearly every Bush policy (club gitmo, wire tapping, etc.) but enhanced interrogation. Now that he “got” Bin Laden, he is being portrayed as the most brilliant military strategist in history.

He signed off on a mission to invade a sovereign nation, break into a private residence “in the dead of night” and shoot an unarmed man (through the eye, blowing his brains out the side of his head) in front of women and children. This behavior is now considered by the media as a “gutsy” move. Now Kerry says, “...the killing of Osama Bin Laden is a potential game-changer...”

Apparently, if you have a president of the “correct” political persuasion, it is okay to change the rules. I was astonished that the media even got around to sort-of praising our “assassination squads” for a job well done. Obama didn’t think we should exploit the situation by “spiking the football.” He then went on an “I can kill with the best of them tour.” Yep, that’s our president, a lean, mean killing machine. For just $34.95 you can get your own Obama SEAL team 6 action figure.

The only people not receiving praise, are the people responsible for determining the whereabouts of Bin Laden—the interrogators. The people that supplied the peg Obama is hanging his hat on, are the slime of the earth. Even though he just went to the CIA to congratulate them for their efforts, his attorney general is working on prosecuting them. There is not enough room on the human head for the faces of Obama, nor is there enough sides of a mouth for him to talk out of. Since Obama has set the Army Field Manual as the standard for interrogating those who want to kill us, we have learned nothing from them.

What do you suppose the state-run media’s view will be if adults regain control of the government?

Neil A. Davis, Gothenburg

   

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