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Musical hit all the right notes

Congratulations to Gothenburg High School and to all of the people who participated in a great production of “The Music Man.” On behalf of us Ainsworth grandparents, we have long been entertained by outstanding elementary and high school performances under the direction of Ernie (Mr. Piano Man) Blecha. I have no idea of how much time and effort the students, staff and other members of the community put into this recent show but we just want you all to know how much we enjoyed it.

 

 

 

Alternative info needed

Joe Knoedler’s letter (02-22-12) is a good representation of one reason I write letters myself. Having an informed electorate would be impossible if letters like his were the only reading material available to the public. He feels “...there are some people that try very hard to ignore change and forget what this country was built upon.” I don’t know why anyone would think those two actions belong together. It seems to me that someone who resists change might do so to retain what worked in the past and someone who espouses change might do so in spite of history. Is change always a good thing?

Knoedler wrote that he has been reading a lot of me and that my very biased viewpoints make it apparent that I like to scare people into believing being a Democrat is unpatriotic. I have written about the differences I see between traditional Democrats, liberals and socialists. Perhaps he missed reading that. I would welcome a return of the Democratic Party. It would bring a balance back to Congress that has been missing since the socialist insanity took hold. That is why I have always voted for Ben Nelson. Knoedler is wrong about so many things that I think it would be safe to say he doesn’t know what being a Democrat is.

He wrote that the Republican party refuses “...to let women have the right to choose, let people choose who they should marry...” If that is their goal they certainly haven’t been very successful. Abortion isn’t a right, but it is permissible by law. Because we live in a free country, people can oppose being forced to fund those who “choose.” So, who is under duress in this matter? The voters in his state of California (who believe marriage should be between one man and one woman) have repeatedly passed laws like the Defense of Marriage Act. These laws have been overturned by liberal activist judges. Republicans are not the ones who are interfering in the democratic process.

Personally, I don’t think someone’s choice of a partner is any of my business. I also don’t think it is any of the federal government’s business. I recently heard that the origin of marriage license in the U.S. was to keep track of inter-racial marriage. Once government gets it’s foot in the door, personal freedom always suffers. I think gay rights activists would have better luck lobbying to get government out of their lives than trying to change the convictions of religious people. Government thinks a piece of paper gives them the power to dictate who a person can include as a family member and how it would benefit them. Show me that power in the Constitution. Read and learn your Constitution people.

There is so much misinformation in Knoedler’s letter that it will take more than one letter to respond to it all.

   

A differing opinion offered

I grew up in Gothenburg and have a very fond place in my heart for my “home.” I, through the gothenburgtimes.com website, try to to stay current on the happenings of my hometown.

I am very proud of where I come from and my family. They represent everything that is good about our state and the community of Gothenburg. Though we might not always see eye to eye we usually end up compromising on many issues both political and otherwise.

I have been compelled to write the editor at The Times because I feel that there are some people that try very hard to ignore change and forget what this country was built upon. I have been reading a lot of Neil Davis and his very biased viewpoints. He has made it very apparent that he likes to scare people into believing being a Democrat is unpatriotic.

In case you haven’t noticed the Republican Party preaching about liberty and the pursuit of happiness, yet they refuse to let women have the right to choose, let people choose who they should marry, refuse the basic right to healthcare to millions of Americans, and to close our borders and keep innovation out of America.

Kind of ironic isn’t it? Almost sounds like something a fascist dictator would do, doesn’t it? I especially take up the argument that liberalism is turning young people’s minds to mush. What is wrong with giving people the right to choose, fair taxes, the ability to attain higher education and giving people who were born here legally the path to citizenship? By turning your back on these people you are essentially turning your back on the future. As far as the economy is concerned I believe that Davis has taken our president out of context.

I sometimes wonder what his motive’s are. He states in his most recent letter that Obama, in reference to the economy, stated that “If Congress won’t get it done I will.” Has he watched that interview? That quote was in reference to education, health benefits and evening the playing field for all Americans. That sounds like someone who understands the middle class and will fight for not only me and my future family but Mr. Davis’s as well, as much as he want to ignore it.

I was barely alive when Reagan was in office, but I have taken history classes and have done my research. Reagan expanded our budget almost twice what Bush and Obama did together. I am not here to point fingers. Do I agree with everything that Obama signs? No, but it sure beats what any Republican has offered us in recent years.

Davis should quit fear mongering. It’s very shallow and pitiful. Try to inspire younger people and open your mind to change and try to understand that the Constitution was built out of compromise, not aristocratic authority.

To hate or scorn someone because of their sexuality, race, creed or color is very shallow and, quite honestly, pathetic. I am not implying, and would like to think, that those are not motives for his disgruntlement.

We have a great country and I respect the point of view of Mr. Davis. All that I ask is that he respect mine.

   

Column submissions explained

A letter to the editor in the Gothenburg Times was recently called to my attention, and I hope you can help me with a concern that I have. The letter was from a Neil A. Davis, and he takes issue with a couple of opinion columns I wrote, which he is more than entitled to do, just as I am entitled to express my views.

My concern, however, is his implicit criticism of the Nebraska News Service as a provider of the columns. It was indeed a departure from the mission of the Nebraska News Service. Here’s why: Allen Beermann asked the Nebraska News Service to provide a weekly column for Nebraska Press Association members who subscribe to the Capital View commentary during the nearly three-month period that the regular columnist was ill. We didn’t seek the opportunity to add this task to our reporting responsibilities, but Allen has been a great supporter of the Nebraska News Service, so we were happy to help out the NPA and its members. My reporters and I took turns providing commentary, and, in retrospect, we no doubt should have made clear that the columns represented our individual views, not that of the Nebraska News Service.

I certainly stand by the views I expressed in the columns I wrote, just as I’m sure Mr. Davis stands by his. But I don’t want him, or any of your other readers, to think that the Nebraska News Service is taking political positions or expressing opinions in the news stories we send to you or the nearly 100 other client news organizations around the state. I regret that I did not anticipate there could be confusion in this regard.

Thanks for anything you can do to clarify the situation for your readers.

 

 

 

   

Wrong on multiple counts

Wally Rose’s (02-01-12) letter about voter fraud asked questions, made an assumption and gave a solution. All of which I believe are wrong.

Mr. Rose is concerned about the proposal of “...a state senator from Fremont?” (who isn’t even called by name?) to push legislation requiring Nebraskans to show ID before being allowed to vote. Mr. Rose believes that the goal of Sen. Charlie Janssen and his proponents is to disenfranchise thousands of voters (people too lazy to get an ID and go through the agony of carrying it to the polling place) simply because they disagree with his/their philosophy.

Really? Just the fact that Janssen comes from a city that attempted legislation which would allow them to seek out illegal aliens in their community, seems enough for me to discern that prevention of voting by illegals is the main if not the only motive.

Mr. Rose’s fair and just solution is to deny Janssen and his proponents the right to vote. How does that make Mr. Rose different from his depiction of Senator Janssen? It seems to me that more voter turnout (not less) might someday help our state to actually make a difference in elections. Nebraska is one of only 20 states with no voter ID law. I don’t see the problem in adopting one, even if fraud isn’t common in Nebraska.

Mr. Rose cited voter fraud by “...one of our major political parties...” during the presidential elections in Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004. I assume he means Republicans, as the party also goes un-named. Other than the convictions of two Ohio workers for improper interpretation of procedures, not fraud, every other story I have looked at seems to be more conspiracy theory than anything else.

Mr. Rose accused the same (un-named) party of making claims of moral superiority. I think Republicans claiming moral superiority are far less prevalent than Democrats claiming that Republicans claim moral superiority (if it is Republicans Mr. Rose is referring to). Just the fact that Republicans police their own, by default makes them look better than socialists (by not being morally bankrupt).

Mr. Rose’s letter began “Voter fraud—by whom?” That was my thought while I was reading it. I felt like I was playing the murder/mystery board game “Clue.” My guess is it was Colonel Mustard in the library with the lead pipe.

   

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