Updated: January 16, 2014 at 4:52 am
Petty bickering and clash of egos
Your "Mixed Review" of our town hall overlooks the possibility that we may have voted for a stronger mayor but not for a weak council. And we certainly did not vote for a dysfunctional city government that, like unruly, petulant children, must appeal to the courts to determine their respective powers and duties.
This is truly sad! How much longer will we have to endure this petty bickering and clash of egos while serious challenges facing the city remain unresolved?
Unless enough people complain
I agree with Laurie MacDonald about owners of unleashed dogs. Besides decency, it involves a lack of respect and caring about other people. I quit using Red Rocks trails long ago because of inconsiderate dog owners. There are several other trails I no longer use for the same reason. I like dogs, but I do not like dog owners who refuse to comply with the leash ordinance. I have been told that Humane Society staff have had rocks thrown at them by dog owners when the staff attempts to cite a dog owner for noncompliance. I have complained to a City Council member, but have seen no results yet. Unless enough people complain, probably nothing will be done. Dog owners: Please be considerate and keep your dog on a leash when not in a no-leash designated area. Please share the trails in a respectful manner.
Going door to door in the dark
Last night around 7 p.m., (pitch black outside then), the doorbell rang, sending the kitty on a mad scramble upstairs and under the bed. I've grown hesitant to answer the door most any time, as it's typically a sales person representing a product I'm really not interested in, or someone from a political party wondering if they can count on my support in the upcoming election. I opened the door cautiously and found a young lady in her 20s, all by herself, bundled up against the cold and wind, looking exhausted and toting a large clipboard packed with pages highlighted in various colors.
She said she represented CenturyLink, that they had a new product/service available, and wondered if I might be interested. (Not really, but thanks anyway).
I mentioned to her that I'd seen her hours earlier on another block in the neighborhood and that she must be really tired. "Oh yes, I work 60 hours a week and work until 8 at night," she said.
I realize jobs are at a premium these days and commend the young lady for being willing to work a 60-hour week (hope she gets paid well enough to make it worth the long hours). On the other hand, having a young, unaccompanied woman going door to door in any neighborhood after dark just doesn't pass the common-sense test. I don't think a lot of parents these days would knowingly let their daughters walk around in the dark, knocking on strangers' doors; I certainly wouldn't. In this day and age when we read news stories about people getting seriously hurt or even killed as a result of being mistaken for someone else when knocking on a front door, this practice seems even more critical.
I would suggest to organizations that have employees out after dark, that they reconsider their marketing plans to limit residential visits to daylight hours only, and to make sure they're providing adequate training to their representatives in the field, including self-protection and emergency procedures.
Teaching kids respect for rules
I hate the fact that there are so many shootings. I feel it is not the gun, it is the human holding it and pulling the trigger. I don't feel there would be so many if kids were taught respect for home rules. Parents need to teach these without the fear of child abuse charges. There is a difference between correcting a child, and abuse. Time out does not make any difference. To a kid, "big deal I have to set here for awhile". Make them do chores around the school or home. Picking up trash, sweeping the floor, washing floors with warm water and a rag. No cleaners. Do it in front of other people. Study hall, at lunch time.
Put veterans in the schools
I'm not sure which is more disturbing: The deaths, pain and destruction that result from a school shooting, or their increasing regularity. Steps have been taken to try to make the schools safer, and they are. But despite the increased security measures the schools are implementing, there were two shootings just a few weeks apart; one in New Mexico, and another at Arapahoe High School, which claimed the life of Claire Davis.
I'm a retired veteran who has ample free time and I know there are thousands more just like me. Perhaps it's time to have vets volunteer to patrol the perimeter of the nation's schools, as well as roaming around inside. Sad as it is, it would be wise to arm them. The vets would be on the lookout for any odd behavior or demeanor and take appropriate steps if they suspected trouble. This idea might stop another tragedy before it even started.
Finally a winning team
It was so nice to see the city of Omaha is excited about Peyton Manning's barking of their town name in his cadence before the football is snapped to him. Finally, a winning team Nebraskans can be proud of.