The Public Pulse: Transitory inflation; Remembering a caring doctor; Non-existent militia | Letters

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So much for transitory

In 2021, Biden’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called inflation “transitory” and assured Americans it was unlikely to be a long-term problem.

Well, not so much. It’s not “transitory,” it’s a disaster for all Americans. According to the Consumer Price Index, inflation for June of 2022 reached a 40-year high of 9.1%.

The only thing that should be transitory in 2022 is Democrat one-party control in Washington, D.C. Nebraskans need to reclaim the power of the purse by taking back the House and sending Don Bacon back to Washington in November.

Fine doctor remembered

I want to pay my respects to Dr. David Bolam, the long-serving neonatologist in the NICU at the Nebraska Medical Center, who passed away one week after his retirement. On July 20, 1984, we found ourselves, shocked and terrified, in that NICU with our 1-pound, 14-ounce micro preemie. They told us she had a 1-in-4 chance of living and being normal.

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Dr. Bolam was one of the fine doctors overseeing her care. He was serious, quiet and intense. And I was not sure I trusted or even liked him. Then one day, as I sat beside my daughter’s incubator, I watched Dr. Bolam kneel down and spend quite a long time talking to and playing with a precious little toddler in a bouncy seat. He was not treating her, just pouring love out on her. Nurses had told me the little girl had spent her whole life in the unit, fighting for her life. I watched him smile and laugh and his eyes sparkle. At that moment, I saw how much he cared and I was never afraid of him again.

Thirty years later, when I volunteered in that NICU, I was amazed he still remembered my daughter, Natalie and asked about her. I am so grateful that when we walked through the valley of the shadow of death, Dr. Bolam (and many others) walked with us and made all the difference. Amazingly, she turned 38 recently and is indeed normal — except when we argue about politics! Ha!

Non-existent militia

The National Rifle Association supposedly has printed in large letters on it’s Washington, D.C. office building part of the Second Amendment “… The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Why did they omit the first part of that amendment and the whole basis for it’s existence? They must have realized how ridiculous the first part now seems when it reads, “A well regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state.” To my knowledge, we have not had any use for a militia for over 150 years. Why do we spend billions of dollars annually funding the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force if we still have to cater to a non-existent militia? The Second Amendment has long outlived it’s original intent.

Security and sovereignty

A deputy sheriff last year almost died just from an exposure to fentanyl.

If another deputy hadn’t immediately provided him with NARCAN nasal spray, he could have died.

Fentanyl is pouring over our border. Of course, the human and sex trafficking, terrorists and other cartel drug and criminal activity even make it more necessary to protect the security of our nation.

We need to wake up to the fact that this is not just about illegal immigration. This is a huge threat to the security of our nation and the protection of our citizens. If this isn’t enough to want to shut down our border, I don’t know what is.

Close the border now, ensure immigration is done legally.

We cannot have national sovereignty without secure borders.

Chris Darrell, Plattsmouth

Marriage equality bill

The House has passed by a wide, bipartisan margin a marriage equality bill that the Senate should pass immediately. The Supreme Court has shifted dramatically and acts as legislators for the country in our elected officials’ absence. That needs to end.

The Senate needs to bring this bill up for debate immediately and codify the protections for same sex couples to be able to marry and have the same protections, financial, social or otherwise, as every other person in America.

It’s way past time for our elected officials in Congress to do their jobs and legislate to the needs and wants of the country.

Justin D’Angelo, Gretna

The price we pay

In an election, we tend to vote our pocketbooks. But is the price of gas, a gallon of milk or a dozen eggs worth the cost of losing our democracy? Our Constitution, designed as a democracy, is under threat by conspiracy theories, the “big lie” and the politicians whose primary concern is their own power. We can no longer survive the division of those ideas as they have created a growing separation within our country. We once fought a Civil War because of division within the states and both sides lost too much. We need to re-read the Constitution with its Bill of Rights and learn that the liberties are guaranteed for all Americans. Then we can decide if those rights are worth more than a tank of gas or an assault weapon. For me they are.

Assault on Capitol

Dan Beeson’s letter, “Congressional hearings,” implores Congress to stop the Jan. 6, 2021, Select Committee’s work because “nothing more is going to happen to Trump.” The committee has methodically and convincingly presented evidence that the attack on the Capitol was planned, that Trump was aware that armed thugs would be marching to the Capitol to try to disrupt the electoral college count, and that he did nothing to stop the siege until he realized it had failed. The committee’s great work has raised the possibility that Trump could be indicted for inciting the insurrection.

There is a higher bar to prosecute an ex-president than an ordinary citizen, so it’s possible that the Justice Department will decide that available evidence falls short of the required standard. On the other hand, perhaps DOJ will find sufficient evidence to pursue an indictment. Even if Trump is not charged, there could be indictments of some in his inner circle who planned and abetted the shameful attack.

More important, perhaps, the committee is showing America what really happened on Jan. 6, 2021.

The assault on the Capitol was much worse than the attack on Washington during the War of 1812. The British merely burned buildings; the Jan. 6 insurrectionists tried to stop the orderly transfer of power after a free and fair election.

MAGA supporters may be beyond the reach of reason, but there is still a majority of Americans (and voters) who recognize the danger that the radical right represent. The hearings are highlighting the most important political issue of the day.

Patrick H. Brennan, Omaha

Medical debt woes

I am a proud Type 1 Diabetic. I believe more people need to be talking about the lack of consideration Don Bacon has for those who are chronically ill, especially when it comes to standing up to the pharmaceutical industry.

My representative is Don Bacon, and he does not truly represent me nor does he understand medical debt struggles. Words can’t describe how terrifying medical debt is, and it certainly doesn’t help that Big Pharma continues to raise their prices. As a Type 1 Diabetic, I have ongoing medical necessities, and those don’t come cheap. It stresses me out so much, that it makes raising a family that much more complicated. Sure, I’m lucky enough to have insurance that covers a portion of the costs, but what about those that don’t have any insurance? Is Don Bacon fighting for them?

It’s time to hold Bacon accountable for voting in favor of big pharma rather than his constituents. We are the ones that matter.

Pulse writer says abortion is not exclusively a female issue.

Pulse writers sound off on the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Pulse writer says Nebraska will not improve unless people stop voting against their own interests.

The Iowa bill allowing hunters to use semi-automatic rifles to kill deer is tone deaf, Pulse writer says.

Taxpayers and taxing authorities should demand a five-year moratorium on approving new TIF projects, Pulse writer says.

Pulse writer bids a fond farewell to legendary Joe Tess restaurant.

The Keystone XL Pipeline would not have helped with gas prices as much as some may think, according to Pulse writer.

Pulse writer says Don Bacon will never stand up to Trump, so it is time for a change.

Pulse writer urges you to contact your Senator to support gun safety legislation.

Pansing Brooks puts problem-solving ahead of political party, Pulse writer says.

Spending $4,500 on each OPS staff member is a waste of tax payer dollars, Pulse writer says.

Pulse writer says raising the minimum wage helps give every Nebraskan the real chance to achieve the “American dream.” 

Maybe we should hire private firms to take care of city parks, Pulse writer says. 

Pulse writer upset with Rep. Don Bacon over his Protecting Our Kids Act vote.

Pulse writer has a recommendation for Nebraska’s tourism slogan.

Pulse writer questions if there will be room for books in Omaha’s proposed public library at 72nd and Dodge Streets.

Pulse writer thanks Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Drew Kamp for advocating for renewable energy efforts in Iowa.

Pulse writer says hurry to get tickets for “The Sound of Music” at the Rose theater.

Pulse writer implores Sen. Sasse to vote in favor of meaningful gun reform.

Pulse writer wants to know what elected leaders are doing about gas prices.

Pulse writer remembers the voice of the CWS, Jack Payne.

Pulse writer says as a country we still lack the will to do what is necessary to address mass shootings and school safety.

Pulse writer asks what rights should outweigh others?

Pulse writer says defense procedures illustrate why the Second Amendment is important.

Pulse writer has a few concerns about the city’s urban core plans.

Pulse writers continue to discuss the violent deaths from mass shootings and how they affect us all.

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