Is it just me...or is this getting a little expensive? Over half way to a Trillion Dollars!
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30 March 2008:
I am Bitter because, I Know we Can do Better!
I was down in North Omaha (DA hood) picking up my grandson on Friday. It reminded me of when
I was in the Army, I used to accidently take wrong turns on my route to get to Eppley Airfield as I was
taking the troops home and ended up cruising down 30th street. LOL :) I'd be going down the main drag of
with a camouflage 5-ton truck. I really didn't feel too out of place,
but...I hated the stop and go with a standard Army transmission.
Omaha actually seems like a pretty nice place, but I guess it changes quite a bit at night. However...I imagine that
is just on the main drag that it changes much. The neighborhood where my grandson has been staying is really pretty
scenic and seems pretty peaceful if you ask me.
Anyway, there was a story in the
newspaper about State Senator Ernie Chambers and the fact that he is going to be hard to replace...I was worried until I saw the
candidates that are running for his seat. I am impressed by their resumes!
If you have been away from Nebraska for a while you missed the "Ernie"
law. Officially, us white folks called it "term-limits", but what it really amounted to was a good old fashioned lynching
to get rid of Ernie. What it really gave us was inexperience and instability in the State Legislature. (I
used to call it the Unicameral, but as in the US Congress...there
is really no unity there either.
I will quietly laugh if one of Senator
Chambers' potential replacements turns out to be just as BAD (to me BAD is GOOD these days). You
see, I kind of pull for the black community these days as I have a half-black grandson and since his birth, I have avoided
joining in on the white trash talk I hear on the street. I hear white men happy when Tiger does not win and sometimes
I am amazed at the "N" word that comes out of their mouths in the same sentence. It is amazing to me...how many other
conversations I have to avoid.
Recently a microphone captured Senator
Obama using language that was not his normal eloquent style. Yet most of us understood what he was saying and I
agreed with what he said and my hope is that he will be our next President. All he said was that our government is not
listening and that there are some folks that are bitter about that. Well, I am a Christian and I agree with
Senator Obama and I am bitter about our government! Am I bitter ALL the time. No, I am grateful too.
I am bitter because I know we can do
better! Put that on a bumper sticker and stick it! Am I claiming to be better or wiser than any one else.
No, but even when I am wrong, I want to be listened to; I want my voice to be heard. I don't care if politicians don't
agree with me; I just don't want to be ignored.
Senator Chambers, thank you for your
service to our great State. Thank you for listening to your constituents. You have made all of us think and you
did an outstanding job! I know you will continue to support the North Omaha community.
- WILFRED F. MARKS
Candidates for Chambers’ District 11
Dennis Womack, who grew up in north Omaha, said he has been dedicated
to serving his community since moving back to Omaha in 1989. He has been active with the Nebraska Democratic Party and served
from 2004-06 as a deputy Douglas County election commissioner. Womack has a background in social work and in work force development.
He works as a travel agent with the Marriott Corp.
John Carter, an attorney,
is a former Lincoln police officer and church pastor. He graduated from the Creighton University School of Law and Doane College.
Carter says he wants to ensure that the money intended to bring economic development through revitalization in north Omaha
reaches its intended recipients. Juveniles should be encouraged, he said, to be participants and not mere spectators to the
positive growth and changes in their community.
successfully argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, served 10 years on the Omaha School Board and then won election
to the Omaha City Council. She is an attorney with Whitner Law Firm. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1974 from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her law degree from Creighton University Law School in 1977.
Devin Santo. No information was available.
26 January 2008
Thank God for Ernie:
I am a white man...and I thank the Lord for Ernie Chambers! It really is unbelievable
how many Nebraskans are still prejudice white trash.
Why would Senator Christenson introduce a ban on Affirmative Action? That just
proves to me that, after all these years, we still need affirmative action.
I wonder what would happen if our black men on the football team took a stand with Ernie
and protested by not playing on Saturdays!?! I wonder if Senator Christianson would back down? I'll bet he would
have too when Memorial Stadium no longer sells out because of his ignorance. I
hope some of our recruits read the comments some of you made and think twice about coming to Big Red Neck Country!
I too, hoped Affirmative Action would not be needed in 2008. BUT, If it were no
longer needed, people like Senator Christenson would not introduce amendments or bans against it.
Prejudice is cowardice! And I can see that by the looks of things...many of you
decided to remain cowards by not putting your name to your comments in the comment section on this article on the Internet!
The 60's did not solve anything. President Lincoln and Dr. King did not solve anything.
It is still up to us to change our attitudes and this debate would be unnecessary!
Some of you think you got your way by passing a measure on term limits! I laugh
at such a sally. You are all fools! Now you have nothing but inexperience in the Legislature and dissarray. Be
careful what you wish for...you may not want it!
Do you think Senator Chambers district will vote in a white man? HA HA HA!
I'll admit, Senator Chambers will be hard to replace, but...we will find a way!
WILFRED F. MARKS
440 North 8th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
SUBJECT: Veteran Health Care
I have decided
not to go back to the VA "Clinic" here in Lincoln. I request that I be given a health card to seek medical treatment from the private sector so that I may
receive the health care I earned as a disabled American veteran. Of course…I
know, this request will never happen, so…read on:
If you have
not noticed, I have some issues with the VA Health system. I have come to believe that the VA Health system is inefficient, ineffective and incompetent. I can
not think of anymore "in" words...so...I will leave it at that.
feel this Country would be a lot better off without the Veteran's Health Administration! We throw billions of
tax dollars every year at a system that is broke!
we can not shut down the VA, but we should eliminate them from the Health care business and let the Veteran’s Benefit
Administration focus on the many claims that they have not processed.
and Air Force hospitals are top notch. Perhaps we should let the Active Duty
handle veteran health care? They are younger and much more on top of things.
I am prepared
to use my Medicare benefits and pay the difference out of my own pocket...just like Mr. Washko suggested, unless of course...we
want to go to Omaha. He must know more about the VA "Clinic" in Lincoln than I do. He certainly does not show any
confidence in it. They can’t not even handle a strep throat! Why should I trust them with anything else when they can’t handle that?
to me that the people that get taken care of in this Country are people with no money or people with lots of money like you! Well, I doubt that I will ever have your money.
So, I will be in line with the illegal immigrants. The “illegal”
immigrants seem to get treated pretty well.
I have also
considered moving to the home of my Mother (1919 – 2008): Canada. As much as I love this Country and
confirmed my love with my 21 years of service…it seems to me they treat ordinary people better in Canada. Hey…I would be a “legal”
immigrant in Canada! Perhaps Mr. Washko
should suggest that all veterans go there to health care!
sure to get the travel allowance in line with what the Active Duty gets. We may
be doing a lot of traveling to Canada in
the future! I sure would appreciate a ride…maybe you could teach me how
to hunt? Please don’t invite the Vice President!
Marks, SFC (E7), Disabled Retiree of the United States Army
And they don't give a damn what I think either!