Category Archives: Social Issues

What Will It Take?

I am musing tonight … trying to understand the folks who continue to support Donald Trump. What low blow will be the final straw that shakes them into understanding just how evil this man is. In fact, he has said he could get away with murder:

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters,” then candidate Trump said during a January 2016 campaign rally in Iowa.

So why should we be surprised that he continues to attack deceased Senator John McCain. Republicans ‘en masse’ are still supporting Trump and not calling him out for this transgression … even though he is attacking a fellow Republican.

“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank you. That’s OK,” Trump told workers at a tank factory in Lima, Ohio.

“We sent him on the way, but I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”

Donald Trump always thinks it is about him. UGH! Arrogant ASS!

This is not okay folks. This says a lot more about you all than it does about Donald Trump. This tells me that your sense of fair play is completely warped. YOUR own ethics are now being called into question. Your SILENCE tells Donald Trump that he CAN get away with it. If you can condone this thoughtless and blatant disrespect of a man that many consider a war hero and an honest man worthy of the highest consideration, and still allow that Trump insults McCain’s memory almost daily with his deplorable speech tirades and Twitter posts.

I am not a Republican, but many of you are. And yet, YOU ALLOW even this. Trump is corrupt in his heart and in all his dealings … beyond all decency. Donald Trump is exactly who he says he is and this is who you choose to represent YOU.

I cannot ever be friends with you. Seriously.

Please find your soul again and call this asshole out!

Don’t bother “Googling” North Omaha

Everyone does it. If you want to find a nearby business, you “Google” for the closest business of your choice and up pops a map to find your destination. I loved Googling businesses when people first started doing this. It is my goto reference choice on any of my social devices.

The problem is, I live in Minne Lusa (North Omaha).

I love where I live.

Businesses don’t.

Just try googling ANY typical business that you want to find. You will not find it in North Omaha, east of 72nd Street. Just look at the map! We have a virtual “desert of business” that in any other part of Omaha, you have so many choices you practically trip over them on every corner.

  • Coffeehouses
    (see Tim McMahan’s story at the Reader about searching for a latte)
  • Hardware Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Doctors and Dentists
  • Pharmacy: Walgreens, CVS
  • Variety Store: Walmart, Target
  • Banks and Credit Unions
  • Malls: Indoor or Storefront-type
  • Fast Food: Pizza, McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Arby’s, etc

And on and on. It doesn’t matter what you are doing a search on. Compare our very few choices to anywhere else in the city. This is VERY TELLING.

Why? Is it the crime? Yes we have crime up here, but I don’t believe that it is more dangerous than many other parts of the city. Echos of civil unrest (from the 1960’s) have tagged our area as untouchable. C’mon folks that was 50 FIFTY years ago. Really?!!! Get over it already, turn the page. BELIEVE in the good people that live here.

It is a  huge shame and lost opportunities for businesses. We spend money up here. We too have shopping and business needs.

The sad thing is, we have been without for so long that we think nothing of traveling 20+ miles to shop or do business in West Omaha, Midtown, The Old Market or even in Council Bluffs. We have stopped supporting the businesses that do serve North Omaha. We do have some business in nearby Florence and Benson, but choices are slim. This has to be turned around.

Although I believe in small business, it would help to have some bigger business come in to anchor a shopping district up here. While I am not a huge fan of Walmart, I applaud their recent store at 50th & Ames. That attracted some other small businesses and shops, even a US Cellular Store. But I could use a Costco or a Sam’s up here. I want a Schlotzky’s, a Runza or an Arby’s. Why am I traveling to Midtown or 120th & L to go to Verizon?

As an aside, we used to have a Shopko up on 30th. To this day, I refuse to shop at any Shopko because they abandoned us and left. So why on earth should I shop there. They don’t believe in the people of North Omaha. To me, they had their chance.

A friend and her husband had a dream of starting their own coffeehouse and worked themselves to the bone to get it going. Huckleberry’s Coffee House & More in Florence was born in October of 2014. I was in shock this morning to hear that they will close their doors next week. I want to cry. I want to scream! Where were the patrons in this area to support them?

When you see a new business in this part of the city, we need to try them out, support and encourage them. I do my part. I shop local when I can. I partner with others in my community (Minne Lusa House friends) to shine a light on these issues with our community newsletter. I encourage you to always shop local, support your community, especially if you are in North Omaha.


My Spirit Is Just Not Religious

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Everyday I feel confronted by people that feel the need to shove their religious beliefs in my path. Yesterday it was a couple of nice old ladies at my door with a bible. I was nice and thanked them for worrying about my soul but sent them on their way.

Everywhere in this world people have their own culture that is based on their beliefs and religion. Socially it brings people together. It helps to give meaning to their worldview. I get that. I do not wish to change their view. I just don’t know why so many religious people feel the need to “sell” their religion to others by way of their own personal crusade.

Throughout mankind’s history and throughout the world, clashes of religions have caused wars and death. Why can’t people just “live and let live”. I have learned to avoid religion, avoid the labels and avoid the dogma. I love the people, not the dogma. Please don’t worry about my soul.

My Spirit is my own and it is one with all of nature and the natural beauty of this world. I do not need to be “annoy”nted by someone else’s idea of a god or belief. I do not need to make myself right to be accepted. Mother Earth has already accepted me as her own and the Creator does not judge.

I have found my own path and it is a good path.