Letter to the Editor

Sen. Ben's legacy

Friday, October 5, 2012

Dear Editor,

Despite Walt Sehnert's Valentine to Ben Nelson, he'll be forever remembered by the rest of us as the one who could've stopped the ruinous Obamacare in its tracks, but chose not to do so because his fealty to comrade Obama was absolute.

This will be Senator Ben's legacy as the years roll by and Obamacare takes its toll.


Thomas Kope,

Baldwin Park, California

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  • Unfortunately I agree that will be remembered. But those that have watched his enire life as a public servant will know he also did much,much more that added to the safety and economy of our nation, Nebraska and the McCook region.

    -- Posted by dennis on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 12:17 PM
  • I believe that Ben weighed and pondered hard and long, before swaying to the liberal pressures, that he holds. I still like Ben, but, yes, that decision wasn't what condemned him, but the timing. Ben was the last person to decide, therefore, the one vote needed to carry the bill, proved to be his. Liberal minded folk, tend to seek answers in a slightly different manner than does a conservative mindset.

    As dennis states, Ben has done a lot, for this State, and our country. He went to bat, to make a difference, and though he didn't swing a thousand, Ben did average well on his average.

    No one can say what would have happened, had Ben turned against the Democratic party, at that time, since no one can see into the could-a, would-a, should-a, game. Ben has served this country, well. If that be his only GREAT blunder, he has escaped cleaner than I can say I do (that goes for most people IMO). nuff said.

    May we now, focus on the real problem, IMO, who is running for re-election/deception/destruction.

    There may well be far more skulduggery hiding in the shadows than most might think, considering the times in which we live, prophetically speaking.

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 8:01 PM
  • Yes, Obama Care is taking it's toll on people, as now we don't have preexisting conditions to worry about, or lifetime maxes on your health insurance to worry about. Oh the horror of having insurance at an affordable cost.

    Yea, what are those democrats doing trying to pass off a republican plan for health insurance? Rather than just a single payer system they wanted in the first place.

    Yea, it's so unpopular that it's popularity is growing day by day. Ben did the right thing. When do you think republicans would of gotten around to it? We would have the same failed system that is making our health care cost soar, Not sure what you think was going to stop the runaway costs we have seen for the past decade.

    What's wrong with having people get health insurance? Or do you propose we just stop taking people at hospitals if they can't afford it? You can't keep providing free service without someone picking up the tab, and that's the people who have insurance and those who are lucky enough to have to stay in a hospital are doing and it's bankrupting those who do.

    Mitt Romney did the same thing in Massachusetts and people love it there, But he says states should do it. Why not Counties doing the same thing? Well President Obama did it.

    I am glad someone did something about the problem, is it perfect?, No. but with a few tweaks we will have a system that works perfectly for everyone. If it's overturned we are right back to all the problems we had before, if that's what you call progress. We should go back to living in caves and hunting with sticks.

    Funny they said the same things about Medicare and Medicaid, And both are extremely popular programs.

    -- Posted by Jody P on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 8:30 PM
  • Saturday is a thank you event for BemN at the keystone. Tickets to MEDC and McCook National and at the door. Door opens at 7

    -- Posted by dennis on Wed, Oct 10, 2012, at 7:44 PM
  • Dennis,

    Please while you are there to praise and thank Sen Nelson, tell him how much Nebraska appreciates all he has done to assist the Democrat Party in taking over this country and crushing the private sector with their socialist policies. I really don't understand how you can't support Bob Kerrey. He is talking just like Sen Nelson has in the past elections.

    Should be interesting to see who shows up to this thank you event.

    -- Posted by Todd Cappel on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 9:29 AM
  • Todd, once again you are wrong. There is a Fischer sign in my yard. Also remember the good Ben has done for this area and how he had the most conservative voting record of all the D senators.

    -- Posted by dennis on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 12:02 PM
  • Dennis,

    You may want to read my post closer. I know you support Fischer. I don't understand why you "can't" support Kerrey.

    Federal grants poured back to McCook after the Feds took it in the first place is not a very good legacy to hang ones hat on.

    Your view of conservative and mine are different.

    I'll be waiting for you correction since you didn't read the post correctly. You should be supporting Kerrey based on your admiration of Nelson. Some said Kerrey was a conservative as well.

    -- Posted by Todd Cappel on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 2:02 PM
  • Apologies Todd for misreading your post. And you are right that tons of Federal dollars have returned to Nebraska through Senator Nelson. Just today UNL received $84 million in a military contract. I think Kerrey is a far left lib. You are correct about our conservative views and I believe you lean further right than I do. At least we can agree the the conservative way is the right way.

    -- Posted by dennis on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 4:01 PM
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