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Ferebee illegally denied a jury trial

In reading the Journal edition of March 21, I see that the resident and non-resident “traitors” of Pennington County are at it again.

They are subjecting George Ferebee to double jeopardy in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution and denying him a jury trial, which is guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment for anything in excess of $20. As he has already paid a fine of $200, that in itself qualifies him for a jury trial. Makes no difference what case law or codified law states as the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land and needs no interpretation. The judge determined what will happen and he doesn’t lawfully have that authority. He is merely a referee to see that the law is followed.

These “public servants” don’t get to pick and choose which laws are applicable. The judicial branch has usurped so many unlawful powers that they qualify as “swamp dwellers.” We have the best “traitors” that money and power can buy.

Larry D. Baker

Rapid City

Build an event center near the mall

If as so many people believe a modern event center is a necessity for the health and well-being of Rapid City and the surrounding area, I humbly suggest that someone in the entertainment industry create a corporate entity and sell stock shares to all the supporters and businesses that will use and benefit from a new 15,000 seat state-of-the-art arena, enter into a partnership with the owners of the Rushmore Mall and build it on the east end of the Rushmore Mall where Sears used to be.

Locating it there should solve any lack of parking and infrastructure issues that may arise. It also would be in a location that is easily accessed from the interstate and could help rejuvenate the Rushmore Mall, which appears to be declining.

Joseph Gersic

Rapid City

State could use better license plates

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Thank you Rapid City Journal for the excellent article about Nebraska’s new license plates.

Over the years, I have lived in five states. I am now a South Dakotan through and through, but I have to say that we have the dullest license plates in the country.

Hopefully, someone can come up with a plan to offer new and more colorful plates. Also, not more Mount Rushmore; maybe wild turkeys since we have an abundance of them.

Paul Lindstrom

Sturgis

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