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Sen. Rounds falls short of promises

I received correspondence from Sen. Rounds that included this excerpt: "Since arriving in the Senate in 2015, I have been frustrated by the lack of focus on the big issues: ballooning national debt, mandatory payments, out of control health care costs and regulatory overreach."

Senator, it seems your words fall far short of matching your record. The top story today is confirmation the deficit is expected to surpass one trillion dollars by 2020. You supported the tax cuts as well as the budget recently approved; actions responsible for massive increases in the debt. You opposed efforts to rein in health care costs by doing nothing to stop astronomical increases in the cost of prescriptions and opposing efforts to increase insurance coverage to millions of Americans, which would spread costs, provide preventive care, and reduce reliance on emergency rooms and expensive treatments for serious illnesses.

Your reference to mandatory payments is a swipe at Social Security and Medicare that most have paid into since we were teenagers and which represent a solemn promise our country made to its citizens. Powerful interests complain about regulations that protect health, safety and the environment only because they might limit profits. I expect better from you.

John Griffith

Rapid City

Take steps to prevent a suicide

People don't want to die; they want the pain to go away. Did you know one million people kill themselves each year? To some, that's not a lot. But if you ever actually think about it, that's one million lives gone. Think about all their friends and family who surrounded them, heartbroken.

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Suicide isn’t taken as serious as it should. It's only tossed around in the atmosphere when it happens, where everyone begins to care for like what, two weeks? It's heartbreaking to know there are individuals out there who believe that they can only become happy by taking their life. Don't stand by and watch someone crumble to bits.

The little things mean so much to others. Say hi to someone, ask about their day, or  have a deep conversation. Keep in mind that it can happen to anyone — a peer, an adult, a member of your family, or even your best friend. The suicide hotline is 1-800-273-8255 and available 24 hours every day.“When you feel like giving up, just remember the reason why you held on for so long.”

Evelyn Chasing Horse

Rapid City  

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