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Martin Luther King deserves thanks

Martin Luther King Jr.: It was 50 years ago when you were shot — you were 39, I was 14. I could not understand why anyone would want to end your life; you only wanted to help people.

Like all of us, you were not a perfect person but you served a perfect master. Your dream was/is the goal of our nation. You could have spent your life safe and comfortable in your pastorate at an established southern church. Instead, you inspired and led a movement that fought for equality. As a result of your involvement in the civil rights movement, you were hated by many and you along with your family faced daily threats.

Dr. King, thank you, you helped change a nation for the better.

John Ross


Will's column on baseball a big hit

Your recent column by George Will, "Batter up for baseball fans," once again proves that Will is a great writer.  It's too bad that Will doesn't write more baseball columns. I don't always agree with Will's political opinion columns, but they are always fair, well-written and thought provoking.  I'm glad the Journal publishes his work on a regular basis.

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Will's latest baseball column was a great baseball history quiz that appeared just as the major league season was starting. As vice president of the Friends of the Grace Balloch (Spearfish) Library and a confirmed baseball fanatic, I suggest Spearfish baseball fans go to their downtown library and ask a friendly and helpful staff member to help them find one of the George Will baseball books the Spearfish Library has. They are part of the Dick Ruddell Collection of Baseball Literature that our library has.

Also, check out the large and growing selection of books and movies and activities suitable for all ages that your Spearfish Library has.

David Nickel


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