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It's time for the state to wake up

If you are of the mind that we are in need of a strong advocate for the well-being of the people of South Dakota, you need to take a very serious look at Tim Bjorkman as the next representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.

I have taken an in-depth look at Tim’s personal and professional background as a citizen of South Dakota. Tim has a history of lifelong community service to enhance the community in which he lives and has raised his family. He has a long and meritorious career as an attorney and a judge. Tim’s understanding of the issues that face South Dakota and our nation is impressive. His writings reveal a person who understands the issues people face in South Dakota and the causes of their struggles. He is committed to improving our people’s lives in terms of health care, education, and addressing our unfair income and wealth inequality.

Tim has demonstrated that he is a leader who will work to change Congress to be a bipartisan, functional and responsive institution for the people that elect their representatives, not just for the fortunate few who are able to serve.

Douglas Erickson

Rapid City

Politicians mostly look out for themselves

The people who govern us, with rare exceptions, are the rich. It takes a lot of money to run for office and that discourages most people who aren't wealthy. Those who are in office know who they work for and it's not you. As they say, "one hand washes the other."

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Very few legislators work for the common good; they work for themselves and the monied class. Killing people to prove that killing is wrong is the problem, not the solution. We send our troops overseas with guns that can kill an elephant and wonder why some disturbed person here at home wants one just like it? And we let them have it. That's how our nation thins out the unwanted, and then there's homelessness and prison. No birth control, every fetus should be born, wanted or not, because we need troops to fight the wars the rich start — and can't seem to stop.

And, of course, daddy Trump needs his kids to help him run the country. It's called nepotism. Every day my TV lets me know how eager they are to make life better for all of us. Draining the swamp is hard work.

Margaret Minkel

Rapid City

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