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SD should legalize medical marijuana

Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota are among 29 states that have legalized medical marijuana. Harvard Medical School states that it is effective in pain control, MS, and Parkinson's disease to name a few — safer than opiates, impossible to overdose and less addictive.

About 85 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana and four-fifths of older people approve, according to AARP. I'm allergic to all pain meds that contain narcotics, can't take OTC meds because they are blood thinners and I'm already on blood thinners. Acetaminophen has little effect on me. I also have an essential tremor that is shown to be calmed by marijuana. We know from personal experience that it helped people close to death take away some pain. We have many friends who have used marijuana for years and they are hard-working people who have not used street drugs. One is a published author who is in his mid-eighties.

Those who could benefit from medical marijuana should not have to go to Colorado to get it. I think it's time for South Dakota to legalize medical marijuana.

Verlin Schultz

Hill City  

NTO speaker did a great job

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Dr. Richard Wells and his staff at Christ Church for hosting a wonderful “Never Too Old” afternoon Christian social on Thursday, April 12. The visiting guest speaker, comedian and musician was the highly acclaimed Dr. Douglas A. Wood, director of chapel worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Houston, Texas.

This was my first time attending the “NTO” social. The lunch was exquisite with a dash of royalty. Dr. Wood’s performance as a comic and musician was truly above and beyond anyone’s expectations. Gospel songs, humor, and laughter filled the sanctuary. It was truly delightful.

Those who attended the NTO social would agree that having such a talented and gifted guest among us was a spiritual blessing and a source of inspiration for the Christian community.

George B. Wallace

Rapid City

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Rossknecht for county commissioner

It has been a pleasure knowing Mr. Rossknecht for the past 10 years since I moved to Hill City. He is an individual who exemplifies leadership as Rossknecht Appraisal Services has been his career being a lifelong resident of Pennington County, which many of you voters have had first-hand experience with.

His knowledge and experience of economics with all phases of Pennington County infrastructure is what we need in this position as we are a growing community/county as we move forward into the 21st Century. Ron is culturally knowledgeable with issues in the Black Hills being very helpful/insightful to me as I work as a special education teacher at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He has a vision of how we "all" can come together as society assimilation is what we need in these turbulent times.

Ron Rossknecht is adamant about building relationships in Pennington County implementing a simple, yet powerful word — respect.

Brian Schwanke

Hill City

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