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VA nominee not qualified for the job

Only 65 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way the private health care system meets their needs. Compare that to 91 percent of veterans who are happy with their inpatient health care and 92 percent who are happy with outpatient care. Very, very few veterans want the VA privatized. The VA health care system for the most part is great.

I'd like to thank all the VA providers that have helped me with a myriad of health problems over the past 48 years since I returned from Vietnam. Special thanks goes to the superb staff on 148G. Also, thank you to my great podiatrists, urologists, psychiatrists, dermatologists and nurses. I thank the housekeepers for keeping Ft. Meade spotless. Also thanks to the great providers at the Rapid City VA clinic.

The VA has 377,805 employees. We need someone with great management skills to run such a huge organization. A television pundit said that picking Dr. Ronny Jackson (Trump's personal doctor who has no management skills) to head the VA is like picking someone who has never climbed a mountain to climb Mt. Everest. I ask our representatives not to confirm Dr. Jackson as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Robert Ackerman

Rapid City

Partisan politics poisoning America

Blind loyalty to a party or candidate is easy to do, but it’s damaging our politics. Following the end of 2016, we saw this ring true because of the vast difference between the two major partisan groups — Democrats and Republicans.

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In recent years, U.S. citizens have become even more narrow-minded toward their party affiliation to the point they blindly follow the words of their chosen candidate. Starting with riots and protests, we must see the biggest problem in United States politics is partisanship. As a consequence of partisanship, “the 2018 government shutdown lasted more than two days and more than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed.” Unwilling to change their school of thought, it caused a temporary lapse in pay for federal employees.

Because of our ever-changing world, it requires an ever-changing mindset. What I propose is that we must show the next generation an open mindset is better than a closed mentality. Instead of staying with one party affiliation, we must open ourselves to other options to better our government.

Morgan Smith

Rapid City

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