Thune just another career politician

Sen. Thune is the third most powerful Republican in the Senate. Sadly, his desire to further the GOP’s agenda transcends his responsibilities to South Dakota. By taking a stand when the president fails to condemn white supremacists, Sen. Thune could become a light, leading other Republicans out of the darkness. He has the power to change the dialogue; instead, he cowardly toes the party line, issuing a token response to an obviously repugnant situation.

The Republicans think they can ride out Mr. Trump’s irrational behavior, believing he will rubber-stamp any bill they send him. Yet, President Trump continually lashes out, distracting from the work that needs to be done to move the country forward. The GOP has taken advantage of these tantrums, sneaking through policies that hurt Americans and benefit the wealthy.

History will not look kindly on this era of American politics, especially the extremist, racist, classist wing driving the GOP. Sen. Thune’s picture will be beside President Trump for our grandchildren to see. He has become what he campaigned against, a creature of Washington, D.C., too wrapped up in party politics to focus on what matters, ensuring America’s future and combating those who would tear it to shreds.

Tim Hosselkus

Spearfish

Working moms deserve respect at work

When you think of pregnant and nursing mothers at work, how do you imagine their relationship with upper management? Normally, employers are kind to pregnant women and often will provide a private place to pump their breast milk. However, some working mothers are treated poorly because their bosses view pregnancy as an obstacle to work efficiency. How do these particular women fare?

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When asking for an additional bathroom break, or for a brief rest due to swollen feet, the supervisor may deny the request. Some businesses aren’t even offering employees appropriate pumping spaces, forcing mothers to pump in bathroom stalls. Pumping in this location is unhygienic. The worst-case scenarios are 1) a supervisor will fire the mother rather than work with her throughout the duration of her pregnancy, and 2) the mother is denied accommodations, she works despite the pain and unfortunately ends up at the hospital, the life of her and/or her child at risk due to the lack of empathy from her employer.

Working moms should never have to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a job. It is important that we are aware of these situations and attempt to address poor treatment of South Dakotan working mothers.

Kris Owen

Rapid City

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