NFL players could learn from pilot

Her name is Heather Penney; the date was 9/11/01.  Lt. Penney had just lifted off the runway in her F-16 fighter at Andrews Air Force Base. Her assignment was to bring down Flight 93, the fourth hijacked airliner headed toward the nation’s capital building. 

The problem was Lt. Penney’s F-16 had no weapons on board at the time because the surprise attack was unfolding faster than they could arm her fighter jet. Thus Penney and her commanding officer in the other F-16 went up to bring Flight 93 down by ramming it.  As Penney bluntly puts it, “we were to be kamikaze pilots.” Later when asked if she really would have rammed Flight 93, she unhesitatingly stated she would, “because there are some things in this world more important than me.”

Contrast that with the NFL players who think their opinions are so important that everyone should know them. So to bring attention to their whining, they disrespect our flag and those who have paid the ultimate price. It is overtly apparent that in the final analysis these ungrateful little men will never have what it takes to live in Lt. Penney’s world.

Don Kopp 

Rapid City

Tax bill doesn't reflect our values

I just received an email from Sen. Rounds telling me that the "typical" South Dakota family will realize over $2,000 as a result of his and his party's passage of the abominable tax bill.

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I'm not sure which parts of the partially hand-written legislation Mike did or did not read and have no idea of his definition of "typical," but I sure am tired of receiving his self-serving pap in my in-box (just as I am of reading the same caliber stuff from him on these pages). Mike also compares this "windfall" as making up for the fact that the middle-class worker has not seen a wage increase in nearly a decade. Well senator, just whose fault is that? The very people, er corporations, that have withheld those increases from the workers are the very ones being rewarded by this hastily conceived transfer of even more to the already wealthy — money that will not be put back into the economy.

Our senators have betrayed the working people of our state as well as the entire nation. I don't believe that government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich is a South Dakota value. Do you?

Brent Cogswell

Rapid City

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