Thune, Rounds have sold out SD

I just read the statements from Senators Thune and Rounds concerning the tax bill passed Friday night. I don't know if I have ever seen a worse collection of fabrications and party-line talking points.

South Dakota does not have an unemployment problem; the rate is less than 3 percent. We do have an extreme low wage problem and the giveaways in this monstrosity of a bill will do nothing to address that. We are a state of small businesses, farms and ranches, and entrepreneurs. Real concerns for South Dakotans include affordability and availability of health care, education, retirement security and better incomes, especially for those on the lowest rungs of the economic scale.

Trickle-down economics has never worked as it has been sold to the public, but it's true intention, making the wealthy richer and more powerful, has been extremely successful. I don't know how many pieces of silver it took for our senators to sell out their home state out like this, but I hope they can sleep at night.

John Griffith

Spearfish

Net neutrality protects consumers

The FCC will vote to replace the net neutrality rules later this month. I have had to learn by listening and reading from people smarter that I am on the left, the right and those in between: Pete Adeney, Ben Shapiro, Leo Laporte, Emmanuel Goldstein, Brianna Wu, Dave Ramsey, Allie Stuckey, Matthew Inman and Nick Wiger to name a few.

I’ve come to the conclusion that removing net neutrality rules would be bad for the consumer and the small business owner — innovation would be stifled and creativity would be hampered. Recently, I’ve had to help clients with dropped calls, one-way conversations, network latency and packet loss. It’s frustrating to say the least, and I fear that if Internet Service Providers are given more freedom, we will suffer more. I realize that by living in the Black Hills we have a lot of choice when it comes to ISPs. The luxury to switch to a different ISP isn’t available everywhere.

Midco, Vast, Centurylink, SDN and a shout out to my WISP pals Jason and Neil — these companies should want to provide the best service to you. I fear revoking net neutrality would give you less power in our 21st century digital world.

Chris Veazey

Rapid City

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Tax bill a big win for the rich

Republicans must be so happy. Their reps in Congress have just given the richest people in the U.S. a huge tax break while increasing the poor and middle class burden and bloating the national debt by 1.5 trillion bucks.

This new bill will also double or triple health insurance premiums for those lucky enough to still have theirs. Substantial cuts in Medicare and Social Security are on the way. And all this has been accomplished without the possibility of creating any new jobs.

I guess the only thing that could make them happier is for their leader to start another unjustified war, which will surely happen if his popularity ratings drop much further.

Terry Painter

Rapid City

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