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Assault weapons should be banned

I think the residents of the state of South Dakota should demand to know what our two senators and representative are planning to propose to legislate now. l am not talking about their regrets and prayers.

In the past number of years, we are to understand they are studying the problem of assault weapons that are available to one and all. Has the NRA (weapon manufacturers) bought their support or do they represent the people of South Dakota and the country?

As an 86-year-old veteran, life-long resident and hunter, I do not think military-type arms should be available to the public or at open gun shows that sell them with no supervision. Assault-type weapons are for killing multiple people, not deer.

Pete Geyerman

Rapid City

Civic Center should remain city asset

We should strongly consider the benefits of investing in a new Civic Center. Although it would be more expensive, it will give us a return on our investment; the same cannot be said about making the Barnett Arena ADA compliant.

A new Civic Center would capitalize upon our core industry, tourism. The greater number of tourists visiting town for new events will generate more sales tax revenue as they visit our various businesses. This additional revenue could then be spent on projects for everyone’s benefit. Tourism is the lifeblood of Rapid City, so investing in it is a no-brainer. Bringing the Barnett Arena into compliance with the ADA is cheaper, but it offers zero returns on our investment. It will not provide additional revenue because it will not create any new opportunities to use the Civic Center. Without a return on our investment, the $28 million simply becomes a fine that must be paid.

Rapid City can either make an investment or pay a fine. We should use the Vision Fund as its name implies: to invest in projects that will improve Rapid City both now and in the future, not to patch leaking holes in a sinking ship.

Lane Haskell

Rapid City

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Norbeck was more than a politician

State Sen. Stace Nelson made a comment about Peter Norbeck being a “career politician.” It is only fair to point out that before Norbeck began his career as a politician, he had another career — deep well drilling.

Norbeck's father was an itinerant minister who was often gone from the family farm for long periods of time. At a very early age, Peter began to develop his mechanical abilities in order to keep farm equipment working. At that time in history (prior to 1900), many farms in the north and east of S.D. were dry farms. Peter began to explore the idea of deep well drilling. He created his own drill, mounted it first on a farm wagon and then drilled a well for his family farm. This caught the attention of other farmers in the area and soon young Peter was drilling for many others. He ultimately mounted drilling rigs on trucks and had five crews going out throughout the Plains states doing deep well drilling.

Norbeck's first big vision (and career) was getting his hands greasy finding water for East River farms. He deserves his "day."

Marilyn Oakes


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