City water-rate opponents shortsighted

I just received my postcard from Citizens for Liberty (the folks costing you and me $60,000 for an unneeded special election). It informs me that my water rates are going to increase 52 to 74 percent should I vote yes. Horrors. Such an increase.

However, a bit of research yields the fact that this increase will amount to an increase of approximately (at most) $1.75 to the average monthly water bill by 2022. "Oh, the humanity." How much is clean water and up-to-date infrastructure worth to you? How many businesses are going to locate here if we cannot guarantee clean water?

These "Citizens for Liberty" seem only to want the liberty of not paying for anything. These are probably the same ilk that opposed the "wheel tax" and denied our county the ability of taking advantage of state BIG funds for roads and bridges (remember the Bradsky Road Bridge?). These are the same kind of folks who oppose an average $9/year increase in property tax to help maintain our city. Any improvement to our water infrastructure is now going to cost us an additional $60,000 no matter what the vote is. It's time to stop this insanity. Vote Yes.

Brent Cogswell

Rapid City

Trump poses threat to US democracy

Two years ago Jeb Bush told candidate Trump, “you can’t insult your way to the presidency.” Trump’s tiny campaign team planned no presidential transition, because they agreed with Bush, most voters and pundits — Americans couldn’t possibly put a goon like Trump in the Oval Office. Trump just wanted to have fun boosting his brand. Thanks to the magic of gerrymandering and the Electoral College, the fun never stopped.

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Trump struggles to find responsible people willing to work for him, knowing their main job will be restraining his puerile impulses. This month we learn the bad impulses checked by his team included last summer’s order to fire special prosecutor Mueller, refused by his own White House Counsel. Last week, Trump demanded personal loyalty from Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein over loyalty to country and Constitution, as Trump did to FBI director Comey before firing him. Trump loyalists continue attacking law enforcement institutions, with Sen. Thune warning House Republicans to let the Senate intelligence committee review a classified memo supposedly challenging federal motivations to investigate Trump, as if his shady finances and Russian connections weren’t reasonable cause.

Trump insulted his way to the presidency. We can’t let him bully his way to dictator.

Peter Hasby

Rapid City  

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