Social Security not for the politicians 

Our federal system takes money out of every American worker’s paycheck to fund a retirement check so in old age we have an income to live on, the same as Medicare for health care. It’s paid for ahead of time as you work.

The problem is government fraud. Those in Congress and the U.S. Senate for years have stolen trillions of dollars out of our Social Security fund for other things. Check the last bill they did in October 2015 — $150 billion was taken out.

To make Social Security strong, our retirement fund must be put out of reach of all politicians and the president.

Paulette Reed

Rapid City

Men often miss women's signals

Guys, listen up. Studies in psychology inform us that some male behavior is seen by women as misogynous. This seems invisible to men. For example, a woman sitting alone in a bar might be joined by a strange man who behaves aggressively towards her. The woman may smile at his ramblings and even laugh softly. Women placate men as a form of self-defense against setting off an aggressor. But to male observers, it often appears to be a warm encounter.

Similarly, one might observe a man and woman walking together on a date. He moves to kiss her, but she quickly responds with a warm hug. Men think this is affection when actually it’s a boxing maneuver. Women have skills that allow them to reject men without creating animosity that could potentially hurt them. Furthermore, cocky, controlling, self-centered behavior by men is often viewed by women as an assault on their psyche; thus, another misogynistic trait.

In these perilous times, women deserve respect. They are fearless leaders as they organize rallies and marches. Our state and country — all of us — definitely need more women elected to public office.

Dave Wegner

Sioux Falls

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Only Democrats will stop Trump

Trump is not only the most corrupt president to ever darken the oval office, he's also the most blatantly evil. He has nothing but contempt for our laws, morals, institutions and constitution.

Tyrants don't rule by themselves and Trump certainly doesn't. He has the solid backing of every elected Republican official out there; impeachment is not a possibility. There is only one way to stop America's downward spiral toward a Putin-type fascist government and that is to dump as many Republicans as possible in the 2018 elections.

If Republicans then still control Congress, you can kiss whatever is left of our democracy good bye.

Terry Painter

Rapid City

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