Women's March set for Custer

Why will there be a Women’s March in Custer? We want to show solidarity with women and men across this country and the world who aim to protect women’s rights and human rights.

Women, as nurturers and protectors, fight for our families and our communities to guarantee the safety and health of all. Standing together we can accomplish more than standing alone. While we may not agree on every issue represented by the Women’s March, we recognize that with large numbers and persistence our voices can be heard and change can happen. Historically women have fought for their rights to own property, to vote, to have equal pay for equal work, to be protected by law from sexual discrimination and harassment. We join with others who are still fighting for racial justice, gender acceptance, environmental protections, immigrants and reproductive rights.

We believe in protecting First Amendment rights — freedom of speech, the press, religion and assembly. Whether there are 10 people at our Women’s March or 30 or 100, we will be marching and believe that our march will resonate with many more here and across this country.

Mary Boots


SD lawmakers enabling president

The recent revelations in Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” only serve to confirm what the majority of Americans already know about Donald Trump — a man who is distracted, detached and dysfunctional holding the highest elected office in the country. Serious questions exist about Trump’s emotional state and cognitive abilities.

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The true scandal, however, is the Republican Congress’ unwillingness to confront an executive unfit for duty. The culprits include South Dakota’s delegation. When Trump tweeted what can at best be described as an adolescent taunt at North Korean leader Kim Jung Un threatening nuclear holocaust, John Thune responded that was “just Trump being Trump.” Has the bar of acceptable presidential behavior sunk that low, Senator? Nuclear weapons are not toys.

I would like to remind Senators Thune and Rounds and Rep. Noem that you took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, not a loyalty oath to Donald Trump. The president’s willingness to sign anything this Congress puts in front of him is not a legitimate reason to ignore Trump’s erratic, dangerous and corrupt behavior. History will not look kindly on your complicity, cowardice and contempt for the rule of law.

Bob Wilson


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