Willful ignorance worth considering

As respect to the questions surrounding averred collusion by the Trump Campaign with Russia in furtherance of the 2016 election and now possible obstruction of justice by the president, the old adage readily comes to mind that declares:”There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know." Or, put another way, perhaps more understandable to some, “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not." (Jeremiah 5:21).

Scott D. McGregor

Rapid City

Trump could be better role model

Reporters are interviewing people who think Trump is doing a good job. The similarity of the answers leads me to the conclusion that these people are walking in their own shoes. I gather they have not walked a mile in the shoes of the homeless, don't understand the pain of the “me too” victims, or have considered what would happen if through no fault of their own they are faced with poverty.

Where is the sympathy for the Dreamers, or people who are different from their ideal person? Are they contributing to the well-being of the children? Are they concerned about drug abuse, or those who are mentally ill, or the elderly? Why is there a shortage of people who work in nursing or assisted living homes? Why a lack of support for caregivers?

No one person can “fix” all the problems, but the president could role model respect to all people in the nation and world; could put the welfare of people above personal wants. The president should inspire people to value the ideals of our nation and to contribute in ways that will make this nation even greater.

Darlene J. Swartz

Spearfish

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'Radical leftist' makes no apologies

I believe that everyone should have the right to vote and every vote should count. Gerrymandering and our Electoral College system deny these "rights." Overpopulation is the root cause of all the world's problems; until that is addressed, all other attempted fixes are futile. Decent health care is a right, not a privilege.

All businesses should pay their fair share of taxes even if the primary objective of a business is to propagate and perpetuate lies and fairy tales. There is no such thing as "alternate facts." It's either a fact or it's not. Our military's purpose should be to protect our borders. Otherwise, barring a WWII scenario, it should stay out of other country's business, and it's outrageously bloated budget should be reduced accordingly. Media outlets should be prosecuted for lying to the public. This, of course, would put Fox "news" out of business. Good riddance. Everyone should be treated equally under the law, regardless of race, heritage, wealth or political influence.  Marijuana, a harmless, non-addictive, beneficial plant, should be legal everywhere. 

Because I believe in these things I am labeled by some as a radical leftist. I gladly and proudly accept that label.  

Terry Painter

Rapid City

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