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Pure democracy vs. direct democracy

It is ironic that Tonchi Weaver celebrates a “great day for our republic” in forcing a direct election to decide a new arena. Our founding “fathers” after much debate and consideration made the United States a republic as opposed to a direct democracy.

The term republic refers specifically to a form of democracy in which elected individuals represent the voting public and exercise power according to the rule of law under a constitution. Increasingly, ballot initiatives and other forms of direct voting to pass poor laws and make poor public decisions specifically contradict the goal of republican government in the United States. A virtue of republican government compared to direct election and legislation is the moderation of factional interest and/or a voting public that is solely informed by Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

Although, in the Federalist Papers James Madison argued against the … "mischiefs of faction" in an electoral (or republican) system, it seems to me that increasingly a direct vote can also be hijacked by faction, defined as a number of citizens whether a majority or minority, who are united and motivated by a common interest that may be adverse to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

Rodney Michael

Rapid City

Arming teachers makes schools safer

I believe that teachers should be able to have guns in school. Most people say they shouldn't, but I believe they should because guns can help protect students.

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 I understand why most people say no. Teachers could go crazy and shoot a student but if someone is shooting a school up, a teacher could have a gun to fight back with instead of throwing books or staplers. The way the schools should get the teachers to have guns is they should put them through a gun safety class and police should have pictures of the teachers so that if the teachers are forced to shoot the gunman, they won't get mistaken by the police as the shooter or even get shot by the police.

 If the teachers have guns, it would make it a safer environment in a lockdown situation and it could make the students feel more comfortable in lockdown situations. I am a student in Rapid City and I would feel much safer with teachers having guns.

Trenton Farren

Rapid City

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