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There's no need for a new arena

New Barnett Arena. Unjustified. One reason: A business with no sign is a sign of no business. Built in 1975, $40 million and never in 40 years was a sign on the building.

The sign on 8th Street is non-functioning. None on 5th Street. No signs indicating what events are in the civic center or arena. No directory inside as to where various events are taking place. As a business owner of 38 years and employee for five prior years, sales, service, purchasing, advertising and more, I understand what goes into the success of a business. In 2015, I presented a video to the city council with signage superimposed on the civic center on 5th Street and 8th Street also above the entrance, and a digital reader board on 5th Street and 8th Street.

The day of presentation a sign was installed on the south side not visible from 5th Street and 8th Street or Omaha Street, because of trees in the park. The mayor sent this paraphrased response: That should do the job. I still have the video.

Allen McPherson

Rapid City

History shows why we need guns

Driving  downtown Saturday, watching thousands walking during this "March for our lives" event, the thought that came to mind was, "Has any of your educators taught you history during your high school or college years?"

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 Does anyone realize that dictators such as Hitler never would have come to power if the citizens weren't disarmed first? Do any of these marchers realize hundreds of millions in humanity have been wiped out in disarmed societies?   By demonizing law-abiding organizations like the NRA, you're demonizing individuals who desire to preserve your personal freedoms. The reality is, like nuclear weapons, assault weapons exist, period. Imagine if America unilaterally dismantled all of them — would the world be a safer place? If you answer yes, you’re a fool. The truth is America and the free world would be more of a sitting duck. Again, guns exist.  Disarm good people and only evil people will be armed. Common sense is something to be desired. 

 We can't just make policies based on our emotions. School shootings are intolerable, but we need to know history. The progressive education system of today has failed you. Everyone needs to research history on their own and not just the rewritten history taught in our schools today.

Mark Brown

Rapid City

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