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New arena won't pay off for city

Despite being soundly defeated in the previous referendum, the campaign to build a new arena is once again in the news. In what can only be described as a blatant disregard of the will of the citizenry, we are once again faced with the task of deciding whether to spend an enormous amount of tax money on a project that has no hope of repaying the taxpayers of Rapid City.

$180 million to build a facility that will serve a metropolitan population of 300,000 is ludicrous. Supporters of the project tout the vague and ambiguous “positive economic impact” a new arena will provide. Yet, it doesn’t take a lot of research to discover that no arena anywhere in the country has ever lived up to the promise of repaying the tax money that has been invested in them. If arenas were such great economic engines, there would be investment groups erecting arenas all over the country on their own dime so as to reap all of the profits themselves.

If money must be spent, the wiser course is to bring the current facility up to ADA standards without saddling Rapid City’s taxpayers with a huge debt.

Edward Dunnigan

Rapid City

Lawn chemicals pose health threat

If you are over the age of 50, think back to your childhood for a moment. How many kids in your neighborhood had cancer? Fast forward to today — how many kids in your neighborhood have had cancer?

Could weed killers routinely used on lawns be related to the scary increase in childhood cancers? Lawn chemicals don’t stay put — recent studies show they travel to neighboring yards and inside homes. They’ve been found in the urine of dogs whose owners did not spray their lawns.

These studies are important to the health of humans as well as pets. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has a similar histology and epidemiology as CML (canine malignant lymphoma) and has also been linked to 2, 4-D exposure. Ask your lawn care provider to start using a non-toxic lawn regimen and stop poisoning yourself and those you love today.

Brandi Stout

Rapid City

Elect Hadcock to county commission

Before you go to a polling place make sure you take a look at who is running. Deb Hadcock has been successful at what she's done.

She gets back with her constituents by calling them or emailing them. Most officials do things to get elected but not Deb Hadcock; she gets things done by studying and doing what she says she's going to do.

Vote for Deb Hadcock for Pennington County Commission this next Election Day.

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Brenda Tangsrud

Rapid City

Scott ready to serve in state Senate

I see Amanda Scott is running for Senate of District 33. I have known Amanda for over 12 years, and in the time I've known her she's shown herself to be a true believer in the importance of small businesses.

I know for a fact that she is a very honest and hardworking woman with strong family values. To me, there can be no better option than Amanda Scott.

Niklaus Stilinski

Box Elder

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