My experience with sexual assault

Our president is a braggart and a continual liar. I think he belongs in a hospital because he’s much sicker than Sen. McCain and his illness threatens us all. His hand on the button could incinerate hundreds of thousands of people and destroy everything we care about. Women’s bodies give birth to those who grow up to be soldiers, dying in battle or for no particular reason in a country whose name we might not be able to pronounce. There to kill or be killed. This is not rational behavior, and we all pay for it.

It’s apparent that he, and too many men, do not respect women. Why should they? According to the Bible “she” was made “for him” as an afterthought, and the snake/apple story did not help. Talk about harassment, women — religion is no friend.

When I came here in 1949 from a small eastern South Dakota town, I was 18 years old, needed a job and was hired by an Ellsworth officer to watch his kids while his wife was having their third child. I was sexually assaulted by him and didn’t even know what it was called. And since I didn’t, who do you tell? Or be believed? Years later, the early ‘80s, I worked with WAVI and am glad it still exists. Enough with violence.

Margaret Minkel

Rapid City

Need to hear the truth about tax bill

Here’s my comment on the proposed tax bill. Who do you believe? Recently, I saw Senator Thune on television, selling the tax bill like it was the best thing since sliced bread. Next, I saw former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers comment that the bill was indefensible and had an unprecedented level of factual errors and statements.

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With all the confusion, I decided to do some research. Senator Thune has a degree in business; Larry Summers is an economist who went to Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Now, the nonpartisan CBO (Congressional Budget Office) said the bill would benefit everyone making over $100,000 and hurt people who make $30,000 and below.

What we need is the truth. I suggest readers of the Rapid City Journal research the bill and comment.

Jesse Villafuerte

Rapid City  

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