School's salute to veterans impressive

I attended a "Thank You, Veterans" program at St. Paul's Lutheran School. What a great program. To my great surprise, I learned the St. Paul's school band is in its second year. Those elementary students performed brilliantly. They did a very nice rendition of the "Battle Hymn of The Republic" and the "Armed Forces March."

I would like to take this time to salute the school's officials and the students' teachers for their efforts for the wonderful tribute they paid to the veterans who attended this program. People should remember that our freedoms are not free. A dear price has been paid repeatedly by every generation to secure and preserve those freedoms. All gave some, but some gave all.

Veterans Day was formerly called Armistice Day, a day that marked the day and hour the guns fell silent in Europe. Specifically, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, this act formally ended "The Great War," better known as World War I, 1914-1918. To my fellow veterans, here's my salute to all of you for your service. I wish you all well.

George B. Wallace

Rapid City

Lawmakers shouldn't tax students more

Rep. Kristi Noem, Sen. Mike Rounds and Sen. John Thune:

As you know, South Dakota is a state with six state universities. The average income of a South Dakotan is $29,979. That's not a lot of money. The GOP plan to tax graduate school classes will hurt South Dakota-born youth trying to pursue PH.Ds and Master's degrees.

Why are you cutting taxes to people for the wealthiest Americans and raising taxes on students who are already in debt with high interest rates after earning Bachelor's degrees? Please keep South Dakota's kids in mind.

Caroline Hallstrom

Rapid City

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Gun violence needs to be discussed

How many more lives will be lost before we have a serious discussion about gun violence in America? How many more innocent victims? How many more churches must be violated? How many more schoolchildren must be murdered? How many more entertainment venues must be turned into shooting galleries?

We need to hold open dialogues about reducing the number of murders in America due to gun violence. If "thoughts and prayers" worked we wouldn't be asking these questions. When will enough be enough? "Guns don't murder people, people do" is the rhetoric of Second Amendment supporters. Well, I hate to tell you this but making firearms less available in other countries has reduced gun violence. Why is America the last hold out?

If it were your children, grandchildren, spouses or relatives taken by gun violence would you still support weapons that can murder large numbers of people in a few seconds? Enough is enough. We need to have adult conversations about our gun violence epidemic, and we need solutions from political leaders, not excuses.

 Dave Hubbard

Rapid City

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