Moore support shows true colors

Some of Alabama's so-called christian conservatives, including their female governor, are showing their true allegiance by saying that having a conservative in the U.S. Senate is the most important thing. The fact that their candidate most likely doesn't even fit the bill of a U.S. senator, let alone a practicing "christian man," makes no difference. For them, party politics outweighs their christian principles. In the last presidential election, this same mindset prevailed among the vast majority of christian voters, as well. Is there any wonder that many folks don't follow, let alone give credence to today's christian message?

The separation of church and state wasn't just about keeping the church from dominating secular matters; it was meant to keep politics out of Christianity. In this respect, we as a modern democratic republic have failed miserably. As a result, we become much more tribal than christian at every crossroad we come to.

The church, co-opted by mammon does not reflect real Christianity. This has increasingly been the case for the last 1,800 years. Christianity can't exist in a (do as I say not as I do the end justifies the means) worldly doctrine. Come on man, rise and shine, America.

Dave Freytag

Rapid City

Tax bills won't help most in SD

The tax code should be reformed, which is something most people agree on. It’s a good thing our congressional representatives have decided to do something big and meaningful. Working out complex policies directly affecting people’s lives is an important part of why we send them to congress.

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The GOP chose to bring this tax policy proposal. They chose to include permanent deep tax cuts for large corporations. How much money do these big corporations need to tip the scales toward job creation that’s been advertised with this bill? Roosevelt advocated for the estate tax to prevent family dynasties believing that wealth should be earned. The GOP chose to eliminate it. They chose to repeal the Obamacare individual mandate, which seems good until increased insurance premiums are factored in. Most concerning is the rushed process that will borrow $1.5 trillion.  

The need for tax reform is there, but the $10 per month I stand to gain from this temporary individual tax reduction is eclipsed by increases to medical premiums and limited deductions while permanent tax reductions for the wealthy costs billions. Our representatives can hold the party line or represent average South Dakotans — but not both with this plan.

Mike Webster

Rapid City

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