Local Liberty group opposes free thought

I could hardly believe my eyes when I read in the local news on October 10 that Citizens for "Liberty" were "outing" ex-Democrats among GOP lawmakers. Really? This is their idea of "liberty?"

Hearkens back to an earlier day when Senator Joe McCarthy and his accusations of treason pitted friend against friend and terrorized good people — "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Democratic Party?" An official of these citizens for so-called "liberty" claims the party switches "raise questions about lawmakers' commitment to conservative ideology." Silly me, I thought a lawmaker was supposed to have a commitment to what is right and best for her or his constituents rather than a commitment to some extreme ideology.

It seems the "liberty" envisioned by this group does not include the "liberty" of free thought and adherence to one's own conscience. The "liberty" offered by Citizens for "Liberty" is not one I want.

Dennyce Korb

Rapid City

Trump's behavior a rising concern

Senator Bob Corker is a conservative Republican from Tennessee and chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He recently announced that he won't run for re-election next year, but will retire. He also said that President Trump is leading us toward World War III, and called the Trump White House an "adult day care center."

It would be nice if some of our Republican politicians who aren't retiring would speak up. Kristi Noem has been a Trump rubber stamp in the House, and Shantel Krebs, who has been a decent secretary of state, pledges to be the same. If John Thune and Mike Rounds have concerns about Trump's mental stability or about our survival, they've kept pretty quiet about it.

Thoughtful members of both parties see that this emperor has no clothes. With world war on the horizon, concern for our survival should "trump" partisan politics.

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Jay Davis

Rapid City

Teachers appear to be overpaid

As a Twin Cities educated baby boomer, I never had a class under 30 students but still by the third grade everyone could read and do check-out-the-counter math. Based on present student performance, maybe teacher salaries in the $50,000 range is not a good value?

DeWayne Walker

Rapid City

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