Stevens band marches to title

Monday evening I had the pleasure of hearing and watching the Steven's High School Marching Band Concert and it was incredible and I am disappointed that I did not see recognition in the RC Journal of their accomplishments this past weekend at the Quad-State Band Competition in Vermillion.

Stevens placed 1st in Division 5A and received a score of 87.15, the highest competitive score in the total Class A competition. Congratulations to Band Director George Dragoo and Assistant Director Jordan Seidel with on-field direction by Drum Major Aidan Thornberg and Assistant Drum Major Dakota Perez and Flag Captains Kira Radovich and Annie Schleusener.

It was truly a pleasure to hear and watch the approximately 200 students perform their competition repertoire. Incredible program and "thumbs-up" to all who participated.

Loretta Hill

Rapid City

McCarthy comparison misses the mark

Citizens for Liberty is taking criticism for “outing” some Republican legislators as former Democrats. Never mind that voter records are public information, one Journal reader — who seems confused about the definition of “liberty” — likened Citizens for Liberty to Sen. Joe McCarthy and his accusations of treason in the 1950’s. That same reader was more than happy to participate in a “reverse cracker barrel” organized by a group of GOP lawmakers where only hand-picked participants were allowed to attend and many GOP lawmakers were excluded based on their social views — “Are you now, or have you ever been pro-life?”.

Most people who invoke Sen. McCarthy intending to insult someone forget that McCarthy was vindicated years later when the Moynihan Commission decoded the Venona papers. Sometimes you get splattered with the mud you are slinging.

Another McCarthy Cold War contemporary said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

David Phelps

Black Hawk

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Doctor's talk was enlightening

On Oct. 23, approximately 175 people came to the Rapid City Library for Dr. Steven Manlove's second informative presentation on Neurodegenerative Disease and Improving Cognitive Impairment.

It was attended by over 165 people of all ages and walks of life. We were enlightened by his vast knowledge and touched by his kindness in sharing this information gathered from his many years of helping people in our area deal with this disease.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart, Dr. Manlove. Rapid City has a treasure in having someone with your kind spirit share your wisdom with us.

Ruth Charles

Rapid City  

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