An unpaid protester who loves America

As an American, as a woman, and as a mother and grandmother I cannot let a recent letter writer’s scurrilous comments regarding protestors being paid go unanswered.

Yes, I protested for the first time in my life. I do not have "vitriolic hate" toward the Electoral College president. What I do have is a visceral love for my country and what I have always thought we stood for. So yes, I protest, I march, I write, I call. None of this is "orchestrated and funded by the liberal Democrat party." Everyone I know who does the same does it for the love of this country. Whether you want to believe it or not, there are millions of us in this country who do not want a person in the White House who has made us a laughingstock in the world, who denigrates women and gays and the handicapped and anyone else who is not white or is of another ethnicity or religion.

My America is inclusive — not exclusive — and I want a president who reflects that. So, I will continue to protest, to write, to call, to march and nobody is paying me to do it.

Marycorrine Bauder

Rapid City

Scleroderma Support Group to meet

The Black Hills Scleroderma Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Rapid City Public Library in Room A. The free support group is open to anyone who has been impacted by scleroderma or wants to learn more about this challenging autoimmune disease. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at the library.

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Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The symptoms of scleroderma vary greatly for each person, and the effects of scleroderma can range from mild to life-threatening. A mild case can become more serious if not properly treated. Approximately 300,000 Americans have scleroderma. About one-third of those people have the systemic form of scleroderma. Since scleroderma presents with symptoms similar to other autoimmune diseases, diagnosis is difficult. There may be many misdiagnosed or undiagnosed cases.

The support group provides information and an opportunity to talk with other people impacted by the disease. The group is supported by the nonprofit Scleroderma Foundation. If you have questions, please call Ron Sasso at 593-3759 or email The Rapid City Public Library is located at 610 Quincy St. 

Ron Sasso

Rapid City

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