Rep. DiSanto retains group's support

Because SD Citizens for Liberty, Inc. makes judgments according to actions rather than by what is said, we stand in support of Rep. Lynne DiSanto. There has been no greater voice in the state House of Representatives for women and children than Rep. DiSanto. We appreciate all that she has done to: fight human trafficking in our state; protect women in danger of genital mutilation; find real solutions for dyslexic children in schools; expose conflicts of interest and hold state officials accountable; resist irresponsible taxation and fee increases; protect the sanctity of all human life; support Second Amendment rights.

In the current climate of political opportunism, it is not surprising that subjective expressions like Facebook memes become blunt instruments with which to bludgeon political enemies. Conservative Rep. DiSanto has become a target of political operatives and the willfully offended because she has been so effective. They are aided by local media outlets who salivate over tabloid fodder but ignore the real scandals of EB-5 and Gear-Up, and turn a blind eye to the rampant conflicts of interest that harm the integrity of our state.

It’s clear that whatever infraction may have been committed by Lynne DiSanto on her personal Facebook page, the price that has been exacted of Mrs. DiSanto and her family is not commensurate. Reasonable people can see this and that is why her voice will continue to be heard for the benefit of her district and South Dakota.

Mike Mueller

President of SD Citizens for Liberty, Inc.

Lawmaker's post was not funny

 I read the Journal story about State Rep. Lynne DiSanto of Box Elder and her Facebook post "that joked about striking protestors with a vehicle." I think the real estate firm she worked for made the correct response to the post by dropping her from her position with the firm. 

DiSanto's post is a serious matter. The Legislature should call a special session and either censure or expel her. We shouldn't let legislators "joke" about striking protestors with a vehicle.

I'm sure folks in her district will find a new state representative that respects our Constitution and doesn't "joke" about violent behavior in our sadly violent world.

David Nickel

Spearfish

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Article on carver hit the mark

Erin Andersen wrote a fantastic article about my grandfather, Luigi Del Bianco, for the Journal. A plaque was finally unveiled to honor his role as chief carver on Mount Rushmore.

 Erin captured perfectly the historic importance of the occasion and the emotional depth as well. She made it clear that Luigi's contribution to the work was unique and that he was truly deserving of the honor. Brava, Erin.

Lou Del Bianco

Port Chester, New York

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