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April 30, 2015, letters

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Harney Peak should be renamed for Black Elk

A recent letter to the editor argued Black Elk's name should not be used due to the fact he killed a soldier. In war, it is inevitable soldiers and warriors alike will die. That is not the issue.

Numerous accounts from both Natives and U.S. Army soldiers involved in the Blue Water Creek massacre recount the mutilation and desecration of 86 Natives, including many women and children, ordered by General Harney. Harney's living relatives have also requested the name be changed.

The peak is within the Black Elk Wilderness Area and so it logically follows the peak be named Black Elk.

— Scott Highland, Rapid City

Kooiker should serve another term as mayor

Mayor Sam. Let's talk about him. He has brought a new and fresh perspective to the Mayor's Office, breaking with the past and building for the future. In his short but impactful tenure, he has focused on openness and honesty. He is a thoughtful leader and an earnest individual, decent and dignified, farsighted and focused. He knows what "family" means and he is what Rapid City and America needs. Please take a few minutes out of your day and vote.

— W.P. Teevens, Rapid City

Insane world is on the verge of destruction

The Bible tells us that just prior to the return of Jesus to earth to put an end to mankind’s insanity, the following events will be taking place.  “There will be upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; and men’s hearts failing them for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.”

If you think it’s bad right now, wait until Iran gets the bomb.  If they don’t get the bomb, it will be because Israel takes them out.  Either event will lead to nuclear war and the warring nations, or what’s left of them, will die in the Valley of Megiddo otherwise known as Armageddon.  Indeed, Scripture says: “the nations are mad.”  Not in the sense that we are mad at each other, but that the nations of the world are insane and not capable of governing themselves in an upright and honest way.

 We make evil good and good evil, light for dark and dark for light, loving deception more than truth when it fits our needs.  However, there is a Light at the end of the tunnel for those who will accept Him. 

— Don Kopp, Rapid City

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