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Letters: June 16, 2011

Cooperative approach needed on council

I want to thank my supporters who provided financial contributions and those individuals who voted for me on June 7. I sincerely appreciate all your efforts to make a difference on the city council.

I do need to correct the Journal editorial endorsement statement that said I did not respond to the billboard issue. I did tell the Journal that I supported the initiatives and would support the outcome 110 percent. I also said in my May 31 online Journal chat I would vote yes on the initiatives.

My belief is that it is time to move the community forward. I hope the new council can address the many challenges that face them and work together in a positive cooperative manner.

KAY RIPPENTROP

Rapid City

Johnson helped veteran with medical needs

I am a veteran of 28 years of the U.S. Marine Corps and South Dakota National Guard and need knee-replacement surgery. But for the fact my injury is not service-related, I do not qualify for travel expenses for two trips to Omaha, Neb., for surgery.

After attempting unsuccessfully to get financial assistance from numerous local agencies, I called Sen. Tim Johnson to ask if he could help. Within hours I was contacted by the VA informing me that my trips will be funded by the VA. St. Joseph's Church also gave me financial assistance.

We in South Dakota - and the entire U.S. for that matter - are fortunate to have Sen. Johnson in the U.S. Senate working for us. Thank you, Sen. Johnson.

JOE KOTAK

Spearfish

Kooiker has right stuff to be next mayor

Qualifications for the job of mayor: honesty, resourcefulness, puts needs of the community above self-political interests, accessible to the constituents, and stands firmly by the side of what is right.

Sam is the man for this job.

LOIS TOWNSEND

Rapid City

Kooiker flings wild, unproven accusations

At the North Rapid Civic Association forum on May 26, Sam Kooiker hit a new low when he accused Mayor Alan Hanks of obstruction of justice.

Under current law, obstruction of justice is a felony. Yet Kooiker offered no supportive evidence, just like in the many other accusations he has made over the last few months.

I for one do not want my city led by someone who resorts to name-calling and unsupported accusations when the going gets tough.

I want it to be led by someone who is logical, analytical and who does the right thing for all of Rapid City. That person is Alan Hanks.

DAVE MELTZ

Rapid City

 

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