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At least she enjoys the crossword puzzles

I want to thank Jim Leach for his March 19 Forum article, “Media should ignore food for vote accusations.”

Mr. Leach articulated what many Native readers of the Rapid City Journal know all too well. We read the Journal and recognize its slant.

Personally, I start each morning with the Journal, but mainly for the comics and crossword puzzles.

DEBORAH DuBRAY

Rapid City

Kooiker resisted risky leaseback plan

During the nine years that Alderman Sam Kooiker has served on the city council, he has demonstrated unwavering leadership as an honest, forthright, tenacious, and responsible citizen who is willing to put himself on the line for issues he knows will best serve the health, safety and well being of our citizenry.

One noteworthy accomplishment that comes to mind was Kooiker’s persistence to deny ALLCO the “lease/leaseback” proposal for this city’s sewage treatment plant in 2003.

At that time, a lease/leaseback proposal would let Rapid City lease the $225 million treatment plant to investors, who would lease it back to the city. Investors would get tax breaks for depreciation, which, at that time, were unavailable to cities.

The company pursuing this proposal could have benefited handsomely to the tune of $7 million over the life of the contract had city leaders accepted the proposal.

It was Kooiker who demonstrated executive leadership and political acumen before a city attorney cited clauses making the lease/leaseback proposal financially risky.

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Alan Hanks voted for this proposal three times. It’s clear Kooiker does his homework. He works extremely hard serving us and helping make Rapid City a better place to live. Kooiker has my vote.

GEORGE B. WALLACE

Rapid City

Lawmakers, governor ignore public’s wishes

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Who do our legislators and governor think they are?

It is not their choice to place a burden —  significant in their eyes or not —  on women.  They have a responsibility to represent the people of South Dakota and not push their own religious beliefs.

To put it in words they can understand: The people have spoken — twice — on the issue of abortion, so leave it alone.

We fail to see how they can be against a law that requires health insurance for all citizens and be against a law banning texting while driving, but they seem to think it is their job to require women to seek counseling on a personal health issue that is none of their business.

They should do their job, which is to protect the rights of and to provide opportunities for all citizens to choose their own path. 

STEVE & KATHY SMITH

Black Hawk

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