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Letters to the Editor: Friday, May 24, 3013

Give Sam two more years

I met Sam Kooiker in 1999 when he was voicing his concerns to the South Dakota Department of Transportation about the economic impact the temporary closure of Highway 85, through lower Lead, would have on his in law's grocery store. Sam was an eloquent, strong and principled advocate during these negotiations; but respectful and courteous at all times. Although Sam did not prevail in these negotiations, when he heard the SDDOT wouldn't be replacing the retaining walls in the construction area, he contacted Governor Janklow and obtained the funds necessary for the retaining wall's replacement. Sam accomplished this for a town he didn't live in; imagine how hard he's working for the town he calls home — Rapid City.

Sam has held the line on taxes, eliminated 41 boards, and incubated a culture that places the taxpayer first and foremost. He has implemented his campaign promises and has worked effectively and efficiently to improve Rapid City. Sam has performed admirably in representing Rapid City, and the people of Rapid City are fortunate to have Sam for their mayor.

Sam's vision will benefit Rapid City and its citizens in the future; give Sam another two years and Rapid City's future will look even brighter. - Jerry Apa, Lead

Doyle a leader who promotes stability

Charity Doyle is a very effective listener on both sides of an issue. She seeks input from her constituents and citizens of Rapid City, then she does further research to obtain all the facts. After gathering all of this information, she makes her decision based on integrity, honesty and sound logic.

With her common sense approach, natural leadership qualities, education and experience, she demonstrates a strong ability to analyze and act on the problems facing Rapid City now and in the future.

To promote stability and effective leadership on the Rapid City Council, reelect Charity Doyle on June 4. - Wes and Gladys Storm, Rapid City

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