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Mayor Kooiker deserves second term

Pardon me, as an outsider, for sticking my nose into the business of Rapid Citians, but I would like to say a few things about the mayoral election.

As a grizzled old reporter and educator, I’ve sat through countless city council, county commission and other meetings, including the Rapid City council on TV.

During that period, I’ve learned to differentiate between the typical politician and the genuine public servant.

I know Sam Kooiker and he is the latter. He’s not perfect and has made mistakes but he’s the leader Rapid City needs to continue to grow and progress.

I watched Sam, as a council person, stand by his principles in the Fish Garbage issue, withstand withering criticism, a senseless censure, and two trials. He prevailed. The city benefitted.

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I've watched him preside at contentious council meetings, treating fairly all council members and those appearing at the public forums.

He focuses on the welfare of his constituents, responding to their concerns, vetoing an unnecessary tax increase, streamlining city government, encouraging economic development and hiring such outstanding employees as Public Works Director Terry Wolterstorff and City Attorney Joel Landeen. His vision for the future: “positive, people-focused government.”

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Sam deserves a second term. - Bill Kunerth, Belle Fourche

 

Left-handed versus homosexuality

There’s just one problem when you substitute the word “left-handed” for homosexuality. God does not condemn being left-handed as a sin. He does label homosexual activity as a sin (I Cor. 6:9, 10) along with a number of other offenses against his holy and immutable law. How grateful we can be that God’s love is boundless, our forgiveness full and free through Jesus and salvation offered to all who repent and confess Jesus as Savior. I know I am. - Doug Free, Rapid City

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