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Mountain lions are killed, not harvested

Why do people deem it necessary to try to placate the public by attempting to mask the killing of mountain lions by using the euphemism harvesting for killing?

First of all, the words harvest and kill are not interchangeable. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines kill as to deprive of life: cause the death of. It defines harvest as: the season for gathering in a crop: a mature crop (as of grain or fruit). In a recent article in the Journal about mountain lions, John Kanta, regional

wildlife manager for Department of Game, Fish & Parks, used the words interchangeably, using each word three times. Whatever happened to the concept of “telling it like it is?”

 — Max Brown, Spearfish

Thune shows he's not a true conservative

With senators like John Thune caving in December to Obama’s trillion-dollar budget and now caving on Obama’s amnesty executive order and the FCC takeover of the Internet, it is obvious that our efforts to put Republicans in charge of the U.S. Senate in November were a waste of time.

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Like most, I have had my fill of Thune’s conservative rhetoric when he visits South Dakota only to see him quickly change his stripes in Washington to either support or cower from the Obama effort. We must start electing conservative Republican senators who will fight for freedom, liberty and the American way of life.

For the sake of our grandchildren, these spineless, deceitful, can’t walk the walk, capitulating, overpaid, bench-warming RINO’s like John Thune who are unwilling to fight the fight must be tossed aside.

 — George Kruse, Rapid City

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 Clinton's a hypocrite on issue of emails

I am confused. There is no plausible explanation why Hillary Clinton before taking office at the State Department would set up a private email and server. She slammed government personnel in the Bush administration for using personal emails — sounds hypocritical to me.

Why did she put our country's security at risk? She allowed foreign regimes back door access to contribute to the Clinton Foundation and court and buy influence. Does she think she's above the law? The White House never realized she did this? She created this mess and anxiety about her vulnerabilities may concern Democrats and train-wreck her path to her coronation for 2016 and leave an open door for Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.

— Patricia Ann Dorgan, Rapid City

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