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Brewer sends wrong message with LNI threat

I’m disappointed in the way Mr. Brewer is working so hard to take the LNI tournament out of Rapid City.  Because of one bad incident pulled by an idiot who doesn’t even live here, now we are branded as a dangerous racist community.

We have an American Indian community living in our city, and I haven’t heard that any of them are running for their lives. The tournament has been held here for many years and to my knowledge no one has been harmed. It sets a bad example to American Indian children that they need to run when something unpleasant happens.

This could be a good time for a teaching lesson. They, as well as any young person, need to know that as they go through life not everyone is going to be nice to them, and they need to learn how to handle situations as they come up. I would urge Mr. Brewer to stop putting fear in the children and  to step back and rethink before running to other towns.

— Sharon Thompson, Rapid City

Proposed uranium mine is too great a risk

As we continue to grapple with the issue of a new in situ uranium mine in the southern Black Hills, we need to focus on the depletion and contamination of our water resources. We live in a semi-arid climate. Water is a precious resource for humans as well as livestock and the forest. The underground aquifers and formations are connected, and if one is contaminated, the pollution is likely to migrate to others.

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Powertech's proposed water use each day would support 864,000 cows per day, or supply the domestic needs of 132,000 people, which is 75 percent of the population of the five Black Hills counties. A remote site northwest of Edgemont may be "out of sight, out of mind," but the environmental and economic consequences for the entire region could be catastrophic.

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South Dakota taxpayers are on the hook perpetually for the acid mine drainage caused by the bankrupt Brohm heap leach mine near Deadwood. The Edgemont area contains abandoned radioactive pits from uranium mining that was conducted two generations ago. Let's not burden future generations with another huge environmental mistake. Let's say "no" to Powertech.

— Jay Davis, Rapid City

 Fix the Plan committee deserves our thanks

I just wanted to shout out a big thank you to all of the Fix the Plan committee members: Richard Wahlstrom, Steve McCarthy, Ed McLaughlin, Keith Carlyle, Jim Shaw, Alan Hanks, Jerry Munson and everybody else who worked so hard to defeat this idiotic scheme. I, of course, am referring to the civic center expansion. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by 60 percent of us.

— John Kammerer, Rapid City

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