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May 25, 2017, letters

May 25, 2017, letters

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Where is outrage from GOP?

To Rep. Noem, Sen. Thune and Sen. Rounds,

I have two images that I cannot get out of my mind lately. First is the picture of Trump and the two Russians in the Oval Office, grinning and yukking it up. In the Oval Office – unimpeded. With no American Press. These pictures are from the Russian press that was invited in. What the heck?

Second is the image of the people protesting Turkish President Erdogan’s visit being choked and roughed up by Turkish strongmen outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington. On American soil, in the country where one of the guiding principles is freedom of speech.

I find both of these images extremely unsettling and disturbing. My question to you three is: Are you good with this? Is this the face of the Republican Party now? Is this who you are? Because if you do not speak up against this, then we can only assume you are good with it. And that is even more troubling.

Missy Slaathaug


Protect city's natural landscapes

There will always be those who desire to view the world from above. For those who dwell below, though their view is less expansive, it is no less grand for the mountains upon which those on high might perch are themselves things of beauty to behold. Indeed, this has been the tacit agreement between those who live on Skyline Drive and those who live below.

Attempts to cut more roads into or even through this geological wonder have often failed for one simple reason — the spur of the Dakota Ridge that runs through the center of Rapid City dividing it east from west is the city’s most distinctive natural feature.

Do we wish to preserve our little slice of the Dakota Ridge for the viewing enjoyment of the many or do we wish to scar this natural wonder with roads carved willy-nilly to provide access to expanded vistas for the few.

If the latter, the newest road gashed into the ridge leading to a newly constructed home just to the right of Dinosaur Park as viewed from Baken Park is a perfect example of the kind of eyesore we will all need to learn to accept.

William R. Bishop

Rapid City

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