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Who are these new 'residents' of Buffalo Chip?

Are the Buffalo Chip’s registered voters also registered to vote anywhere else? What address is on their vehicle license and insurance? Where do they work, bank, receive medical and dental care? How many days, in a year, are they actually at Buffalo Chip? Parking a camper there, for a few weeks in August, does not make someone a legal resident of the campground even if they legally own the lot.

— Carolyn St. James, Spearfish

Mayor Kooiker is a people person, passionate

As other letter writers have stated, the mayoral campaign against Sam Kooiker implies our mayor lacks leadership qualities. Like Chief Allender, I also had 30 years in emergency services in Rapid City, nine as a firefighter. Throughout my career, I came to know what good leadership is and what it isn’t.

The truth is good leadership is learned (and earned) the hard way, when mistakes are made, when corrections become necessary, and when you try again with renewed spirit. As a leader in the public sector, much of what you deal with day to day are people with problems, and sometimes problems with people. Good leaders focus on helping people, in addition to addressing their problems.

Sam Kooiker is a people person. When you’re a people person you find out quickly that not all people are in your corner, but you lead anyway. Sam is a man with passion. When you’re passionate, you find out quickly that not everyone shares your passions, but you lead anyway. And yes, Sam is imperfect. When you’re an imperfect person you find out quickly that people point out your imperfections, but you lead anyway. Mayor Sam Kooiker — I know good leadership when I see it.

— Mike Roesler, Rapid City

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Allender a leader who can work with others

Rapid City is a community on the rise, a city that has many decisions to make and we need a leader who is able to gather people around him who can help make our community the best it can be. A true leader knows how to trust others in the decision process, knows that people make the difference.

Communication is key to this process, actively listening, gathering facts, coming up with solutions that are good for the majority. Steve has proven that he can and will make decisions that our great city will be able to grow with. We have so many people whose talents need to be used and Steve will allow that to happen. He will listen and use those talents around him to make our city a community to be proud of. Communication is not just words spoken, but also words heard.

I look forward to open and active communication from city hall and look forward to Steve Allender being our next mayor. Please make your voice count, vote for Steve on June 2.

— Mike Quasney, Rapid City

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