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Allender best choice to be next mayor

On June 2, I urge you to vote for Steve Allender for mayor. Here are just a few of the reasons why Steve is the best candidate:

Steve puts the interests of the citizens first — regardless of his personal interests; 2) he has led by example with honesty and fairness; 3) Steve has sought input from others in order to make educated decisions; 4) he has remained calm and clear-headed in difficult situations; 5) Steve will move Rapid City forward without losing the sense of "community" that we all enjoy.

I have known Steve for 25 plus years. During that time he has accomplished great things with integrity and humility. I have no doubt that he will continue to do so as Rapid City's mayor. I believe in Steve.

— Kathy Oulman Johnson, Rapid City

Kooiker has proven he can lead Rapid City

My name is Gale Holbrook, and I support Mayor Kooiker’s re-election bid. I first met Sam Kooiker while serving as county commissioner for Pennington County. My immediate impression was highly positive.

At that time I was impressed with his sincerity, integrity, courage and strength. I watched Sam while he served on the City Council and later as mayor. My impression of his capabilities continued to grow as he moved into these positions of ever greater responsibility.

I am fully convinced that Sam Kooiker is the best choice to lead Rapid City in the coming years. His vision for the future of Rapid City and his proven leadership abilities make him the right person for the critical post of mayor for this growing city.

— Gale C. Holbrook, Rapid City

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How about Paha Sapa Peak instead of Harney?

While I am not in favor of changing the name of Harney Peak due to fiscal reasons, I do offer an alternative name: Paha Sapa Peak.

The term Paha Sapa does not reference any historical person who has reportedly offended or killed anyone. Additionally, the term Paha Sapa refers to the Black Hills, which appears to be acceptable to Native Americans because the term is utilized as part of their language.

Based on the current dialogue, Paha Sapa may not be perfect, however it appears to offer a meaningful as well as non-offensive alternative.

— Steve Dempsey, Custer

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