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City doing well under Kooiker's leadership

Why Sam? Look around you. Rapid City is doing very well under his leadership.

Sam is a man of integrity. He’s a man of courage and conviction. Sam stands strong when it would be easier to go with the flow. He’s a mayor who serves all Rapid City residents. He’s a leader who manages to keep his finger on the pulse of the city without micromanaging or interfering with those in positions of responsibility.

Sam Kooiker is a proven leader, a hard worker and a conscientious public servant. There will come a time for a different mayor, but that time has not yet arrived.

— Tess Franzen, Rapid City

Residents can expect integrity from Allender

Integrity involves moral judgment and character and honesty, something I’ve personally experienced in Steve Allender. Citizens can experience trustworthy actions in Steve.

Honesty encourages open communication between the public and employees. When citizens and employees are honest about various aspects of their views this will lead to effective relationships in the city. Steve is one of the most honest people I have ever known. He would not be running for mayor if he did not feel he could bring integrity and honesty back into politics. As a citizen of Rapid City you will never have to try to separate fact from fiction with Steve as mayor. When elected officials lead by example, they set the foundation for appropriate behavior; not only when running the day-to-day operations of the city, but also when representing Rapid City. Leading by example improves personal awareness, sensitivity to others and accountability, all of which are necessary in ethical behavior and integrity. Steve leads by example in everything he does.

You can feel at ease knowing that Steve is committed in representing Rapid City with integrity, honesty and the sort of leadership that would make you feel proud to call Rapid City home.

— Tammie Krumm, Mandan, N.D.

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There's no need to change Harney Peak's name

I vote to leave Harney Peak’s name as it is.  Since ancient times, people or nations have been replaced by others when their land was conquered. The map of the world has changed many times. The United States is only one of two nation I know of that allows for another nation to exist within its boundaries. (I admit the U.S. government did wrong in not honoring its treaties, but nonetheless that happened more than a century ago. We are not responsible for what took place then.)  War is war; history is history. We need to accept history and not try to change it. 

The Sioux or Lakota Nation even fought wars with other tribes for possession of the land.  In war, leading warriors of each nation are in command of killing their enemies.  The U.S. cavalry killed Indians and their families, and the Indian warriors killed white men, including early settlers and their families.   

 I am in my senior years now, but I have hiked Harney Peak several times. It was developed with hiking trails and the forest fire look-out tower by white men. The lookout tower was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid-1930s.

 — Loren Kiel, Philip

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