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Letters to the editor, May 5, 2020

Letters to the editor, May 5, 2020

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To the editor,

West Point is trying to keep the cadets safe by eliminating the graduation ceremony.

But Trump wants a horde of cadets in an auditorium cheering him. South Dakota is trying to keep the forest safe around Rushmore, but Trump answers that "a stone sculpture can’t be damaged by fireworks."

States, including SD, are pleading for enough Covid tests to save people’s lives; but Trump smiles and says that the USA is doing a terrific job of testing.

Does our President care about anyone or anything but himself?

Marian V. Reed, Rapid City

Not testing enough

To the editor,

I think that West River is not doing enough to test for COVID-19 cases. The fact that we only have about 40 cases doesn't sound right, since East River has about 2,500 cases. I think that we should do more to encourage testing so we can get a better idea of how much our infection rate is.


Isaac Holland, Rapid City

Noem sees the big picture

To the editor,

Governor Kristi Noem's response to the corona virus is irrefutable.

She sees the big picture in S.D. and has proven she is a leader of the people. Try as they may, Sioux Falls and Rapid City are not running this state, our Governor is. We have about 885,000 people in our great state. Sioux Falls has 185,000, Rapid has 75,000. The rest of the top five cities go from 15,000 at number three, to 11,000 at number five. The top five cities in S.D. have about 321,000 living within their confines. That leaves 564,000 people living in towns with populations under 11,000.

The majority of South Dakotan's live in rural areas, many either farm or ranch for a living. The risk of a virus spreading in areas other than the most populous in South Dakota is minimal. Governor Noem understands this, remember her philosophy, "There is no one size fits all plan," and "We are not NYC."

She was correct, and deserves an enormous amount of credit for not caving to pressure from the Mayors of our two largest cities, and the media. Kristi believes in our collective common sense. Governor Noem is everything S.D. voted for, and more.

Bruce Evans, Rapid City

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