Letters to the Editor, Jan. 22, 2020

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 22, 2020


Make an informed vote

To the editor,

I’ve read and heard the pros and cons of the school bond issue. On January 11, I took the buildings tour offered by RCASD. It was an apparent and startling reality that Rapid City must take immediate action to update, improve, and build new facilities. Please consider taking the last tour on January 25 at 10 a.m.

Meet at the East Activities Entrance at Central High School. Consider attending the last presentation at South Middle School cafeteria on January 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Your informed YES vote will be the first and necessary step to give our city and our kids the BEST chance to be properly prepared for their future, which is the future of Rapid City. Our kids and teachers spend a great deal of their lives in those buildings. Rapid City MUST have the best teachers, MUST have the best technology and, MUST have safe and secure buildings so that optimum learning can be achieved.

Thank you to all who have worked tirelessly on this issue.

Deb Tieszen, Rapid City

Civility ends when fundraising begins

To the editor,

When we moved back to South Dakota, people were very nice, regardless we’re liberal and most here are conservative.

Maybe because they’re so nice, maybe because we look and sound like the local majority, personal niceness persists into the epoch of Trump, regardless of nastiness in public forums toward abstract liberals, non-Christians, foreigners, and people who don’t play colorblind. Niceness also persists through correspondence on issues with Senator Thune. Responses from him or his minion over his signature have consistently been civil, rational arguments citing facts, figures and background values.

While unpersuaded by his arguments, I saw respect for me and my beliefs, sufficient for confidence that democratic processes are working. Then came a fund raising letter from “Friends of John Thune”, hopefully written by someone else, regardless he signed it. It’s a two page smear of 154,000 Democratic constituents of the Senator. While most of us support fair taxes, protection of the environment, and of workers, and consumers, we aren’t partisans of “sky-high taxes, job killing regulations”, “socialism”, “the end of American sovereignty”, or “unrestricted abortion on demand paid for by taxpayers”. We don’t spread mean lies about our neighbors. We expect Senator Thune to treat us the same.

Peter Hasby, Rapid City

Don't live above your means

To the editor,

The levels of high debt have allowed the country to live above its means.

The rallying cry of pass the $290 million bond issue for our children overlook the facts that they are affected by the debt choices made and are being made.

The federal debt is over $23 trillion. The CBO and other institutions have published reports that high debt can reduce living standards and wages.

And high debt increases the probability of a fiscal crisis, and to add another $290 million more in local debt shows we have forgotten the Great Recession which nationwide crushed the stock and housing markets, household wealth, and jobs.

The decline in tax revenues forced the state and Rapid City to implement budget cuts, and the city had to dip into its budget reserves.

Locally, hundreds of jobs were lost as layoffs occurred. Businesses closed including Sanmina-SCI and Merillat Cabinets.

We need to keep in mind, whatever debt is incurred today will have to be paid off by our children and grandchildren tomorrow.

Mark Lilly, Black Hawk

Capitol Security

To the editor,

Why are state taxpayers laying out a major expenditure on security equipment at the Capitol? If the legislators passed laws allowing themselves to carry guns in the Capitol as well as our public areas, we should have the same rights.

If their actions at the Capitol open them up to a threat from the public, maybe they are not working in our best interests either. It is a pretty common feeling that the public suffers more from what the Legislature does than the Legislature suffers from what the public does. Perhaps our lawmakers need to remember who they are supposed to be working for. And as for any danger from the public, our lawmakers need to remember the words of our Draft-Dodger-in-Chief spoken to the mother of a young soldier killed overseas, "Well, he knew what he was getting into!" And they knew what they were getting into. If anyone thinks carrying a gun will make them adult, no amount of weaponry will do the job!

If I run into a legislator I might just loudly and clearly ask them if they are packing.

Attend legislative cracker-barrels so you can recognize and hear your representatives.

Dean Flage, Rapid City

The US is facing a threat

To the editor,

This year the USA is facing a far greater danger to our democracy than it did in WW2 or at any other time, including the Civil War. Our involvement in WW2 mostly took place in the European and Pacific theatres.

The continental USA and it's institutions were never effectively attacked. Likewise, during the Civil War, the South was never on the verge of defeating the North, and even if they had successfully seceded they wouldn't have had the resources or will to do anything more than protect their rights to have slaves.

But today, everything our country has ever stood for is under attack, and it's come from within.

The evidence is blatant, voluminous and available to anyone interested in facts. The re-election of Trump and his lackeys will do what WW2 and the Civil War couldn't: Destroy our democracy.

However, this is what most South Dakotan voters apparently want. Surely they're not naïve enough to anticipate any other result.

Terry Painter, Rapid City


To the editor,

Back in October, Scyller Borglam wrote a piece chastising our three amigos in Washington for not supporting our not yet impeached POTUS.

Well Scyller, one-third of your request has come true. Over the past month. Dusty failed to listen, observe or believe any of the evidence given to the House committees and voted against impeaching Mr Trump. He even voted against sending the articles to the republican controlled Senate where objectivity, integrity and duty are merely words.

Hang in there Scyller, our other two sycophants (Marion Michael Rounds and John -the tall guy behind the amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell - Thune) are on their way to fulfilling your dreams.

I predict they will do everything possible to ignore the evidence, fail to have the moral courage to support our Constitution and continue to obfuscate and apologize for the morally and mentally impaired, now impeached, occupant of the Oval Office.

I'm positive their "South Dakota Values" will shine through the cloud of crime surrounding the Executive Branch and make us proud. I'm positive they won't do what's right in preserving our Constitution, exercising their Article One responsibilities or admitting that the party they belong to is wrong and complicit.

Congratulations Scyller.

Brent Cogswell, Rapid City

Medical marijuana is not real medicine

To the editor,

Medicine—real medicine for real medical conditions is not smoked or eaten in brownies.

Medicine—real medicine is prescribed by real doctors well trained, ethical and caring so that the medicine does more good for the health & well-being of the patient than it does harm to the patient’s mind and body.

Medicine—real medicine has been well researched and approved most carefully by responsible, ethical government agencies to meet set standards so the patient can know it is safe if taken as the doctor ordered.

Medicine—real medicine is carefully measured and distributed by real pharmacies and pharmacists that are well-trained and ethical and regulated by laws meant to protect as much as possible from dangerous side-effects.

Medicine—real medicine is first & foremost for the well-being of the patient and society—not just for the profits of big pharmaceutical companies or for drug cartels.

There are much better options to deal with life’s stress and pain than getting high or drunk.

There are much better ways to have fun and enjoy the wonder of life than getting high or drunk.

Medical marijuana is not real medicine, as it does NOT promote health and well-being of individuals or society.

April Anderson, Rapid City

Find a way to partner with schools

To the editor,

Nearly eleven years ago we approached the Rapid City Area Schools hoping to learn more about how we could connect with schools in our neighborhoods and community. We were prepared for things like staff lunches or reading buddies, assuming those would be most needed. We quickly discovered that the greatest and most urgent priorities involved the maintenance and care of the buildings themselves … if they were not ready for staff and students, there would be no use for staff lunches or reading buddies.

Over the last eleven years, we have had the privilege of partnering with the RCAS team in twenty-four buildings to paint classrooms and hallways and lunchrooms … renovate staff lounges and student learning centers … landscape and repair playgrounds and yes, provide staff lunches and reading buddies … but there is so much more to be done for these students, families, staffs and these epicenters of neighborhoods that make our community all it is and all that it can be.

Please give time and attention to learn more about what is happening, and no matter how you vote, please find a way to partner with our schools.

Katy Kinnan

Fountain Springs Church

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