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Republican agenda raises questions

There is no secret about this; Republicans have made it quite clear that they want to destroy Social Security, health care for all but the rich, and the right of every citizen to have the opportunity to vote. They think that raising the bloated military budget and giving tax breaks to the rich on the backs of the working class is just fine.

Some, like Kristi Noem, believe that everyone who doesn't believe in their own particular religious fairy tales should be deported. And, of course, every raving lunatic should be able to buy a machine gun. Unparalleled government corruption and outright treason are alright with them as long as fellow Republicans are the perpetrators. Same goes for sexual offenses. They reject scientific facts and have contempt for knowledge, intelligence and experience. Trump's choices of appointees attest to this. The national debt was once a concern but not since Trump sent it through the roof. The FBI, once a revered institution, is now taboo since it started investigating Republican criminals.

Is this the kind of government most South Dakotans want? Apparently it is; they keep voting for it.

Terry Painter

Rapid City

South Dakota's huge state budget

How much is $4.7 billion (South Dakota’s annual budget)?

If you do the math, you will find it is $536,529.68 per hour.  If you breathe 20 times a minute that means that every breath you take we have spent $447.10.  On the other hand, if you could spend $100 a minute, 24 hours a day, it would take just about 89-1/2 years to spend 4.7 billion dollars. Just sayin'.

Lowell Holmgren

Rapid City

Cheers for the student hockey fans

So proud of the student fans who attended the varsity hockey tournament in Pierre last weekend. They were full of spirit and provided much appreciated support and enthusiasm.

Carol Stiles

Rapid City

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