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Paper improves with its changes

My love-hate relationship with the RCJ is shifting again. How many times have I subscribed over the years only to cancel in frustration when the coverage was biased, misleading, superficial, polarizing, or absent?

Imagine my surprise then when I resubscribed. So what has changed? For starters: fine writing, an excellent photographer-now-editor, a younger outlook and style, stories with depth, careful research, and coverage of topics beyond the usual controversies. I’m no longer seeing the he-said-she-said writing by would-be journalists who thought that quoting someone who is pro and someone who is con was adequately covering the topic at hand. Thankfully, the Journal discontinued the comments section following news articles, a well-intentioned feature that failed. Instead, I’m reading top quality journalism that opens my eyes to the beauty and uniqueness of our state and the remarkable people who live here.

I’m seeing more balance, too, as Seth Tupper begins the Mount Podmore podcasts by interviewing Mark Mickelson on a topic that people of all political persuasions might agree on. One suggestion: less coverage of acts of violence and more coverage of Native and other ethnic people who contribute in a positive way to our community.

Shirley Frederick

Rapid City

Thune, Rounds vote against SD interests

Bloat the rich and starve the poor. Our so-called representatives in the Senate, Thune and Rounds, just voted to cut $1.5 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid and give it to the wealthiest corporations and individuals.

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I say "so-called" representatives because they, along with Noem, do not give a darn about the people of South Dakota. They are shills for the Koch brothers and the wealthiest .001 percent.

While the corporate media distract us with sex scandals and phony outrage over athletes protesting injustice, the Republicans are busily creating their ideal society: a few thousand plutocrats owning everything and 340 million of us with nothing but the scraps they toss us.

Larry Zenor

Rapid City

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