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Thanks from a Harvey victim

South Dakota is a great state. I don't know how many South Dakotans drove to Houston, and more specifically for me, in Katy, Texas, during Hurricane Harvey, but one of your great citizens rescued my family from our flooded, devastated home.

He piloted his boat right up to our front door and said, "Hop in." My wife and I got in along with our two dogs and two cats and he whisked us off to safety. I asked him where he was from and he said "South Dakota." I was floored. He said he drove straight from his hometown in South Dakota to Houston to help.

I don't know his name, and I wish I did, but I don't really think that's important, because he didn't care about anything other than helping out his fellow man. I was truly inspired. Thank you to all who helped out.

Dave Molten

Katy, Texas

Skip vote on inflation tax hike

So, the city council will have to consider allowing a vote in the inflation related property tax increase. Egad.

Let's look at the numbers, eh?

The property tax increase is approximately $161,000 (about eight bucks for the average home). Cost of a "special" election approximately $40,000 (about 2 bucks per home).

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If the property tax increase is defeated, the city loses about $200,000. If approved, the city realizes $121,000 (a loss of $40,000).

Does this make any sense? Are these "liberty" people who are advocating this fiscal insanity so in love with their one or two cups of restaurant or drive through coffee that they want to hurt this city THAT much?

We can have nice and necessary things. We won't get them by cutting community services, community programs, and community investment. They propose that we do more and more with less and less. Soon, we'll be able to do everything with nothing.

It's time for the city council to reject this proposal and put an end to this "conservative" insanity.

Brent Cogswell

Rapid City

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