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Ambulance crew well-trained, nice

To the Editor:

I would like to compliment the Mitchell EMT's.

In early October, I called 911 at 1:30 a.m. By 1:45 a.m., we were in the hospital emergency room located three miles from our home.

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The technicians were calming, efficient and friendly.

Mitchell is fortunate to have such well-trained and compassionate personnel for our ambulance service.

N.J. Wagner, Mitchell

Recent letter was misleading

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the letter from Linda Van Den Hoek of Dec. 5, regarding what would be considered animal cruelty in proposed animal cruelty legislation in South Dakota.

The proposed animal cruelty legislation in South Dakota would have absolutely nothing to do with hunting, hitting deer with a car, dehorning and branding cattle, fishing, C-section surgery on your dog, or accidentally shutting your cat's leg in the door. This legislation has to do with intentional torture, beating of an animal, intentional withholding of food and water, lack of proper shelter in severe weather, lack of proper veterinary care when an animal is sick or injured and causing/prolonging suffering.

The examples cited by Ms. Van Den Hoek in her letter are intentionally misleading and were stated, in my opinion, to incite voters against proposed animal abuse as a felony legislation in this state. The only people who should be against this legislation are people who are committing such abuses against animals.

I agree with Ms. Van Den Hoek in that our state is an agricultural state and most everything we do is based on animals in one way or another. I and the people who have proposed this legislation certainly have no intention of attempting to change that fact, which in itself would be foolhardy. There is, unfortunately, a need for protection of domesticated animals from people who would harm them simply for the "enjoyment" of having the power to do that. Anyone who accidentally broke their pet cat's leg by shutting it in a door would do everything they could to make sure that animal is cared for by a qualified veterinarian. There would be no reason to assume that the event was anything but an accident if the animal was cared for properly.

Maybe if there were more tear-jerking emotions concerning animals in this state, there wouldn't be so many horrific stories of abuse. If there are no serious consequences to bad actions, there is no abatement of the bad action. We can't afford such inane thinking in the current state of affairs in this world.

Steffi Anderson, Mitchell

Where is demand by S.D. media?

To the Editor:

Governmental transparency is often selective or a myth. How many soldiers have been killed while searching for one man -- bin Laden -- and how many thousands of dollars in taxes has South Dakota spent chasing one donor for one man, Roger Hunt. This regards the abortion ban, but the Argus Leader is not interested in governmental transparency if it opposes abortion even though thousands and thousands of your taxes were spent here. The Argus supports Planned Parenthood with millions of deaths.

After great spending, South Dakota finally gave up the donor chase because they felt it might hinder the attorneys in future elections. The judgement against them was right.

Of course, abortions are a very serious life and death issue in South Dakota with some considering abortion a modern convenience and others considering it murder by both the mother and her friends and relatives involved.

Again, how many of your South Dakota taxes were spent on this case and if won, one name will have been the gain? There are far better legal, abortion issues and expenses. At least a total expense amount for this lost case should be revealed to South Dakota taxpayers, whether you support abortions or not. Where is the demand for transparency by any media? This one-man chase used your taxes -- thousands and thousands in this budget.

Rex Alberts,Yankton

Goal of Patrol is to snuff out DUI

To the Editor:

The month of December brings about a national movement of drunk and drugged driving prevention.

Law enforcement officers nationwide step up efforts in educating the public on the effects of driving under the influence and arresting impaired drivers. The Mitchell Squad of South Dakota Highway Patrol will alone set up three sobriety checkpoints. The nine troopers that work out of the squad will provide the public with approximately 36 separate presentations throughout the squad area that encompass seven counties. Those counties included are: McCook, Hanson, Davison, Aurora, Hutchinson, Douglas and Charles Mix.

The goal of this effort is to zero out all drug- and alcohol-related incidents.

Trooper John Lord, S.D. Highway Patrol, Mitchell

Let's stop being shills of big oil

To the Editor:

Since Henry Ford's Model T, our energy policy, written by oil interests, has equated to the biggest, most regressive tax increase ever imposed on Americans. Our energy policy basically mandates petroleum as our transportation fuel, transfers hundreds of billions of dollars annually to oil exporters and petroleum's carcinogenic/mutagenic emissions increase America's healthcare costs to billions of dollars annually. Try to imagine America without the heart disease, respiratory illnesses, cancers and birth defects caused by auto emissions. Try to imagine America with the millions of jobs created if these lost dollars for oil's imports, wars and medical costs were used to build renewable energy industries. All this, yet our energy policy debate is centered on global warming theory that can only lead to more debate and more tea parties for the already confused.

Americans could end our job-killing transfer of wealth to oil exporters and move past the global warming debate big oil loves, by agreeing with obvious truths that have overwhelming consensus. Your Google searches and science will agree that gasoline/diesel's inescapable carcinogenic emissions, including known human carcinogen benzene, are nearly identical to cigarette smoke. Like cigarette smoke, these predatory auto emissions prey especially on children and are leading causes of abortions, birth defects, respiratory illnesses, heart disease and cancers that oftentimes bankrupt families.

Yet we are debating the size of the polar ice cap?

"We the people" must stop being big oil's shills. Like too many politicians, we have surrendered writing energy policy to the oil lobby through our lazy, mindless parroting of big oil's propaganda and conservative's ideological rants.

We have opportunities like ethanol, which does not produce gasoline/diesel's carcinogenic cloud identical to cigarette smoke. Our sun, wind and conservation technologies are huge opportunities that will also emerge if the people's informed activities determine energy policy.

Orrie Swayze, Wilmot

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