Letters to the Editor
Don't expect judge to be punished by peers
To the Editor:
Judge Mark Marshall has taken a leave of absence after being arrested.
Charge 1: second offense drunken driving; Charge 2: driving wrong way on interstate.
For millions of employed Americans, this would bring a permanent leave called "firing." What would happen to a teacher or a bus driver? For one DUI, a bus driver receives a one-year leave; for the second, it is for a lifetime.
Marshall will be judged by his peers that have had 89 complaints and did not remove one. Judges and lawyers make the laws and that is convenient for these so called "officers of the court."
Our government is run mostly by lawyers who have spent our money and taken away freedoms in the name of safety and security.
Marshall probably had a hard day taking away freedoms and putting workers in jail, so do not expect any punishment by his peers.
Millions of hard working Americans have required drug tests and can be fired immediately. Such drug tests are long overdue for these "officers of the court" -- even if they are above the law daily. Many of these are alcoholics with a large number on cocaine. Names are available.
Even such officers should not be allowed to abuse working citizens and endanger lives.
Rex Alberts, Yankton
Aromatic emissions endanger children
To the Editor:
Ironically, tea party groups, greens, do-good groups and Energy Secretary Chu have joined subsidized petroleum to dump ethanol incentives. Consequently, gasoline's mutagenic benzene/aromatic emissions have unchallenged access to reset your children's heritable genetic codes. We all should look with contempt at our America that chooses to maim children by unnecessarily allowing gasoline aromatic/benzene emissions to invade their genetic codes.
Government pat down invade privacy? How about EPA's clean air act pass to nearly all gasoline sourced aromatic emissions insuring a likely reset of your children's genetic codes?
Tragically, parents, the public and do-good groups blindly join government as apologists for inescapable, mutagenic gasoline aromatic emissions. They are also likely to condemn corn ethanol even though it is aromatic free and malnutrition is nearly always related to poverty or humanity that can only access free food. If all food must be free, everyone will starve. The world's ever-increasing gap between wealth and poverty is the primary cause of increasing malnutrition or lack of protein.
Corn ethanol production only removes starch, and dried distiller's grains provide huge new sources of edible proteins already beginning to balance poverty's protein deficient diets.
Preventable gasoline aromatic emissions are also the unrecognized drivers exploding medical costs that are bankrupting America. Children's birth defects, heart disease, cancers, asthma, autism, higher blood benzene levels, etc., are statistically far more likely to occur near traffic areas and inside industrialized nations powered by fossil fuels.
Ethanol simply does not contain or produce these aromatics that reset your children's heritable genetic codes causing an unprecedented and expensive assault on America's genetic heritage.
Orrie D. Swayze, Wilmot
Boy seeking help from S. Dakotans
To the Editor:
Each member of our class is working on a project called "Parade of States." We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can.
I have South Dakota for my state. If any of your readers would help me out by sending any pictures, postcards, a used license plate, facts, products, etc., it would be greatly appreciated.
Danny DeBock, Cascade Christian School, 601 Ninth Ave. SE, Puyallup, Wash., 98372
Seal program is worthy of support
To the Editor:
I am one of more than 61,000 South Dakotans who have asthma, a lung disease that makes breathing difficult. According to the American Lung Association, "Asthma breathing problems usually happen in 'episodes' or 'attacks' but the inflammation underlying asthma is continuous." Asthma cannot be cured. The highest prevalence rates are among children 5 to 17 years of age.
But this explanation can't really describe the personal impact that asthma has on lives. It can have a deeply sobering impact when your child or grandchild is diagnosed with a disease you have and you know the struggles they will face. My daughter and granddaughter have asthma. Nine years ago, I became a volunteer with the American Lung Association in South Dakota. This year, I am the Christmas Seal chairman. The campaign is going on now to raise awareness and funds for the American Lung Association. I hope you will support the campaign and help support lung disease awareness, education and research.
Hopefully soon, they will find a cure for asthma so our children or grandchildren will no longer struggle to breathe, or rush to the emergency room or sit on the sidelines of sports and life because of their asthma.
Please contact the American Lung Association in South Dakota or lungsd.org for more information.
Mike Luken, chairman, Leadership Board, American Lung Association in South Dakota, Watertown
Do your part to help make country better
To the Editor:
In 1960, the president of the United States called for Americans to "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
Kennedy's admonition was met enthusiastically by millions of patriotic Americans. In the 10 years following that call for action, we sent a man to the moon and the Peace Corps was born.
In 1980, the call to action changed. A conservative "put me first" mentality emerged where the government was reviled as the enemy.
How is it that so many Americans seem to think that they have no obligation to help this country? Is patriotism dead? If you are a patriotic American, ask yourself what you have done to help your country. If you think the debt and deficit are important problems, what are you doing to solve these problems? If you think the problem can be solved by cutting spending, propose a spending cut that affects you. If you are collecting a government subsidy of some sort, write your congressmen and tell them to cut the program from which you are benefiting.
Even if you are receiving nothing from the government, how about writing your congressmen and demanding they increase your taxes enough to balance the budget? By paying taxes, you can solve our debt and deficit problem quickly. Do your part. It is unpatriotic to suggest extending tax cuts to the wealthy (and even for the so called middle class) when we are fighting two wars and we are spending lots more than we are taking in. It is time for us to stand up and be patriotic Americans who are willing to do whatever it takes to have the United States of America continue as the best country in the world.
Jay Williams, Yankton
Some policies on abortion not right
To the Editor:
I have in the past contributed to the American Cancer Society. I mistakenly thought this group directed its efforts toward finding a cure for cancer. It is now spending huge amounts lobbying for the smoking ban in South Dakota. What a waste. This organization won't get my money again. South Dakotans already know smoking is unhealthy. What a misuse of funds.
Deb Fischer Clemens, vice president of Avera Center for Public Policy, has a lot of confidence in Obamacare. This government healthcare will almost certainly lead to care rationing as it has in Great Britain and Canada. Cutting back on the care of the very old seems like a logical place to save. Government funded abortions are written into Obamacare. The Avera health system has been caring for the very old and has not and does not do abortions. It just seems odd to me that Deb is so enthused about this flawed health-care plan.
Sometimes we successfully swat a fly and allow an elephant to step on us. The Rapid City Journal's editorial promoting a law in South Dakota to require booster seats for children 5 to 7 is good and well because if enforced, it could prevent injury and possible death of some children. The article asks, "Should anyone have the freedom to put a child's life at risk?" Every year, 1,000-plus pre-born boys and girls lose their lives at Planned Parenthood's facility in Sioux Falls. This is called freedom of choice.
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin favors tax cuts for the middle class. Good, so do I. Tax dollars could be saved by not paying for abortions. How I hope and pray that Stephanie would stop supporting abortions and vote to care for little ones as she does for her own son. The little guy was even in some of her campaign commercials.
Vernon Kraft, Delmont